STIKA Budapest

In New York or London, this hip breakfast joint/wine bar would be just another fashionable, industrial-chic café: the type of place where tattooed servers run around a sleek, wood-lined interior in bow ties, vintage light bulbs hang from 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, the poached eggs with crispy bacon ("crispy eggs") are the highlight. At lunch/dinner, go with the “dirty love” cheeseburger with bacon and grilled paprika. Then wash it all down with Hungarian wine, most of which comes from small, family-owned wineries. Cash only!