We all know the magical healing qualities a hearty brunch can elicit after a long night of debauchery. The Budapest brunch places below meet three critically important criteria: they’re open on weekends as well, serve a range of breakfast food well into the afternoon, and here you can rebuild your buzz if you wish to. Are you past brunch hours? Try the coolest dinner places instead.
HILDA is one of the restaurants lining downtown's increasingly fashionable Nádor Street. The area has come to life as a growing number of tourists and international students from the nearby Central European University pass through. With a perfect curb appeal, you will notice HILDA's Instagrammable interior even before entering the space. An oversized stained glass mosaic covers one of the walls in its entirety, and the bar is studded with rows of dark blue, glazed Zsolnay ceramic tiles, the same brand that decorates the lobby of the Four Seasons around the corner from here..
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 lots of 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 District 7, is the first to get it right. .
Curious where the top 1% of Buda residents hang out? Wonder no more. The owners of Déryné Bistro were ahead of the curve in 2007 when they opened this sleek bistro featuring a Balthazar-like interior straight out of the Keith McNally playbook. Back then, Déryné was a novelty in Budapest because this type of hip-but-classy restaurants hadn't existed before. .
À la Maison Grand is a chic downtown café in Budapest, occupying the ground floor of a 1906 art nouveau building (take a glance at the oversized glass mosaic perched atop the building). A fashionable, tourist-heavy crowd tends to flock here for the breakfast-all-day and brunch offerings that include reliably-prepared classics like croque madame (€5), eggs Florentine (€7), a range of waffles, and also zeitgesty items such as acai bowl and avocado toast (€7). The only letdowns are the the undersized and forlorn-looking English (€10) and Hungarian breakfast plates (€12). .
Szimply is a tiny breakfast-all-day restaurant in the cobble-stoned courtyard of a pre-war downtown building. Thanks to The New York Times, which featured Szimply (Budapest is #50), it's next to impossible to find an open table at this closet-sized breakfast nook. They serve pricey, on-trend breakfast foods such as the generously packed avocado toast topped with tarragon, kohlrabi, and roasted garlic (€11). There are also a range of vegetable and fruit juices, including an acai kombucha (€3).
Kollázs Brasserie & Bar, which occupies the ground floor of the opulent Art Nouveau building of the Four Seasons Hotel, is a fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar with prime views onto Budapest's Castle Hill. The restaurant comes with a tasteful neo-Art Deco interior complete with marble, dark wood, and brass finishes, and is the type of place where dark-suited waiters scurry around with tableside carts and pricey bottles of wine..
Kino is a laid-back, breakfast-all-day café set along Budapest's Grand Boulevard. The place's interior is draped in movie posters as Kino occupies the ticketing area of an independent movie theater. They serve perfectly satisfying and low-priced breakfast dishes seven days a week. When in doubt, go for the hearty "Hungarian" scrambled eggs (€3) that comes with bacon, sausage, tomatoes, and a sprinkle of grated cheese.
Breakfast places in Budapest are still few and far between, and the ones that do exist are mostly in downtown, catering to tourists. This isn't the case with Café Panini, a chic neighborhood breakfast restaurant inside the secluded world of middle-class Újlipótváros. .
Escape the noisy downtown street and enter through the yellow ceramic tiles into the 19th century courtyard of Fekete Café. The marble well in the center of the tranquil courtyard is one of those turn-of-the-20th-century Budapest surprises that hide behind many sooty facades. Weather permitting, enjoy your morning coffee in the open-air courtyard..