Café Pierrot: a Soothing Restaurant in Budapest Castle District

Café Pierrot is a pleasant restaurant located in a 13th century building, in the most frequented tourist zone, the Castle district in Budapest, where you will see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion, etc. Fodor’s reviewer writes: “When touring the sights of Castle Hill, tuck into this inviting café for a relaxing lunch. You may not want to leave once you hear the soothing live jazz piano and see the charming interior — walls covered with paintings of harlequins and fresh flowers on the tables.” Similarly, Frommer’s guide writes “An intimate, comfortable restaurant serving excellent cuisine. … Following recent renovations, the atmosphere feels like a high-class wine cellar decorated with contemporary artworks, soft lighting, and fresh orchids. ” And indeed, several melancholic paintings depict the French version of Pedrolino, the stock character of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.

Cafe Pierrot restaurant on the Castle hill in Budapest

Address: Fortuna utca 14, Budapest 1014
Phone: 00-36-1-375-6971
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am – 12am
Note: Free wifi. Live piano music (jazz) from 6pm.
Getting here:

  • bus: Várbusz (minibus leaving from Moszkva tér) or Bus number 16 from Deák tér
  • Funicular from Adam Clark square at the Chain Bridge, and walk

See the location of Cafe Pierrot on the Budapest Tourist map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest). Notice that Cafe Pierrot Restaurant is in the Castle District on top of the Castle Hill (Varhegy), very close to the Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Hungarian House of Wines, the  historical little confectioner’s Cafe Ruszwurm, and of course the Royal Palace itself with its numerous exhibitions.


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Cafe Ruszwurm (Ruszwurm Cukrászda)- the Old-style Confectioner’s in Budapest

Cafe Ruszwurm is one of the oldest traditional cafes & confectioner’s in Budapest. It’s also one of the best cafes in Budapest. As Frommer’s guide puts it: “the Ruszwurm is an utterly charming little place, with two rooms outfitted with small tables and chairs, and shelves lined with antiques.” There is a wide range of great pastries, which you can have in a century old beautiful Biedermeier interior (now the furniture is protected). You will see traditional tools of the old confectionery trade, glass cabinets, mortars, models, etc.

Café Ruszwurm in Budapest

Address: Szentháromság u. 7., 1014 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: 00-36 1 3755-284
Opening hours: 9am-8pm (spring-fall) 10 am-7pm (winter)
Prices: (cakes) 200-500 HUF

Location of Café Ruszwurm on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the Cup icon indicating cafes in the middle of the map – you can enlarge the map by clicking on the View larger map blue link under the map). Ruszwurm Cukrászda is located on Várhegy (the Castle Hill on the Buda side): once you go up the hill to see the Royal Palace, and the Fishermen’s Bastion, it’s only a 2 minute walk from the Matthias Church and you should not miss it. You will find Ruszwurm cream pastry, Esterházy cake, Szamos cake, Dobos cake (Dobos torta is highlighted by several guides but I would rather suggest the heavenly Ruszwurm cream pastry, or – for the less sweet-toothed – traditional Hungarian scones/ pogácsa).


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Confectioner Ferenc Schwabl set up his business almost two-hundred years ago in 1827. Now it’s owned by the Szamos dynasty whose name is a trademark for good pastry and sweets in Hungary. The biedermeier cabinets were made by Krautsiedler and the sculpture by Lőrinc Dunaiszky in the 1830s, surviving the Hungarian revolution of 1848-49 against the Austrian oppression and the world wars too.

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Fishermen’s Bastion (Halaszbastya) in Budapest

Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) built in 1905  is one of the best panoramic views of Budapest & the river Danube (part of UNESCO world heritage). Halaszbastya is located on the Buda side overlooking the beautiful attractions on the Pest side with the river Danube and the 19th – 20th century bridges.

Fishermen Bastion Budapest Attractions

Fishermen Bastion Budapest (photo: Robert Marse)

The bastion can be approached by the minibus circulating in the Buda Castle District on top of the hill, or you can climb the many scenic stairs leading up to the Fishermen’s Bastion. The open air attraction is literally open, an open arcade with stairs, towers and balconies. It is one of the best sights to visit if you are staying in Budapest one day only.

Address: Szentháromság tér 5, 1014 Budapest

Opening hours: 24/7
Prices: free


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