#1: Kelet Café  —  $$$$$

Kelet is an all-purpose café and bar, and one of the reasons that new life is breathing into the neighborhood.

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#2: Kontakt  —  $$$$$

The interior of Kontakt could be mistaken for a Brooklyn café, with new-wave specialty coffee, heavily bearded staff, and people busy typing away on their smartphones.

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#3: STIKA Budapest  —  $$$$$

Many places have tried to emulate the “hip café” concept in Budapest. But STIKA, this pocket-sized space in District 7, is the first to get it exactly right.

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#4: Madal Espresso & Brew  —  $$$$$

Madal serves outstanding new-wave coffee in the center of downtown and, hands down, it has one of the friendliest services you will find in the city.

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#5: Espresso Embassy  —  $$$$$

New-wave coffee, fancy brewing equipment, and attractive Millennials typing away on their Macs at Espresso Embassy.

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#6: Sarki fűszeres  —  $$$$$

Sarki Fűszeres is a closet-size, partially outdoor café along the upscale Pozsonyi út and one of the best kept secrets in Budapest.

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#7: Printa  —  $$$$$

Printa was one of the first stores in Budapest that figured out that selling new-wave coffee alongside Hungarian designer products can be a winning combination.

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#8: Fekete  —  $$$$$

The pre-war marble well in the courtyard is one of those Budapest surprises behind sooty facades, and definitely the place for your morning coffee at Fekete.

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#9: My Little Melbourne  —  $$$$$

My Little Melbourne was one of the first cafés to bring A+ quality specialty coffee to Budapest, resulting in a cult following that still continues to surround it.

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#10: The Goat Herder - Espresso Bar  —  $$$$$

What's this stylish café (The Goat Herder) full of foreign students doing in the sleepy outer part of District 7 inhabited mostly by working class locals?

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Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, ambiance, service, interior design, location, and price.