Classic coffee and cake in the Centrál coffee house in Budapest – The Centrál Kavéház in the palace district on the Danube

An exterior view of the Centrál Kávéház in the Palace District of Budapest. © Centrál Kávéház, Caption: Stefan Pribnow

Budapest, Hungary (Gastrosofie). Not only Buda and Pest are great about Budapest, but its coffee houses are and will remain popular. Small modern as well as classic and large cafes are located in the again up-and-coming palace district (Hungarian: Palotanegyed), which is known for its palaces from the 19th century, when the Emperor of Austria ruled with the King of Hungary, and green squares is popular. The Central coffee house or the Centrál Kavéház is one of them. One? That which must be sought. Its operators and visitors can look back on a long tradition and a great history.

Meals, but also coffee and cake are served in the Centrál Kávéház. © Centrál Kávéház, Caption: Stefan Pribnow

That the Centrál Café, which was founded in 1887 and was “visited by writers and actors in the early 19th century”, is stated on the home page Visit Budapest. Guests would appreciate the “interior of the café”, which was “restored to its original state in 1999”, “which brought out the original brilliance of the candlesticks, paintings and furniture made of fine wood”, but also “many types of Hungarian Baked goods and even enjoy a full meal ”.

A look into the Centrál Kávéház. © Centrál Kávéház, Caption: Stefan Pribnow

This applies to many coffee houses in Budapest, in which only coffee and cake are offered, which are also restaurants. But in a coffee house, coffee, for example a Viennese melange and a Danube wave, is mandatory.

Classic, but reinterpreted: a piece of cake and a coffee specialty in the Centrál Kávéház in Budapest’s palace district. © Centrál Kávéház, Caption: Stefan Pribnow

A cognac would be great, too in the

The Centrál Kavéház

Adress: Budapest, Károlyi utca 9, 1053 Hungary

Contact: Phone: +36 1 266 2110, Mail:


Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 8AM 12 PM

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