Since Buda is not high on tourist radars, the eateries, markets, and shops here have been designed with locals in mind.
You’ll visit a neighborhood market (one of the best in the city), where farmers and artisans from the countryside come to sell fresh produce, carefully bottled jams, juices, preserves, and more. Several butchers here specialize in indigenous Hungarian animals, with high-quality meat from Mangalica and grey cattle on offer. Cheesemongers offer an array of delicious cheese made in the local styles.
For lunch, you will feast on authentic home-style Hungarian dishes at a few tiny eateries where the cooking is grandmotherly, as is the décor. We’ll visit a gem of a pastry shop, run by the same family for generations, where the pastries taste as beautiful as they look. When our feet begin to tire, we’ll have coffee at a Socialist-style coffee shop which has barely changed over the past several decades. In addition to eating our way through Budapest, we’ll discuss the fascinating sights, architecture, and history in this eclectic part of town. Buda locals love living here for another reason—the Buda side has the best thermal bath houses. This walk ends near one of our favorites, where we’ll also have the opportunity to taste some healing water. If you are so inclined, we’ll direct you towards these warm mineral-rich waters (which are said to help with digestion) at the tour’s end.