New York Cafe Budapest – Visit the most beautiful coffeehouse in the world

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The luxurious decor of the New York Café in Budapest, with its colourful paintings on the ceiling, its golden details and the marble pillars, is overwhelming. Once inside you will feel like you’ve stepped on a filmset. But you did not. This coffeehouse is the ultimate place if you want to treat yourself to a coffee or a tea in a very special environment. Please put this New York Cafe on your to-do list, because you don’t want to miss this during your trip to Budapest.

Opening hours

DaysOpening Hours
Monday to Sunday8.00 – 24.00

History New York Cafe

New York Cafe opened its on doors at the end of the 19th century; on the 23rd of October 1894 to be precise. Rapidly it turned into one of the most famous coffee-houses of the city. It was a meeting spot for the artistic and intellectual community in Budapest. The main topic of discussion was politics and cultural business.

After World War II the grandeur of New York Cafe had completely vanished. And it was no longer a coffee-house. Now it housed a sports shop. So instead of people drinking a coffee over a good discussion people now showed up to buy their sport outfits. In 1954 the doors of cafe reopened, now under the little creative name Hungaria.

It took until 2006 for New York Cafe to open its doors again. And finally the coffee-house got its splendour back. So much even that it has been ranked as the ‘Most Beautiful Coffee House in the World’.

What you should know when visiting New York Cafe

If you want to visit this gorgeous coffee-house, you will have to bring a portion of patience along with you. It’s a touristy place and a lot of people want to indulge themselves in the pomp and circumstance of this special place. Most of the times you have to wait in line in order to get a reservation. The waiting time can be around 20 to 30 minutes. But there is so much to see that you will not get bored waiting to be seated.

If you arrive right after opening time (8AM) most probably you don’t have to wait. And if your smart you can also make a reservation on forehand. You can do that by filling in this form on their website.

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Prices in New York Cafe Budapest

If you want to drink a cheap coffee or tea, this coffee-house isn’t the right place for you. There are plenty of cheap and nice coffee bars in town so it’s better to pick one of those. So yes, you pay a lot more in New York Cafe. To compare: a coffee here costs you 2450 HUF. For a coffee in a coffee bar with barrista costs you around 600 HUF. So you pay around 420% off the normal price. Here you see some other prices:

 Price in €Price in £Price in HUF
Coffee€8.5£7.82800
Tea€7.3£6.72450
New york Lemonade (0,4L)€7.7£7.22600
Goulash soup with beans & homemade noodles€9.7£93250

Don’t let these prices straight away turn you off though. For this money you will also get an experience back, instead of just a cup of coffee or tea. It’s like you step back in time for an hour.

New York Cafe Budapest menu

If you want to go for a drink or for breakfast, lunch or dinner then check the complete menu here.

How to get there

Adress New York Café: Erzsébet krt. 9-11
Metro: Take M2 (red line) to Blaha Luzja tér. From this stop you can walk there in 2 minutes.
Bus: Take bus 6 and get off at Blaha Luzja tér. From this stop you can walk there in 2 minutes.
Trolleybus: Take line 74 and get off at Blaha Luzja tér. From this stop you can walk there in 1 minute.

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