Budapest: Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walk

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy a culinary and cultural walking tour of Budapest’s old Jewish quarter with an expert guide
  • Explore Budapest’s former Jewish ghetto, now an art and food hotspot
  • See the Dohány Street Synagogue and other Jewish sites as you walk
Before WWII, District 7 of Budapest held one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and it remains the center of Jewish life in Hungary today. Winding backstreets, old-fashioned synagogues, deep history and delicious Jewish food awaits you on this tour!
What to Expect
These days the seventh district is one of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods, 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 it remains the center of Jewish life in Hungary today. By the early 18th century the neighborhood had become a melting pot of religions and ethnicities. 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.

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. We will discuss the neighborhood’s past, including its more recent past during which many historic buildings were demolished, altering the fabric of the neighborhood. You will see the neighborhood’s four synagogues, which have long been focal points of Budapest’s Jewish society.

You will also see the modern face of the district, including fabulous murals and street art, fun design shops, and great cafés. Though the neighborhood today can claim to have some of the most diverse culinary offerings in Budapest, the tour will focus on the dynamic Jewish cuisine found here. Do come hungry, as the tour will include tastings of several Hungarian-Jewish specialties which could be (depending on the day): sausages, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, Jewish eggs, cholent, roasted goose, and flódni. You’ll leave the tour with a full belly, as well as a deeper understanding of Hungary’s Jewish history, culture, and cuisine.
What's Included
  • Food-specialized guide who is well-versed in Jewish history
  • Walk around the seventh district, with many stops at interesting venues
  • Food and drink tastings at 4-6 venues
  • Full Jewish lunch
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

The meeting point is in front of the Great Synagogue (Dohány utca 2). Your Taste Hungary guide (who will be holding a tote bag with the Taste Hungary logo on it) will be waiting at the front of the building, to the left of the information booth, under the black marble plaque dedicated to Theodore Hertzl. The closest metro is Astoria on the M2 line, where trams 47 and 49 also stop. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• This tour is available any day of the week (rain or shine) except for Hungarian national holidays (due to venue closings). Special note: you will not be admitted to synagogues on Saturdays!
• This is a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests). If you would rather have a private tour (which can be customized), please make sure you choose that option when booking
• Although there will be plenty of eating breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour. Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

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Product ID: 61318