Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) Budapest

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) is your sure bet if you want to eat high quality fresh seafood in Budapest. No wonder it easily wins the Best of Budapest award in Seafood categories in the past few years. Besides the seafood restaurant there’s also an Óceán Delicatessen store where you can buy your own fishes, prawns, scampis, mussels, lobsters – anything from black tiger to sea scallops no roe. Chef Giuseppe Monti and the management make seafood dining a mission in Hungary (offering recipes, nutrition advice, what have you).

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) Budapest
Address: Petőfi tér 3., 1052 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-266-1826
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12 pm – 12 am (Óceán Delicatessen Tue-Sat 10.00am – 9.00pm. )
Getting here

  • metro (blue line) Ferenciek tere station,
  • tram/streetcar: number 2 or 2A
  • bus number 7 (green or red), or number 78

Note: Book a table in advance. Expect specialty prices. Attire: casual.

Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant (Óceán Étterem) interior Budapest

See the location of Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant 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 or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Ocean Bar and Grill Restaurant is very close to the Elisabeth Bridge, Váci utca shopping street and the luxurious Hotel Marriott Budapest.

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Pipe, Tobacco & Cigar Stores in Budapest, Hungary

There are a couple of pipe & tobacco & cigar stores in Budapest (some of them also sell cigarettes, although most of the well-known cigarette brands are available at major kiosks, especially in shopping malls).

Budapest Shopping Map gives you a user-friendly guide on where you can buy tobacco, pipes, cigars in Budapest Hungary. The map icon I have used is the green flames, and you can find further details of the stores at the bottom:

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I have made good use of the list of the Hungarian pipe club site (Pipa Klub: pipaclub.hu). Based on their description, I had the impression that the most serious pipe store in Budapest is Gallwitz pipe and pearl shop in Régi Posta utca 7-9. (see the map above), founded in 1880 by Leopold Gallwitz, then continued by his sons, the Gallwitz brothers. Besides selling pipes (e.g. Peterson, Vauen, Savinelli, Dunhill, Missouri Meerschaum, Charatan, GBD Chanell etc.) and contemporary as well as antique pipes (from 22,000 to 65,000 HUF), they also offer walking sticks on sale (and repair). The other major section is pearl jewelry.

Address: Régi Posta utca 7-9. Budapest 1052
Phone: 00-36-30-297-5000 or 00-36-1-318-5139

Cigar Shop in Mammut Shopping Mall

Although it’s easy to find the shopping mall, the pipe store is slightly hidden on the 3rd floor of Mammut II. building (the one on the right side). Their shelves are featuring e.g. Peterson, Brebbia, Vauen, Hillson, Savinelli, Falcon, Vauen churchwarden in addition to normal cigarettes, zippos, etc.

Pipatórium in the 8th district, Budapest
Specialized in pipes and pipers, they have a wide range of tobaccos, pipes, etc. and the salesmen are informed too.

Phone: 00-36-1-210-3404
Address: 1085 Budapest József krt. 38.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00

Tobacco Shop in Florian Shopping Center

Phone: 00-36-1- 250-0080 / extension: 149
Address: 1033 Budapest Flórián tér 6-9., the first floor of the center
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-18:00, Sat: 09:00-13:00

Davidoff Tobacco Store in Vaci utca

Mid-range pipes from top to bottom. The vendor is a pipe-smoker himself, so he is well-informed.

Address: Vaci utca 13. Budapest (Vaci utca shopping street in district V.)

Pipe store in Sas utca

It’s close to Deák tér metro station (also to Arany János metro station). Pipes: from top to bottom brands, tobaccos: moderate range.

Address: 1051 Budapest Sas utca 5.
Phone: 00-36-1-266-5085 or 00-36-1-30-565-4652)
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10-17h; Fri 10-16h

Gloria Jean’s Coffee Houses in Budapest

Gloria Jean’s Coffee House

The cafe chain has more locations in Budapest. This coffee house is one of the early birds of big chain cafés importing the American style café culture (emblematic of Starbucks cafés) into Hungary. Big cups, fresh cakes, reliable services, free wifi.

Gloria Jean’s Coffee House at Heroes’ square sounds very handy after/ before a long visit in the Museum of Fine Arts (Szepmuveszeti Muzeum) or the Hall of Art (Mucsarnok) on Hosok tere, or a long stroll in the City Park. “The cafe is located in a beautifully renovated old villa and has several big rooms ideally suited to larger gatherings,” says the website.

Address: Dózsa György út 96., 1068 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-354-10-98
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8.30 am – 8.30 pm

See its location on the Budapest tourist map (check the Cup icon in the middle):

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Gloria Jean’s Coffee House in Mammut Shopping Mall (a ten-minute walk downhill from the Castle District in Budapest). It has a nice view over Széna tér from comfortable armchairs with occasionally good background music. It’s good to have a break here before/ after a walk up the hill to the Royal Palace, the Fishermen’s Bastion, etc. or while shopping in the mall.

Address: 1024 Budapest, Lövőház utca 2-6. III. emelet 301. – basically, in Mammut Shopping Mall next to Moszkva tér, Mammut Building I., third floor.
Phone: 00-36-1-345-82-04
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Prices: (coffees) from about 515 HUF

See its location on the Budapest tourist map (check the Cup icon in the middle):

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The good thing about Gloria Jean’s Coffee House that it’s a coffee house in a sense that it also sells various coffee beans and coffee making accessories – unlike most of the Hungarian cafes.

Read more about the Best Cafes in Budapest.

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.

Read more about the Best Restaurants in Budapest or the Best Cafes in Budapest.

Cheese Shops (Sajtbolt) in Budapest

Budapest has currently a very small handful of specialist cheese shops that are worth mentioning.

Cheese Shop in the inner city

The cheese shop of T. Nagy Tamás is conveniently located in the city center, close to the Deák tér stop of all metro lines, Váci utca shopping street, etc. “Although precious few specialist cheese shops exist in Budapest, lovers of Italian, French and British cheeses will no doubt find “Big Tom’s” excellent range (and personal service) a real delight. Recommended. ” (Talking Cities UK). This is also one of those few places where truffle (original and canned) is sold, and where the owner took part in a French Truffle 001 course in France, once he decided to sell the product. In addition to cheeses, you can get dried fruits and some wines here too.

Cheese shop in Budapest Gerloczy utca Sajtbolt T Nagy Tamas

Address: Gerlóczy utca 3, Budapest 1052
Phone: 00-36-1-317-4268
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6pm, Sat 9 am – 1 pm

See the location of the cheese store on the Budapest Shopping Map (map icon: the little yellow balloons with a dot).

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Szega Cheese Shop at the Market Hall in Fény utca

There are more Szega cheese stores in Budapest, and this one is comfortably located in the popular market hall, the Fény utcai piac (close to Moszkva tér, the Mammut Shopping Mall, or the Royal Palace in the Buda Castle District).

Address: Lövőház u. 12. (Fény utcai piac) 1024 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-345 4259

Dutch Cheese House in Duna Plaza shopping mall

Dutch cheeses on the second floor of the shopping mall. Cheese plates, gift packages are also available. What’s more the Hungarian specialty Szamos marzipan is also on sale here. The mall is right on the route of the blue metro line, so it’s very easy to get here (get off at Gyöngyösi utca station).

Address: Váci út 178., Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-288-01-33
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00 – 21.00, Sun 10.00 – 19.00

Szega Cheese Café in Budagyöngye Shopping Center

The cheese shop & café & ham shop is specializing in Camembert cheeses and sells hams too. Vegetarians, please skip this part. Mouth-watering Hungarian indigenous pork (mangalica) ham, prosciutto, jamon iberico, etc. hams are hanging above your head. It’s on the Buda side – alas a bit farther off the tourist tracks (unless you happen to take the Funicular Railway, or the Children’s Railway, or for any reason you should be strolling in the Buda hills on the route of the trams/ streetcars number 56). It’s a relatively new store, highly praised and compared to French cheese shops by locals. (Very close to one of the wine shops of the Hungarian Wine Society). In March 2007, the cheese shop won the Best of Budapest award.

Address: Gerlóczy utca 3, Budapest 1052
Phone: 00-36-1-317-4268
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 7pm, Sat 8 am – 3 pm

See the location of the cheese store on the Budapest Shopping Map (map icon: the little yellow balloons with a dot).

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Szega Cheese Shop at Rózsakert

One of the Szega cheese stores in Budapest is located in the Rózsakert Shopping Center
Address: Gábor Áron u. 74. 1026 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-391 5814
Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 4pm.

Soma’s Cheese Store

The third cheese shop, Soma’s Cheese (Soma Sajt) is really off center, so it’s for the cheese-freaks and dedicated ones, but it’s worth mentioning because of the specialty Orda, goat and sheep cheeses the store has on offer. The originally Transylvanian Orda is an easy-to-cut, fresh cheese (great for salads, meat dishes, simply with bread and butter or toast, or just by itself T. Nagy Tamás). It’s also ideal for dieters due to its light texture & low calorie content (125 kcal/ 100g). SomaSajt offers orda in 5 varieties: garlic-parsley, paprika-chives, dill, sesame, chives. Before you dive into a 1-2 hour journey to the shop, check out major stores, which will sell some of the Soma’s ordas, cheeses & ricottas: Auchan, CBA, G-Roby, Rothschild, TESCO to name but a few.

Somas Cheese goat sheep orda from Budapest Hungary Somasajt

Address: Péceli út 240., Budapest 1171
Phone: 00-36-1-258-6667
Opening hours:

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Budapest Wine Shopping: Somogyi Pincészet

Somogyi Pincészet offers Villányi wines in its contemporary style sample store. You can also buy Bag in Box packages of 3 or 5 liters for convenient transportation, or order customized labels (allow 3-4 days)! Wine delivery is free in Budapest.

Address: Báthory utca 25, Budapest V. ker.
Phone: 00-36-30-670-4500
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm, Sat 9 am to 1 pm

Prices: from 600 to 3500 HUF (approx. 20 wine varieties)
See the location of Somogyi Pincészet on the Budapest Shopping Map (check the Glass sign for wine shops & further wine buying details in Budapest) or read more about Hungarian wines on Budapest Blog.

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Budapest Wine Shopping: Hungarian House of Wines

The Hungarian House of Wines (Magyar Borok Háza) is in Budapest Castle District right next to the Matthias Church. The House not only has a nice and comprehensive exhibition summarizing the Hungarian wine culture, but they also offer wine tasting sessions in the dramatic maze-like cellar of the House.

The wines have been carefully picked from all the 22 wine-regions of Hungary, from Villany & Szekszard to Eger & Tokaj. There are about 700 different Hungarian wines & sparkling wines. The wine-exhibition, which is available in English, German, and French, gives a unique overview of Hungarian.

Wine Tasting at the Magyar Borok Háza

What kind of wines will you try?

You can try both typical Hungarian wines (which are considered Hungaricums), and the local varieties of international wines. The Hungarian wines on the tasting tour change month by month. Tasting Tokaj wines of the greatest value (prize-winning 5-6 puttonyos Tokaj aszú) is not part of the default wine tour, it comes at an extra price . It was the French king Louis XIV who said of Tokaji aszú “the wine of kings and the king of wines.”

How many wines will you taste?

You will get access to 50 different wines per tour, and it’s up to you which of them you try (just flushing your mouth as the experts do is a good idea to attempt to fight off the sneaky little goblets).

Where can you buy tickets?

On location. Tickets for the wine-tasting tour can be bought at the reception desk (opposite the main entrance). Tokens for the extra Tokaj 5 & 6 star aszú are also sold here.

What does the wine tasting session include?

  • participation in a 2-hour wine-tour
  • engraved tasting glass
  • small savory snacks with cheese: e.g. cheese scones (‘pogácsa’)
  • the map of the wine cellar

Address: Szentháromság tér 6. Budapest 1014
Phone: 00-36-1-212 10 31
Opening hours: 12pm – 8 pm
Prices: approx. 4,000 HUF (yes, basically only the price of a bottle of good wine)
Getting here:
1, from Deák tér, take bus number 16 (almost at Hotel Kempinski & Le Meridien)
2, take the red metro line till Moszkva tér, then get on the minibus, or just take a 10-15 minute walk up the hill.

Check the location of Hungarian House of Wines on the Budapest Shopping Map (check the Glass sign for wine shops & further wine buying details in Budapest) or read more about Hungarian wines on Budapest Blog.

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Anyway, the House of Hungarian Wines was founded in 1996 as a private enterprise. Wine growing in Hungary goes back to the Roman times. The best known wines are Bull’s Blood from Eger (Egri bikavér red wine) and the noble-rot-sweetened white wines from Tokaj (Tokaji aszú), but things are slowly changing and other wine regions (especially Villany) are getting their due international appreciation too in the world wine web.

Budapest Wine Shopping: Borkápolna at Hosok tere

Borkápolna Wine Shop (Wine Chapel) offers more than 1100 Hungarian wines and over 200 foreign wines. The accompanying wine cellar can take up about 110 people (book 1 week in advance), and serves Hungarian dishes for the wines. The vaulted cellar used to be a chapel during the communist era (between 1957-1991) as the original chapel called Regnum Marianum at the edge of the City Park was demolished by the Hungarian totalitarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi: the neighboring long square was the ultimate marching square for communist festivities and Rakosi had the square ‘cleared.’ The tabernaculum is still in the wall of the cellar.

Borkapolna Wine Shop in Budapest at Hosok tere Wine Chapel

In the cellar, there’s a big fresco from 1973 by Korga (size 6×5 meter/ 323 sqft), which was made from golden mosaics: it shows St Stephen, the first Hungarian king offering his crown to Maria.
Address: Damjanich utca 52, Budapest 1071
Phone: 00-36-1-343-5258, or 00-36-30-941-2838
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10 am – 8pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm
Getting here: The wine store is very conveniently located – about a 5-10 min walk – from Hősök tere where the Museum of Fine Arts or the Millennial Monument is.

Check the location of Borkápolna Budapest on the Budapest Shopping Map (check the Glass sign for wine shops & further wine buying details in Budapest) or read more about Hungarian wines on Budapest Blog.

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Budapest Wine Shopping: Bock Bistro (Bock Bisztró)

Bock Bistro (Bock Bisztró) Wine Shop & Restaurant: József Bock is one of the most popular and respected Hungarian wine-maker. It’s his Wine Bistro at retail prices (you can get a full bottle of wine from 3600 HUF and up)! The Wine Bistro offers more than 200 wines with the motto: ‘Nobody’s gone bankrupt by pleasing customers.’

But Bock Bistro is more than a wine shop, big blackboards let you know about the nice dishes on offer with award-winning wines here (average main course at about 3500 HUF), for instance, slow-braised goose-leg, lamb knuckle, veal stew, roast piglet, grilled pike fillets, tapas, soups, desserts, etc. I think the Four cheeses with four fruit spreads sounds great for a short wine visit too (at about 1600 HUF), and there are other savory snacks like olives marinated in herbs, or ball pepper stuffed with boursen cheese. Besides wines, you can also have stronger spirits, including the Hungarian herb spirit Unicum, or the artistically famous Absinth. For alcohol-free options, there are home-made elderberry or raspberry drinks, among others.

Bock Bistro in Budapest featuring Bock Villány wines made by József Bock from Hungary

The style is French, the dishes and wines are Hungarian – book in advance, as the place, handpicked one of the best restaurants in Hungary, is often full.

Address: Erzsébet körút 43-49.
Phone: 00-36-1-321 0340
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12am – 11 & 12pm (closed on Sun and on Hungarian public holidays)

Check out the location of Bock Bistro (Bock Bisztró) on the Budapest Shopping Map: the Cocktail Glass signs on the map stand for wines & spirits in Budapest. By clicking on a symbol you can learn more about the shops (addresses, opening hours, etc.).

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But let’s see what Steel at the FoodPolice blog wrote on Bock Bistro (vegetarians please skip this horror, meat lovers enjoy this enthusiasm):

A short post to inform all of you out there that there is a contender to the throne of top Hungarian restaurant in the city. Strange as it may seem it comes in the form of a “French-style bistro”. It also comes signed by our famous winemaker Mr. Bock or Boxi as he is affectionately known by his friends. …. I know it’s about 40 degrees outside, but it’s cool in here, I also know that I’m supposed to be on a diet, I also know that you only eat székely káposzta [my note: like meat stewed in sour cabbage and topped with sour cream ] at midnight at weddings, but I can’t resist. I wash down another half a bottle of Bisztro Cuveé and wait for what comes. And it’s worth the wait for everybody! My cabbage has a delicious, rich consistency with juicy pieces of meat from a veal paprikas inside and a wiggly-jiggly boiled, cooked grandiose piece of knuckle placed on the side. 10 000 calories just by the looks of it. 20 minutes later it’s disappeared off my plate and the sauce of the cabbage wiped out completely with white bread. The others also rave about their lamb dishes.

Budapest Wine Shopping: Belvárosi Borszalon (Wine Salon)

Wine Salon or Belvárosi Borszalon sells the major Hungarian wine brands (Gere, Tiffán, Árvay, Thummerer, Figula, Gál, Légli, etc.) and has regular monthly wine tasting sessions (a few steps from the shop) for non-members about 6000 HUF. You need to book in advance either by phone or in email (borszalon at borszalon dot hu).

Address: Vármegye utca 7, Budapest 1052
Phone: 00-36-1-3179448
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm

Check out the location of Belvárosi Borszalon (Wine Salon) on the Budapest Shopping Map: the Cocktail Glass signs on the map stand for wines & spirits in Budapest. By clicking on a symbol you can learn more about the shops (addresses, opening hours, etc.).

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Budapest Wine Shopping: Borárium in Mammut Shopping Mall

Borárium Wine Shop, Budapest is in the Mammut Shopping Center (Mammut 1 building, on the first floor). Founded in 1999 in order to help wine friends learn about new wines quickly, organize wine tours, etc. The wine shop has its own Wine Club too with discount prices, newsletter, etc. You can buy wines at wine auctions (approx. 14-20,000 HUF)

Address: Lövőház utca 2-6, Hungary
Phone: 00-36-1-345-8098
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00 – 21.00 Sun 10.00 – 18.00.

Check out the location of Borárium Wine Shop on the Budapest Shopping Map: the Cocktail Glass signs on the map stand for wines & spirits in Budapest. By clicking on a symbol you can learn more about the shops (addresses, opening hours, etc.).

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