Padron Budapest

Padron is a tiny, family-run tapas bar in Budapest's Palace Quarter in District 8, situated on a quiet side street. The restaurant exhibits all the usual signs of a busy family-run enterprise with the mother taking orders, the son serving food, and the father behind the bar.

The best tapas include their staple, pimientos de Padron (fried peppers), the marinated shrimp (gambas pil-pil), the notably excellent morcilla (blood sausage), and the lamb shoulder topped with goat cheese and blanketed in an orange and fig based sauce (espaldilla de cordero). Also, don't miss the simple but always delicious patatas bravas. Padron also serves a selection of Spanish and Hungarian wines to wash down the treats. It's a small dinner-only restaurant that fills up quickly, so be sure to book early.

Once in the neighborhood, walk around Horánszky, Múzeum, and Bródy Sándor Streets along grand buildings that the Hungarian nobility built for themselves before WWI. Padron's street was known as "little Vatican", and today many of these ornate buildings once again belong to the Catholic Church, that's why it's so quiet here at night.