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In the decade that Hungary’s government talked down western values, its capital’s food scene became more open than ever. Not so long ago, Budapest’s street food offering was predictable: a guy sells pizzas at 200 forints a slice – a year later dozens were doing it. After that, a handful of Vietnamese pho restaurants turned into a landslide. Soup joints? Same thing. A few years later, however, only the best endure, and the scene has enjoyed an uptick in variety and overall quality. As well as new takes on Hungarian classics, Middle Eastern food has moved way beyond the Turkish kebab shops. Unimaginable in the days when ‘vegetarian option, please’ in Hungary meant deep fried camembert or a ‘cheese roll’, nowadays vegan and vegetarian street food proliferates. The guys throwing your pizza could even be Italian.
Still need to tick off the sights, and looking to snaffle something on the go? These are the best street food spots in Budapest right now.
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