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The 10 Tastings of Budapest With Locals: Private Food Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Skip the tourist traps and discover Budapest’s culinary highlights on a private walking tour. Discover hidden gems as you explore with your local guide, and get a taste of authentic Hungarian cuisine with samples included in the price. Visit locations including the Central Market Hall, Jewish Quarter, and a ruin pub, and benefit from the customizable itinerary of a private tour, allowing your personal guide to cater to your preferences.
  • Gain top tips and recommendations from your local guide
  • Avoid hidden costs with tastings included in the price
  • Enjoy the personalized service of a private tour
  • Be immersed in the city's atmosphere as you explore by foot

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • 10 Food & Drinks Tastings
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Central Market Hall
    Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary

    Meet the host at the entrance of the Great Market Hall

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Includes city highlights in between food stops
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Alternatives offered for those with dietary restrictions
  • Post Covid-19 regulations are applied to this product with regards to the number of participants, delivery methods of the tour and content of the tour.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The 10 Tastings of Budapest With Locals: Private Food Tour ?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the social distancing policy during The 10 Tastings of Budapest With Locals: Private Food Tour ?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The 10 Tastings of Budapest With Locals: Private Food Tour ?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Just do it, it's delicious
Andrea_M, Aug 2022
What can I say ... Nelli provided my mom and I with an incredible food tour. She answered all our questions about Budapest and provided us with lots of information. We were interested in buying paprika and she took us to a local store to buy some. The food on the tour was excellent, make sure you go hungry! I would highly suggest taking advantage of this tour. Nelli is so personable and fun to be with, she felt like a friend we had know for years. Thank you so very much for the tour and your time.
Fantastic your!
Robin_D, Aug 2022
Bea was so lovely and informative. I would highly recover and this tour. I hope to repeat with other friends in October
Great food with great company
Allan_O, Aug 2022
Went with daughters and their menfolk. Enjoyable and varied selection of local food and drink, in several different locations, shown to us by our friendly, knowledgable and interesting guide, Kata. Must do as a way of getting started in Budapest - many helpful tips and suggestions.
Traditional Hungarian Delicious Dishes
Eric_D, Jul 2022
We asked for traditional Hungarian tastes and we had plenty. We had a wide variety of dishes and they were all delicious. Certainly several if not all family run neighborhood places. Katia was an awesome guide.
Disappointed
Katherine_T, Jul 2022
For us, this tour was not as advertised. We've done a number of food tours in different cities and countries, and all have involved going to restaurants around the area and trying different food and drink there at a number of different stops. This tour was during the lunch hours, but it was not substantial enough to be considered lunch. We went to the market and got a number of snacks to eat outside and then went to one other food hall and got one item there. We ended at a bar (not where we started), but that wasn't included in the tour. If this was described as a snack/meat and cheese tour, it would have been more appropriate. Our guide was also late, and while she did a good job giving us some history and communicating with us, I do not feel like we got our monies worth for this tasting, especially after doing a more affordable, much better tour in Vienna just days before.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
Anna was a fantastic tour...
Justin_C, Jul 2022
Anna was a fantastic tour guide. Not only did we do a great tour to sample the great food Budapest has to offer, Anna also provided us with great nuggets about the history and culture of the city as well. We would highly recommend.
Excellent Local Guide
ANDY_H, Jun 2022
Excellent guide and history of the city. Many interesting stops. All stops on the Pest side and would have liked to go on the Buda side.
Tour is not as described
Tracy_K, Jun 2022
The tour was not as described. It was advertised as 10 tastings (there were 4), 3 hours (ended 25 min early, which would have been fine but there had only been 4 tastings at that point), and was supposed to end where it started (at the Great Market). Instead, the guide left us at a bake shop far from the start, which made us late for our next engagement. I complained to the tour operator, who never responded. It was a real disappointment. The tour started at 12:30 and we didn’t get to our second tasting until 2:10! That is 1 hour and 40 minutes of “history”…. Cheated out of our time and cheated out of our money. I will be disputing with Visa.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Tracy, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
Simply amazing!!
Kelly_S, Jun 2022
This is simply amazing!! Nelli is the best guide possible! Worth every penny and the best part of my trip. If you want to taste and learn about Hungry then this is a must! 5*
1 traveler found this review helpful
Food and city tour
Brent_S, Jun 2022
This experience not only included food but also some time to be guided around Budapest to see a few highlights. We did not taste 10 things but what we tasted was good. Goulash and a beer - excellent! A sausage, fermented cabbage (tastes better than it sounds) with a drink. Langos. ...a sip of Palinka. Then a chimney cake to finish it off. We saw and tasted things in Budapest that we would have never been able to without the time with our guide.
Fun afternoon!
David_T, Jun 2022
Agnes was very personable and knowledgeable - we loved her stories and tastings of traditional foods
Nick was an excellent...
Nina_G, Jun 2022
Nick was an excellent guide!! We highly recommend him. We learned a lot about the food and culture. Nick was very professional and responsive to our questions and very kind and personable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour@
Fran_F, Jun 2022
Great selection of food tastings and drinks. Loved the tour and Kata was a wonderful guide. I highly recommend her and the tour. It was really nice to go to some local places.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Kata was a delightful...
Elaine_S, May 2022
Kata was a delightful guide who planned for us to enjoy authentic Hungarian foods. She told us of the history of the neighbirhoods and about preparation of the foods.
Food tour
Alyson_C, May 2022
Gabe was very knowledgeable about the history of busiest and shared much during the tour. Also we liked the food and the stops we made
Great tour. She was so...
Greg_T, May 2022
Great tour. She was so kind. Thank you for a great afternoon tour. Your local knowledge and stories as a child growing up in Hungary were fantastic.
Tasty introduction and exposure to Hungarian food culture .
Richard_P, May 2022
Tasty experiences and how traditional Hungarian dishes are made. Walk through vibrant Jewish Quarter. Personable friendly guide.
AWESOME!
David_C, May 2022
We like food tours as they are a great way to gain insights into a culture. This 3.5hr tour seemed reasonable value when booking and in reality being - SUPERB!!! Our tour guide was absolutely terrific - great listener, local knowledge of course and well, a really nice person. The 3.5hrs? We ran rather long at almost 6hrs of food, facts and fun! Did I say AWESOME? Well it was!
Great local food tour in Budapest
Kris_W, May 2022
We enjoyed the variety of foods from local restaurants (including a street vendor). Nick was a great guide to the traditional Hungarian cuisine and history of the food culture.
DO NOT DO IT ON SUNDAY!!!!!
Terrence_R, May 2022
It pains me to give this a negative review, because this had so much potential to be awesome and I do not want to discourage anyone from doing it. I just want to discourage people from doing it on a Sunday (and with our tour guide). Part of the bad experience I can say should be blamed on me. We were only available to do the tour on Sunday, and we had a member of our group who has food allergies. We reached out to the tour guide ahead of time to determine if the food allergies (gluten, shellfish, nuts) could be accommodated. She said she could work around it, and she also warned us that we were meeting at the Great Hall, but that the doors would be locked as the hall is closed on Sunday. Given the price point of the this trip, I should have cancelled right there. But I did not - I assumed there would be so much more to explore. Our guide told us she would be a little late starting the tour because she was having trouble getting GF options. It turned into a half hour delay - unacceptable. As I mentioned the Great Hall was closed, which would have been awesome. Instead our guide brought us 5 "tastings" which she got from Spars - which I assumed was a gas station or supermarket - in a plastic bag with some napkins and one knife to share (not a big deal unless you have a kid with food allergies). We ate it outside on a park bench near some homeless people. Appreciated the one GF bread and dessert, but would have rather gone somewhere interesting and figured out the GF options for ourselves. This sucked. Next we went to a traditional place next to the great hall. Cute. Take a look at my pictures and you tell me if your think it's a tourist trap. Our guide ordered another 4-5 dishes for us, in Hungarian, with little consultation with us. Eating in a restaurant was fine, but we did not need a guide to do that. Worse, she ordered a ton of stuff with gluten in it "your daughter can eat the meat and sauce and avoid the dumplngs, can't she?" That is not how food allergies work. Again, I wish she just said upfront "I don't know a lot about GF in this city, maybe you should cancel the tour." Instead she told about how she wrote a paper in college about how all food allergies are bullsh_t and we should just take Vitamin D - or some such nonsense. Anyway, when it was time to move on we were getting pretty sick of her. She talked about herself, how much she hated Hungary but wasn't sure where to go next, what was wrong with America, and a little bit about food, which should have been the star of the tour. Luckily for us, we got arrested before we could go to the next destination. She recommended a tram instead of walking up the hill to go to the Doheny Street Synagogue. We told her we did not have tickets. So instead of showing us how to buy them, or walking, or buying us tickets herself - the fares are CHEAP - she told us not to worry and to just follow her. Almost immediately after we got on the tram, ticket checkers approached us. Instead of intervening or explaining our situation, she ran away like a frightened school girl leaving us to fend for ourselves. Apparently she watched us have our passports seized and watched us pay the fine, because she was texting us telling us not to pay it. Awesome strategy, huh? So we paid the 24,000 HAF fine. Then she promptly called us wanting to resume the tour. We were happy to pay the fine just to get away from her. Tour was supposed to be 3 hours "(or was it 4?), but we started 30 minutes late and aborted another 40-60 minutes early, depending if you count our adventure dealing with the police, which actually became our favorite part of the excursion. Am so jealous of all the other reviews. This tour had so much potential. And I admit we probably should have bailed when we found out the Great Hall was closed, but holy moly did this suck. And it is not cheap, especially with the USD/HAF exchange rate. We spent more on this excursion than we paid for our hotel and a 5 star dinner with wine the night before. Viator reimbursed me for the fines we paid, but nothing else. Which was again heartbreaking, as we have had great success with the Viator app on so many vacations.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
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