Food tour in Budapest
The first Hungarian food that comes to mind is the Goulash, but I knew there was much more to it, so I decided to book a food tour with a local to get the best idea.
I searched online and found the company Taste Hungary, that runs several different food tours. I had a hard time deciding, but eventually ended up with the Buda Food Walk, so I could explore the lesser known areas of Budapest.
The food tour started at 10, and as the description promised I would not be hungry after, I decided to skip breakfast. By experience, I have never left a food tour hungry…
Getting on the tram, crossing the bridge from the Pest- to the Buda-side, I quickly got to the meeting place. When the group was complete, we got a sweet start at Auguszt, a very traditional family run pastry shop. I must admit that sweets in the morning is not my favorite, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, right?
The display was full of delicious looking pastry, and the guide described them all. I was struggling making up my mind, but ended up with Eszterhazy (taste that word….), with almond meringue, buttercream, and chocolate. It tasted good, but as I said, sweets are not my style in the morning. Luckily, the others in the group were of different caliber.
Just crossing the street for the market, we aimed for the Langos. If you do not know what that is already, you certainly will know after visiting Hungary. I am absolutely convinced that it is impossible to not see any Langos during your stay. They are found many places, except when I was craving it as a last meal before leaving the country…
Langos are often eaten as a snack between breakfast and lunch. We joined the club, only we were eating all the meals in a short period of time. According to our guide, the particular place she took us, was the best in town. Their secret is to use cabbage in the dough as well. The traditional way to serve the Langos is with sour cream, garlic and cheese. Heavy and super good! Bear in mind you can easily share one with a friend or two…
Walking along the permanent market shops, we were introduced to another specialty – Mangalica meat. It is a Hungarian breed furry pig with a special textured meat with lard. Ok, it may not sound particularly good, but I promise you, the cold cuts we tasted were magical!
On the ground floor in the middle, vendors sell local produce from the surrounding area. Others sell cheese or spices. Many ingredients originally came to Hungary with the Turks, with paprika being just one of them, so many of the words for the vegetables are actually more or less the same in Turkish and Hungarian.
Back to the cheese; During communism, all farmers had to send all their produce to the state, so the artisan production was lost for a long time. Some have recently started again making a small production, selling their goods from a little stall in one of the corners.
It was time to walk off the breakfast and snacks before the real lunch. Strolling the streets and parks of Buda, then heading up Rose Hill. Arriving at the top, we were rewarded with a magnificent view of Budapest.
But it is also a historical place, hosting the memorial of Péter Mansfeld, one of the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution and freedom fight of 1956. Sadly he was arrested and sentenced to death.
Walking down the uneven and charming Gül Baba street, we could clearly see the restoration work in progress of the area around his tomb. By the looks of the project sketches, it will become an even nicer area to visit.
Behind a pale green wall, we entered a grandma-style restaurant. Old dark wooden furniture’s, off-white lace curtains and wallpaper. And lots of trinkets all around to look at while the elderly woman prepared our food. Lunch is the main meal in Hungary, so we were prepared it would be a lot.
Hot broth soup with a large dumpling came first. Then multiple dishes with paprika and sour cream – one served with cabbage, one with chicken, and one with the local pasta. It would be an understatement to say we were full when we left. We were stuffed!
Good thing then that at our next (and last) stop, the communist style café Bambi eszpres, we got to taste Unikum. Or maybe I should not say that as a good thing – this black herbal drink tasted even more awful than the German equivalent Underberg, but at least it serves as a digestive, and we sure needed that!
The guide saw us of with some restaurant tips, and pointed us in the direction of Kira’ly – a small local thermal bath just right around the corner. It is actually the oldest Turkish baths, and the only that is still original. A nice and relaxing activity while digesting both the food and impressions.
Next time I go to Budapest, I will certainly try one of the other food tours they offer, like the culinary walk ending with wine tasting…
10 thoughts on “Food tour in Budapest”
This looks great! Food tour looks good, I know you said your not much of a sweet person in the morning, but that would be my heaven hahaha I can eat sweets any time of the day. When you go back hopefully you will get to do the culinary tour, would love to read that too 🙂 great post!
YUM! I once had the langos before but at a food festival in germany and it was really tasty!! A food tour in Budapest is definitely on my list now 😀
Oh, I love food tours! You can learn so much about a country thru it’s cooking / foods / liquors! This one sounds like it was great fun. And, SO much food – sometimes you just get samples, but this one sure treated you all well!
I NEED that Langos!! It looks absolutely like something I can finish on my own, sour cream, cheese, cabbage, dough and all. Loved that you found some really interesting bits here with the communist style cafe and drink which sounds like something I’d try just for the heck of it. Love the grandma style café!
ok, this blog left me feeling hungry and wanting to book a flight to Budapest. I never considered a food tour before…I think I’m sold on the idea!
I love Budapest and I LOVE food haha this looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I love food tours because you get to experience so much in a short amount of time, and you really get a “taste” of the local culture 🙂
Wow, these foods are mouth-watering. I am packing my bags to Budapest right now 😀 BTW, I LOVE pastries!!
I have always wanted to do a food tour! I may look into this one if I ever make it to Budapest! That food looks amazing! You have me at the first picture of that cake! That is the way to do breakfast.
I have a bad memories of being in Budapest, I was in scary situation with muggers but thankfully nothing happened. This really gives me the reason to go back and savor the country. Thank you for showing the other side of the city.