Europe Food Travel

Budapest – Taste Hungary

This is part six 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

During our stay in Budapest, we decided to take a food tour with the very highly reviewed Taste Hungary. We had a great time with our private guide Dora, and learned so much about the city’s cuisine and history. Even Mr. Feather, who is ethnically Hungarian and lived for years in Budapest, said that it was one of the most educational and fun activities we did on our trip. Here are some more details of the day we spent with Taste Hungary!

After a small breakfast (we were warned not to eat too much), we made our way to the Central Market – a large open food market in Budapest – where we would be met by our guide Dora.

Budapest - Food Tour CM outside

I loved the Central Market, and would recommended it as a stop for anybody visiting Budapest. It reminded me a bit of the bazaars in Istanbul, only quite a bit less crowded. It is a massive building – multiple stories with sellers of all kinds of goodies and foods.

Budapest - Food Tour CM2

Budapest - Food Tour CM3

Budapest - Food Tour Crafts

Our first stop in Central Market was actually not for food, but drink – actually, an alcoholic shot!

Budapest - Food Tour Unicum

Unicum is a traditional Hungarian alcohol with a very interesting history, which we learned about while sitting with Dora. The shot itself was good, though I have to admit that I really shouldn’t be drinking anything alcoholic before noon, (as I’ll typically be found passed out by 4 PM). Just a small shot though was a nice way to get a jolt and start our tour.

Our next stop within Central Market was one of my favorites – we dropped by a little stand for Langos, or Hungarian fried bread. This was my first time trying one of Mr. Feather’s favorite childhood snacks, and I loved it. It was hot, garlicky, buttery, and comprised largely of carbs, cheese, salt, and seasonings. What’s not to like?

Budapest - Food Tour Langos

After splitting a langos, we wandered through the aisles admiring the fruit and meats on display.

Budapest - Food Tour Fruits

Dora grabbed a few samples of various slices of cured meats and salamis for us to try.

Budapest - Food Tour Meats

I love cured meats so unfortunately I ravaged the tray before we had a chance to take a picture! Our next stop however was to try some local Hungarian cheeses, at a stand selling fresh cheeses and raw milk.

Budapest - Food Tour Raw Milk

Dora had brought her very own cheeseboard, and whipped it out with some selections to try. I actually very much liked the cheeses we tried – I’m not a fan of the super strong, pungent stinky varieties and the ones we sampled were all lighter.

Budapest - Food Tour Cheese

After we had our fill of various cheeses, we walked outside and wound a few blocks around the local neighborhood of Pest. It was a very beautiful, charming neighborhood – similar to Paris – but some of the areas were suffering from lack of care. So sad to see that happening to such lovely architecture.

Budapest - Food Tour Neighborhood

One of our first stops was a local chocolate shop, Rozsavolgyi Csokalade.  There was an assortment of all kinds of flavors, running from the traditional to the avant garde. My favorites were the earl gray, and the plum!

Budapest - Food Tour Chocolates

After a few more bites of chocolates, we wound our way over to our lunch stop – a local restaurant, Belvárosi Disznótoros.

Budapest - Food Tour Lunch Outside

It was a super casual, very local butcher shop turned into quick serve restaurant (everyone ate standing up at counters), and it was also Mr. Feather’s favorite restaurant we went to in Budapest. The food was hot, delicious, and very reasonably priced. We tried a chicken paprikash with some pasta on the side, a “hurka”  (liver soft sausage), and some sauerkraut and red cabbage to accompany it all.

Budapest - Food Tour Lunch

After lunch, we wound back through the neighborhood one more time and stopped by another local sweets shop, located in a small courtyard.

Budapest - Food Tour Outdoors

This particular store specialized in hard candy in all kinds of different flavors.

Budapest - Food Tour Candy

Budapest - Food Tour Lollipops

After our candy stop, we went to a local cafe, Auguszt Cukraszda.

Budapest - Food Tour August2

Here, we sat down for some tea and pastries. Mr. Feather and I each our own but I liked his more – it was a lovely light marzipan and chocolate layered cake.

Budapest - Food Tour August

After we were fully stuffed with all sorts of cakes and savory treats, we made our way over to our final destination – a local wine cafe, where we tried various Hungarian wines.

Budapest - Food Tour Wine

All in all, it was an amazing tour and we are so glad that we had the opportunity to spend a day with Dora. I would highly recommend Taste Hungary, to those both new and familiar with Budapest – it was a truly enjoyable day and I honestly wouldn’t mind repeating the exact same itinerary again!

My next post on Hungary will be the last in the series, and will cover some more food (of course), and the Christmas markets. Thank you very much for reading along!

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  • Diva In Me
    January 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I just left Budapest 2 days ago and had the most amazing time just like. I had no complains at all and 4 Seasons Gresham Palace was beyond amazing to give us an insight of great restaurants and options for local tours. We had the best meals in Budapest including Langos. I had a caramel, cream and coconut sprinkles on my Langos and it’s super unhealthy yet I loved it so much! LOL! All in all, I would definitely stop by Budapest again in the future if I visit Central Europe.

    • Katherine
      January 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Oh wonderful! I have similar feelings and loved Budapest. So glad that you also stayed at the FS!

  • Trang
    January 21, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I am so glad you posted a new entry today – both because I love reading your travelogue and also because the Roulis is such a tease. I am allowed only one bag a year, so must be good. I especially love the food pictures. Will have to consider Hungary for the 2015 travels!

    • Katherine
      January 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Hi Trang! Thanks so much, what bag are you thinking of adding this year?

      • Trang
        January 22, 2014 at 6:40 am

        I am looking for something relatively practical, with hand carry, shoulder carry, and a zipper. and enough storage space to tote a mini diaper pack but not so much that it overwhelms my little self. deciding among a sofia coppola, lindy, or bolide and probably in a dark blue black. the burgundy flap bag is going to have to wait until 2015. first world problems!

        • Katherine
          January 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

          Ooh! Sofia Coppola is such a gorgeous bag, my favorite from LV!

          • Trang
            January 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

            Since I think you have great taste, I’m glad you approve of the SC. I will let you know how the bag choices works out (in case you need ideas for your next bag purchase). mwahahaha.

  • Lucy
    January 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Your photos make me want to visit Budapest so badly and eat my way through the city haha. Thanks for sharing your adventures. I always love reading about your travels. On an unrelated note, can you recommend some brands for great quality basic t-shirts? I think I’m finally ready to invest in some after years of continuously buying the cheaper quality. Thanks!!

    • Katherine
      January 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Lucy, thank you! Honestly my favorite higher priced tees are from James Perse and Splendid – however – I also love my Club Monaco tees (I get them on sale) for scoopnecks, and J.Crew and Gap for the basic white tees. Hope you find your perfect ones!

      • Lucy
        January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

        Thanks so much for the recommendations. I’m going to look into them.

  • Sonya
    January 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Bookmarking this for our next trip!

  • bluepolkadotpjs
    January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I added this to my google doc where I write down all the restaurants I want to visit (even though it isn’t one restaurant) in the world. Thanks, Katherine. =)

    • Katherine
      January 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I hope you get to go! I would really recommend the lunch spot and the whole tour in general!

  • Anonymous
    January 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Budapest looks fantastic – a friend is going this weekend in fact, so i will get her to take a look at your blog 🙂

    What camera do you use Katherine? Is it ligth and easy to carry around? I’m on the hunt for one that I can take on trips away, but not so bulky it bothers me!

  • AJ
    January 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

    OK, this post has got me craving all sorts of things. looks like you had a great time in Budapest

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  • janettaylor
    January 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Oh, how lovely! Mr.Feather lived in Budapest? OMG! This I did not know…

    Let you know I am Hungarian and I live in Budapest and I could say you are so right. We have a great taste, but sigh we adore greasy foods. Haha!

    • Katherine
      January 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Hi Jane you are lucky to live somewhere so beautiful. The foods are delicious!

  • janettaylor
    January 24, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Oh, how lovely! Mr.Feather lived in Budapest? OMG! This I did not know…

    Let you know I am Hungarian and I live in Budapest and I could say you are so right. We have a great taste, but sigh we adore greasy foods. Haha!