At the center of Vörösmarty Tér stands the statue of Mihály Vörösmarty, an influential romance poet during Reform Era, and the namesake of the square itself. Considered an important historical Hungarian landmark, it brings in visitors from far and wide.
Although technically a café and bakery, Café Gerbeaud is an iconic symbol of Budapest due to its 150 years of history, representing the Hungarian people’s persistence and growth overtime. It was initially established in 1858 as a simple coffee house and has since expanded into an elegantly designed bakery business, now offering delectable classic Hungarian desserts and some of Europe’s finest coffee sourced from Hungary’s first third wave roastery, Casino Mocca. Definitely worth a visit.
These are just a couple examples of the many outstanding restaurants in the area:
- Onyx – A fine dining establishment located inside the Café Gerbeaud building that earned Hungary’s second ever Michelin star. The restaurant serves primarily from tasting menu options (specialized in innovative twists on traditional Hungarian cuisine) paired with complementary wine selections, but also offers a la carte dining. While the price point is a on the higher end of the spectrum, it would be perfect to celebrate a special occasion.
- Hard Rock Cafe – For those who are feeling a little homesick, this serves as the perfect spot to just grab a burger and some drinks, and just enjoy a more casual dining experience.
- Street Food Stands – Because you can’t visit Budapest and not try the street food. As you’re walking along the streets, stop by at a few stands and try a bite or two of the different concoctions the city has to offer.
- I recommend the langós. You won’t regret it, I promise. It’s fried dough typically topped with sour cream and cheese, but the options are endless. This is what it looks like:
As for shopping, of course, there is Váci utca, which pretty much has everything you could reasonably want from American, to European, to international brands, foods and goods. There is not a comprehensive list of all the existing businesses, but the district is known to be home to popular names such as Nike, Lacoste, H&M and Hugo Boss.