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 space with vintage light bulbs and greenery while fresh R&B tunes drift from the background. In Budapest, many places have tried to emulate this concept, but STIKA, this pocket-sized restaurant in the old Jewish Quarter, was the first to get it right. Note that the food here is far from memorable, but the atmosphere and reasonable prices more than make up for it.

For breakfast or brunch, served daily until 6 p.m., try the scrambled eggs with crispy bacon, the fluffy pancakes doused in maple syrup, or the bagels (€7). The dinner menu is noticeably pricier, prominently featuring a €13 Angus burger. You can wash everything down with Hungarian wines, most of which come from small, family-owned wineries.

Note that STIKA doesn't accept reservations for breakfast, and you'll most likely have to wait for a table in the morning, especially on weekends.

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