Most Budapest guide books feature the places below, meaning that throngs of tourists flock to them. Although lack of locals is normally a warning sign, these restaurants, bars, and cafés haven't actually turned into tourist traps. Price-points may be a little higher than usual, but they have retained their native spirit that made them famous in the first place.
If you've spent at least five minutes researching Budapest, then you must have come across Szimpla Kert, Budapest's iconic ruin bar. Likely you're also familiar with the ruin bar (romkocsma) concept: makeshift bars inside dilapidated pre-war buildings furnished with furniture assembled from clearance sales and exuding an inexplicably cool atmosphere.