Café Déryné is on the Buda side of Budapest, a few minutes from the Tunnel at the Chain Bridge.
It is an ideal place to sit in after or before a walk up/ down the Castle hill to the Royal Palace or if you decided to walk through the Tunnel on foot. Cafe Deryne has been very recently renovated and it looks trendy and eclectic. If you have older editions of travel guides (e.g. a Lonely Planet before 2008), you will get the description of a totally different cafe, which was a homey downtrodden traditional cafe and confectioner’s. The new Cafe Deryne is a cafe-bistro-wine-cellar etc. fashionable, anything-but-traditional place.
Cafe Deryne basic info:
Address: Krisztina tér 3. 1013 Budapest
Coffee: Santo Domingo
The café has free wifi and plugs under each seat, which is still a rarity. The interior is a mixture of a cigar bar, a café and a plasma TV lounge, “the lounge area resembling something out of an Ambercrombie & Fitch store (leather armchairs, dark wood, an open fireplace) ” (food police blog on Café Déryné).
No doubt, Cafe Deryne has many elements mixed and “the choice of piano bar, café, bistro, wine cellar, white table-cloth restaurant and lounge all under one roof may sound like overkill, but the ultimate effect is that it is hard to imagine Déryné empty at any time of day or night.” (Adrian from Chew), adding that “the real charm of the place is that it creates the cultured atmosphere of a cosmopolitan restaurant without the stuffiness of a super-fashionable bar or downtown tourist trap.”
As for the prices: “reasonably priced – we came away spending Ft 3,000 a head on soups, entrées and lemonade/beer (no wine).” Express lunch (portions are on the smallish side) is available between 11:30 and 15:00 and comes at about 1000 HUF. However, reading through the reviews and comments, the atmosphere and the location got more points than the kitchen and the service.
See its location on the Budapest tourist map (check the Cup icon in the middle):