Budapest has made a name for itself as the home of ruin bars (derelict buildings made into poppin’ clubs), thermal spas and baths, admirable architecture and seriously affordable attractions. But whatever you’re in the Hungarian capital for, don’t sleep on its many and varied offerings for absolutely exquisite cuisine.
Of course, there’s a load of great Hungarian food on offer, from classic gulyás (beef stew) to chicken paprikás with nokedli or rice. Then there’s the lángos, deep fried bread covered with sour cream and cheese, best enjoyed late at night after one too many drinks. But Budapest does a number of cuisines very well, including Turkish, Italian and Portuguese. Ready to eat? Us too. Here’s the best restaurants in Budapest right now.
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Peterjon Cresswell is a writer based in Budapest. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.