It’s not easy to find a proper espresso in Hungary, and I must admit it’s hardly ever possible to drink it the Italian way, standing at the bar and rushing back out to continue your day. “Take your sit”, they tell you here, after you completed the order at the counter. It took me a long time to understand why I had to sit to drink an espresso.
In today’s Budapest, though, there are a few spots that do it well and Matinée is part of the list. This café reminds me of a dollhouse. Its 2 storeys are tiny and mostly made of wood, carefully decorated. About the decoration, I have to say that in this country it is common to use religious artefacts as ornaments. So don’t be surprised if you spot a Jesus Christ and some Virgin Mary here.
Of course, being in this country, the place is small but full of different themes. It has also a marine touch and quite a few antique toys. Can I describe it as a dollhouse-boat with faith in God and coffee? I will. I love miniatures and Matinée looks like a precious one.
Furthermore, it’s between Kodály Körönd, the nicest junction in Andrássy Avenue, and Benczúr Street, both very green, bright and worth a stroll. One of the few quality places I can find close to the city park, I drop by when I have guests from Italy, including my mum, and you know, the mamma is the mamma.