In New York or London, this hip breakfast restaurant would be just another fashionable, industrial chic crowd-pleaser: the type of place where tattooed servers run around a sleek, wood-lined interior complete with vintage light bulbs and exposed galvanized steel pipes, and semi-alternative R&B tunes set the musical background. In Budapest, many places have tried to emulate this concept. But STIKA, this pocket-sized space in District 7, is the first to get it exactly right.
Little inside will remind you that you’re in Budapest, but that’s not the point here. For breakfast or brunch, served daily until 6 p.m., the poached eggs with crispy bacon ("crispy eggs"), the classic eggs Benedict, and the fluffy pancakes doused in maple syrup are the highlights. Come dinnertime, go for the “dirty love” cheeseburger sporting bacon and grilled paprika. Then wash it all down with Hungarian wine, most of which comes from small, family-owned wineries.