#1: Városház Snack  —  $$$$$

The type self-service/take-out lunch venue of Városház Snack was popular during communist times, but now they are nearing extinction. Go before it’s too late.

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#2: Kádár Étkezde  —  $$$$$

If you wonder what everyday dining was like during communism, look no further and visit Kádár Étkezde.

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#3: Tera Magyar Konyhája  —  $$$$$

Many local residents can be found at Tera Magyar Konyhája, a diner with traditional dishes in Újlipótváros, a must-visit neighborhood not usually on visitors' radars.

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#4: Öcsi étkezde  —  $$$$$

At Öcsi Étkezde, Erzsi, the driving force behind the kitchen since the 1980s, occasionally pops into the dining area with cilantro-covered hands to chat with regulars.

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#5: Frici Papa Kifőzdéje  —  $$$$$

Those in search of the lost communist-era dining scene won't be disappointed at Frici Papa Kifőzdéje.

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#6: Akácfa Étkezde  —  $$$$$

Neighborhood Roma and office workers alike line up for outstanding home-made Hungarian flavors from the bizarrely decorated Akácfa Étkezde diner.

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#7: Retro Büfé- lángos, palacsintázó  —  $$$$$

Lángos, a popular Hungarian specialty is the area of expertise at Retro Büfé, a tiny communist-era kiosk.

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#8: Balla-Hús  —  $$$$$

Balla-Hús, one of the few remaining independent butcher shops downtown, serves delicious sausage omelettes for breakfast (for €2) and various meat-heavy dishes for lunch.

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