How it works:
- Situation: most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Opening: street touts pass you a flyer and encourage you to visit a bar/restaurant. These are almost never at street level and you will need to use an elevator to access them.
- Restaurant: you are given a tourist menu with inflated prices, or have additional inflated surcharges on the final bill.
- Food stall: deceptive pricing (especially for langos) – making it seem as if certain items are already included in the price when it is not, or even charging you for chili sauce or using a glass for a drink!
- Bar: you will be pressured to order drinks from a menu without prices. At the end, you will be presented with a huge bill.
Places to beware:
- Budapest: Vaci Street, Central Market Hall, near St. Stephen’s Basilica, Vorosmarty Square, Gellert Hill and Statue
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tours platform in Europe) has a couple of food tours.