Budapest Culinary Walk

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Overview

There is no better way to begin any exploration of Budapest other than with its food and drinks. Our food, wine, cultural walking and tasting tour begins at The Central Market Hall—Budapest’s cathedral of food—and continues through one of its most delicious and charming neighborhoods. Be sure to come with an appetite. You will need it on this tour!

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Free drinks included
  • Lunch included

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The Central Market Hall, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets, is a natural place to begin getting acquainted with Hungarian food. Here you will get an introduction to the culture of Hungarian cuisine through the great variety and abundance of ingredients (which are mostly local and seasonal) on display. We will discuss the history of the building, the culture of eating, drinking in Hungary and just what it is that Hungarian home cooks do with all of that pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. From there, we will visit a few more places in the surrounding neighbourhoods, which could include (depending on the day of the week), a spice shop, a kosher bakery, a coffee house, a candy manufacturer or an artisan chocolate shop. We will visit a butcher shop where we will sample several traditional Hungarian dishes, and afterwards we will visit a traditional patisserie to sample some of the elegant cakes for which Hungarian bakers are known. By this time you’ll be ready for a glass (or three) of wine. The finale will be a wine tasting session in which we will taste three quintessential Hungarian wines and get an introduction to the Hungarian wine regions, varietal, and styles. This tour will give you a taste of the traditional side of Hungarian cuisine, as well as the modern artisan producers and specialty food shops which are spicing up Budapest’s food scene.

Learn—Discover Hungarian food and wine, from the raw ingredients through the most delicious dishes and wines. Learn about the history of the market, the ingredients, and the recipes.
Experience—Eating and drinking like a local.
Wine—Put the Hungarian wine scene in context as you taste three wines, while discussing the state of Hungarian wine making, some of the important regions, and the major varietal.
See—The tour will provide a thorough tour of the different stalls and sections of Budapest’s largest food market, followed by a walk through the surrounding neighbourhood (one of Pest’s most vibrant) and visits to several more venues.
Taste—You will have several tastings at the market, including a variety of local cheeses, cured meats, and pickled vegetables. Afterwards there will be a shared meal of traditional dishes, a tasting of several cakes, and one to two more tastings (depending on the day). Drinks which will be tasted include Unicum and three nice Hungarian wines. Come hungry, and don’t bother to make lunch plans afterwards.

Inclusions for Budapest Culinary Walk

  • English-speaking, food-specialized guide
  • Bottled water
  • Generous food and drink tastings (enough for breakfast & lunch)
  • Tour includes visits to the Central Market Hall and four to five additional venues
  • Many stops for photos, questions and occasional food shopping

Exclusions for Budapest Culinary Walk

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is available year-round (with the exception of Sundays and national holidays). If you would like to book a tour for a Sunday, please look for our "Budapest Culinary Walk - Sunday Edition" listing

This is a small-group tour (minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 6 guests)

For larger groups please choose the "Group Tour (min. 7 pers.)" option when booking

If you would prefer a private tour (which can be customized), please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking

Though there will be plenty of eating breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour. Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible

Dietary Requirements: We try our very best to cater for dietary requirements but due to local food customs we cannot guarantee that this will be possible in all cases. Options for vegetarians, guests with allergies and religious dietary restrictions may be very limited

Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was a great tour and one not to be missed. DO NOT eat beforehand - great tour guide, great food and interesting history.

  • The tour began at the Great Hall and continued around the surrounding area for four hours. We ate and drank many of the traditional Hungarian foods and wines. Our guide was local but spoke excellent English. She took us to some well known spots as well as some we would never had stopped at.

  • This was an excellent taste of Hungary with a wide variety of local and unusual foods. If you are looking for a historical tour of Budapest with major sites we were not, this is not the tour for you - other tours cover the history and the sights - but if a guided tour of the Great Market Hall and visits to tucked-away foodie places frequented by locals is of interest, this tour will please! This really focuses on the various foods and restaurants/cafes/street food available when visiting Budapest. Our low-key guide, Balint, was knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, and took pleasure in sharing the food of his country with us. The tour will frustrate vegetarians and vegans would be completely out of luck - this stems from the Hungarian palate, however, not the tour itself! We enjoyed a tour of the Great Market Hall, as well as local streets, received Balint's insights into Hungarian food and general history, as well as their agricultural exports, and Balint answered my partner's many questions briskly. Food and drink included Langos Hungarian street fare of fried dough slathered in sour cream, cheese and garlic, Unicum a bitter alcoholic drink made from a complex and secret herb mix, a wide selection of meat salamis and pate horse, duck, beef, pork and wild curly-haired boar, artisanal chocolates very unusual flavors, such as chestnut-honey and tarragon, an amazing and diverse lunch with soup, sausages, pickles, chips and drinks ours included pig brain schnitzel, an apparently rare delicacy and surprisingly delicious, a selection of high-end desserts Dobos cake, mango-chili custard cake, custard Napoleon, cottage cheese cake, etc., and three wines red, white, dessert with a lovely cheese board three cheeses, nuts, fresh and dried fruit, and two types of bread. Many of these were items I've never tried and would have been hesitant to order, so my palate was expanded and my understanding of the food culture grew. I would recommend the tour to adventurous eaters who find a country's culture to be reflected in its food and eating establishments.

  • I strongly encourage people to do the culinary tours in new cities. This one is superb. Not only did a food walk through the Grand Market where we tried horse sausage...yum, but had lunch at a traditional butcher's shop. Yum Yum. Our tour guide was super nice and she knew a ton about food and the area. She was super hot, so I really doubt she eats all this rich food all the time. We enjoyed the shots of Unicum. The tour ends at a wine tasting. Hungarian wines are superb, especially the dessert wines. The wine shop was awesome and had great prices on wine, Unicum, and Palinka. Don't miss this tour.

  • We always enjoy food tours as we can very quickly get the feel for the people and their culture in the country we have chosen to visit. We definitely got a grasp of the food specialties in Hungary and no better place to start than in the Central Market Hall. I was craving for more history about the building or the evolution of the foods. There is only so much you can fit in the time we had. The variety was perfect from the sausages to the Longos and then chocolates and pastry sweets. To wrap things up we went to a wine tasting. The wine and cheese pairings were very good. The sommelier was very excellent at educating us to the evolution of the wine industry in Hungary. Over all the day was a success.

  • Great tour!!! Tour guide Ursula was good. There were 6 in our group, for 5 hours. Got to try a wide variety of Hungarian foods and spirits, and get a little tour of Budapest! The tour started off in the Central Market, with some traditional Hungarian snack items, and some 'medicine' ie: a shot glass of the Unicum Zwack herbal liqueur. Went to a few stalls in the market, and to a couple restaurants, and to a coffee/dessert shop, then finished the tour in a wine cellar by tasting 3 different wines!
    Everything about the tour was really nice!!! I'd highly recommend this food tour to anyone who's new to Budapest and /or to Hungarian food. You'll get a great 'taste' of the city!!!

  • We liked the culinary tour in Prague better. The dessert and wine tasting stops were best part. The other three stops less impressive.

  • Our guide, Barbara, knew exactly how to start off a tour with 6 people, half of whom did not know each other - we went straight to a booth in the market that was selling the famous Hungarian liqueur Unicom and bonded over a shot. We spent the next while in the large and busy but not overcrowded market building trying everything from Lagos deep fried garlic bread to sausage to sauerkraut. After the market we headed outside and went to three more locations for a wine tasting, a lunch of local foods, and finally a dessert shop for the famed cakes of Hungary. It was fun, said informative and 4 hours passed more quickly than I'd thought it would.

  • Outstanding don't eat before!

  • Outstanding way to learn about the city and its food.
    Skip the tourist restaurants that all serve the goulash and find the real stuff on this expedition.
    Outstanding food and awesome guide.

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