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The World’s Most Beautiful Cafe: New York Cafe Budapest

The World’s Most Beautiful Cafe: New York Cafe Budapest

New York Cafe Budapest holds the title of being the world’s most beautiful cafe. With an opulent interior, bathed in gilt and velvet and a menu of sumptuous dishes, it promises a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Located in the New York Palace Hotel, it invites hotel guests and visitors to spend some time enjoying this incredible space over breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

I was fortunate to be spending three nights in Budapest at the Anantara New York Palace Hotel and so had lots of chances to eat at this unique cafe/restaurant.

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Gilded Ballastrades and red velvet upholstery in New York Cafe

Why is New York mentioned in Budapest?

But why is it so decadent, and why is it called the New York Cafe in Budapest? One hundred twenty-five years ago, the opulent building was designed as the Hungarian headquarters for the New York Life Insurance Company.

The late 19th century was also when coffee houses were used as meeting places to conduct business. Put the two together, and the cafe at New York Life became the place to be seen.

Hungary’s most important news agencies had their offices on the second floor and spent time in the cafe making connections. Writers, poets, artists and musicians of the time would all come together to talk, debate and swap creative ideas.

Table settings in the New York Cafe

Decadent Styling in the New York Cafe

Frescoed ceilings showcase Venetian glass chandeliers, and gilded balustrades with delicate pastel walls make the cafe feel like a palatial stateroom inside a noble palace.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the cafe is stuffy and pretentious. Far from it, the New York cafe welcomes the tourist to experience why it holds such a prestigious title.

frescoed ceilings

Of course, a visit to the cafe would be incomplete without a glass of bubbles or a 24kt gold cappuccino that can be enjoyed whilst listening to the resident band playing classical melodies.

Whilst the prices may make your eyes water, you have to splurge a little when experiencing grandiose surroundings. On a trip to Budapest, pay a visit to this beautiful cafe; you will love it.

Interior view from the balcony of the New York Cafe

Find the New York Cafe at Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073 Hungary

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Monday 11th of November 2019

I never knew why it was called the New York Cafe.... Now I know, Thanks Angie :)


Monday 11th of November 2019

It certainly has got a colourful history.