Never before have I seen such a beautiful city. It oozes beauty out of every piece of architecture on every street. Even the tram is feast for the eyes. The for though, is something to marvel at. Forget about Goulash and Langos (although I’m sure these are delicious) there is a world of food in this city- and lots of it is gluten free if you know where to look.
Day one: Arrival, Castle Hill and the Jewish Quarter
We woke up early, with our hand luggage filled with Nakd bars, hopped on the train to Luton Airport. At the airport, I grabbed a quick breakfast of a Boots meal deal-which consisted of a cheese sandwich, two boiled eggs and a smoothie. Hearty! Lunch consisted of some fresh cherries from the fruit stand and some cheeky cheese flavoured PomBears (yes, Hungarian)! After arriving and walking up Gellért Hill to discover the most beautiful views we headed to the Jewish Quarter. Having originally wanted to go to a burger place (which was full) we stumbled a few door down to Mazel-Tov, a gorgeous airy ruin style restaurant serving middle-eastern food. They didn’t have any gluten-free options on the menu, but I used my Hungarian restaurant cards to explain, and I was served this gorgeous duck kebab- swapping the flat bread for fries. Absolutely delicious, served with a side of deliciously cold and crisp Hungarian wine.
Budapest, Akácfa u. 47, 1072, Hungary
Day two: Hero’s Square, Széchenyi Baths, Gozsdu Courtyard and the Jewish Quarter (again)
After coffee in the park, a trip to Hero’s Square and a day of relaxing at the Széchenyi Spa, we headed for drinks at the Gozsdu Courtyard then dinner at Tuning Bar and Burger where they have the option of a gluten free bun. Although the bun isn’t as great as what we are used to here in the UK (spoilt by Honest Burger and Udi’s) it was pretty delicious. The burger was juicy, the wedges fabulous and creamy coleslaw. Although I cannot stand Somersby cider at home, this pear one was a perfect match for the burger and the warm Pest evening. We then headed to the famous Szimpla Kert, a giant ruin bar where we listen to some live music, had a few cocktails and wandered through the many rooms, marvelling at the many stage sights.
Budapest, Akácfa u. 45, 1072, Hungary
Day three: Castle Hill, Walk down the Danube and Tapas
Oh what a day. A walk up Castle Hill, around Fishermans Bastion, Matthias Church and down the Budavári Sikló. Then along the Danube, around parliament and on the Number 2 tram back to our apartment. A day like that can’t start without a Hungarian breakfast at Drop- A 100% gluten free restaurant. And a second breakfast (which we did share).
Drop doesn’t only do breakfast, they do what look like gorgeous lunches and fantastic dinners. But on this Saturday morning we both decided to get a Hungarian breakfast with some great GF bread, delicious cheese and some wonderful meats. The menu looked amazing and if I’m every lucky enough to come back to Budapest, I’ll eat all of my meals here. The second breakfast consisted on a tasty crepe with a tangy berry coulis and cream. My boyfriend, who is not gluten free, said that it was delicious, which is the best review for me.
After a day in the city, we dressed up nice, hopped on the metro and went for diner at Pata Negra-Pest. A gorgeous tapas place, with another restaurant on the Buda side. They have a beautifully labelled menu, with clear GF choices. See their GF menu here.
The food itself was fantastic, so tasty and yes that last picture is is a cheese cake. Layers of manchego cheese with a quince jelly. Mmmmhmmmmm….
Day four: Jewish Quarter, St. Stephen’s Basilica and a late night river cruise
We started the day with a gorgeous homemade Hungarian breakfast, we found all the GF stuff at the supermarket and using some translations word from google translate, we managed to buy lots of delicious meats.
After our hearty long lazy breakfast, we headed to the Jewish Quarter, popped into the Szimpla Kert, a to have a look around in the day. Then we popped into the St. Stephen’s Basilica, walked around Liberty Square, then heading home to get ready for a beautiful evening cruise along the Danube.
Dinner on our last night had to be special so we booked a early table at Meat Boutique, a gorgeous little restaurant on the Buda side, with a view of the Danube. Although they don’t have a specific gluten free menu, they were very helpful when I asked for something GF. Fancy Fancy Fancy. This is a gorgeous piece of duck with balsamic vinegar and strawberry foam. (Although there was confusion and my duck ended up well done instead of rare).
Day five: Dohány Street Synagogue, the Central Market and a long lunch at Borbíróság
Again, the restaurant, Borbíróság, didn’t have a specific gluten free menu, but after some initial confusion, I flashed my coeliac cards and everything was understood. I ordered this Hungarian sausage ratatouille. We drank some delicious wine, chatted and reminisce over our short but sweet time in Budapest.
Other Gluten Free Places that I didn’t get chance to try:
KÖLES A Reform Konyha ~ Budapest, 1073, Kertész u. 41, 1073 Hungary ~ koleskonyha.hu
- A 100% gluten free cafe
Yellow Zebra Bar ~ Budapest, 1075, Kazinczy u. 5, 1075 Hungary ~ yellowzebrapub.com
- A well labelled allergen menu
Burger Market ~ Budapest, 1061, Király u. 8, 1061 Hungary
- GF buns
Due Fratelli Restaurant And Pizzaria ~ Budapest, Erőd u. 9, 1027, Hungary ~ duefratelli.hu
- GF pizza, pasta, lasagne and tiramisu! I wish I had gone.
Madal Cafe ~ Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 3, 1136, Hungary or Budapest, Ferenciek tere 3, 1053, Hungary ~ madalcafe.hu
- Good coffee and gluten free cake
Etna II. Étterem és Pizzéria ~ Budapest, Baross tér 10, 1087, Hungary ~ etna.hu
- Gluten free pizza bases
Budapest is a wonderful city, and we have the greatest time celebrating our 10 year anniversary. I hope this Gorgeously Gluten Free Guide can help you enjoy a safe, holiday and maybe give you the confidence to visit somewhere new.
Gluten Free- Gluténmentes (GF is GL)
Gluten Free in the supermarkets- we stayed near Corvin-negyed Metro Station, and shopped in the Prima in the Corvin Plaza.
Apologies for the bad pictures- these are the three gluten free aisles are all from Prima.
I would also highly recommend our apartments- if you’re like us and value your freedom in a city then you’ll love these gorgeous flats corvincentersuites.com (and pop into A Grund bar while your are there Budapest, Nagytemplom utca 30, 1082, Hungary- agrund.hu).
Have you been to Budapest? To any of the places I’ve listed above? Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.
Love Beth x