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Hungarian Goulash

Hungary is the birthplace of goulash, a delicious meat stew spiced with paprika.

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Why not learn to make your own? There are many cooking courses you can take in Budapest. Recipes served with dollops of history

Hungary has many delicacies: lángos, the fried dough topped with sour cream and cheese; Kùrtöskalács, the sweet bread that is baked rotisserie-style over charcoal; Dobostorta, a chocolate layered sponge cake topped with crystallized caramel. The list goes on, and you should try them all. But one thing you may already be familiar with is Gulyás: the famous Hungarian Goulash.


Goulash is a Hungarian original. It’s a hot stew with chunks of beef, potatoes and vegetables, and they don’t hold back on the paprika. It was originally made by cattle herdsman, who used to dry the cooked meat under the sun and pack in into bags produced from sheep’s stomachs. Then they just added water to make it into a meal: a Middles Ages pot-noodle, more or less.


The result was pure comfort food: hearty and hot. Everyone has their own recipe, omitting this or adding that, so don’t limit yourself to one sample. Try the Hunyadi Restaurant, a lesser known eatery which focuses on local meals and wines, or head to the elegant and spacious ÉS Bistro in the Kempinski hotel, where you can also enjoy Latin themed events on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer.

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Inner-City Mother Church of the Blessed Virgin
In 1046, Bishop St Gellert was buried at Budapest's Inner City Parish Church, the main parish church which stands today.
Dohany Street Synagogue
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Street Food Karvan
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