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Tamp & Pull – coffee in Budapest

Rumor has it that the new wave coffee scene in Budapest got a kick start with the opening of Tamp & Pull by barista Attila Molnar, who competed in the World Barista Championships in 2009. He didn’t win, but never the less – he know what he is doing for sure.

Tamp & Pull’s friendly staff and great coffee makes it worth while to visit this coffee shop. They primarily serve coffee from UK coffee roasters Has Bean.

I brought two bags with me when returning from Budapest this time around:
Brazil Fazenda Cachoeria da Grama and Los Jocotales from Antigue, Guatemala. Fab coffee to say the least! But it is actually even more fab to have it at Tamp & Pull! Go visit them. Go go!

Tamp and Pull 1
Czuczor utca 3, Budapest
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85 Váci Way, Budapest

 

PS. Pictures from Tamp & Pull’s instagram account

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Madal – coffee – Budapest

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Madal Espresso & Brew Bar happens to be my all time favorite coffee shop. Not so much because of the premises itself, but the coffee, t.h.e. c.o.f.f.e.e.!! It is simply the most delicious coffee ever. The coffee they serve is from Beyond Within.

When in Budapest, and if you like good coffee (mind you if you think all coffee is somewhat alike, don’t bother – this place is for those that really understand to appreciate a really good brew) do yourself a favor: pay a visit to Madal.

There are two locations to choose from:

1/ Hollán Ernö utca 3
2/ Ferenciek tere 3

My personal favorite is the place at Hollán. Specially in the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy the weather meanwhile sipping that ice latte, cortado, cappuccino or whatever your heart desires.

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Paloma Designer Shops – Budapest

Being Scandinavian we do search for ‘the light’ most of the time. And leaving Sweden in November for Budapest, is pure bliss. I come from 6 C and grey skies (at best) and rain and wind (sooo much wind) and arrive at 10 degrees, blue skies and sunshine. No wind.

I simply love wandering around in this beautiful city. Today’s excursion took us, among other places, to Paloma. Paloma is in the typical courtyard building they have in Budapest (lovely!) and centuries ago it was a shopping plaza. After being empty for years and years, today young designers introduce their work here in their small showrooms.

There are designers making jewelry, clothes, toys, leather purses, books etc. Tiny little shops with gentle, smiling people. And beautiful designs. Well worth a visit.

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1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos utca 14-16. (félemelet)

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Kelet Café & Gallery – Budapest

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Kelet Café & Gallery is not a bookstore. But it sure looks like it. There are books literally everywhere (and the best part is that if you have some books that you want to exchange for other books, Kelet is the place!) as well as the normal things at a coffee shop (like chairs, tables, coffee, edible things etc.). I ended up in a coffee discussion and it seems that Kelet’s choice of coffee are lightly roasted beans. It good to know if you have a fave coffee that is dark roast and you are craving just that. Not going to happen at Kelet.

We ordered  turkish coffe (made in hot sand!), cappuccino and some sourdough bread with condiments. To our surprise the mix of cottage cheese with green curry, ajvar and peanutbutter cream was delicious! Who would have thought?
Happy surprises are the best!

Kelet Café & Gallery
Bartók Béla út 29
Buda – Budapest

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Tokio Restaurant, Japanese cuisine – Budapest

Let´s all be in awe of Asian cuisine, shall we?!

Do visit Tokio restaurant in Budapest on the Pest side of the city. The restaurant is situated in the business district that turns into a club district at night. The food is delicious as well as very well presented, the staff is friendly and helpful and the interior is very, very nice.

If you wish to dine in the evening, reservation is needed. The place is packed in the evening. If you, however, choose to have lunch here, no problem.

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Széchenyi T 7-8
1051 Budapest

Call in advance for table reservation: +361 801 9862
Click here for website

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Sào Food&Bar, Vietnamese restaurant – Budapest

I definitely have a love for Asian cuisine. If you do too, or if you are  curious to try something new and you just happen to find yourself in Budapest – you should not miss a visit to Sào. The food, the drinks, the ambiance – totally to die for. In fact we just had to go there two evenings in a row – it is that pleasant, I kid you not.

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OK, I admit that these picture of the food does definitely not come across in the best way, but wow my tastebuds sang happy songs! Do try the dumplings! Just take my word for it, order the dumplings!

Sào Food & Bar
Hollo utca 10
Gozsdu Udvar
Budapest 1075
Tlph. +36 20 319 4099
Click here for website

 

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Shoes – Budapest

Does Hungary have their own line of “Adidas”? They sure do.

If you wanted a casual sneaker with great durability in the 70s-early eighties, this shoe was THE shoe in Hungary. However, the western brands took over and the production was eventually shut down. In 2001 the local entrepreneur, Lászlo Vidák, acquired the trademark of ‘Tisza’ and the patents connected to it and  gave the brand a ‘re-birth’ (if you will).

Since 2003 the Tisza brand produces great looking shoes, bags and apparel.

If you want to read more about this success story, click here

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Click here for the Tiszacipö website

To visit the Tisza store, here’s the address:
Karoly Körut 1
Budapest

 

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Gerbeaud Café – Budapest

If you are looking for a grand experience of old times, look no further. Here it is – Gerbeaud Café in Budapest. Apart from the most delicious cakes and tartes the interior is decorated as in the old, grand, times – stucco, chandeliers, exotic wood panels as well as furniture. And you know what – there is even [nowadays] a Gerbeaud in Tokyo (more about that later). Although I do love the third wave coffee houses – I still love the wings of history now and then. And this place is definitely a must.

If you wish to read more about the history of Gerbeaud, click here

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To visit, this is the address:

Gerbeaud Café
Vörösmarty tér 7-81051 Budapest

Check it out here

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Vinylize – Budapest

Let me tell you. This place is not easy to find. We walked for EVER. And when we got to the address – Vinylize were nowhere to be found. We asked passers by, store owners in the area until we turned the corner, ready to give up and leave – we entered an optical store and they simply pointed us to the right place. Phew. This was quite a task. But quite easy once you find the right place. Which is in an apartment building on the 2nd floor (or first floor for you guys that use the word mezzanine for the ground floor). And please do take the elevator, because the 2nd floor in this particular building is really on another floor, much higher up. Who would have known? (Do I need to confess that we took the stairs?)

Vinylize make frames (for glasses) out of vinyl [records]. It is über cool! You even get to choose from which record the item is made, needless to say; it is made to order.

Who were awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2016? You know it: Vinylize.

 

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Please do me at least one favor; check out their website: www.vinylize.com

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Belgrad rkp. 26
Budapest 1056