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Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walk


Budapest’s seventh district is a fascinating neighborhood with winding back streets not only filled with fine neoclassical buildings and old-fashioned artisan workshops, but with deep history, delicious food, and a contemporary buzz blended with the pervasive aura of the past. The food has been undergoing somewhat of an exciting revival in recent years, and this tour will include a generous amount of tastings at several locations, as well as a primer on the neighborhood’s history.

These days the seventh district is one of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods, known for its quirky bars, cool cafés, hidden art galleries, and cutting-edge design shops. Before World War Two it was one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and it remains the center of Jewish life in Hungary today. By the early 18th century the neighborhood had become a melting pot of religions and ethnicities. During the war Jews were herded into these streets, walls were put up, and a ghetto was created where the majority of Jews survived the war. This walking tour focuses on the area’s history and culture, with a special emphasis on exploring and tasting Jewish-Hungarian cuisine in several styles. We will discuss the neighborhood’s past, including its troubled more recent past during which many historic buildings were demolished, altering the fabric of the neighborhood. We will show you the neighborhood’s four synagogues (though we won’t tour the interiors) which have long been focal points of Budapest’s Jewish society. We will also show you the modern face of the district, including fabulous murals and street art, fun design shops, and great cafés. Though the neighborhood today can claim to have some of the most diverse culinary offerings in Budapest, we will focus on the dynamic Jewish cuisine found here. Do come hungry, as the tour will include tasting several Hungarian-Jewish specialties which could be (depending on the day): sausages, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, Jewish eggs, cholent, roasted goose, and flódni. You’ll leave the tour with a full belly, as well as a deeper understanding of Hungary’s Jewish history, culture, and cuisine. On Sundays the tour will also include a visit to a weekly neighborhood farmer’s market.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Essentials of Hungarian Wine tasting. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

Learn—Discover The “Elizabeth Town” neighborhood, from its past to its present revival. Learn about Hungarian Jewish culture and Hungarian-Jewish cuisine, traditions, and flavors.
Experience—The flavors and culture of Jewish Budapest.
See—The tour will provide a view into Hungary’s Jewish history and cuisine. We will see four synagogues, important landmarks in the area, monuments to heroes of the past, and a variety of eateries.
Taste—You will have several food tastings during the course of this tour, including a variety of cured meats, a few appetizers, a main course, and flódni, a Hungarian-Jewish special dessert. We’ll also have a coffee at a café which roasts its own, and a drink at one of the neighborhood’s popular ruin bars.
Walk— Though there will be plenty of eating breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this four-hour tour.

This tour is available year-round—rain, snow, or shine—with the exception of a few national holidays.

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

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

The Details
• Four-hour tour
• Begins and ends at a central location in Pest (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 an experienced food-specialized guide
• Includes a good walk around the seventh district, with many stops at interesting venues. Be prepared (with comfortable shoes) to spend lots of time on your feet!
• Includes plenty of food and drink tastings at 4-6 venues
• Includes our list of recommended places to eat and drink in Budapest
• We do our best to make food substitutions when needed, but be aware that for this particular tour vegetarian substitutions can be tricky! Of course, there are delicious vegetarian foods which we can provide, but you should be aware that they aren’t the traditional Jewish-Hungarian dishes that we aim to feature (they lean more towards the international side). This tour is not all about eating, however, and we are sure that vegetarians will still find it enjoyable and educational.

SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Essentials of Hungarian Wine tasting. 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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