Hungarian Street Food & Snacks: Foods You Have to Try in Budapest!

If food is the way to a man’s heart then a street food tour is surely the best way to really experience a new city.  Recently we joined Secret Food Tours and fell in love with the Hungarian capital all over again – isn’t it time you did the same?

Though of course we can’t share the specific details of each stop we made on our food tour, we sure can tell you the best of the best when it comes to traditional Hungarian food – you’ll just need to book into the food tour to find out which vendors really stack up.

The following are the street foods and snacks you absolutely have to try whilst visiting Budapest:

Chimney Cake (Kürtőskalács)

The perfect snack to pick up and wander the streets of Budapest, the Hungarian chimney cake is subtly sweet, toasty warm and all-around delicious.

With a variety of flavours on offer, including coconut, chocolate, sprinkles and my favourite, cinnamon and sugar, these chimney cakes have a subtle citrus flavour and are the perfect treat between stops on your city tour.

Jewish Flódni Cake

Layer after layer of traditional fruity goodness, the Hungarian Jewish cake tastes best at the cafe in which it was first created (and you guessed it, that’s exactly where your food tour guide will take you).

Layers of dough and four fillings (apple, poppy seed, plum jam and walnut) combine beautifully to form a cake that’s distinct whilst avoiding the pitfalls of sugar-overload.

It’s the perfect way to finish up your food tour.

Local Meat and Cheese

Europe is known for fine cheeses and cured meats and for good reason – it’s something they do well.  Hungary is not exception and with a great array on offer, it’s not hard to find something to spin your wheels in Central Europe.

Purchased from the market, many countries will even let you take these tasty snacks home as edible momentos.

Lángos: Deep Fried Deliciousness

A firm favourite, this simply but tasty street food has developed over the years, growing from a simple fried bread, to something a little bit fancier, featuring overflowing toppings.

A classic flavour combination, we opted for sour cream, grated cheese and garlic on top of our piping-hot lángos… need I say more?

Lángos are seriously delicious comfort food!

Goulash Soup

Perhaps the most recognised Hungarian dish, goulash is perfect on a cold winter’s day.  Made with paprika and spices, goulash is a hearty stew-based soup that’s almost always served with a side of rustic bread.

Be warned though, there’s a significant difference between a great goulash and a terrible one, so don’t pick up a soup from just anywhere.


One of Hungary’s national (and most popular) drinks, Unicum is a herbal liqueur.  Made with over 40 herbs and aged in oak casks, this digestif/apéritif is popular with locals and visitors alike.

I must admit, it wasn’t my cup of tea but as someone that doesn’t drink straight spirits, I’m probably not the target market.  As they say though, when in Rome

Hungarian Street Food and Snacks

With so many amazing Hungarian street food options available to locals and visitors alike, you want to be sure you’re heading along to the best vendors possible.

As we’ve already mentioned, there’s a massive difference between a good goulash and a bad one, and as with any cuisine, quality genuinely does make a difference.

So, where can you go to get the best Hungarian street food in Budapest?

Secret Food Tours: The Best Way to Track Down Amazing Hungarian Street Food

Finding the best food in a new city is always a big ask.

I couldn’t tell you how many times we’ve turned up in a new location and have eaten average meal after average meal (sometimes with an unreasonably high price-tag to match!)

By joining Secret Food Tours, you can be sure that you’re tasting authentic, tasty food, all at one set price.

Add to that memorable sightseeing, information-rich guiding, the opportunity to get to know an awesome group of tourists and to converse on a deep level with a local and you’re really onto a winning combination.

Oh and the food’s unlimited – did we mention that?!

What If I Don’t Like All of the Foods on the Tour?

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m one of the fussiest people around when it comes to food.

I love what I love and I’m very hesitant to try things I’m less familiar with.  I also have an incredibly strong idea of what foods I don’t like.

On the surface, I’m probably not an ideal candidate for a food tour but I always absolutely love them!

I love the chance to meet new people and to sample a range of different foods all at the same time.

I’ve also found all the food tours that we’ve joined to be more than open to adjusting menus to suit.  I’ve been offered meat instead of seafood, hot chocolate instead of coffee and soft drinks instead of wine.

I always come away full and happy and our Budapest exploration with Secret Food Tours was no different.

With such an awesome city at your fingertips and delicious food tucked away in local streets, it makes perfect sense to book a food tour whilst you’re in Budapest.

With so much incredible Hungarian street food just waiting for you, you don’t want to miss out!

Thank you to Secret Food Tours Budapest for hosting us for the purpose of this review.  As always, all thoughts are our own.  Thanks also to Becks Silke for the use of these photos.

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