In part fueled by tourism, Budapest's cafes, bars, and restaurants are quickly aligning with those found in other cosmopolitan cities around the world. At the same time, communist-era (1948-1989) establishments that are uniquely rooted in Hungary are fast disappearing. The bars below are some of the last vestiges of a previous epoch — go visit these time warps before they vanish. And, please, don't complain about the quality of the wines, that's beside the point here.
If you're looking to immerse yourself in a deeply local, communist-era neighborhood bar that doubles as a breakfast joint, I can't think of a better place than Bambi Eszpresszó on the Buda side. What makes Bambi the real deal? It isn’t trying to show off an artificial (retro), unremembered past — it’s a genuine throwback.