Restaurants & Cafés
Prague's cafés are popular among locals. There's a lively café culture and the focal point for meet-ups and life here. We all love going and sitting in 100 + year-old cafés, drinking espressos and eating plum strudel with poppy-seeds, bluberry muffins and little apricot cakes. Available at Café Louvre, Cafe Imperial, Cafe Colore or cool Ema Espressobar.
Czechs love eating and drinking. We say that due to the cold winters, we need to have "reserves"… :) We have great meat, sausages, cabagge, French-style soups like potato or garlic with traditional Czech bread, bacon dumplings, donuts... I strongly recommend Czech restaurants like Čestr, Kalina, Imperial, Lokal U Bile Kuzelky. Simply wonderful!
The best beer in the world is Czech beer! It's inexpensive - a cold large Pilsner beer costs a few crowns and is the best refreshment for summer days. The Strahov Monastery brewery which has a delicious amber beer brewed by monks. At the rope-maker's wife there's dark Kozel beer, or at U Medvidku they brew Czech Budweiser. "Cheers!" in Czech is "Na zdraví!" ;)
Vintage Garden is located in District VII and looks like a boutique shop, but this cute little place is actually a French bistro. It feels like you're right in Provence: white-wood finishes, flowers and quaint decorations dominate the 100-square-foot terrace as well as the interior. The menu is French, with a charming Francophone atmosphere to match.
Sip your coffee or enjoy some cake with live piano background music at the grandiose Alexandra Café. Located at Andrássy Avenue the building functioned as a casino in the 19th century before housing the first real department store in Budapest. Now the café, part of the huge Alexandra bookstore, also known as the Lotz Hall, is open to anyone wanting to take a break in luxurious surroundings soaked in old-world splendour.
Right near Liszt Ferenc Square, Menza is ideal for taking lunch whilst sightseeing and also you can stop by for a nice relaxed dinner. However, be warned it's often difficult to find a free table, so it's a good idea to book in advance. The service is great; fast and friendly, and the milieu is that of a modern bistro with a terrace open during summer. The traditional menu lists Hungarian and international dishes, the portions are large, and the daily lunch menu is reasonably priced. In the evening, it's a lovely spot for a cocktail or two ;).
Budapest's newest summer party spot, aqpart is an outdoor terrace bar at the Pest end of the Chain Bridge. It features one of the city's most beautiful vistas over the Danube River, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, The Church of Matthias, and Fishermen's Bastion as a stunning backdrop. This is an excellent choice for a summer chill-out session. The menu includes hake and chips, kenyér lángos (a dish akin to focaccia), summer cocktails, fröccs, and beer. Raqpart is open in the warmer months.