A good day starts with a good breakfast, however the really relaxed days start with a good brunch. The meal between breakfast and lunch has become more and more popular in the Hungarian capital in the past years, inspiring more and more restaurants to offer a brunch menu with a broad selection. Here are five hot tips, to make sure you will enjoy having a good brunch.
À la Maison Grand – the classic brunch place
An absolute classic among the Budapest brunch restaurants is the À la Maison Grand that opened in 2015 and moved to its present address in 2016. The restaurant decorated with shabby chic with its striped wallpapers, delightfully ornamented barstools and exotic floor tiles reminds us of a French tea parlour with its unique style. In any case, there is no lack of comfort here. The breakfast and brunch menu, which is offered throughout the whole day, is based on French cuisine and offers irresistible temptations especially for guests with a sweet tooth. For example, the fresh fruit salad and on top of that the waffles decorated with toppings, which are rich in calories, however they are also unbelievably tasty. Salty snacks and egg dishes are not missing from the menu either: our secret tip is the eggs benedict on goose liver with a confit of red onions.
Budapest, District V, 5 Nádor Street
Open: daily from 08.00 to 20.00
Reservations at (+36) 20 618-7580
Villa Bagatelle – brunch in an upscale ambience
For brunch gourmets we recommend Villa Bagatelle in Buda. You can choose from a versatile and high-class breakfast and brunch selection here throughout the whole day, ranging from simple omelettes, sweet delicacies and healthy snacks even up to breakfast with champagne – covering basically everything. A real delicacy is the choice of home-made baked products, prepared based on Hungarian, French and German recipes. This restaurant is especially appreciated – despite its high prices – due to its location and special ambience in an elegant luxury villa. The rooms bathing in light with comfortable furniture and decorative book shelves will make you quickly feel relaxed and freed from the hustle of weekdays. It is like being a guest at a friend’s home. This is complemented by the friendly service, which is distinctly relaxed for the price class of the restaurant.
Budapest, District XII, 17 Németvölgyi Road
Open: from Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 19.00, on Saturdays and Sundays from 09.00 to 18.00
Reservations at (+36-1) 213-4190
Szimply – if you want simply the best
At the Röser Court, located behind the facades of a bourgeois building along Budapest’s small ring avenue, a new restaurant opened last year that is offering an important component at the gastronomic scene of the capital: a breakfast offer, which is environment- and health-conscious. Szimply has an equally simple business concept as its name suggests: it offers nine to ten salty and sweet breakfast and brunch creations. The dishes are carefully prepared from various ingredients – including many superfoods – and are seasonally updated. There is just one disadvantage: there is no coffee offered at Szimply, you should bring that from the coffee bar just opposite the restaurant, as the owner of the restaurant suggests. The little walk allows you to incorporate physical refreshment into your healthy brunch right away.
Budapest, District V, 22 Károly Avenue
Open: from Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 16.00, on Saturdays from 09.00 to 16.00
Reservations at email@example.com,
Kempinski Benediction Brunch – ideal for business people
Unfortunately it’s a necessity for business people to participate at important business meetings even on the weekends. So why not combine good and practical things and invite the business partner next time to a delicious brunch? The best choice would be an elegant, yet serious environment. Benediction Brunch in the ground floor of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is offering the right backdrop for such meetings. They offer a wide range of dishes from breakfast classics such as eggs benedict to dishes that can be considered as a light lunch and a broad selection of freshly prepared and lovingly decorated à la carte offerings. The highlight of the brunch is the oyster bar. Another argument for the Benediction Brunch is the special entertainment program: from 10.30 music sommelier Bruce Marshall plays matching music to accompany your meal.
Budapest, District V, 7-8 Erzsébet Square
Open: on Saturdays and Sundays from 09.30 to 14.00
Reservations at (+36-1) 429-4489
Briós – meeting point for families
If you would like to bring your children to the brunch, maybe you know the problem: missing children seats, punishing looks from the waiters when your young ones simply can’t stay put and a menu that is not really adjusted to the needs of small guests. Café Briós however is a tower of child-friendliness in the metropolitan gastronomic scene with its well-equipped children’s play-corner and special menu offer for the small ones. Not even mentioning that the café at District XIII developed into a real meeting point for young families in the past years. A visit to Café Briós is recommendable not only because of their fluffy light croissants and breakfast bagels filled with omelette. After finishing your meal it’s a good idea to take a long walk along the neighbouring banks of the Danube or just continue further on and take a look at the noteworthy Pozsonyi Street with its unique Bauhaus architecture.
Budapest, District XIII, 16 Pozsonyi Street
Open: daily from 07.30 to 20.30
Reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org