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Central Cafe and Restaurant

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
+36 1 266 2110
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Cafe, European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast here twice as I wanted to try something else from the menu. Beautifully presented and really good tasting fresh food. I thoroughly recommend the breakfast larder. Not as expensive as you think it may look and late morning on Sunday a string trio...More

Thank Buttershell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very grand and ornate building which gave a real feel of yesteryear Budapest. Lovely breakfast reasonably priced and the live classical music performed by two violinists and a double bassist added to the overall charm

Thank MarkySparkyYorkshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here to see the interior and were not disappointed. This is a lovely place to sit and enjoy cake and a drink. It was a little difficult to understand the translations on the menu so we ended up with desserts rather than actual...More

Thank offbeatkid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to go if you want to be ignored. Rude and arrogant staff awful customer service. Highly recommend this place to avoid.

Thank Laszlo V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for an after dinner drink. The atmosphere was like being somewhere in the 50s. It was truly amazing. The dobos cake was to die for. Such a cool place to visit.

Thank Josh D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing. Limited menu. Overpriced , had to send food back as overcooked so one member ate alone but no apologies and no adjustment to the bill for the inconvenience. Very 'Emperor's new clothes' - avoid. Try 'Rustica' instead - fabulous !

Thank Jo L
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Take some time out to have a coffee and one of the vast choices of cakes at this Cafe, well it's more of a Victorian Tea Room. Direct but friendly service, Coffee and cake for around £5.

Thank pembs101
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Waitress was very formal and not so experienced. We didn’t feel very welcome. Food was okay, but not special and very filling.

Thank Rhoning
Reviewed 6 February 2018

A can't-be-missed café in Budapest. Pastries are delicate, coffee excellent, and the vibe is just the one you were looking for to read your book in a corner. A writers' café (see the pics on the wall) with excellent musicians on top of it all....More

Thank Benoit D
Reviewed 1 February 2018

The service was lacking, if you did not call them to take an order you could wait forever. The Black forest cake is good but is NOT a cake it's more like a dessert. The coffee was very good.

Thank natalie s
District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube,
with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The
Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica
stand out as two of the finest examples of
architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for
more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval
city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while
the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$22
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karolyi utca 9., Budapest 1053, Hungary
  • Location: Europe  >  Hungary  >  Central Hungary  >  Budapest>  > District V / Inner City
  • Neighbourhood: District V / Inner City
  • Phone Number: +36 1 266 2110
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Respecting the traditions and being open to novelty. That describes Central Café the best. We are proud of our ancestors and we know the challenges of today. Rather than evoking the past we would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. And we want to achieve this with your help. We can only provide the "scenery", the delicate ambience, the delicious meals, the delightful desserts or refreshing drinks, the atmosphere is created by you. All of you who visit us for a cup of coffee in the morning, for a lunch at noon, for a glass of wine before going to the theater, for a light dinner after it or perhaps participate in one of our events as creative audience.
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