I have always been such a “foodie”, I try out different kind of restaurants with different kind of cuisines on a regular basis to expand my cultural knowledge so when I heard there was going to be a “Breakfast Tour” in the city, I had to check it out for myself.
This so called tour is held by Breakslow, a gastro blog that is the Bible of breakfast and brunch lovers. The tour has 9 stops that take place in both Pest and Buda, the name of the places can be found on their website www.breakslow.hu. After visiting the 9 places, the 10th breakfast is for free with at the place of your own choice! When visiting one of the places out of the 9, you can ask for stamp collecting booklet. You need to eat worth more than 1500 Forints to get a stamp. Of course a glutton like me had to take part in this food adventure so let’s take a look at a few places from the tour!
Address: Budapest, Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22, 1052
Open: 8 AM – 4 PM
Price range: $
This tiny restaurant is located between Astoria and Deak Ferenc Square in a hidden alley. The employees only work with natural, healthy ingredients, there are options for both vegans and people who like to eat meat for breakfast. The menu changes every month, each month they try to challenge themselves to test new unique food combinations from acai bowls to French toasts. I have already visited the place 4 times and I have not been disappointed. The meals may look quite artsy but I can promise they are also completely filling! In case you decide to grab some coffee after your meal you can just go to the other side of the alley as the Kontakt coffee is right in front of Szimply.
- A La Mainson
Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 5, 1051
Open: 8 AM – 8 PM
Price range: $$
The French restaurant A La Mainson is at the best place possible in Budapest, near the Basilica. However, besides the beautiful location, the meals and friendly staff also make the food experience wonderful. The menu includes a huge variety of breakfast meals and there are dinner dishes as well that change daily. You can try the British breakfast, American breakfast and even the Hungarian breakfast plate. But if you happen to crave something sweet then the delicious American pancakes or waffles will surely satisfy you. The service may be bit slow at times as the restaurant is usually packed but the kindness of the waiters/waitresses make it up for it.
- Villa Bagatelle
Address: Budapest, Németvölgyi út 17, 1126
Open: 9 AM – 7 PM
Price range: $$
This fancy looking spot is one of the few stops on the list that is found on the Buda side. It is originally a hotel but obviously has a restaurant part to it. The whole place has a French vibe to it: the decoration, menu and even the portions. As the meals are not that big, still tasty though, there is place left for some dessert too. The macaroons are definitely a must try along with Villa Bagatelle’s own coffees. It is a little tough to get to the restaurant but it is worth a visit anytime of the year: in winter the costumers can enjoy their food and beverages in the winter garden then when it gets warmer the terraces open up.
There are plenty of other places that I must visit to finish the tour and if you are interested as well you better get started because the event ends in the end of April. All information can be found on Breakslow’s official and Facebook page. On your mark, get set, EAT!
By Dora Lesch