This is not the coffee place you may be imagining. When I came here, I felt like I had found myself in a museum or an art gallery. I took a seat and enjoyed a fine coffee with some fancy pastry with piano (live sometimes) music in the background. Classy Hungarian princesses, politicians and great people enjoyed all of this a century ago. Now, the Lotz Hall in Cafe Parisi is reopened to the public and you are invited!
Enter from Andrássy street and go upstairs to find this hidden gem, The Art Nouveau Paris Department Store. For decades, this used to be the most elegant of Budapest’s shopping destinations, despite the occasional interruption of history. As a last reminder of a once glorious past, the sign on the façade under which you enter the building still says Párisi Nagy Áruház (‘Paris Department Store’).
You will get it if you are sitting there. It slows me down and fulfills my heart due to its affordable beauty and charm. That is my reason to go. A coffee break here is such a great thing. You will see some art, and listening to the music just makes it even better. Their classic coffee house menu features sandwiches, fresh salads and traditional Hungarian desserts.