It’s not just being a local patriot to say Budapest has become a real sought-after destination for coffee lovers.
Not only do you have sweet cosy cafés or more arty “hipster” dens (see my Telép article) but Budapest is now also picking up with “cafeology”, the science and craft of a real cafe.
Those places don’t exactly look like their turn-of-the century palace counterparts. They are a reflection of their own time: they look like open co-working spaces and close towards 19:00!
Among them, Espresso Embassy is the best place to get all that chemistry of coffee beans and laptop clicks on a thick wooden table. Even on Sunday.
First striking fact: its unusual location for the 6th-7th-district type of crowd it’s attracting! And I’m glad there is finally a decent hang-out not far from the Parliament.
In this 200 year old building with exposed brick walls, top-notch professional baristas are serving freshly grounded coffee of the most exotic types in the same glasses you had at the canteen when you were 6. There is one “special” every week and most of the time you can also acquire those blends on the spot.
Mind you, if you’ve never had plain espresso before, the taste is weird but it’s surprisingly acidic! But they have the creamiest latte ever (my favorite, for just under €2).
And to go with it, there are always some nice cakes but not much is left at the end of the day!