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Eating on the cheap comes naturally in Budapest. Hearty Hungarian staples like kolbasz (spiced sausages) and kacsamell (seared duck breast) are always keenly priced, and even this foodie city’s legion of Michelin star recipients go surprisingly easy on the wallet.
Menus tend to be meat-heavy, but there are plentiful vegan and vegetarian options too. Happily, some of the best restaurants in Budapest also draw inspiration from the city’s sizeable Jewish community, with Mediterranean and Israeli-leaning sharing plates a locals’ go-to. We’re pretty sure we haven’t had better mezze.
Basically, your taste buds are in for a treat in Budapest – and your bank balance will go away dented, but not disastrously. So get out there, fill up at one of these tip-top cafés or restaurants, then head out and discover this city’s cutting-edge nightlife and excellent array of things to do. What a city, and what food! Egészségére!
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