Well, although the 8th district counts as the dodgy neighbourhood in Budapest, I would rather call it adventurous, authentic and even romantic. Nowadays, all the inner districts are changing rapidly, but here one can find the original Pest feeling. Thanks to such places as Műterem cafè, this doesn’t mean the lack of high-quality specialty coffee.
The MTRM micro-roastery started to sell its coffee here in 2010 and it became beloved by locals since the first sip. So many things are put together here that make for a homely atmosphere: a fireplace (yes, with real fire during wintertime), nice designer cups, a beautiful copper lever espresso machine and a wooden gallery. This people- and dog-friendly place also offers freshly squeezed orange juice and – my favourite – warm piadina with ham and/or cheese for an Italian-style snack or Bohemian beers for the evening.
High-quality standards doesn’t mean snobbery here. Műterem cafè is an authentic Nyolcker place (the nickname of the 8th district) with moderate prices and normal, local people: pensioners with the shopping from the market, students from the university closeby, busy home-office workers, hipsters with their dogs, so all types of coffee-lovers and admirers of the old-fashioned lever espresso machine.