Jászai Mari square is the kind of place where I often feel like I need a coffee, or perhaps a snack, whether on my way to work on tram number 2 (because the scenic route is the best even if longer), returning from my morning run on Margaret Island (check out the article!) or perhaps taking the boat to Sziget festival.
In all these scenarios, my savior is Ébresztő, a tiny coffee shop that serves excellent coffees made from the beans of Hungarian roasters Awaken- supporting local businesses always makes me extra happy. Since space is limited (there is no restroom, a fair warning to every visitor in crisis), the non-coffee offer is not very varied, but well chosen and tasty: an assortment of cold-pressed fruit juices and lemonades, plus a variety of cakes and toasts. Go for the pecan pie if you feel like something extra delicious or the cheese and ajvar toast if you’d rather have something salty and also a bit unusual.
Besides the coffee and snacks, there are always a few curated designer items on sale, most recently an eco-friendly collection of reusable bags and other containers and one of Budapest-themed notebooks that can also serve as a perfect souvenir for the stationery lover in your life. Summertime comes with the extra perks of a small but pleasant terrace, sheltered by leafy trees which provide good shade at any time of the day.