Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to go out for.
Who am I kidding—I’ll have all my meals out if I have the chance!
But for real, breakfast at a café is the perfect start to the day when I’m traveling—diving into the hustle and bustle of the city, taking time to plan my sightseeing for the day, with an excellent coffee in hand, preferably while sitting in the sun? I’ll take it!
And there are dozens of fantastic places for breakfast in Budapest. Breakfast in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is popular as it’s one of the main areas for visitors in Budapest, but many other districts have delicious hotspots.
While I’m working on a complete list of Budapest’s breakfast places, including cheap breakfasts, vegan breakfasts, Hungarian breakfast, etc., here are 5 of the most popular spots for breakfast in Budapest.
One of the most popular places for breakfast in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter (district 7), Cirkusz received raving reviews pretty much daily. Their passion for coffee, delicious eggs, the service, and the atmosphere keep attracting hungry people—locals and tourists alike.
Brunch is available daily until 4.30 pm, and when I say brunch, I mean BRUNCH: Mimosas and Bloody Marys, pastries, French toast, granola and oatmeal, and even bagels. Take your pick between the egg specialties and enjoy Cirkusz’s world-class coffees.
Located in district 7, or Jewish Quarter, Stika is a trendy hotspot for your morning coffee or weekend brunch.
Stika is famous for its hip atmosphere and reasonable prices. If Instagrammability isn’t as important to you, you can get better food somewhere less busy and more budget-friendly.
That said, the food isn’t bad at all. Breakfast or brunch is served until 6 pm daily, and you can build your own egg breakfast with their choice of toppings. Stika also has some Hungarian specialties on their menu!
They don’t take reservations, and due to its popularity among Budapestians and travelers, you may have to line up (especially during the weekend).
Szimply has a small breakfast menu but caters to everyone. Half the menu is vegetarian, and they also have dairy-free and gluten-free options. The menu changes every so often to keep their ingredients fresh and locally sourced.
My favorite option on Szimply’s current menu is the baked oatmeal. Absolutely mouthwatering! The vegan Snickers Bowl (choco-banana smoothie, homemade peanut butter, salted caramel, and granola) is an excellent second choice for me.
Szimply is a small place in a hidden courtyard typical in Budapest, so make reservations! They’re open Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.
4. Zoska Reggeliző Kávézó
A budget-friendly all-day breakfast? Sign me up!
Zoska Reggeliző Kávézó is located in the 5th district and serves your usual breakfast foods; oatmeal (I’d take the apple/cinnamon!), eggs, pancakes, and even bundás kenyér, Hungary’s answer to French toast.
The food is fine, the prices are right, the service is not the greatest, but this is Budapest, not the USA. Zoska opens at 7 am so it’s perfect for early risers (except Sundays, when they’re closed).
5. London Coffee Society
Also in the Jewish Quarter, district 7, is this specialty coffee shop with all-day breakfast. Yep, you read that right.
London Coffee Society’s avocado toast is loved, but they also do a delicious shakshuka and have various pastries available. There are vegetarian and vegan options available.
They don’t do reservations, so sometimes there’s a bit of a wait as there’s only space for ~20 guests.
Well, jó étvágyat! (That’s ‘bon appetit’ in Hungarian!)