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Buda Food Walk

Afternoon at Fény utca piac

Budapest is handily described as a city split in two by the Danube—Buda being the quieter hilly half and Pest the livelier commercial heart of the city. This walk is an exploration of the culinary and historical side of residential inner Buda. It reveals those off-the-beaten track places to eat, shop, and drink which are frequented solely by locals. Inner Buda is a distinct neighborhood with many fascinating layers of history. From the Ottomans who once inhabited the area (Gül Baba’s tomb is here) to World War Two’s Battle of Budapest (which devastated the neighborhood) and the following Communist period, many historic happenings have taken place in this now quiet residential district. Many Taste Hungary guides are longtime Buda inhabitants who love to show off their lesser-visited Buda neighborhoods and are adept at weaving authentic local culinary life with history.

Since Buda is not high on tourist radars, the eateries, markets, and shops here have been designed with locals in mind. We’ll take you to the places where we like to go. We’ll visit a neighborhood market (one of the best in the city!), where farmers and artisans from the countryside come to sell fresh produce, carefully bottled jams, juices, preserves, and more. Several butchers here specialize in indigenous Hungarian animals, with high-quality meat from mangalica and grey cattle on offer. Cheese mongers offer an array of delicious cheese made in the local styles. For lunch we will feast on authentic home-style Hungarian dishes at a few tiny eateries where the cooking is grandmotherly, as is the décor. We’ll visit a gem of a pastry shop, run by the same family for generations, where the pastries taste as beautiful as they look. When our feet begin to tire, we’ll have coffee at a Socialist-style coffee shop which has barely changed over the past several decades. In addition to eating our way through Budapest, we’ll discuss the fascinating sights, architecture, and history in this eclectic part of town. Buda locals love living here for another reason—the Buda side has the best thermal bath houses. This walk ends near one of our favorites, where we’ll also have the opportunity to taste some healing water. If you are so inclined, we’ll direct you towards these warm mineral-rich waters (which are said to help with digestion) at the tour’s end.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Buda Castle Walk (and they can both be done consecutively on the same day). Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

Learn—This walk threads tasting and learning about local culinary specialties with the history of this neighborhood as it relates to Hungarian history (with a special emphasis on World War Two, the Communist era, and the Ottoman period).
Experience—Explore Buda like a neighborhood local, eating, shopping, and drinking at the places locals adore and visit regularly.
See—Visit places not often frequented by tourists—places where locals go for simple Sunday family meals or cake and coffee with friends. Some of the neighborhood sights you’ll encounter played important roles in Hungarian history.
Taste—You will sample a variety of food and drinks, including several tastings at the market, a shot of pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy), and a shared meal of traditional dishes at a restaurant (along with a wine to wash it down). You’ll taste a home-style dessert and a sweet at a wonderful bakery. Come hungry, and don’t bother to make lunch plans afterwards!
Walk—Buda is the older part of the capital, dating back to the Roman times. Though this part of town was developed later, you’ll see a wide range of buildings reflecting Hungary’s dramatic historical changes.

This tour is available Tuesday through Saturday at 10am, year-round (with the exception of national holidays).

$90 USD per person ($40 per child) for a small-group tour
$140 USD per person for a private tour (for a group size of 2-6 people)

For larger groups please contact us for a customized price proposal. 

The Details
• Four-hour tour
• Begins at a central location in Buda (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
• Can be booked as a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests) or a private tour.
• Tour is led by a food-specialized guide
• Includes visits to a Buda Market Hall and four to five additional venues
• This tour covers a wide area, so we’ll use the tram (as the locals do), which is included in the price.
• This tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays
• Includes plenty of food and drink tastings (enough for lunch), so we suggest not eating a large breakfast in order to save room!
• Our list of hand-picked favorite Budapest eating and drinking spots will be emailed to you after you book the tour!

• This is a walking tour, so be prepared (with comfortable shoes) to spend lots of time on your feet!

SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Buda Castle Walk (and they can both be done consecutively on the same day). Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

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