Turiszt Büfé

That this unfussy, communist-era neighborhood bar right across the street from one of Budapest's most visited tourist destinations—the Dohány Street Synagogue—still exists is a small miracle. Despite its moniker, Turiszt Büfé, which opened in 1982, has never gained much of its business from tourists.

The wall-to-wall wood paneling lends a warmth to the tiny space, and I always find it a bizarrely magical moment when I sip a €1 beer here with the picture-postcard view of Europe's largest synagogue bathed in light before me. A range of wallet-friendly "bottom-shelf" wines, bottled beers (two also on tap), spirits, and snacks are also served. The patrons are a combination of aging regulars and students from nearby colleges, although the place rarely swarms with people.

Before you leave, take a look at the vintage sign above the entry door highlighting that wines are sourced from a state-owned winery by Lake Balaton. Note that Turiszt Büfé is closed on weekends.

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