Europe Food Travel

Budapest – Christmas Markets, Bock Bistro

This is part seven of my trip to Paris and Budapest. For the remainder of the series, please see below.

Paris – Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Paris – The Marais, Le Bon Marche, Le Comptoir du Relais
Paris – St. Germain, Hermes, L’Avant Comptoir
Budapest – Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest – Andrassy Avenue, Onyx
Budapest – Taste Hungary
Budapest- Christmas Markets, Bock Bistro

For my last post on Budapest, I wanted to share with you two of my final favorite stops while there  – Bock Bistro, and the Christmas Market.

Bock Bistro is one of the more popular restaurants in Budapest, and I would highly recommend reservations a week or so in advance before arriving.

Budapest - Bock Bistro

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Budapest - Bock Bistro Wine

When we arrived like the early bird Americans we are at 7:30 PM, the restaurant was still fairly empty.

Budapest - Bock Bistro Inside

By the way time we left in an hour or so however, it had already filled up!

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From my experience, Bock is very successful because of its food (duh) – it was a very classic Hungarian and Eastern European menu, but slightly “elevated”. The ingredients used were top notch and the prices were very reasonable.

My first dish was a matzo ball soup with duck meatballs.

Budapest - Bock Soup

Mr. Feather’s dish – a prime rib stew with root vegetables and a horseradish foam.

Budapest - Bock - Beef

Classic chicken paprika with rice on the side.

Budapest - Bock chicken

And of course, dessert! This was a twist of a classic Hungarian dessert that Mr. Feather loved in his childhood – a chocolate and black cherry cake.

Budapest - Bock Dessert

As great as Bock Bistro (and the rest of our activities) were, my favorite activity we did in Budapest is the one I saved for last – the Christmas Fair. It was my first time getting to really explore a traditional European Christmas market and I loved the experience! I have Germany’s markets on my list next.

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The Budapest markets were a good size – not too large, and you could easily walk through the entire area in a few hours, stopping along the way to do some shopping and eating.

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There were all kinds of delicious foods on display. I was a little sad that we had planned so many meals in Budapest – we only had room to select a few items over our days there. Next time I will leave more eating opportunities!

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Each time we stopped by the market, I did get a cup of hot cider or mulled wine. So comforting in the cold air although to be honest I always expected a larger cup! I live in the land of Venti sized Starbucks!

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Budapest - CM9

There were all sorts of little food items you could shop for and bring home. My favorite stands were those selling jams – there were all kinds of unique flavors, and I brought a few home for me and my mom, along with some paprika!

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Jam and Paprika

There were also many merchants selling local handicrafts.

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The last time Mr. Feather was in Budapest, he was on a stopover during a work trip a year ago, and he brought me back a traditional dotted mug. I am a super avid tea drinker and am always looking for new cups, and was very happy to see them available at the Christmas market!

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I chose a navy one to bring home this time, to keep my red version company. Each time we’re back in Budapest for Christmas, I hope to add one more!


Some final snacks around the market – pretzels…

Budapest - Christmas Market 2

And kurtoskalacs – something very similar to Jewish challah bread in my opinion, with different toppings, like chocolate, cinnamon, and more.

Budapest - Christmas Market

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Our last night in Hungary, we made one more tour of the Christmas markets and then went up to our room and enjoyed the amazing room.

Budapest - Castle Night2

The next morning (super duper early, and the Four Seasons was fantastic with a great breakfast in the wee hours), we left for the airport. Once on the plane, we waved goodbye to Budapest!

Budapest - United First

Budapest - Skies Coming Home

We’ll be back soon!

That concludes my Paris/Budapest 2013 trip travel series – thank you very much for reading along! I hope to be back in both countries very soon and encourage you all to visit each!

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  • Sonya
    January 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Funny; we found those same cups in Prague. I hope you do try the Four Seasons in Prague next Katherine, you will find it divine.

    • Katherine
      January 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Believe me it is on my list! Just have to figure out when we can return 🙂

  • Lili
    January 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Is that a berline bag I spy?

    • Katherine
      January 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      No! Good eye though it is an Evelyne (which is now my mom’s!)

  • Anna
    January 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I loved this, I was born in Germany but live in Budapest (I mentioned to you on Instagram) and think you really took the time to visit the nicest places. I’d love to give you some more tips should you return here. And if you miss anything do let me know!
    As for German christmas fairs Nuremberg/Nürnberg is one you should consider, as is Dresden. Those are the two most famous ones. I personally loved the Salzburg christmas market (Austria) and liked the Berlin one too. My least favorite is Vienna: too many people, too much imported stuff.
    I wonder what next winter will bring me because I am moving to London this summer!

    • Katherine
      January 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Anna! Thank you for all the recommendations. Wishing you the best in London 🙂

  • Tabitha
    January 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Sausages scoffed outside, paprika and Christmas markets – three of my favourite things, for 4 years in a row we did a tour of European Christmas markets, it might be time to start that up again next December!

    • Katherine
      January 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Hi T, thank you – would love to hear which Christmas markets you enjoyed the most!

  • janettaylor
    January 30, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Just made my day and yes I am proud of my country! 🙂 Perfect picks!

    • Katherine
      January 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

      You should be, it is beautiful!

  • Samantha Mariko
    January 30, 2014 at 2:02 am

    these are amazing photos dear! I wish I could visit here too!

    • Katherine
      January 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Samantha! 🙂

  • Jean
    January 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Absolutely loved this series of posts, Kat!

    • Katherine
      January 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much my friend! I hope you can go explore more soon (in between work and your global Loft campaigns!!)

  • Graceful as
    January 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Your travel posts are always awesome and the food pics makes me drool. One day I will do first class just to sleep in one of those beds! The husband and I are big foodies so I’ll try a food tour one day. Hope you had fun!

  • Graceful Shopper
    January 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Your travel posts are always awesome and the food pics make me drool. One day I will do first class just to sleep in one of those beds! The husband and I are big foodies so I’ll try a food tour one day. Hope you had fun! (Sorry for the repeat post)

    • Katherine
      January 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you! I really recommend a tour, you would love it as foodies 🙂

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