Five plus one great breakfast spots in Budapest
I love breakfast. I’m also one of those people who think breakfast should be served all day. As the saying goes, you should ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’. Accordingly, a traditional Hungarian breakfast is filling. It consists of cold cuts, eggs, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, butter, fresh bread and coffee, usually a super strong espresso. But it’s not part of the daily routine anymore. In Budapest, during the hectic workweek, people usually eat something light, like a pogácsa or a briós and a coffee. Until recently, there weren’t too many places to grab an early morning bite. If you are up for a lazy Saturday or Sunday breakfast here are some of my favorite breakfast spots in Budapest that do breakfast well.
Named after a sweet, round-shaped, French breakfast pastry, Briós stands true to its calling by serving delicious briós for breakfast. This morning staple of Hungarians is best enjoyed with hot chocolate. But they offer more than sweet pastries. Bagels (yes, bagels are now making the ‘rounds’ in Hungary), baguettes, croissants, sandwiches and even Mexican-style eggs are served, along with coffee. Briós is known for being very kid-friendly should you have a couple of those in tow. There is a kid’s menu and a play area dedicated to the little ones. In addition a family breakfast is available on the weekends. Breakfast menus are between HUF 720 and HUF 1,900. The Family Breakfast (Családi Reggeli) is HUF 5,500.
Address: Pozsonyi út 16, Budapest 1137
Phone: (+36-1) 789-6110
Open: Daily 7:30 am to 8 pm
This restaurant and café, located in a small, picturesque square in the heart of Budapest, is a great place to enjoy breakfast, whether you prefer croissants or a filling portion of scrambled eggs. Add the Parisian atmosphere, the outdoor terrace, the house-baked breads and pastries and Gerlóczy may become your new favorite breakfast spot. Breakfast is served until noon and you can order a la carte or choose from a variety of breakfast menus available in Light, Classic, Hearty or English flavors. The menus are priced between HUF 750 and HUF 2,200.
Address: Gerlóczy utca 1, Budapest 1052
Phone: (+36-1) 235 0953
Open: Monday – Friday 7 am to 11 pm, Saturday – Sunday 8 am to 11 pm
This beautifully renovated villa, tucked away in a residential area of Buda, is one of the best breakfast spots in the city. Villa Bagatelle is a bistro, café, bakery and pastry shop all-in-one with an inviting, cozy atmosphere. Homemade food, great prices and very generous portions make Villa Bagatelle the perfect setting for a lazy weekend breakfast. The breakfast menu is kept simple and yet there's something for everyone, whether you fancy good old-fashioned bacon and eggs or a cinnamon-raisin roll.
A French Breakfast with homemade croissant, jam, coffee or tea and orange juice is HUF 1,100 and a traditional English breakfast is HUF 1,790. The onsite bakery makes delicious breads, baguettes and other pastries. There is a terrace with outdoor seating and a play area for kids. Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am on weekdays and from 9 am to noon on weekends.
Address: Németvölgyi út 17, Budapest 1126
Phone: (+36-1) 213-4190
Open: Monday – Friday from 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Whether it’s a weekday bagel and a coffee-to-go or a leisurely Saturday breakfast, Coyote, a cozy, American-style café is a local favorite. Sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, bagels, brownies and lattes are on the menu at this dedicated breakfast spot. And the good news is that it’s all reasonably priced. Sidewalk seating is available in the summer.
Address: Markovits Iván utca 4, Budapest 1011
Open: Monday – Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm
When it comes to healthy breakfasts, Fruccola does it well. This juice and sandwich bar serves milk shakes, fruit juices, yoghurt drinks, sandwiches on toast or baguette and a variety of mueslis. Breakfast classics, like croissants and omelets are also available. With many salads and soups to choose from, Fruccola is also a favorite lunch spot. Breakfast is served from 7 am to 10:30 am and everything is between HUF 200 (croissant) and HUF 930 (English Breakfast).
Address: Kristóf tér 3, Budapest 1052 and Arany János utca 32, Budapest 1052
Open: Monday-Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 8 pm (Kristóf tér) and weekdays only, 7 am to 7 pm (Arany János utca)
My plus one mention goes to a bistro-style eatery, which is one of the few places in Budapest offering a real brunch experience: Most Bistro. Their Saturday & Sunday brunch special, served from 10 am to 4 pm, costs only HUF 1,690. American pancake, French toast, eggs Benedict, quiche Loraine, Caesar salad and Hungarian favorites like "mákos guba" along with some Asian specialties, like Pad Thai are on the menu.
Address: Zichy Jenő utca 17, Budapest 1062
Phone: (+36-70) 248-3322
Breakfast update (2014): Several new breakfast spots opened in Budapest since this post was written. In addition to the eateries listed above, Szendzso (Frankel Leó út 11, Budapest 1027), Sarki Fűszeres (Pozsonyi út 53-55, Budapest 1137), á table (Retek utca 6, Budapest 1024) and Cserpes Tejivó (Sütő utca 2, Budapest 1052) are all big on breakfast and worth a try.