Book Cafe - Lotz Terem
Book Cafe - Lotz Terem
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Neighborhood: Terézváros
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  • Oktogon • 3 min walk
  • Opera • 4 min walk
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azazelI0
Budapest, Hungary107 contributions
Couples
Lotz Hall was a great café with a breathtakingly beautiful interior that I enjoyed taking foreign friends to. Staff occasionally had their bad days, but that's just Hungary for you and it was nothing egregious.

However it has closed recently due to the bankruptcy of the book store chain that owns the building. Currently it is unsure what will happen to it, but for now the café is closed.
Written March 2, 2017
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Jer O
Loch Gorman323 contributions
Couples
Do NOT skip the chance to have a coffe here !!! The room is simple stunning and it is open til 10pm with a piano playing in the high decorated vaulted ceiling lends to the overall sense of well being...
Written March 20, 2012
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effetì e
Brussels, Belgium24 contributions
Couples
I actually dislike the logic of doing a mix of something strongly cultural with something else related to commerce like in book-cafe. But in this case, I have to admit that this Book Cafe is very stunning, both internally and externally. The internal decorations and paintings are very impressive and give to the bar and to the bookshop the athmoshere typycal of an old eighteenth-century Cultural Forum!
Written December 2, 2017
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koszeg
canada113 contributions
Our son, who studies in Budapest now took us to this Cafe in March. The bookstore is great as well, great selections of books even in foreign languages. We went up to the Cafe and we were really amazed. Beautiful interior ! The service was fast , the coffee was great and the pastries were fresh and tasty. We were there in the morning and they had a great selection of the daily newspapers as well. It is really nice to sit and relax in this great Cafe!!
Written April 1, 2012
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Pragua
Marrakech, Morocco154 contributions
Couples
Go to have a look, this is one of the most beautiful typical old roof of golden age pf Budapest. You go through the book shop from Andrassy avenue and go up the stairs, the eye will catch a nice view.
Then if you are visiting week-end, count on a good 15 to 20 lintues waiting queue. Serive is slow and low key, tables empty they do not fill despite 20 people waiting ... Once you finally get a table, clean it yourself, stand up to the ''do it yourself'' central table to get the menu. Then wave your hand during 10 minutes, and if you are lucky, you will be in a position to place an order. We habe not been patient enough, so after 20 queuee and 20 minutes waiting at our table, we left the place telling who seemed to be the "Maitre d'Hotel" than it was a waiting of 40 minutes with no care at all, the guy did not take any action or reaction so we assume he is used to it and can't do any better.
Too bad for such a beautiful place.
Written January 28, 2012
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mboyd71
Budapest, Hungary197 contributions
I lived in Budapest for a year and I frequented the branch of the Alexandra Bookstore on Andrassy Blvd almost every day, for cards, books, calendars, or even wrapping paper. The store has several branches in town, including one in the Jewish Quarter and one near West End, although the branch on Andrassy is the main branch.

All branches have a wonderful selection of books, music, and DVDs. They have a terrific travel section, as well as a lot of English-language books. They have a section for foreign-language books as well including novels and even cookbooks in French, German, etc. One of my favorite things about it was that they sold translations of well-known Hungarian authors in English, which are hard to find in the US. They also have a great selection of postcards, greeting cards and calendars, and of children's books. Finally, they have a wine section with a wine expert on staff to help guide you in selecting the perfect Hungarian wine. It's definitely a bookstore with everything.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this bookstore, however, is the cafe on the top floor of the Andrassy Branch. The walls are covered with gleaming mirrors and gilded woodwork, the ceilings are adorned with frescoes, and glorious chandeliers hang from above, and are repeated endlessly in the mirrors, in true Secessionist style. It's a splendid place to have coffee, a cocktail, or a light lunch. The trout mouse is out of this world! You can dine in true splendor for the price of having lunch at Starbucks. It's one of Budapest's nicest features, and no one should visit the city without at least walking into the cafe to get a glimpse of its beauty, and to marvel that it's just a bookstore coffee shop!
Written August 2, 2012
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Susan L
Newtongrange, UK90 contributions
We stopped off here for a coffee and a cake. The cake selection is amazing and the coffee was lovely.
The setting, however, is amazing. This is somewhere you must see whilst in Budapest.
Written March 4, 2012
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EnglishwomanBp
Budapest29 contributions
Friends
If this room existed in any other major European capital, it would be a magnet for both locals and tourists to spend a quiet hour imbibing the atmosphere whilst drinking coffee or tea and chatting to friends. This was exactly how it used to be before the ground floor bookshop was closed and the building shut up for the last year or so.

Now, the lower floor is empty - though before Christmas it formed the entrance to a children's interactive experience....not exactly the atmosphere to add ambience to your walk to the cafe upstairs!
The cafe itself is now like a station waiting room with such sparse furniture that it feels unfinished, and has certainly lost the warm inviting feeling it had. The black coffee I ordered was weak and insipid and at 1100 forints is almost twice what you'd pay at other cafes.
Of course, the room is as stunning as it ever was - at least this could not be spoilt - but this is now a place to be visited only once to take some photos, but has none of the familiar atmosphere of a Hungarian coffee house which would lead you to go more than once.
Written February 1, 2019
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Travellingisagift
Oslo, Norway1,981 contributions
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We went here not for the bookstore but for their coffee shop. We were just impressed with the pictures we have seen in Trip Advisor that we just have to check out their coffee shop. What a pretty place! The interior is absolutely beautiful. I find wearing a pair of rubber shoes was out of place but then again, I am a tourist.

Like one reviewer mentioned here, do not look for Lotz Terem in the street but look for the sign Parizsi Nagy Aruhaz. The place is located in Andrassy utca 39.

I liked my cake though my companions were not that impressed of the cake they ordered. But for me, everything was good.
Written April 24, 2015
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kellyl0102
Nashville, TN71 contributions
Solo
Not only beautiful, but the food and the coffee were excellent! FYI, you will not find the name "Book Cafe" anywhere outside the building. I am glad I had the address when I went looking or I never would have found it. The building is labelled "Párizsi Nagy Áruház". You have to go in, walk to the back of the store, take an escalator up, then take a small flight of stairs to reach the cafe. You will not regret it!
Written April 3, 2015
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