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Located on the banks of the Danube bank just a short journey from Budapest, Szentendre is a popular daytrip town. Charming and picturesque, it boasts a rich history and culture which goes hand-in-hand with an exciting dining scene. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Szentendre.
The recently opened Mjam is located in the heart of Szentendre and serves an interesting combination of traditional Hungarian and Creole-Cajun fusion cuisine. Opened in 2013, the restaurant quickly earned the attention of many with its fresh daily changing menu and became one of the town’s most popular eateries. The Caribbean owner-chef ensures a creative dining experience in a modern, stylish interior at budget-friendly prices.
Mjam, Városház tér 2, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 70 377 8178
For diners craving authentic Greek cuisine, Görög Kancsó Restaurant is the place to be. Located on Szentendre’s oldest street and overlooking the beautiful Danube. The menu is filled with traditional Greek tastes with fish, meat and vegetarian specialties appearing alongside a number of Hungarian dishes while the souvlaki, gyros, moussaka and homemade baklava are not to be missed.
Görög Kancsó Restaurant, Dunakorzó 9, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 26 303 178
Rab Ráby Restaurant is an interesting combination of restaurant and museum. Named after the Hungarian novel Rab Ráby, it features a display of hundreds of antique items and medieval knights that welcome guests and is certainly worth a visit. The restaurant opened before the fall of the iron curtain in 1982 and serves as a popular dining spot for high-level politicians visiting the town.
Új Művész, is a place where art and cuisine fuse. Its cuisine is Hungarian with mouth-watering traditional and contemporary specialties, making Új Művész ideal for breakfast, a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner. A cosy but elegant brick-and-wood pairing interior is accompanied by a charming patio overlooking Szentendre’s lively streets, but the venue also features a cellar serving as a cultural hub where events and discussions add to the town’s cultural life.
Új Művész Restaurant, Dumtsa Jenő utca 7, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 26 26 311 484
Labirintus Restaurant faithfully resonates with the museum’s theme, which showcases the development of Hungarian wine-making by serving a rich selection of excellent local wines and some international varieties. The restaurant’s menu offers traditional Hungarian food, ranging from mouth-watering goulash and tasty fishermen’s soup to the hearty pörkölt and the legendary dessert somlói galuska.
Aranysárkány Vendéglő is a father-and-son-operated restaurant. Since its opening, the restaurant has gained an outstanding reputation becoming a must-visit restaurant for all who pass through Szentendre. Its homely décor features rustic benches and antique decorative elements on the walls, while its impeccable service is accompanied by delectable Hungarian dishes and house specialties.
The only restaurant in town, perhaps even in the whole region, which serves authentic Mexican food strictly guided by three important elements – spices, vegetables and tortillas, Palapa is a refreshing addition to Szentendre’s dining scene. The restaurant’s interior design is equally spirited and vibrant with colorful doors and walls, bright artworks and plenty of plants which give the space an authentic Mexican atmosphere.
Palapa, Dumtsa Jenő utca 14A, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 26 302 418
Halászcsárda, which translates as ‘the inn at the border’, is aptly located at the border between Szentendre and the neighbouring town of Leányfalú on the banks of the scenic Danube River. Decorated in the style of a traditional Hungarian inn, Határcsárda’s interior includes a tile stove, rustic tablecloths and long wooden tables and while it is slightly off the beaten path, its proximity to a ferry ensures accessibility.
Határcsárda, Ady Endre ut 43, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 26 310 311
Szamos Marcipán is a world-famous marzipan company that Hungary is proud to be home to. Though it now boasts many branches, the Szentendre location, which doubles as a café and museum, is particularly excellent, offering bonbons, cakes, delicious pastries and over 25 different types of tortes.
Szamos Marcipán, Dumtsa Jenő utca 12, Szentendre, Hungary, +36 26 310 545