Lángos is a popular Hungarian food

A usual part of a Budapest trip is having a taste of the local cuisine. The city and the country has a tremendous amount of things to experience. So let our Budapest guide help you choose the best meals for your stay.

Lángos may be eaten with sour cream and cheese

Two lángoses, please!

The definitive Hungarian experience and our Budapest guide start with the same thing. Lángos, a popular and simple food that every local knows since childhood. It is a deep fried dough in a circular shape, topped usually with garlic, sour cream and cheese. But you can find the wildest varieties from bacon to Nutella as well. One thing is for sure: if you choose to have one, prepare to feel full for the next few hours. It’s ideal before a walking tour or a pub crawl, as your stomach surely won’t need anything for a while. And the best about it is that it’s dirt cheap. For a few hundred forints, you can find your match at a suitable place. Our choice is the Retró Lángos Büfé at the Arany János utca subway station.

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup recommended by our Budapest guide

Nothing’s better than a goulash

Everybody knows it from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mel Gibson. A rich soup with beef, potatoes, carrots and pieces of pasta, it is a common guest on many Hungarian tables during a week. A great goulash can ease your hangover after a party in Szimpla or Anker’t, can help you recuperate on a cold winter day or can simply give you the single best gastronomic experience you may have in Hungary. Having a magical taste and smell, it is a standard favoutire among the locals. Not only because of its unforgettable yumminess. But also because it gives you enough nutrition that you can order it as a main course. The preferred place to have it according to our Budapest guide: Fröccsterasz Télikert.

Chimney cake is one of the best Hungarian sweets and pastries

A sweet thing for sweet teeth

If you already tried lángos and goulash and you still have some free space in your tummy, then we have a last tip for you. A well-known and much-loved treat among Hungarians, chimney cake (kürtőskalács in Hungarian) will surely amaze you. It is long strip of dough that is baked soft on the inside but crunchy on the outside, rolled up in a cylinder-like shape. Freely transportable and available in various flavours from cinnamon to raspberry, a chimney cake can easily secure the necassary dose of sugar for your day. You can find it at various places in Hungary, but our Budapest guide recommends the place Molnár’s Kürtőskalács in the centre of the capital.