A Cultural and Nightlife Centre in the Jewish Quarter
Kazinczy Street in Budapest’s Jewish District (No. VII.) received a new look in spring 2012.
The prominent street, dubbed as Street of Culture (a Kultúra utcája), in the city’s Jewish Quarter has been a a popular nightlife haunt since the revival of the ruin pubs (romkocsma) like the Szimpla, the 400 Bar, or the Ellátó Garden.
The rich historical and cultural heritage, together with the vibrant club and pub life, and good, affordable restaurants, and bistros make Kazinczy Street a very attractive sight to tourists and locals alike.Quick Links: Location, Map – Attractions, Sights – Ruin Pubs, Clubs in Kazinczy – Restaurants, Gastro Bars, Street Food – Kosher (Jewish) Restaurants – Cake Shops
Getting There: tram 4 or 6, Király utca stop just a short walk, (Kazinczy Street intersects Király Street)
Kazinczy Street connects Király utca with Rákóczi út in district VII. (Erzsébetváros). The street is part of the city’s Jewish Quarter; the area bordered by Erzsébet körút (a section of the Grand Boulevard), Király utca, Károly körút, and Rákóczi út.
The Orthodox Synagogue
The most significant cultural sight is the Orthodox Synagogue, located around the middle of the street at No. 29-31..
The synagogue is attended by Budapest’s orthodox Jewish community.
The neo-renaissance building was finished in 1912 according to the design of the Löffler brothers.
The traceries, hand-painted by Miksa Róth stained glass artist are beautiful ornamental elements of the Kazinczy synagogue.
Kosher restaurants, a bio product shop, cafes, bistros are in the immediate vicinity of the church. There’s even a kosher pizzeria next door.
The Kazimir House at 34. Kazinczy Street (open: Mon-Fri: 10.00 – 18.00) is a new information center of Budapest’s Jewish District introducing the historical, architectural, and cultural heritage of the Jewish community.
They also give nightlife, and clubbing tips, and organise guided thematic tours in the Jewish Quarter. The Kazimir Point regularly hosts concerts, exhibitions, children programs.
The Kazimir Bistro is a budget-friendly place offering breakfast (coffee is only 190 HUF till 11.00), daily menu (2courses: 990 HUF, or 3 courses 1 190 HUF) ) a wide selection of Hungarian wines by the glass, beers, cocktails, and spirits.
Hungarian Museum of Electrotechnics (Elektrotechnikai Múzeum)
Address: Kazinczy utca 21.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 10.00 – 17.00, Sat: 10.00 – 17.00
Tickets: full price 800 HUF, students and pensioners: 400 HUF
A unique museum and one of the hidden places in Budapest for the technical minded. The exhibitions introduce the history of electrotechnics in Hungary.
The building of the museum used to be a transformator house that begun its operation in 1934.
The museum has three exhibitions rooms
- Déry room,
- Zipernowsky room, and
- the Jedlik room.
The Zsolnay-tiled main stairway has been restored to its original state.
Going up the stairs period billboards of electrotechnical companies, advertisements adore the walls. The carbon-rod arc lamp is a real gem in the museum.
The street turns into a colourful festival spot during the Judafest event organised at the beginning of summer each year with cultural and gastronomy programs.
At night the street is packed with party people, local regulars as well as tourists, wanting to see what’s the hype about Szimpla, 400 Bar, Ellátó, and other garden pubs. The open-air gardens, clubs are also the best summer party spots in Budapest.
Ruin Pubs (romkocsmák) A Must for Every Tourist Visiting Budapest
Ruin pubs or garden pubs have become icons of the city’s nightclub scene. Even if you’re not into partying, drop by at least one to experience the multicultural and retro ambience of these pubs unique to Budapest.
Relaxed atmosphere, unusual interior decor, friendly people sum up garden pubs in Kazinczy Street and other parts of the city.
Most of them are open from mid-morning or the early afternoon hours till late night. They offer good, inexpensive food and a wide variety of drinks.
Address: Kazinczy út 52/b.
Open: Mon-Wed, Sun: 11.00 – 03.00, Thurs-Sat: 11.00 – 05.00
The 400 Bar opened in spring 2010. The bar occupies 400 square meters, hence the name.
The good things that it is open on Sunday, unlike most other Budapest clubs that stay closed on the last day of the week.
Laid-back feeling, good Mediterranean cuisine, concerts, exhibitions, book launches – that’s what you get in the 400 Pub.
Daily menu is only 890 HUF. Tasty Serbian dishes (Serbian burger, pljeskavica, cevapcici).
Address: Kazinczy utca 53.
Open: Mon-Thurs: 13.00 – 24.00, Fri: 13.00 – 02.00, Sat: 15.00 02.00, Sun: closed
Bobek Garden is a lively place near 400 Bar, across the street. Nice inner garden.
Light meals at affordable price: breakfast, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, all sorts of drinks (coffee, tea, lemonade, wines, beer, rum, gin, tequilas, liquors). The spacious garden area opens from the cafe.
Address: Kazinczy utca 53.
Open: Mon-Sun: 12.00 – 03.00
The godmother of all ruin pubs opened in 2002. Housed in a run-down building, Szimpla is extremely popular both with locals and tourists. In a poll organised by Lonely Planet the Szimpla was voted for the 3rd most popular bar in the world.
They have film festivals, concerts, exhibits all the year round.
The latest addition to Szimpla’s programs is the Sunday Farmer”s Market (Vasárnapi Termelői Piac) where you can get quality local bio products.
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TIP: If you can’t get enough, drop by the Szimpla Cafe in Kertész utca (runs parallel with Kazinczy Street in the Jewish District) or the Szimpla Kaffeehaus in Berlin (Gärtnerstr. 15, 10245 Berlin).
Kirakat Bar & Bistro
Address: Kazinczy utca 3.
Open: Mon-Wed: 11.00 – 24.00, Thurs-Sat: 11.00 – 02.00
A lesser-known but great pub with friendly staff, and atmosphere. The two-course daily menu is 990 HUF (a very nice price in Budapest).
Address: Kazinczy utca 48.
Open: Mon-Sun: 17.00 – 04.00
Another good club in district VII.. Affordable food (Mexican dishes), table tennis, darts.
Kék Ló Fashion Pub
Address: Kazinczy utca 11.
Open: Mon-Sat: 12.00 – 24.00
The Kék Ló (Blue Horse) represents a new kind of clubs in Budapest: Art Pubs where you get a bit of both worlds some culture, and good drinks.
The Kék Ló managed to surpass the art pub concept: it’s all about clothes (and parties). While partying you can browse among clothes, and accessories designed by Virág Tóth. A horse-headed mannequin is dressed up in the designer clothes – hence the name of the club.
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Besides the garden pubs, and the Kazimir Bistro listed above, the street offers half a dozen dozen more places to eat good and cheap.
Address: Kazinczy utca 52/C, next to the 400 Bar
Open: Mon-Wed: 17.00 – 24.00, Thurs: 17.0 – 03.00, Fri-Sat: 15.00 – 03.00
The Pirítós Toast & Pub opened in 2011 next to the Ellátó Kert. It offers simple food (variations on toast), good draught beer by the Kaltenecker Brewery, and lots of space to partying, chatting or just sipping your drink.
Kőleves Restaurant & Garden
Address: Kazinczy utca 37-41.
Open: Restaurant: Mon-Fri: 11.30 – 01.00, Sat: 12.00 – 01.00, Sun: 12.00 – 24.00, Garden: Mon-Wed: 12.00 – 01.00, Thurs-Sat: 12.00 – 02.00, Sun: 12.00 – 24.00
Tasty Jewish dishes, vegetarian food, nice selection of Hungarian wines, professional service. There is a nice inner garden to enjoy your food in good weather.
El Rapido Mexican Food Bar
Address: Kazinczy utca 37-41.
Open: Mon-Thurs: 10.30 – 03.00, Fri: 10.30 – 04.00, Sat: 12.00 – 04.00, Sun: 12.00 – 01.00
Web: El Rapido
Colourful outer and interior design, cheap Mexican fast food (taco, burrito, quesadilla, fajitas in vegetarian and meaty version between 500 – 1 300 HUF, rapid taco: 290 HUF, soups from 350 HUF), a wide selection of tequilas, cold beers and soft drinks. Great for late night nibbling!
Bors Gastro Bar – the New Favorite for Foodies
Address: Kazinczy utca 10.
Open: Mon-Sat: 11.30 – 21.00
A new, small place (opened in 2012) that everyone raves about in Budapest. Bors (Pepper in English) is awesome food at budget price: soups, grilled dishes, inventive baguette sandwiches.
Kis Parázs Thai Soup & Wok Bar
Address: Kazinczy utca 7.
Open: Mon-Sat: 12.00 – 22.00
A tiny Thai food bar with fine soups, wok dishes at affordable prices. One of the best in Budapest in the category of inexpensive Asian street food.
Carmel Glatt Kosher Restaurant
Address: Kazinczy Stret 31.
A bit touristy (=pricey) but the food is good in Carmel. It had never been a cheap restaurant, but since its glatt kosher status prices have risen to the sky: soups are 1 400 – 1 800 HUF, mains are cc. 4 000 – 6 000 HUF, a Carmel plate for two is 11 000 HUF.
If you can afford it, try the Jewish specialties Carmel is known for: meat soup with Matzo balls (1 400 HUF), cholent with smoked meat (4 000 HUF), and flódni for dessert (1 400 HUF). They also have Sabbath menu (5 000 – 6 000 HUF)
Hanna Orthodox Kosher Restaurant
Address: Dob utca 37., district VII.
Open: 8.00 – 22.00 every day. exc. Saturday night
The Hanna Ort Kosher Restaurant is located in the courtyard of the Kazinczy Synagogue, but entrance is from Dob utca, that intersects Kazinczy utca.
Hanna opened at the beginning of the 1960s and it offers traditional Hungarian and Jewish cuisine.
Noe Confectionery, Cafe & Garden
Address: Wesselényi utca 13., district VII.
Open: Mon-Thurs: 10.00- 19.00, Fri: 10.00 – 18.00, Sun: 10.00 – 18.00
A little cake shop in the vicinity of the Dohány Street synagogue run by Raj Rachel cake designer. They also have a design Torte Salon in Veres Pálné utca, in downtown.
Traditional Jewish cakes and pastries (the flódni is the best in Budapest), tea treats, croissant, sandwiches, and drinks. Nice selection of diabetic cakes. Ice-cream in summer. There’s an intimate inner garden.