Veszprém's famously peculiar climate may have inspired a book, but winters here are still cold enough to encourage locals to hunker down in warm, cozy cafés. We searched town for the best pies, no-bake cakes and new-wave coffees.
Veranda is a true downtown hideaway. At first glance it’s a labyrinthine shop, with only the counter and a few tables to indicate that this is also a place for coffee and cake. One table is so concealed you can only find it after a small-scale expedition. No wonder that we found a couple intimately sipping wine there when we visited.
With this in mind, Veranda serves a double purpose. On the one hand, the place functions as a design store with unique furniture from foreign garage sales, for example, but you can also buy the PurPur soaps that are made in Veszprém, along with various other items. On the other hand, due to this abundance of special items and the interior that changes every season, this café never shows the same face twice. “The table you are sitting at is for sale,” we learned from our server, which means that even regulars would have a hard time getting their usual table here.
Veranda’s charm definitely lies in the cakes and pies that are delivered here from the Karolina confectionery in Balatonfüred. A large slice costs 800-1,000 forints. With their homemade breads served with various toppings (900 forints for 2 slices), ciabattas (1,150-1,550 forints), sandwiches, and ham, cheese, and salmon platters (3,250 forints), the place is also ideal for enjoying slow mornings.
Don’t let the exterior of the building fool you: on the ground floor of a residential building on Egyetem út, Kedvenc Nassolda is a great getaway on moody days. Following latest trends, this confectionery uses ingredients free of gluten, lactose, dairy products and eggs, and their no-bake cakes and chia puddings (550-600 forints) are surprisingly delicious. The interior is shaped in a way that even a larger group can sit down together. Dogs are welcome.
You should note that Kedvenc closes for lunch and, unfortunately, at weekends – a shame, as it would be a nice place to stop on any weekend adventure to the Balaton Uplands or around Veszprém.
Tizen1 is now an essential addition to any list of great cafés in Veszprém – achieving this without any elaborate marketing schemes. Managed by barista Márk Koncz and his brother, this new-wave café has everything a specialty place should but the main reason behind its popularity is its unique atmosphere. This refurbished farmhouse might be misleading at first, so plain it’s easy to miss, especially on a street as crooked as Kereszt utca. The interior also reflects simplicity, but people come for the great coffee (400-700 HUF) and the panini.
Apart from a few exceptions, Tizen1 isn’t open at weekends, though local feedback suggests a change of policy might boost trade.