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Our top 100 faves around Balaton in 2015 – Part I: the south shore

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Monday, June 29, 2015 — We Love Balaton

What makes a restaurant or street food joint great? We don’t know exactly either. For some reason it’s good to go there, stay for a while, ask for one more of whatever you’re having. Just like in 2014, we set out again this year to compile a list of our 100 favourite Balaton bars, restaurants, museums and water sports clubs that we love spending time at or we’ve heard good reviews about. Once again, our list is subjective, and contains veteran establishments as well as noteworthy newbies.

From Siófok to Balatonföldvár

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

  • Palánta Zöld Ételbár – Hardcore vegetarians don’t have to make do with fried cheese or food of animal origin at Lake Balaton anymore. Vegetarian, vegan, no frying involved. Siófok, Fő tér 10/b
  • Mala Garden – Far Eastern-Mexican-Hungarian fusion cuisine. And it's pretty good too. Siófok, Petőfi sétány 15.
  • Sió Halsütő – A classic fried fish stand with a master chef frying the bream. Siófok, Vitorlás út 1-3.
  • Sup Yoga & Sup Fitness – Doing yoga on a surfboard? You can try it here! Siófok, Móricz Zsigmond u. 20
  • Siófoki Hajóállomás – The headquarters of Balaton sailing: have a look around or jump on a nostalgia cruise. Siófok, Krúdy sétány 2.
  • Széplaki Lángos Büfé – Recommended by none other than the manager of Kistücsök. We wouldn’t miss it. Siófok- Balatonszéplak-felső, Hungária u. 27/B
  • Halas Karcsi büféje – Halas Karcsi is just a guy frying fish in a food stand. Still, he has quite the following. Zamárdi, Mókus utca 1/A
  • Resti Pub – A new wave pub and eatery located in the building of the railway station. This is where Balaton Sound begins. Zamárdi, railway station.
  • Zimek Pálinka Manufaktúra – The best known pálinka distillery around Balaton. Zamárdi, Endrédi út 061/24.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/welovebalaton.hu

  • Mauro Ristorante – A legendary “Italian” restaurant with a lively waiting staff. You either love it or hate it. Zamárdi, Kiss Ernő utca 1.
  • Zamárdi Kertmozi – A memento of the golden age of outdoor cinemas, restored to tip-top shape. Zamárdi, Kossuth Lajos u. 14.
  • Völgyhíd Kávézó – A new café under the Kőröshegy Viaduct: superb cakes, home-made cordials and a splendid view of the viaduct. Kőröshegy, M7 121-es
  • Pub-lik – Balatonföldvár+party=Pub-lik: yachtsmen from Pest, cool faces from the local crowd, together, until dawn. Lunch during the day on the comfy terrace. Balatonföldvár, Széchenyi utca 10. 
  • Viharsarok Vitorlás Központ – Surfing is not a sport, it is a lifestyle. You will find that out here. Balatonföldvár, Somogyi Béla utca, Keleti strand.
  • Kultkikötő – Open-air theatre that won’t bore you to death. Balatonföldvár, Bajor Gizi sétány 2.
  • Marina Gyros&Hamburger –  A cult-status food stand by the boat stop, the secret hub of Balatonföldvár. Sailors, surfers, rosé fröccs and a lovely staff. Balatonföldvár, Somogyi Béla u., boat stop.
  • Csigaház Kisvendéglő – Csigaház represents the classic checked tablecloth-gulyás tradition in an expanding sea of hip marina street food joints. Balatonföldvár, Somogyi Béla u., boat stop.
  • Kárpáti Fagyizó – Here's where the sunflower seed ice cream, the Balaton flavour of 2015 was invented. Balatonföldvár, Somogyi Béla u., boat stop.

From Szárszó to Máriafürdő

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

  • Anno Taverna Étterem – Traditional cuisine with Mediterranean flare, there's no way you’re going to be hungry after leaving here. Balatonszárszó, Szóládi út 1.
  • József Attila Emlékház– No dust-covered furniture, only an interactive and emotional journey into the world of Attila József. Balatonszárszó, József Attila utca 7.
  • Kistücsök Étterem – The king of Balaton restaurants. And with good reason. Balatonszemes, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 25.
  • Bujdosó Pince – No need to duck when someone from the winemaking-sailing Bujdosó family throws you a bottle of Horgony (anchor) wine. Balatonszemes, Gárdonyi Géza utca 2.
  • Rádpuszta Gasztro Élménybirtok – A streamlined “pußta” with horses and chickens, a csárda, Gypsy music and great wines. Rádpuszta 9033/11
  • Ikon Borászat – Large-scale winemaking will amaze you here, especially if you try the end result. Balatonlelle-Rádpuszta.
  • BL Bavaria Yachtclub & Apartments – Concerts, bathing elephants, oldtimer cars or hamburgers – there’s always something going on. Balatonlelle, Köztársaság utca 36-38.
  • Márton Cukrászda – Márton, the elderly gentleman, who's still in good shape. Balatonlelle, Rákóczi út 239.
  • Geleta Cukrászda – A young rival aspiring to snatch the crown from Márton. You’ll probably have difficulty finding a free parking spot. Balatonlelle, Rákóczi út 269.
  • Nádfedeles Halsütő – A classic fried bream joint, always featured on the top list of best places for fish. Balatonlelle, Fogas utca, behind the railway station.
  • Majthényi Présház Étterem – The combination of the best panorama and the tastiest curd cheese dumplings on the south shore. Balatonlelle-Kishegy, Panoráma utca.
  • Hegyi Csárda – Freshly baked food straight from the garden oven. Lamb and a great view. Balatonlelle-Kishegy 0107/31

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

  • Paletta Bistrobar és Vinoteca – Balaton "beach food” – excellent hamburgers made from local ingredients. Balatonboglár, Kikötő utca 6.
  • Árkád Fagyizó – This is not retro, this is time travel. But the good kind that is pretty hard to find. Balatonboglár, Dózsa György út 37.
  • Fonyódi Piac – The largest market on the south shore, everything from vegetables to books, twice a week. Fonyód, Gáz utca.
  • Hubertus-Hof Szálloda és Étterem – If you love game, Hubertus is where you should make your way. Balatonfenyves, Nimród u. 1.
  • Florida Fagyizó – This is where the best ice cream in the Balaton region was cooked up in 2014. Balatonmáriafürdő, Rákóczi utca 85.
  • Ax wine (e)motion – Have you ever seen a winery with a screening room and a tapas bar? And the wines aren't bad either. Kéthely, Hunyadi utca 99.

The complete "top 100" list of MOL Nagyon Balaton, Magyar Konyha and We Love Balaton is available in print in the MOL Nagyon Balaton programme guide booklet all around Balaton. You can pick yours up at the Nagyon Balaton festivals, the usual information points and at all the 100 selected venues.

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