I think that the most “Budapestian” street to take a stroll on is the Big Boulevard (Nagykörút), a horseshoe-shaped ring drawing the perimeter of the inner city. On the part named after Empress Elisabeth, Warm Cup is my ideal stop for quality coffee and a good seat in an environment that seems designed to satisfy both Instagrammers and minimalists.
Warm Cup’s ample window space on the buzzy boulevard offers a prime location to sit and watch the world.
The bar is paired with Art+Mozi, which ten years ago had a different name and was my first experience with a local cinema. I still didn’t speak the language and I picked a Bergman movie in Swedish with Hungarian subtitles, how can I forget that headache?
I’ve noticed that, often, Warm Cup’s new baristas are familiar faces, as they are listed as the cream of the crop of Budapest’s coffee artists. Even if I am a “black coffee only” kind of person, I still like that they select only premium & healthier products, beers included.
I need good service and I don’t mind a sincere smile and a good joke. It helps me write and work more efficiently, so the energetic young people working here are another reason I appreciate Warm Cup. Since the coffee is made with great care here, I don’t need anything more than an espresso and a good spot with a view over the best of the Hungarian movie sets: the life of the Big Boulevard.