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Originally opened in 1887, Café Central quickly became the center of the city's intellectual life, spawning important periodicals and literary movements.
The Central holds a special place in locals’ hearts. It was one of the great literary cafés at the start of the 20th century, when Budapest was a city of 500 cafés.
A classic turn-of-the-20th-century gathering spot for Hungarian writers of the Nyugat (West) magazine, this coffeehouse has endured two wars and a communist closure. For 19th-century... Full review →Don't miss the excellent cakes and pastries, on view in a glass display case.
Coffeehouse culture is ingrained in Budapest history; this coffeehouse is one of the historic places where writers and artists gathered. Full review →
In addition to a variety of entrees, confectionaries and alcohol will lift whatever curse lies upon your soul, and the chill staff will convince you to, yes, be their guest. Full review →
In its heyday, the decades around World War I, this large coffee house was a popular venue in Budapest’s literary scene.