The culinary scene has gone through a pleasant change nowadays. It is becoming more creative, service is getting better, and the quality of the wines just keeps rising. Due to the growing number of tourists, menus are almost always available in several languages. You can not get it wrong with eating out in this city, great dining comes with significantly lower prices: International top restaurants with Michelin stars, traditional or modern Hungarian cuisine mixed with Mediterranean flavors, English or Irish pub food, soup bars, Asian or Mexican fast food, student bars with Balkan food or fancy burger bars and steak houses await you.
If you want to eat for even lower prices, look for the lunch menu specials at some restaurants that only cost about 4 € and don't worry about the time, it is not impossible to find a place that has this offer until 5 pm! Ráday Street offers a wide selection of restaurants of all price ranges, while Liszt Ferenc square is known for its idyllic outdoor seating with higher, but affordable prices.
If you're looking for international restaurants in the upscale category go to the 5th district around the Basilica and Andrássy Avenue. The Jewish Quarter and the Gozsdu Court is packed with hip and inexpensive restaurants and there are some traditional Hungarian restaurants in the Castle District which are very popular with tourists. A digestive walk can easily be combined with awesome views of the city. Discover the high quality and uniqueness of Hungarian wines in one of the hip wine bars where you can have Hungarian and Mediterranean tapas.
Excellent Hungarian craft beers are the latest trend. Why not try Hungarian plum beer in a 'ruin pub'? Budapest is famous for its coffee house culture: in addition to classic coffee houses, such as the New York, Gerbeaud, Central or Lotz, you can enjoy invigorating coffee from freshly roasted beans in family-run coffee shops.
You should definitely visit the Great Market hall, if you want to see something spectacular or you want to buy something traditionally Hungarian. Goose liver, sausage, Hungarian red pepper; you name it - it's here. According to CNN it is the most beautiful market in the world - a treasure box full of Hungarian food and lifestyle.