Join us as we learn about Hungary through its food and drink. By the end of this tour, your guide will have shown you all the best things on a Hungarian's dinner table and you'll have the chance to try most of it as well.
Highlights and Themes
- Overview of Hungarian cuisine through its history, culinary culture and ingredients, focusing on both the traditional side and modern artisan producers and speciality food shops
- Tour of Budapest’s Central Market Hall with tastings.
- Visits to three additional venues during the walk with tastings at each location.
- Several food tastings at the market, and during the walk at the other locations including main course and dessert as well. Come hungry!
- A taste of a typical Hungarian spirit, and an introduction to Hungarian wine with a tasting of three top-quality local wines.
- Small groups with a private, food and wine-specialized guide.
Dates & Times
November to March: 12:00 – Wednesday, Saturday
April to October: 12:00 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Fővám tér, V. district, 1052 Budapest – in front of Burger King restaurant
Conclusion point: Tour ends in the city center
Minimum number of 2 guests per booking apply
Full Tour Description
Duration: 4 hours
Exploring Budapest through its cuisine is one of the best ways to do it! Our food, wine, and cultural walking tour begins at the Central Market Hall – one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets – and continues in the charming surrounding neighborhood. Be sure to come with an appetite because you’re going to find plenty of delicious things to eat on this tour.
At the Central Market Hall, we will begin by getting acquainted with 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 and drinking in Hungary, and the everyday cooking and eating habits of Hungarians.
The tour also includes an introduction to Hungarian paprika and your guide will reveal why it is so special, how Hungarian cooks use it, and how it is produced. After tasting a few carefully selected things at the market, we will head out to the surrounding neighbourhood and visit a few more places. Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant, where we will taste a special Hungarian spirit as well. And, no day in Budapest is complete without dessert, so we will also stop at a cafe visited only by locals to taste some very special local dumplings.
The tour will end with a tasting of three quintessential Hungarian wines. During the tasting, your guide will introduce you to the different Hungarian wine regions, their varietals, and the different styles of wine that are popular here. This tour will give you a taste of the traditional side of Hungarian cuisine, as well as a look at what modern artisans are producing. You can pick up souvenirs in the specialty food shops we’ll visit along the way.
Our walking tours run with small groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants. This makes them interactive and personal and gives you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide. You can also hit them up for local tips and hints of where to go and what else to do.
Important note: 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.
English speaking guide, generous food and drink tastings.
Entry fees to sights and museums,transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.