Ráday utca, where tourists and students meet, offers lots of cafés and bars. But only a few of them are actually to my taste (the reason being they all look alike…). Jedermann belongs to the happy few.
You might have been familiar with Eckermann, which used to be the ‘official’ café of the Goethe institute for many years and moved along with the institute from Andrássy út to Ráday a few years ago. The place was famous for its coffee, which was some of the best brewed in the city. Now it also serves food all day (including breakfasts) and offers cheap week-day lunch menu (Ft 990).
Hans van Vliet has taken over the place to make it his own and renamed it Jedermann (meaning ‘everybody’ in German). A few changes have been made inside and now the former Eckermann really looks like a proper cafe – restaurant, cozy and jazzy. It even has a little terrace outside in the inner garden in the summer.
The place is a hit, actually no wonder as Hans – a Dutch guy who’s been living here for 20 or so years, is behind the most successful bars in the Hungarian capital. He’s a jazz musician (and sometimes a waiter!), so naturally the place got a little stage for jazz concerts and all sorts of jazzy gigs, there’s something happening almost everyday (mostly Thursday-Friday-Saturday night) over there so check it out!