My first time seeing Budapest was through the eyes of a severely sleep-deprived, malnourished and shook seventeen year old. After living in a sweaty tent for a week at the festival 'Balaton', we spent a few days recovering in the city. Needless to say, I didn't appreciate all that Budapest has to offer so I'm delighted I got the chance to visit again to experience it properly and try out its numerous, gorgeous eating spots. Here are my favourite places I found that cater for ceoliacs during my trip.
Szent Gyoergy ter 2, Budapest 1014
Starting with a food that everyone loves- Pizza! The NG Cafe & Terasz offers a variety of pizzas on a gluten free base and they are absolutely delicious. It’s situated right by the Buda castle so it’s a handy little spot to know about if you’re planning to do some sightseeing! I would definitely recommend heading to the bar/terrace beside it afterwards, where you can sip on some wine overlooking the skyline of Budapest.
Váci u. 16a, Budapest 1052
If you're looking for a gluten-free feed, this is the spot to go to. I went for the chicken risotto but asked for gluten free pasta instead of the rice and they were more than happy to accommodate! Just to note, the rice in the risotto was naturally gluten free, the only reason I substituted was because I was feeling greedy and wanted pasta. Anyways, it was fabulous and left me feeling more than satisfied. 10/10.
WINE & DINE
Wekerle Sándor utca 1, Budapest 1051
When we first arrived, we were starving and beginning to get desperate as waiters looked at me quizzically when I mentioned 'gluten-free'. Much to our relief, the lovely waiters at Dubarry restaurant knew just what I meant and explained what meals were naturally gluten-free and what meals they could adapt for me. This lovely restaurant has a terrace with a stunning view of the Danube river and is one I would certainly recommend for a wine and dine occasion.
Deák Ferenc u. 3, Budapest 1051
For some reason I have never mentioned the Hard Rock Cafe's nachos before, even though I have eaten them countless times in different cities. I'm a very big nacho fan regardless but it's great to know these ones are completely gluten-free! Also, even though it isn't shown on their website, the Hard Rock Cafe branches that I visited in Rome, Paris and Budapest all had an entire gluten free menus which included starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches and deserts. Just some handy knowledge to have if you're in a big city and don't know where to begin looking for a gluten-free dinner!
Király u. 15, Budapest 1075
After a stroll through the Gozsdu Weekend Market, which I would definitely recommend, BB'z is a great spot to re-fuel (and put on a few pounds) with a big, juicy, gluten-free burger, nachos and brownies! The area that it is situated in is a bit more local and off the beaten track, and I absolutely loved it.
Petőfi Sándor u. 10, Budapest 1052
I always find lunch time to be particularly tricky when I'm on holidays. I don't want a big meal because I know I'll be going out for dinner later, but it's very rare that food shops have ready made gluten-free sandwiches or even salads, as the majority have croutons included. So, I was delighted when I came across this little spot. Here, you can make your own salad bowl and include whatever carbs, protein and veg you like. It was the perfect solution for my mid-day peckish cravings. They also did gluten-free donuts!! However, they were made out of almond flour so all I could do was imagine how fab they tasted.
GRAB & GO
Kristóf tér 3, Budapest 1052
Another great lunch option is Fruccola. They have a variety of gluten-free options including salads and sandwiches that you can grab and go- ideal for refuelling throughout the day! I got the chicken sandwich to take with me for the journey home, and it didn't disappoint.
Budapest, Sas u. 7, Budapest 1051
A lot of ice-creams are naturally gluten-free but Budapest is actually a great city for having it labelled on their ice-cream stalls. The majority of them in the city state which ones are gluten-free and low in sugar. However, one shop that particularly stood out to me was Anjuna. They do dairy free popsicles and you can decorate them with different toppings and syrups! I got the mint choc chip and the mango popsicles and they were amazing. Not to mention, the ones that I got were sugar-free also, so they're great option for type one diabetics that want a refreshing treat without having to take insulin!
WINE & NIBBLES
Hercegprímás u. 5, Budapest 1051
Lastly, wine and nibbles- because who doesn't love a little nibble with their glass of vino? The High Note Sky Bar has a rooftop terrace overlooking Budapest and has a menu full of fantastic cocktails, wines and gluten-free bites to snack on! Here's a picture of the menu to show you all the different options that you can chose from. We just played it safe and went for the classic chicken wings which were great, but it is definitely on the top of my agenda to return here and try out some of the other dishes they have to offer!
There are so many fantastic places to eat in Budapest but these are just a few that stood out to me in particular for gluten-free needs. Hope this post has been helpful to anyone who is planning on giving this stunning city a visit!