“The most beautiful in the world” is a very serious statement that could cause some discussions. Although New York Cafe is one of the five most beautiful cafes in Europe for sure. The Hungarians themselves compare it to Caffe Florian in San Marco Square in Venice. Budapest is certainly not one of the most famous cities in the world, but this cafe is truly exceptional, so it is recommended to visit it at least once in your lifetime. So, is it worth the title and what are the prices there?
Famous Building and Literature
Budapest is known for its cafe culture. One of the most famous cafés in Budapest is the New York Café that is working since 1894. As soon as this place was opened, rumors spread around Europe in a flash of lightning. There were separate halls for ladies, a special room for card games, and a pool table hall that has survived to this day. Held in a 126-year-old building, the café is now a part of the luxurious Boscolo Hotel Budapest.
Before the entrance, the gaze is captivated by the impressive details of the exterior. The history of the building itself is closely connected to literature. According to the 20th century Hungarian writer Sándor Márai: “Without this cafe there would be no Hungarian literature.” The cafe was a favorite spot for editors and writers, and rumors have it that the most influential Hungarian newspapers were being edited here. The owner of the cafe himself offered hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals to its visitors. A frequent guest here was Michael Curtiz, the director of the famous movie Casablanca.
Interior, Prices, and Experience
The interior of the cafe is luxurious: golden wall details, ornate mirrors, frescoes of incredible beauty, moldings, Venetian glass chandeliers, a gushing fountain at the entrance and marble staircase – all create the stunning atmosphere. This is definitely not the place to go to eat or grab a quick cup of coffee when you are in a rush. This place is for appreciation the beauty and a slow sipping of coffee when everything reminds you of how beautiful life is.
The prices here are high, but it is important to understand that in such a place you pay not for coffee or dessert, but for the opportunity to stay here. The menu is quite multicultural, here you can enjoy Austrian and Hungarian delicacies such as beef goulash, Austrian schnitzel, or even a classic New York burger. Although the most popular here is to have coffee or tea with a piece of dessert. What are the prices? For example, an afternoon tea set for two costs 65 EUR and you can choose combinations of cakes and drinks. Or maybe you will be tempted by a cup of cappuccino or hot chocolate with 24 carat gold for 10.50 EUR? The cheapest drink you can order here is a cup of espresso coffee for 5.50 EUR. Getting inside is not that easy. You may have to stand in line for an hour, or you may not have any free space at all. Most people reserve a table at least 24 hours before a visit. The service is fast, pleasant, and friendly. No special clothing is required, but if you come with sportswear, you will feel