Jewish Cuisine & Culture Walk

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Taste Hungary

Taste Hungary is a multi-tiered company dedicated to showcasing Hungarian cuisine and wine. Our experiences educate travelers about the region through its cuisine and wine, history, culture, and context in the larger world. We draw on our experience, research, and deep personal connections to craft our tours, and choose our wines. We are also committed to making Hungarian wine accessible to our audience by offering services such as shipping in the EU, retail, importing to the US, and wine clubs.

  • 4 Hours
  • Daily
  • Budapest, Hungary

Experience Budapest’s Jewish Food Revival!

Budapest’s seventh district is a fascinating neighborhood with winding back streets not only filled with impressive neoclassical buildings and old-fashioned artisan workshops, but with deep history, delicious food, and a contemporary buzz blended with the pervasive aura of the past.

This walking tour focuses on the area’s history and culture, with a special emphasis on exploring and tasting Jewish-Hungarian cuisine in several styles. The food has been undergoing somewhat of an exciting revival in recent years, and this tour will include a many tastings to introduce the dynamic Jewish cuisine found here. Experience the flavors, tradition, and culture of Jewish Budapest at a variety of eateries.

We will also discuss the neighborhood’s heartbreaking past. These days the hip seventh district is known for its quirky bars, cool cafés, hidden art galleries, and cutting-edge design shops. Before World War Two it was one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and by the early 18th century had become a melting pot of religions and ethnicities.

The neighborhood remains the center of Jewish life in Hungary. During the war Jews were herded into these streets, walls were put up, and a ghetto was created where the majority of Jews survived the war. During the tour you’ll see the neighborhood’s four synagogues (but we won’t always be able to go inside), which have long been focal points of Budapest’s Jewish society.

You’ll also see the modern face of the district—from the fabulous murals and street art, to the fun design shops and cafés. You’ll leave the tour with a full belly, as well as a deeper understanding of Hungary’s Jewish history, culture, and cuisine. No need for lunch reservations or meal planning … your tour will be a curated feast showcasing the best of Budapest’s Hungarian-Jewish cuisine.

Highlights

  • Several tasting stops
  • Lots of drinks
  • Full lunch
  • Led by a food and history specialized guide

Tasting Notes

  • Appetizers (ex. Jewish eggs or goose cracklings)
  • Flódni or matzo cake (with coffee)
  • Matzo ball soup or gulyás
  • Wine with lunch
  • Main courses (ex. sólet lecsó, or pörkölt with egg barley)
  • Kosher pálinka

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Our Budapest Food & Wine Guide
  • Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated
  • Departs: 11am daily

Prices

Book a small-group tour (2-8 participants), or a private tour (which can be custom tailored).

110 USD / person / Small-Group Tour
+ booking fee

66 USD / youth
ages 5-14 (+ booking fee)

190 USD / person / Private Tour
For 2-7 participants (+ booking fee)

99 USD / person / Private Tour
For 8-14 participants (+ booking fee)

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