A Good Cuppa

Coffee, that is. In a real, old Budapest café. Unassuming, authentic, cozy yet refined. One of a kind today, but there probably used to be one in every neighborhood. The Csészényi, Cuppa, café shows no sign of pretention, as if is perfectly happy being completely overshadowed by its flashy, see-and-be-seen neighbor, Café Déryné (which I also love, but for totally different reasons).

Coffee grinders, advertising posters and enameled signs from a bygone era adorn the walls. “In the interest of patients on this ward we request the greatest silence,”
pronounces one sign. “Spitting permitted only in spittoons” warns another. And
my personal favorite, which I hope the patrons respect, “Please refrain from
expressing opinions about politics.” And indeed, the Csészényi shows its
impartiality by leaving both Népszabadság and Magyar Nemzet newspapers on a
table for patrons to borrow and read.

There’s no wifi here – which seemed a drawback but became more of an advantage as I savored my coffee and wrote in a real paper notebook with a real ink pen rather than
immediately getting on the Internet. I chose to read the Hungarian tabloid Blikk, always a source of interesting information on Hungarian culture. Turns out a Hungarian won the world championships in twisting balloons into animals with a cute and very true-to-life-looking mosquito. Also, if you missed this on the evening news, a guy in Győr sold his car for cash, left the bag o’ bills on top of the car and drove off, sending 20,000 forint bills floating through the air. He managed to recover most of it – just 460,000 forint is still missing.

Anyway, despite the trashy news, my morning at Csészényi was still a calming and edifying experience. Csészényi is at Krisztina körút 34 near Krisztina tér. Here’s a map: http://g.co/maps/nrthu and here’s their website: www.cseszenyi.hu. I recommend the vanilla latte.

About adriknows

One day, people looking for tips on life in Budapest started coming to me. Friends, then friends of friends, and so on. People were telling newcomers and longtime Budapesters alike, “Adri knows!” Now it’s time to share what I’ve picked up over more than a decade of fun-and-frequently-frazzled family life in the big BP.
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3 Responses to A Good Cuppa

  1. I’m curious if you know of good baby friendly coffee shops. I don’t anticipate finding a changing table anywhere, but at least somewhere that’s easy with a stroller, to nurse, etc. Ideas?

    • adriknows says:

      Hi! The most spacious and comfy coffee shop I know is the Starbucks between Széna tér and Széll Kálmán tér. You could easily find an armchair in back to nurse in. Unfortunately the rest rooms are down a few stairs. An option in Pest is the spacious Dunapark cafe right next to Szent István Park, the city’s best park for moms and kids because of its space for games, lovely water features, room for mini-motoring and strolling, and its shady playground. Dunapark is pricey and the service isn’t always prompt but it’s easy to get in and out with a stroller. The rest rooms are tiny but right near the front door, so it’s easy to pop in from the park in a pinch. Third, you could go to Mazsola Jatszohaz, a playhouse with great coffee. Then you and your child will both be in seventh heaven! Here’s my post that includes info on this playhouse for the littlest ones… https://adriknows.com/2012/03/06/top-10-kids-birthday-parties-part-ii/ Adri

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