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Cheap eats in Budapest
On our last visit to Budapest we went seeking out some top food, both of local and international flavours, but without breaking the bank. We gave our stomach the ultimate test with a massive burger, a lot of pizza, some local 'főzelék' and lots more!
Here are our top 5 places to eat for cheap in Budapest...
Osbudavar Pizzeria, Országház utca 10
Eating options are limited in the Buda side of the Hungarian capital. But if you find yourself in the castle district at dusk and want to grab something there and then before going back over to the Pest, we recommend this pizzeria just seconds from the Fisherman’s Bastion and St Mathias Church. Staff are friendly, the selection of pizzas is good, ingredients are fresh, they’re extremely tasty and, considering it’s touristy location, it’s good value also.
Fózelékfalo etelbar, VI Nagymezo útca 18
All over the Hungarian capital you will find 'főzelék' (vegetable in a thickened cream sauce or soup) bars serving budget meals that are lapped up by the locals and tourists who stumble upon them . This one just off Andrassy Avenue serves what you should expect in them – a mix of anything from potatoes to peas mixed in a broth with fried eggs and more. While it may not sound too appealing, the food is extremely filling and, if you want to experience a meal the same way the locals do, give it a try.
Csirkesuto Halsuto, Great Market Hall, Vamhaz korut 1-3
If you're looking to put your stomach to the ultimate test, then make your way to this stall on the first floor of Budapest's famous Great Market Hall and ask for the biggest burger they have. They'll ask you if you're sure and, if you are, accept the challenge. Stacked with three burgers, cheese, coleslaw and lots of other things to make you feel a bit rough, we still had to try it as it's the biggest burger we've ever seen. We advise you do the same.
Pizza EATaliano, V. Vécsey utca 5 and various locations
If you want to people watch while munching on your pizza, this is the perfect option. Part of a chain (don't fret though), this restaurant serves a mix of pasta dishes and pizzas with prices that don't match its 5* location. The staff, who speak English, will present you menus in English. A bright and airy restaurant, this is the ideal pit-stop after a stroll up and down Budapest's best-known boulevard.
Café Vian, Liszt Ferenc tér 9.
Lined with restaurants on both sides as well as annoying hawkers doing their utmost to coax you into their venues by smiling and pointing at their menus, Liszt Ferenc Ter is one of the best known spots for dining out in Budapest. But while most of the restaurants have people luring you in, Café Vian towards the bottom of the square doesn’t. That's why we like it so much. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is a mix of standard fare like roast lamb and steak but also traditional Hungarian food too. Staff are friendly too.
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