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There aren't many of these traditional coffee houses left in Budapest. The lovingly restored Centrál, once a favorite meeting place of Hungary's literary elite, also scores high for lunch... Full review →
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 →
Don’t let the marble tables, chandeliers, and a professionally decked-out staff fool you—while this coffee/bar/restaurant/sweetshop might appear to be out of Beauty and the Beast, you are... Full review →
In its heyday, the decades around World War I, this large coffee house was a popular venue in Budapest’s literary scene.