With the arrival of the first warm sunny days Budapest’s streets fill up with parasoled terraces tempting both tourists and locals to enjoy the fine weather by a cup of coffee or other drink.
Here are our favourite places with outdoor seating! Some are located in
- busy neighbourhoods like the Jewish Quarter or the heart of the city,
- others are a bit hidden offering more peaceful atmosphere.
COVID-19 News June 2020:
Cafes, restaurants – both indoor and outdoor – have opened in the first part of June. Staff is required to wear mask and gloves.
Indoor seating has shrunk since every other table had to be taken out to comply with the Covid-19 measurements.
Quick Links: Kiosk – Bálna Terrace – Raqpart – Pontoon – Akadémia Italia (Basilica) – Akvárium Terrace – Szamos Today (Parliament) – Egyetem Square – Liszt Ferenc Square – Kadarka Bárka (Margaret Island) – Zsiráf (Eiffel Sqr.) – Jászai Square – Millennium Háza –
Budapest Terraces with the Best Views
Address: Március 15. tér 4, Bp 1056
- Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 12.00 – 24.00
- Fri, Sat: 12.00 – 01.00 am
Located near the Pest end of Elizabeth Bridge the Kiosk offers unbeatable views of Gellért Hill and the Danube. If you arrive at midday try the daily menu of 2 or 3 courses (2 100 HUF/2 550 HUF).
You can enjoy breakfast between 08.30 – 11.30 – have a croissant with coffee and take in the morning panorama. Go for a full breakfast if you are really famished and not on a strict diet.
I appreciate the vegan option: green pea potato flat bread with roasted tomato, bean salad, ruccola (2 750 HUF).
Kiosk is a place where you can have a taste of our flavourful cuisine, too:
- goulash (1 750 HUF), greean pea soup (zöldborsó leves – 1 450 HUF),
- Chicken paprikash (3 650 HUF).
You can also pop in just for a drink – you will have wide choice from the cocktail or wine list.
TIP: Use tram 2 to get to Kiosk.
Address: Fővám tér 11-12., Bp. 1093
Open: every day: 10.00 – 24.00
Bálna Terasz, between Petőfi bridge and Liberty bridge is another great place to enjoy a riverside panorama in Budapest.
The Terasz is a favourite of many locals for afterwork beer or cocktail while enjoying the picturesque view.
Besides drinks, you can have burgers, quesadilla (there is vegetarian choice) and other snacks as well as cakes.
A huge plus that it is a bike and animal friendly spot.
Address: Jane Haining rkp., Bp., 1051, at the foot of the Chain Bridge
- Mon, Sun: 12.00 – 01.00 am,
- Tue: 12.00 – 04.00 am,
- Wed: 12.00 – 01.30 am,
- Thurs: 12.00 – 01.00 am,
- Fri, Sat: 12.00 – 04.00 am
Raqpart is also an ideal choice for an amazing, Insta-worthy background.
Burgers, salads, nachos, fish & chips are the favourite choices in the menu.
Prices between: cc. 2 000 – 4 000 HUF.
Address: Id. Antall József rkp. 1, Bp. 1052, next to the Chain Bridge in Pets
Open: Mon – Fri: 12.00 – 24.00, Sat – Sun: 11.00 – 24.00
Similarly to Raqpart, Pontoon is at the Pest bridgehead of the Chain Bridge with the same breathtaking views of the Buda side and the river Danube.
Oven-baked pizza, a glass chillded drink, sunset, live music – what else would you want for a perfect summer evening?
TIP: The Danube Promenade (Duna Korzó) along the Danube in Pest between Erzsébet Bridge and the Chain Bridge is packed with terrace cafes and restaurants, hotel bistros. Panoráma Terasz next to the Vigadó hall is one of these places.
A bit touristy with pricey items on the menu – Hungarian dishes mainly – but the view is certainly spectacular!
Downtown Budapest – Outdoor Hangouts
The city centre has some lovely outdoor hangouts too where you can savor the historic ambience along with a drink or nice food.
Address: Szent István tér 12, Bp. 1051
Open: Mon – Sun: 09.30 – 23.30
For some Italian feeling head for Akadémia Italia right next to the imposing St. Stephen’s Basilica on Szt. István Square.
It has a spacious terrace where you can have a late breakfast or just a cappuccino with a pastry.
All classic Italian dishes are present on the menu and they have a wide selection of Italian wines too.
The neighbourhood of the Basilica is full of cafes and bistros with terraces on the street:
- Zrínyi utca,
- Hercegprimás utca,
- Sas utca,
- Nádori utca
are all hotspots of great dining places with alfresco eating option.
Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 10., Bp. 1051 (tram 2)
Open: Mon – Fri: 07.30 – 19.00, Sat, Sun: 09.00 – 19.00
Szamos Today is part of the Szamos Confectionery Chain, a family-owned business specializing in classic Hungarian cakes and pastries.
They have a small outdoor seating area overlooking the Parliament building. If you don’t like sweets try their sandwiches, savoury scones called pogácsa or the daily menu (available on weekdays: 11.30 – 14.00).
Price: soup + main dish: 1 690 HUF, soup + pannini: 1 490 HUF. For +300 HUF you can have a slice of cake with the menu.
Address: Erzsébet tér 12, Bp. 1051
- Mon, Tue: 12.00 – 01.00 am,
- Wed – Sun: 12.00 – 04.30 am
Akvárium is one of the largest event venues in Budapest with weekly concerts by local and international bands.
It is conveniently located in the herat of the city at just a short stroll from Deák tér metro hub (M1, M2, M3).
Has a charming lake and a quite spacious terrace dotted with colourful chairs and tables.
It opens at noon so you can enjoy a a simple meal with a cold drink outdoor.
The menu includes burgers, vegetarian samosa, wraps and other comfort food.
Adress: Egyetem tér, 1053 Bp., Kálvin tér or Ferenciek tere metro station (M3 line)
A beautiful church dominates the square in the city centre where the New Main Street of Budapest runs between Kálvi tér and Ferenciek tere.
It’s a lovely place for a coffee or light lunch on the terrace of the many cafes and restaurants located in the area.
- a Pad Thai Wok Bar,
- burger bar,
- Hungarian restaurants (SonkaArcok, Alföldi Vendéglő)
- specialty coffee bars (Forest Cafe in Papnövelde utca, Madal Specialty Coffee Bar on Ferenciek tere),
- brunch bistro (Gentry Coffee & Brunch in Királyi Pál utca).
TIP: If you have time explore Károlyi Garden, a green oasis in the centre at only 2 min walk from the church on Egyeten tér.
Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 4, Bp. 1061
Getting there: trams 4, 6, M1 underground, Oktogon stop
This downtown piazza – stretching between Király Str. and Andrássy Av. -, named after Franz Liszt composer is basically a huge open air dining spot from spring till late autumn.
Visit the Music Academy (Zeneakadémia) on a guided tour or attend a concert there before a plesant dinner at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.
Address: Dohány u. 1., Bp., 1074, opposite the Great synagogue
Address: Teréz körút 53., Next to Nyugati Train Station
Getting there: trams, 4, 6, M3 metro: Nyugati tér stop
Look for the terraced green lawn right next to the grand building of the Nyugati Railway Station.
Concrete steps lead down to this nice open air spot, called Zsiráf – an awesome pub with fine beer, lemonade and other drinks.
Hosts concert, design markets and other community and cultural events.
- Mon – Thurs: 16.00 – 24.00
- Fri, Sat: 16.00 – 02.00 am
- Sun: 16.00 – 24.00
Location: Jászai Mari tér, Pest end of the Margaret Bridge
This busy square next to Margaret Bridge has some fine cafes, breakfast places restaurants with terrace.
Try Waycup if you love specialty coffee, delicious pastries, cakes and sandwiches.
They also have daily menu (cream soup for 790 HUF, main course for 1 890 HUF)
bubō is great breakfast place next to Waycup. A wide range of breakfast menu, bagels, sandwiches, pasta dishes await you there to savour inside or outside.
Try the Croque bubō De Luxe: two fried eggs with smoked salmon and cheese wrapped in toast served with fresh veggies + coffee/tea/cocoa: 2 190 HUF.
It will give you plenty energy to explore the nearby Margaret Island.
Roof Terrace of the WestEnd Shopping Centre
Address: Váci út 1-3., Budapest 1062
This busy shopping mall near Nyugati tér has a lovely rooftop terrace where you can relax with a glass of drink
Address: Margitsziget, next to the Athlectic Centre (southern tip)
Getting there: trams 4,6 Margitsziget stop
Kadarka is a wine bar with a beach feeling.
Red beach chairs adorn the sand-covered open-air place where the lush green of the island the closeness of the river offer an escape from the noise of the city.
TIP: Kadarka is a red wine made from a grape variety indigenuous to Hungary.
Hungarian food specialties (paprikash), burgers, tapas, snacks, salads, patés are the main choices if you wish to eat.
Address: Olof Palme sétány 1. Bp., 1146, Városliget/City Park
- Tues – Fri: 09.00 – 17.00,
- Sat – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00
- Mon: Closed
The oldest building in the City Park has reopened after a thorough renovation as the House of Millennium. The exhibition tells the story of Budapest’s largest public park, the Városliget.
The building functions as a n at and cultural centre with lots of programs for families with kids.
The restaurant and cafe evokes the atmosphere of classic coffee house culture Hungary’s capital was famous for at the turn of the 19-20. centuries.
Sip a nice coffee with cake under the shade of giant trees on the terrace. During summer you can also eat a la carte.