Veszprém, also known as the ‘City of Queens,’ is one of Hungary’s hidden treasures. With its winding streets, steep inclines and many romantic corners, you could almost feel that you had drifted into an enchanted town. Also, Lake Balaton and the hills of Bakony are within striking distance for an excursion. Start your day with one of these 10 great brunch places.
Veszprém castle and viadukt/Photo by author
Experience a spoonful of Tuscany in Veszprém. With its blend of impeccable ingredients, courteous service and the exceptional flavors of the food on offer, Chianti restaurant definitely sets a standard. Anything you might order has a hint of class, courgette with pine nuts, duck foie gras with pumpkin and Giulia anchovy macaroons or gnocchi filled with wild marjoram cottage cheese, served with truffle goat cheese. In their gourmet shop you can choose from great coffees while you are waiting for your sandwich with Serrano ham.
Standing at the foot of the castle walls, this former baroque building merges the heritage of the past with tasteful modern elegance. Given that the restaurant is in the heart of the city, the castle and the marvelous park alongside brook Séd are easily accessible, ideal for a little walk after lunch. The menu changes with the seasons so, for example, winter is associated with foie gras with lecsó, or catfish with paprika and dill-flavored cottage cheese pastry.
The Elefánt (Elephant) has always been a fresh spot on Óváros (Old city) square. With a continually changing décor, it is equally capable of surprising regular guests as well as visitors, but there are some things that don’t change, check out the aquarium with the friendly fish on the wall. You can choose from either the a la carte or daily menu, or top off the day with a great coffee or hot chocolate. During the summer, there is a nice patio area from which you can admire the beautiful historical buildings.
This restaurant put a lot of effort and consideration into the creation of its quality cuisine, a repertoire which delights all who sample the fantastic, fresh meals. The chefs like to preserve traditional tastes, but they also do not stint in their presentation of modern gastronomy. An important part of their philosophy is to cook using local produce. This attention to detail is tangible when you taste the cockerel soup with thyme, or the pullet fillet baked in a Parmesan crust, or the broccoli-filled raviolis bathed in a buttery almond sauce.
Situated in the old town, the castle is only a few meters away, which renders this café an ideal place for an evening meal followed by a slow, romantic walk to the old buildings, where you can admire the panorama of the whole city. With its warm yellow walls, you will feel instantly welcomed. You can choose from either the daily menu or from the a la carte selection. Italian and Hungarian dishes create a nice mixture of flavors.
Fricska means ‘fillip’, mischief that causes funny moments for both the perpetrator and the victim. This philosophy can be understood instantly when you enter this culture-pub right at the bank of Séd brook. Being a curious mixture of an old vernacular house and a ruin pub, they offer street food (sandwiches and cakes) as well as a daily menu. Books on the shelves, cozy pillows and games, sometimes reading evenings, concerts and children’s programs guarantee a good time.
In the city’s promenade, Marica is the right place to enjoy watching the world going by. When the weather gets warmer, you can sit on the terrace while sipping a hot coffee, or later in the day a glass of fragrant Rosé or a frothy beer. A spacious interior provides the relaxation for anyone. Children are catered for with the various toys and the special menus invented only for them.
Kultúrmacska, or ‘Cult Cat’ in English, has a name that is not a mistake; in this café there are real cats to entertain and to be entertained. You can taste exceptional and posh coffees and teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails as well as homemade cakes, sandwiches and goffri. In a very cozy environment, surrounded by warm brick walls and sagging armchairs, you can enjoy your drink with the resident gorgeous cats, a unique experience.
Coffee and teahouse to the Scrivener, this café, standing in the library’s garden, is a hidden and cozy spot for a lovely tea or hot chocolate or cakes. Surrounded by books in a half-shady space and sitting on soft cushions, a drink here can be a unique experience. You might have the urge to read or write something, you can ask for a piece of paper if the muse takes you. Every milky drink can be ordered with lactose-free milk.
This weirdly shaped building stands beside the main road, and you certainly can’t miss it, it looks like a giant tuning-fork, hence its name. Accordingly, a schedule of concerts and lectures takes place here, you can check them out on their website. You can also have breakfast or lunch in this unique environment – lots of coffess and teas are on the menu, and a daily changing lunch offer is also available.