Budapest is one of the great culinary destinations in Central Europe. There’s so much on offer from street food to Michelin Star restaurants, from bakeries to ruin bars. In this guide, we share the best food tours in Budapest and explain the differences between the tours that are available.
Budapest Food Tour
When contemplating a food tour of Budapest, consider the number of dishes, snacks and drinks included as well as the sights you will pass as you walk around the city. While it’s great to try well-known dishes like goulash and langos, there’s a lot more to Hungarian cuisine and a quality tour will highlight more than the classics. An experienced guide will make all the difference which is why we recommend tours from Taste Hungary.
Top PickBudapest: Food and Wine Tastings Tour
Duration: 4 hours.
The tour starts at the Central Market Hall, one of the most incredible food markets in Europe, before walking around the stunning 5th district where the remainder of the tastings take place. You’ll find more than just fresh produce at the market, there are spices, a huge variety of Hungarian salami, cheese, bread, cakes, wine and spirits. The tour includes an unusual meal at a butcher, handmade chocolates, cake at a famous coffee house and other specialties.
- Guided tour of the famous Central Market Hall.
- Stops at a further 4 or 5 food venues.
- Tasting of 3 wines from different regions of Hungary.
- Canvas tote bag and bottle of water.
Pros: An excellent, highly-rated tour by Budapest’s most established food tour guides.
Cons: Not wheelchair accessible. Not available on Sundays and public holidays as the market is closed.Check Availability
Budapest: Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie Tasting
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Located in a beautiful area of Budapest’s 8th district is the Taste Hungary cellar where you can try a range of Hungarian wines accompanied by cheese, charcuterie, bread and artisan oils. I used to live around the corner from here and was welcomed by the owners for a wine tasting a number of years ago. The hosts are open, generous and knowledgeable in their field. This tour is a good option if you enjoy tasting new wines or if you don’t want to do the full food tour mentioned above.
Budapest: Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walk
Duration: 4 hours.
A newer food tour in Budapest, this tour is focused on exploring the historic Jewish Quarter and the delicious food available there. The Jewish Quarter is in Budapest’s 7th district and is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in the city. You’ll find an amazing array of cafes, restaurants, ruin bars, markets, delicatessens, specialty coffee and old-style coffee houses. Your guide will give you an overview of Jewish history and culture in Budapest while tasting specialties at 4-6 venues, including a Jewish lunch meal.
Budapest: Hungarian Whisky, Gin, and Pálinka Tasting
Duration: 3 hours.
For something a little different, head outside of Budapest to tour a distillery that produces Hungary’s most popular spirit, palinka. Palinka comes in all kinds of fruity flavours and on this tour, you will get to sample 8 different spirits that include gin and whisky as well as palinka.
This guide is part of our series on Hungarian food. Read the full series for more information on where to eat and what to expect when in Hungary.
Location of Central Market Hall in Budapest
Hungary is an incredibly rich and diverse place to visit. Budapest is wonderful but there is much more to see if you have the opportunity. Visit Hungary has excellent information if you’re planning a trip or looking for inspiration on where to go and what to eat.
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