If you come to Budapest today you will find Starbucks at lots of different locations in town. Today it is a part of the city life that we have become used to, therefore it is strange to think of the fact that the first Starbucks only came to Budapest in 2010.
The first Starbucks opened in WestEnd Citycenter autumn 2010 and since then Starbucks have shown up everywhere in town. I will not write a number telling the amount of Starbucks cafes in Budapest, because in a month or two that number will for sure be outdated. But, if you are out there looking for a Starbucks cafe in Budapest, you can find Starbucks at the following locations in Budapest currently.
Starbucks cafes in Budapest at the moment
Starbucks Szena Ter, Margit krt. 91
Starbucks Mammut, Lovohaz Street 2-6
Starbucks Basilica, Hercegprimas utca 7
Starbucks WestEnd, Vaci ut 1-3
Starbucks Kiraly, Erszebet korut 53
Starbucks Fashion Street, Deák Ferenc u. 23, 1052 Budapest
Starbucks Arena, 1087 Budapest, Kerepesi út. 9.
If any of these cafes disappear or new restaurants are opened, please write a comment and I will update this list with the new names and addresses.
My own Starbucks experience
Starbucks has a name that makes it able to survive at most places in the world, so also in Budapest. Not long ago I visited the Starbucks in Fashion Street and asked the person to whom I paid how many locals and internationals visit the place. She said that 80-90% of the visitors are tourists, while the rest are locals. I guess this is the most touristic Starbucks location in Budapest, which means that the percentage of locals will be much higher in the other cafes, but it still gives a hint about the fact that Starbucks is expensive to locals. A coffee normally cost between 800-1200 HUF (depending on size and type) while cakes and sweets cost between 400-1000 HUF.
Since I am not much of a coffee drinker I rather drink a Frappuccino, and you can find those in lots of different version in Starbucks. The waffle tastes like Belgium and the hot chocolate feels like a cocoa, which is just the way I like it (I do not enjoy hot chocolate if I feel like I am drinking pure chocolate – well, that’s me!).
Some Starbucks price examples
Caffé Latte (smallest) – 690 HUF
Espresso (smallest) – 490 HUF
Caffé Americano (smallest) – 650 HUF
Hot Chocolate (smallest) – 890 HUF
Hot tea (smallest) – 550 HUF
Caramal Frappuccino (smallest) – 990 HUF
As in Starbucks all around the world you can buy lots of effects in the Budapest Starbucks as well. The most popular effect is probably the Starbucks Budapest mug, a really nice souvenir for collectors visiting Budapest.
Have you got any Budapest Starbucks experience you would like to share? Any addresses we are missing, or maybe some of the mentioned cafes have closed down (would surprise me). Share whatever is on your mind as you write a comment!