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Budapest Culinary & Wine Walk

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Budapest's first food tour (est. 2008!) introduces Hungarian food and wine culture through classic flavors, unique wines, history, and stunning architecture. You'll get a taste of the traditional side of Hungarian cuisine, and the modern artisan producers and specialty shops spicing up Budapest’s food scene. Beginning at the Central Market—Budapest’s cathedral of food—we’ll introduce you to Hungarian cuisine through the abundance of ingredients. We'll discuss the building, Hungary's eating and drinking culture, special dishes … and just what Hungarian cooks do with all the pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. Here we’ll taste a selection of foods (and have an aperitif to fortify us). After a lunch feast at a traditional butcher, we’ll sample the elegant cakes that Hungarian bakers are known for at a classic coffeehouse. We'll visit an award-winning chocolatier, and finish with a sommelier led tasting of 3 great local wines (including Tokaji aszú) paired with artisan cheese. Come hungry!
Highlights
  • Learn how locals eat and drink on this in-depth culinary tour of Budapest
  • Generous food and drink tastings, and 10% off wine purchases at the Tasting Table
  • Tour includes stops at the Central Market as well as up to five additional food and drink purveyors
  • Traveling with a small group allows plenty of flexibility and the chance to ask questions
What to Expect
Meet your group of no more than six fellow food-lovers inside the city's Central Market Hall, ground zero for all things culinary in Budapest. With your gourmand guide leading the way, you'll head straight for the best stalls while listening to an introduction to Hungarian cuisine. Strike out into the surrounding neighborhood for stops at an artisan chocolate shop, a coffee house, a kosher bakery, a spice shop, or other options, depending on the day. Your small group size makes it possible to ask your guide questions and focus on learning everything you ever wanted to know about Hungarian cuisine. Sample traditional Hungarian dishes and authentic cakes during a shared meal, and finish with a Hungarian wine tasting. The guided tasting will teach you about the country's varietals, regions, and winemaking styles. Your tour concludes at the tasting venue.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Central Market Hall, Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Duration
4h
Return Details
Tasting Table Budapest, Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 9, 1088 Hungary
Inclusions
  • English-speaking, food-specialized guide
  • Visits to the Central Market Hall and four (or more) additional tasting locations
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Tasting of 3 wines (including Tokaji aszú) and a Hungarian spirit
  • Snacks - Plenty of tastings along the way ...
  • Bottled water
  • 10% discount on wine purchases at The Tasting Table Budapest!
  • Entry/Admission - Central Market Hall
  • Entry/Admission - Belvárosi Disznótoros Károlyi utca
  • Entry/Admission - Chocolate Rózsavölgyi
  • Entry/Admission - Central Cafe and Restaurant 1887
  • Entry/Admission - Tasting Table Budapest
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Private transportation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is available year-round (with the exception of Sundays and national holidays). If you would like to book a tour for a Sunday, please look for our "Budapest Culinary Walk - Sunday Edition" listing
  • Our group tours are always small groups, limited to a maximum of 8 guests.
  • For larger groups please choose the "Private Tour (min. 8 pers.)" option when booking
  • If you would prefer a private tour, please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking
  • Be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour!
  • We try our best to cater to dietary requirements and allergies, so please let us know in advance if we'll need to make special arrangements!
  • We need at least 2 participants in order to run this tour. In the event of cancellation, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed July 18, 2019

Sara was our tour guide, she was so knowledgeable and efficient! We got to sample so many local foods at a bunch of great places we never would have found on our own. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lauren S
Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed our 4.5 hours with Barbara. She was so knowledgeable and fun. Tour started at the Market, and she made sure we got to taste authentic Hungarian dishes and drinks. Street foods, traditional dishes, coffee house pastries (made just for this tour), chocolates, wine...More

Thank mcpier42
Reviewed July 12, 2019

Really enjoyed this walk - I got to sample and try a lot more than I would have had I been buying each food just for myself. We started at the market, tried multiple foods there (and had an intro drink of the popular hungarian...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Andrea J
Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour and the food was all really delicious. Don’t eat anything before you come - you’ll be super full by the end. Zsofia was really knowledge and her time taken to share her own experiences made it much more personal. She gave...More

Thank channagee
Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Sarah. She was a lovely young woman and gave excellent commentary on the food and life in general living in Budapest. We tried all kinds of different items that we would have never tried on our own and now...More

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Seaside35712934837
August 4, 2019|
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Response from Lisa L | Reviewed this property |
A private tour would be you and your companions and a public tour would be open to anyone else who wanted to do the tour.
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April 26, 2019|
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Response from foodnfocus | Reviewed this property |
There was definitely a lot of meat on the tour. I’m not sure you’d get a lot out of it as a vegetarian.
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mahog1960
December 13, 2018|
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Response from Candice K | Reviewed this property |
We took this tour last summer when temps were sky-high, and it was not a problem. That said, there are stairs (Hungary is not especially wheelchair-friendly) and you walk - slowly - about a total of 2 km. Stops along the way... More
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