The start of my second week in Budapest remained calm. I frequented coffee shops and took long jogs along the Danube to burn off all the tantalising cheesecake and coffee, walked up and down and around the narrow roads of the city, hoping to capture any magical moments, enjoying the sun (but remaining in the shade lest my poor skin suffer more). And for lunch, I would grab some fresh bread from a local bakery, and saunter home.
Hitting up Madal coffee more than three times is a must. Above: cheesecake, banana cake, orange & turmeric juice, iced coffee.
One coffee shop that has quickly become a favourite was Espresso Embassy; it’s embedded in the brightest yellow-faced building you’ve ever seen, it’s suave “E” logo jutting out above some wooden tables and chairs outside, adorned with tiny plants in white pots. Inside, they sell their excellent coffee blends alongside a variety of standard cafe drinks and a large selection of cakes and pastries, including cardamom buns, cheesecake and chocolate babka (which is a must-try). Large dark leaved plants decorated wooden tables and winding plants and flowers perched atop of white windowsills. As for the coffee itself, well, in Budapest, you can be sure that when you get a coffee, it doesn’t arrive in a meagre 50ml cup like any god-forsaken hipster place in London. No sir, you get a generous serving, and at no demise to the flavour and taste.
Budapest, much like any other city, hosts a range of restaurants featuring cuisines from all around the world, and so it’d be mad to not sample what is has to offer. From Cajun and Creole food at Soul Food to the freshest hummus and falafel at Hummus Bar, to Japanese ramen at Japaneka. We even managed to find some Brazilian Guarana at an exotic food store… As everyone knows, what’s better than going to a foreign country and trying 39843 other cultures’ food instead?
Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo at Soul Food.
Ramen at Japaneka.