In New York or London, this hip breakfast restaurant would be just another fashionable crowd-pleaser: the type of place where tattooed and bow-tied servers scurry around a sleek interior complete with vintage light bulbs and greenery, and fresh R&B tunes set the musical background. In Budapest, many places have tried to emulate this concept, but STIKA, this pocket-sized restaurant in the old Jewish Quarter, is the first to get it 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 highlights are the poached eggs with crispy bacon ("crispy eggs"; €6), the classic eggs Benedict (€6), and the fluffy pancakes doused in maple syrup (€5). Come dinnertime, go for the “dirty love” cheeseburger (€9) sporting bacon and grilled paprika. Then wash it all down with Hungarian wine, most of which come from small, family-owned wineries.
Note that you will most likely have to wait for a table in the mornings, especially on weekends.