Gastro Guide to the Holiday Season

Whether you want traditional Hungarian fish soup or as far from it as you can get, Budapest has a festive menu for you. By the time you leave childhood behind and opening up presents is no longer the end-all, be-all of your Christmas, one of the first things that will come to your mind when thinking about the holiday season is all the various dishes, desserts and flavors that the last week of December usually has in store for your culinary senses.

Lovely Christmas Fair at Basilica

We are proud to announce that one of Europe’s most charming Christmas Fairs returns to Budapest’s Basilica area for the 7th time! We guarantee that the cosy atmosphere you’ll experience there will get you into the festive spirit in a blink of an eye. Are you looking for a gift, or would you like to get to know Hungarian cuisine a bit more? Visit Saint Stephen square from 24 November to 1 January to please your taste buds, find the perfect presents for your loved ones, try ice-skating or watch the monumental 3D show projected on the Basilica’s facade every night! Don’t be afraid of the cold weather, grab a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate at the fair and enjoy the free attractions!

ARAZ Restaurant

Melding together past and present, and the flavors of French and Hungarian cuisines, ARAZ Restaurant has been a reliable constant in the gastro scene of Budapest since its inception. Now the downtown restaurant (situated inside an Art Nouveau building) welcomes you for a true festive feast on 25 and 26 December, between noon and 3 PM: the Christmas brunches of ARAZ are accompanied by live music and include unlimited food and drink consumption. Dishes served range from beef ragout with French red wine and Chanterelle cream soup with spicy croutons to Smoked ham sprouts and Kaiserschmarren with plum chutney. The price of the brunch is 7,490 HUF per person.

1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 42.

Get into the festive spirit at Corinthia Hotel Budapest

A really magical experience is awaiting you in Corinthia Hotel Budapest all month long. They know how food takes an important role in celebrations like Christmas. Brasserie & Atrium restaurant invites you on a gastronomic trip of festively inspired meals, and a Sunday brunch with a Beauty and the Beast inspired theme. Every occasion is going to be special: from candle lighting, to the arrival of Santa Claus, through the introduction of Alsatian cuisine, all in the spirit of the warm, loving atmosphere of home. The fairy tale goes on during Christmas Eve and the following days too, because there is no feast without magic.

1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Baalbek

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 at Baalbek with a lavish traditional Lebanese gala dinner on 31 December! The festive extravaganza, held in one of Budapest’s most imposing building, includes a spectacular mezze selection (ranging from hummus to kibbeh), all-time favourite soups, hearty meat and seafood dishes (halal style), as well as toothsome desserts, garnished with a dazzling party atmosphere. The night is complemented by live music and a belly dance show, to make the last hours of the old year even more unforgettable. The dinner costs 99 euros plus service charge per person. Make your reservation now!

1052 Budapest, Váci utca 34.

Jazz New Year’s Eve Party @ Budapest Jazz Club

End the year in the classiest style imaginable, at the festive New Year’s Eve gala event of Budapest Jazz Club! The night will be hosted by Roland Kaszányi, a talented showman and an even better illusionist, who will charm and enchant everyone in the audience with his impeccable humour and spectacular magic tricks. Performing on 31 December will be the duo of Micheller Myrtill and Tibor Pintér, Cuban-Hungarian band Elsa Valle y sus Hermanos, and the Balázs-Balázs-Kiss-Lakatos Quartet. From half-past-midnight till dawn DJ FunkFred will spin his discs in the bistro area, playing jazz-funk evergreens like James Brown and Earth Wind and Fire. The night will be completed by delicious canapés, tapas and soups, served between 9 PM and 11 PM, and the inevitable stuffed cabbage at midnight.

1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 7.

Advent lunch or dinner in Grillmánia

Bring your beloved friends or colleagues together to celebrate Christmas in a cozy place: come to Grillmánia, where you’ll be served tasty meals prepared on charcoal grill. Guests can chose from a wide-range of grill specialties; from lamb chop and chicken meat to burgers, burritos and vegetarian delicacies are all on the menu, and you will find what your taste buds love the most. Enjoy gourmet meals in a festive atmosphere and impress your crowd with your awesome restaurant choice. It’s guaranteed!

1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 6.

Gundel Restaurant

It is not by accident that Gundel has become one of the top restaurants in Hungary: awaiting guests in the heart of beautiful City Park since 1894, it is the birthplace of many famous Gundel dishes, such as the Gundel pancake, Gundel loin the Palóc soup, and the Somló sponge cake.  It is also your best bet if you want the greatest and most flavorful sample of all the deliciousness Hungarian cuisine has to offer, with a little French twist. In the upcoming holiday season, Gundel Restaurant will ensure the festive atmosphere with special Christmas menus from 25 to 30 December, a unique New Year’s Eve gastro event, and a New Year’s menu in the first two weeks of January. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner will comprise of six courses, accompanying wines, live orchestral music, a magic show, Bálint Gájer’s swing-n-pop performance, and more!

1146 Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4.

Hotel Azúr

In case you’re not sure what to buy your friends or family, why not play it safe and go for what everybody wants? Namely: some good rest, time spent together, relaxation, walks along the shore of Lake Balaton, and delicious meals. The four-star Hotel Azúr offers rooms with balcony, its own sauna and jacuzzi – perfectly suited for cold winter nights! Equipped with a pool- and sauna park, steam-, salt-, and aroma chambers, as well as a fitness center and four bowling courts, a stay at this place is the perfect Christmas gift! Book your room now on a special prize at by using the code word „funzine” for 10% off!

8600 Siófok, Erkel Ferenc u. 2/C

NYE at Nobu

Surprise yourself with an extraordinary culinary journey on 31 December! The dining empire’s luxurious restaurant will guide you around the world without a passport: Nobu offers a mouth-watering, 8-course menu, including dishes inspired by Honolulu, Malibu, Miami, Hong Kong, London, Dubai, Tokyo, and Mexico City. Starting at 9 PM, an exotic and unforgettable night is ahead of you with delicious meals and live latin music provided by Mai Rumba band.  Wait no more, reserve your table today!

1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8.

Tulipán Bistro

After taking an evening walk around the magically lit St. Stephen Basilica or the Hungarian Parliament, warm up in Tulipán Bistro with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. The restaurant, of which name is derived from the Hungarian equivalent of tulip, has been attentively serving its guests with many wonderful meals since 1964. You can enjoy the finest authentic dishes of the country in a cosy, homely atmosphere: the menu consists of a series of plain, yet toothsome Hungarian meals, accompanied by a line of the most renowned and highly praised potions of local wineries. On 31 December, you can even taste traditional New Year courses, such as lentil stew – just make sure you book in advance!

1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 34.