IKON Restaurant Debrecen | Courtesy of IKON Restaurant
As the second largest city in Hungary, Debrecen is also home to a number of great restaurants, bistros and cosy places to eat. Alongside the traditional Hungarian cuisine, there are fine dining establishments and international specialties to be found. Join us as we discover 10 of the best places to eat in the city.
IKON Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurant, Street Food, $$$
IKON Restaurant and Lounge, Debrecen | Courtesy of IKON Restaurant
One of Debrecen’s finest restuarants can be found just a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Great Church. IKON serves Hungarian cuisine with a twist, taking influence from countries such as France to create a refined, flavorsome menu. Local produce and high quality ingredients are a key focus while dishes are served in a sophisticated yet casual setting. The Menu 30km is a must, featuring ingredients from within a 30km radius of the city. For relaxed fine dining in Debrecen, look no further.
A mixture of traditional Hungarian and international cuisine can be found at this cozy cellar restaurant opposite the Csokonai Theatre in the heart of the city. As well as serving up hearty portions in a friendly environment, there’s also room for parties in the spacious events hall.
For authentic Hungarian food, look no further than this traditional restaurant. On the menu? Classic dishes such as paprikás and fish from the Tisza river. Set inside a snug cellar, it’s one of the go-to places in the city for anyone looking to taste the local cuisine. Staff are friendly and in keeping with true Hungarian style, portions are generous.
Debrecen’s location on the River Tisza means fresh fish is easily accessible; Keszegsütő takes advantage of this to serve up simple, well cooked dishes focused around seafood. The menu is short and sweet, meaning there’s time to prepare every dish to perfection, while the setting is intimate and traditional.
As its name suggests, the aim of this restaurant is to provide a homely atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy a delicious meal in unpretentious, welcoming surroundings. Refined home cooking, traditional dishes, hearty portions and friendly prices all contribute to the The Flat Bisztró’s popularity meaning it’s often busy – so booking ahead for evening service is recommended.
From the same family as the more upscale IKON Restaurant, IKON Street originally began as a food truck enterprise, with two trailers serving up street food in Debrecen and across Hungary. Quickly gaining popularity, the decision was made to establish a permanent base in the city – and so IKON Street was born. Gourmet burgers, crisp french fries and the classic “Debreziner” (a paprika flavoured sausage named after the city) are all on the menu.
The Old Post Office Restaurant is located in one of Debrecen’s oldest buildings, hailing from the 17th century. Originally functioning a post office, today it’s a cellar-style restaurant with a menu focusing on traditional Hungarian cuisine. Go hungry, as portions are huge and so delicious you won’t want to leave anything on the plate! Live music adds to the warm atmosphere, which is cultivated by friendly staff and a laid-back vibe.
For fresh, healthy and fast cuisine look no further than this Asian eatery serving wok boxes, sushi and more. One of the city’s few Asian restaurants, the varied menu is a journey across the continent, with dishes from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and more. The restaurant is known for its wok boxes: start with a base of noodles, rice or vegetables before adding ingredients to create a unique, personalised dish. There’s not much space to sit however for fuss free, flavorsome and quick dining it’s a must.
Hungarian cuisine tends to be meat centric; for anyone who prefers to follow a more plant based diet, this vegetarian restaurant is a great option. A member of the worldwide Govinda family, which has vegetarian and vegan restaurants across the globe, the universal aim is to nourish the body with healthy, tasty food. The Debrecen branch achieves this through a menu of freshly prepared Indian cuisine; a number of vegan options are also available, served in a casual setting.
The menu at this casual restaurant is heavily influenced by Mediterranean cuisine and as a result, pizza, pasta and salads are all staple items on the menu. The interior is simple, letting the food speak for itself: the Italian options are the standout dishes, with fresh, home made pasta and pizza baked in the Neapolitan tradition. An outdoor terrace provides the ideal place to enjoy a meal in the sun.