09 Mar Best Hungarian street food in Budapest
The best way to experience a place is through its food, and while sitting in a restaurant sampling the specials is all well and good, sometimes the real feeling is on the street. Get a taste for Hungarian cuisine in our guide to Hungarian street food you need to try and where to get it in Budapest!
This deep fried savoury dough topped with grated cheese and sour cream is the ultimate Hungarian street food. You may want to walk the entire city after eating just one to balance the calories in and out, but it’s worth it. You can get lángos all over the city, like the Central Market Hall or at the Karavan Street Food Court (just next to Szimpla Kert ruin bar). One of the best places is Tomi Lángos (Blaha Lujza Tér 1), just next to Corvin Club and Müszi.
Also known as chimney cake, this sweet brioche type bread glazed with sugar is cooked over coals or over an oven before being rolled in cinnamon, nuts or cocoa, among other toppings. It’s more of a seasonal treat, you’ll find it in all the Christmas markets, but you can still try it off season. Molnár’s Kürtöskalács on Váci street is perhaps the easiest place to find that’s evergreen, but keep your eyes open for pop up stands serving this classic pastry.
Goulash is the ultimate Hungarian dish, but did you know that it’s not actually a stew but a soup? You’ll find a ton of take away soup places with variable menus that sometimes feature the classic meat and paprika soup, but if you’re specifically looking for goulash on the go, then head over to Finomótó Kantin in the II District on Vasárnyi utca.
While most Hungarian dishes are meat heavy, fried cheese offers a veggie option on the Hungarian menu, but it can be badly done, which is why the chaps at Paneer wanted to give a modern gastronomic twist to the classic Hungarian dish. You can try it in their amazing “Real Cheeseburgers” or the way Hungarian cuisine intended – fried up in batter and served up that way. You can find them in their shop in Király utca or in the Karavan Street Food Court next to Szimpla kert ruin bar.
Kolbász and Hurka
Hungarians are good at meat dishes, and you can often buy some kolbász (a spicy sausage made with paprika) or hurka (blood pudding with rice) at street side stalls with some bread and some pickles. You can try something more modern at Kolbice, who have a stand at the Karavan Street Food Court and their own restaurants/street food vans, or go more traditional route, check out Kurucz Hentes és Lacipecsenye in the Klauzál Tér market for a variety of Hungarian sausages.
Other Hungarian street food you should try are kenyérlángos, a baked type of pizza on a thick and chewy bread topped with sour cream and lardons, as well as other toppings, or tócsni, a type of rosti. You can find these at street festivals and sometimes in the parks, like City Park in the summer. So keep an eye out for street food vendors for a different taste of Hungarian cuisine.