A good range of restaurants is available, from inexpensive self-service establishments to fine dining eateries. Patisseries (cukrászda), serving cakes and pastries, and coffee shops (kavenas) are also popular. Gerbeaud’s is Budapest’s most famous coffee-house.
Things to know: There are no licensing hours. Minors are allowed to go into bars but will not be served alcohol.
• Halászlé (a spicy soup made with freshwater fish and paprika).
• Gulyás (Hungarian goulash
is a hearty beef, capsicum and paprika soup; Western goulash is called pörkölt or tokány).
• Gundel palacsinta (pancake served with walnuts, raisins, lemon rind, chocolate sauce and rum).
• Paprikás csirke (paprika chicken).
• Kolbasz (sausage spiced with paprika).
• Tokaji (strong dessert wine).
• Bull’s Blood (strong red wine).
• Pálinka (brandy) comes in barrack (apricot), szliva (plum) or cseresznye (cherry) flavor.
• Unicum (herb liqueur).
Legal drinking age: 18.
Tipping: 10 to 15% is expected in restaurants, bars, clubs, taxis and so on. Don’t leave the money on the table; tell the waiter or waitress the amount you wish to pay, including the tip.
is the country’s main nightlife center with myriad clubs
. It is also home to the magnificent Budapest Opera House , which stages regular performances
. Although on a smaller scale, the nightlife in larger cities and towns like Debrecen and Szeged is also lively and during the summer months the popular Lake Balaton resort of Siófok has a buzzing nightlife. Cinemas
in major towns show many films in their original language with Hungarian subtitles. Western Hungary in particular has a lot of very good wine cellars
that open late.