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Budapest's Kosher Restaurants and Pastry Shop

Although Budapest still has a sizeable Jewish community, only three kosher restaurants and just a single kosher pastry shop exist in the city. All of them are located in the old Jewish Quarter, near one another by the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. Of the restaurants, two are kosher meat places (Carmel and Hanna) one is dairy (Tel Aviv Café).

Sure, kosher food is more difficult to source but that's no excuse for mediocre plates: if you don't keep strictly kosher, you might be better of at some of the Jewish-style but non-kosher places.


#1 Carmel Restaurant

Managed by the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community, Carmel is one of Budapest’s three glatt kosher restaurants. Like Hanna, the other kosher meat restaurant around the corner from Carmel, it gets liveliest at Shabbat, that is, Friday's dinner and Saturday's lunch. Here too, guests must prepay the meals, each of which costs €25 per person..

#2 Hanna Orthodox Restaurant

Hanna is a glatt kosher meat restaurant operated by the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community inside Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. Since the restaurant is buried within the fortress-like edifice of the congregation, most locals have never encountered Hanna, even though the surrounding area is currently the center of the Budapest party scene and is teeming with cafés, bars, and restaurants. Orthodox Jews visiting Budapest, however, are often better informed and they fill up Hanna most evenings..

#3 Frőhlich Kosher Pastry Shop

Budapest’s one and only kosher pastry shop is, you guessed it, inside the city's old Jewish Quarter. Frőhlich set up shop in 1953, when more Jewish people lived in the neighborhood and long before it became Budapest's party center. .

#4 Tel Aviv Café

Operated by the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community, Tel Aviv Café is Budapest’s one and only kosher dairy restaurant. Being a dairy restaurant, don't go searching for meat-based dishes here. In fact, you won’t find any of the traditional Ashkenazi non-meat classics either, like matzo brei, blintz, and latke. This is somewhat surprising, because Tel Aviv Café is located across Budapest's main orthodox synagogue in the old Jewish Quarter, so a hat tip to Central European Jewish food traditions would have been fitting.
Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito.