Két Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro serves international cuisine with a strong Mediterranean accent. The restaurant is in the happening area of Budapest in Nagymezo utca. Breakfast on offer from 8 am to 11.00am (Sat & Sun from 9 am to 11.00am) – and a good breakfast place is still a rarity in Budapest. “Long a local favorite, Két Szerecsen keeps diners happy all day long with fresh and affordable soups, salads, and daily specials. The kitchen has a light touch with cold soups, especially the cucumber, dill, and gazpacho varieties.” (Fodor’s travel guide). The interior is eclectic colonial-Mediterranean: yellow-orange walls, copper tables, old coffee trading posters, etc.
Address: Nagymező utca 14., Budapest 6th district (VI. ker.) 1062
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 08.00am – 01.00am (breakfast until 11.00am)
- underground (yellow metro line), Opera station or Oktogon station
- trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6, get off at Oktogon
Note: the restaurant can get smoky in bad weather, but a small terrace is open from spring to fall. The name is itself colonial-historical, totally non-PC if translated (‘két szerecsen’ means ‘two black people’), but not in Hungarian as it’s an archaic word: ‘szerecsen’ is mostly used in children’s stories as the ‘black king’ or ‘szerecsen király’ rather than a derogatory term. The Coffee House supposedly aimed to emphasize the coffee theme by old coffee posters from the 1900s (“some with overtly racist images” as Frommer’s guide points out).
See the location of Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Ket Szerecsen Coffee House and Bistro is very close to the Opera House as well as the Operetta Theater, the Mai Mano House of Photography and the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út.
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