For the coffee traveller in a rush, Fekete, which translates to black in Hungarian, is the perfect stop. The shop resembles a small pop-up store. It is minimalist in color and design with a few chairs and a bar from which you can enjoy your coffee. Fekete offers all your standard brews in single or double shots, a range of milk coffees including the elusive flat white and a few snacks. For those who do have time to spare, Fekete also has an outdoor courtyard around the corner where you can pull up a chair and sit under fairy lights decorated with their takeaway coffee cups to enjoy their exceptional coffee.
Fekete, Muzeum Korut 5, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 787 7503
Kontakt Specialty Coffee Bar
For the new-age coffee lover, Kontakt is the perfect destination. Kontakt is located in a small peaceful courtyard just off a main street in Downtown Budapest. Its interior design could be described as modern-minimalist chic which matches its innovative menu. Kontakt offers coffee lovers a new type of cold drip – nitrogen-powered cold drip on tap, aptly named the Roket. Roket is served on the spot and is light and refreshing. The owners of Kontakt are planning on making Roket mobile with a coffee-on-tap cart to be gracing the streets of Budapest soon.
Espresso Embassy is probably the most well known of the excellent independent coffee stores in Budapest and it’s no surprise given its expert quality brews and impeccable service. Located next to Montenegro’s embassy, walking into the vaulted ceiling of Espresso Embassy feels like you are walking into a secret coffee cave. All of Espresso Embassy’s coffees are made from single-origin coffee, and if you love their coffee (which you definitely will) you can buy their beans which come packaged with a little information card including a photo of the coffee producer.
My Little Melbourne Coffee
My Little Melbourne is the perfect stop for the caffeine addicted traveler and not only because their motto is ‘but first, coffee’. The owners fell in love with Australian coffee culture while visiting relatives and knew they had to bring it back to Budapest. From Australian paraphernalia decorating the cafe, lamingtons, Byron Bay cookies and Bundaberg ginger beer on the menu, to Aesop moisturizer in the bathroom, you could easily forget that you aren’t actually in Melbourne sipping on a flat white. Coffee aficionados can order from their brew bar or their small cafe located next door and sit at the bar or outdoor on coffee crates in true Melbourne coffee style.
Budapest Baristas is the new kid on the block when it comes to specialty coffee in Budapest, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t up to scratch. Located in Downtown, the store is decorated in a gorgeous wooden minimalist style. The baristas take their coffee very seriously, measuring out the exact weight of the coffee prior to putting it through the machine meaning you get the highest-quality brew. They also sell a range of small baked goods to match to your cup of perfection.
Visiting Madal Café is like entering a place of spiritual coffee enlightenment. The owners of Madal were inspired by Sri Chinmoy, an Indian Spiritual Master and meditation teacher. As a result, the cafe is decorated with his photos and various quotes from his teachings can be found on the tables and chairs. This all adds to the zen vibes of the cafe and the divine brews on offer. They do an excellent cold drip which is the perfect drink to cool off from Budapest’s summer heat.
Madal Café, Hollán Ernő u. 3, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 796 6287