These days, more and more places around Lake Balaton are offering quality coffee. Here are some of the best speciality spots, buffets and confectioneries where you can start the day right.
This Budapest-based speciality coffee operation opened an outlet on Aranyhíd sétány in 2017, bringing the world of new-wave coffee, V60 and Chemex to Balatonfüred. You can have an espresso here from light-roast Ethiopian or dark-roast Italian beans, and special requests won't leave the baristas puzzled. Pazar also has sandwiches, croissants and delicious desserts, not to mention an impressive tea selection.
An espresso is 550 HUF, a cappuccino 600 HUF
The Rusty Coffee Box
Built from shipping containers, this café not only has an amazing view but great brews as well, using only light-roast beans. The design reminds you of similar interiors in the capital, and the view is hard to describe with mere words. If you are looking for a peaceful coffee break, head to this container café.
An espresso is 550 HUF, a flat white 800 HUF
The owner of this recently opened new-wave buffet has an appreciation for coffee, so he decided to get master barista training – which led his winning a competition with his cocktail Bikini. If you’re only looking for a great cup of coffee near Wesselényi beach, Terasz can be reached from the promenade as well, so you can enjoy your drink without needing to purchase a ticket to the beach.
An espresso is 450 HUF, a cappuccino 550 HUF, while the orange-coffee cocktail Bikini is 890 HUF.
This niche Balaton restaurant for vegans, vegetarians and people with food allergies has great coffee: owner Anita Árvai undertook barista training and here they use the legendary Faema E61 espresso machine. The selection occupies multiple pages of the menu, from classics to cherry maraschino, iced coffee with ice cream and house’s speciality, the spiced coffee drink with fresh orange juice. They only use plant-based milks.
Umami Coffee Roastery
An espresso is 490 HUF, a cappuccino 650 HUF, the House Coffee 890 HUF.
“Sütis Móni” (Móni Kövérné Kalmár) recently opened her confectionery in Gyenesdiás. She always switches the coffee machine on first thing in the morning so that the other staff members can have a coffee when they arrive by seven. They serve the organic version of Italian Morganti which they source from Pazar Coffee – and to where they deliver cakes. According to Móni, dessert and coffee should be an experience.
An espresso is 380 HUF, a cappuccino 490 HUF.
Bergmann Confectionery - Petőfi Sándor Street
The best known speciality of Bergmann Confectionery is mille-feuille, but the frothy coffee and the Wiener Mélange, with vanilla ice cream, brandy and nutmeg, are just as essential to the pre-war atmosphere.
They use a special blend made just for the Bergmann confectioneries.
An espresso is 550 HUF, a latte 725 HUF while the Wiener Melange is 820 HUF.
Italian cuisine meets the retro vibes of Balaton here. The owners work in Italy from autumn to spring and they have to have good coffee wherever they are. With a great brew in hand and a pizza on the plate, you can feel like you are in Italy while staying in Balatonboglár.
An espresso is 390 HUF, a cappuccino 490 HUF
This old Badacsony inn was brought back to life in 2016 to serve as a wine bar, but the great grape products of the Badacsony region aren’t the only drinks you'll find: the medium-roast Costa Rican coffee will boost your energy. The wine terrace has also added cold-brew and light-roast coffee to its selection recently.
An espresso is 400 HUF, a cappuccino 600 HUF.
Two friends from Budapest came up with the idea of Káli-Kapocs: Mindszentkálla has the gorgeous landscape, the crisp air and the kind residents, but there just wasn’t any good coffee nearby. Kapocs is a ruin pub, a community space, a club and a concert venue in one where coffee is made with a Faema machine. It has become a destination for locals and tourists as well.
An espresso is 350 HUF, a cappuccino 450 HUF.
A truly great confectionery has quality coffee – and Karolina, of course, has exactly that. They use a French medium-roast blend of Guatemalan, Kenyan and New Guinea coffees that has lower caffeine content with notes of hazelnut and chocolate. Don’t forget to order dessert.
An espresso is 600 HUF, a small cappuccino 750 HUF, a large one 1,000 HUF.