Párisi Passage Café & Brasserie: the cafe in a spectacular art nouveau arcade
This café and brasserie
occupy an art nouveau arcade that was once Budapest’s first modern department store. The curved, tiled ceiling stretches around arched windows and mahogany galleries and encloses the cafe in what is now the ground floor of a luxury hotel
. Although there is a full menu at the Brasserie, you can always enjoy a premium coffee
in a spectacular and unique setting.
Central Grand Café and Bar: a literary icon
The Central Café
opened in 1887 and was once a hangout for Budapest’s artists and writers
at the turn of the century. The cafe was recently renovated, but it kept its bohemian charm
with painted stucco ceilings, burgundy banquettes, black and red columns, and Thonet-style chairs. Sometimes there’s live piano and violin music
, but it’s worth dropping in for coffee or one of the beautifully sculpted cakes!
Matild Café and Cabaret: Belle Epoque splendour
Matild resides on the ground floor of the recently renovated Matild Palace
, a new luxury hotel
in downtown Budapest. This once iconic grand coffee house also re-opened with its Belle Epoque splendour. The café dates back to 1901, formerly known as the Belvárosi Kávéház, and became a hub for Budapest’s literati and intellectuals for many decades before it became a restaurant and nightclub and was closed for years during its renovation. The café blends art nouveau
with Egyptomania aesthetics
. During the day, it’s a café – try a perfectly prepared coffee with some handcrafted chocolate from their “Chocolate Atelier”– and it transforms into a cabaret and cocktail bar by night.