World’s Most Beautiful Café

New York Kávéház has lived through many eras, political systems and historical turning points. Still, it has always been reborn, dazzled and occupied by those who longed for its comforts: artists, aristocrats and members of the high society and commoners alike. At the turn of the 20th century the New York Café is the most beautiful and the most beloved coffee house in modern day Budapest. It was once a popular place among writers and editors (including me), in fact, the most influential newspapers were edited here, upstairs in the gallery. After World War II, the once famous café fell into disrepair and it served as a short-lived sporting goods shop. Although the café reopened in 1954, under the name of Hungária, it wasn’t until 2006 that the New York Café was restored to its original splendour.

New York Café is an unplanned surprise to be honest, located within the New York Palace Hotel: The Dedica Anthology which I happened to be staying in. This cafe is always packed to the brim with customers all day, almost impossible to get a table here. Thankfully, I am a guest of their hotel, I could rang the hotel concierge to reserve a table. Eating here felt like I was eating in one of the Versailles’ great banquet hall. It felt magical running around the dining hall, needless to say, the hotel buffet breakfast take place here. Oh did i mention, its freeflow Hungarian sparkling wine, perk me up every morning.

My holiday in Budapest was unforgettable, mainly because I was sick for 3 consecutive days (who goes to an outdoor Hungarian bath in the middle of winter) well that meant I got to eat at New York Cafe everyday without even leaving the hotel. Lucky me! Its super memorable and fun to eat here. To me: The world’s Most Beautiful Cafe I ever set foot on. The menu is not that farfetched , showcasing Austro-Hungarian monarchy cuisine. Classic dishes like Beef Goulash, Fishermen Soup, Paprika Marinated Chicken Leg, Wiener Schnitzel and Grilled Foie Gras are served along with famous desserts such as Dobos, Sacher Torta and Eszterházy cake.

Today, the New York Café in Budapest, Hungary is a must-visit for all tourist laying over in this metropolitan city, built in eclectic Italian Renaissance-style and opened on October 23rd 1894, gives home to the New York Palace. The café restaurant, along with a lounge and the Nyugat -bar are now part of the hotel.

AP Tips: Please book or reserve online to ensure you get the time slot and a table. I highly recommend a table by the giant glass window, gives it an extra ambience as you watch busy locals going about their daily life!

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