What makes this tour special
In Budapest, the food scene is a journey through Hungary’s landscape and its bordering nations, coupled with a few exciting adventures into history.
- Enjoy authentic Hungarian tastings on the city’s most delicious food tour
- Guided by a local foodie who will take you on your own culinary journey
- Browse food markets, cafes, bars and restaurants to experience the food scene
- Try delicious, typical Hungarian food and flavor-filled fresh produce
- Eat like a local and meet chefs, kitchen staff and food vendors
- Learn the history behind the nation’s favorite dish
- Get the inside scoop on the best places to eat in the city
- Try some of Budapest’s tastiest street food
Budapest boasts a diverse array of different dishes with abundant culinary influences. In its soups and stews, there are the tell-tale signs of Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania, while stuffed vegetables and pickled salads are from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia. To Austria it owes many of its pastries and to Turkey, its coffee, with German and Russian occupation also leaving its mark. Yet with the regional towns and villages Hungary’s culinary heartlands, Budapest’s focus is squarely on home-spun dishes - albeit with a modern, contemporary twist.
Delve into the city’s gastronomic history, meet some of its chefs, watch kitchens in the throes of creativity and get to know Hungary through the realms of its incredible food. Experience for yourself how history and societal changes continue to add new complexity to the city’s foodscape. In the markets, in the cafes, in the kitchens and at the food stalls we will touch and smell food, listen to it pop and spit, and before we finally taste it, devour it with our eyes: proving firsthand that exploration isn’t purely a physical thing, it utilises all five senses.
Budapest’s favourite local dishes read like a Hungarian map, with every corner of this landlocked country represented in restaurants in the city. Like any capital city, Budapest is a home to people from all over the globe, adding further culinary bites to the city’s mouthwatering food mix. Want to order like a local? Try delicious Hungarian goulash, succulent paprika chicken, fisherman soup and dumplings washed down with a Hungarian-style spritzer or a glass of white wine from the vineyards of the south of the country. This tour is a tantalising tasting adventure of authentic Hungarian baked goods, sumptuous slow-cooked meats, freshly cooked soup, pies and fresh local produce. Traditional Hungarian cuisine is heavy, no surprise given the bitterly cold winters, however demand in Budapest is increasingly for modern interpretations of these robust dishes, so lighter and smaller portions.