If you’re walking on the streets of Budapest, you will see many cafés after each others, and unfortunately most of them sells the same with no creativity. I got tired of it, so mostly I simply don’t go to coffee shops. However, it changed, when I went out with my friends to Café Frei. We had 90 minutes for a coffee before heading back to our school.
Café Frei is opened by Tamás Frei, who is a Hungarian journalist, who has been to many countries all around the world. He opened some coffee shops all around the country (an in some cities in abroad), and became popular in a very short time. I’m not surprised: in his coffee shops he tries to bring us to several parts of the world and show the local coffee specialities.
When you go inside a coffee shop, you can sit down and have a look at a magazine, where the coffees are stated with descriptions and stories. The magazines are often refreshed. The disadvantage is that it’s in Hungarian, so you cannot really read it. At ordering you can ask the help of the assistants, they can speak in English, therefore they can help you to select a wonderful coffee. After you put an order, you need to wait about 5 minutes to get your coffee, of course it depends on how many people are there.
So what kind of coffee do they have? They have wide selection of Italian, Latin, French, Arabic, American, Japanese coffee, they have special ice coffees, teas and shakes. To be honest I’m not able to tell you which one is the best, I tried several flavours before, and I loved almost all of them. The Arabic coffees have some weird spices, therefore I’m not that big fan of them. I adore the American ones, especially the “Miami Beach Vanilla Latte, the “Guatemalan Hazelnut Latte” from the Latino coffees, but personally I prefer drinking ice coffees. Here my favourite is the “Al-Jaziar Iced Orange-Caramel” ice coffee, what you can see on the picture as well.
There is a wide selection of coffee bags you can buy and bring it home to make it, or give it as a gift. Take away is also possible in the shops, but most people stay there and enjoy the atmosphere.
While the drinks are pretty cheap (the prices are almost half of Starbucks’ prices), you can find there some good looking cakes as well for a little bit higher price than in other places. They are also very tasty, so if you wish to eat something, feel free to taste some of them!
So, where can you find Café Frei? As they want to be a coffee shop chain, I can say you can find it in more places in Budapest, but you can find it in other cities, even in other countries. Here you can see the addresses of each coffee shops:
- Békéscsaba, Andrássy út 4.
- Budapest, Alle (shopping center), in Libri Bookshop, Októberhuszonharmadika utca 8-10
- Budapest, Arena Plaza, in Libri Bookshop, Kerepesi út 9.
- Budapest, Árkád (shopping center), in Libri Bookshop, Örs vezér tere 25/A
- Budapest, Cityzen, Váci út 37.
- Budapest, Corvin Plaza, Futó utca 37-45.
- Budapest, Europark (shopping center), Üllői út 201.
- Budapest, Infopark – pet friendly! Gábor Dénes utca 2D
- Budapest, KÖKI Terminal (shopping center) – in Libri Bookshop. Vak Bottyán utca 75/A-C This is the closest to the airport. If you’re going to the airport by bus with the Budapest Transportation, then the metro will stop at this shopping mall. You need to transfer to a bus at this point to the airport as well.
- Budapest, Liget Center, Dózsa György út 84/A
- Budapest, Mammut (shopping center), Lövőház utca 2.
- Budapest, Nyugati tér, Teréz körút 55-57
- Budapest, Uniqua Székház, Róbert Károly körút 70-74.
- Budapest, Váci Greens, Váci út 117-119
- Budapest, Váci utca, Váci utca 74. It’s pretty big, and it’s on the road where you can find Hungarian souvenirs. It’s close to the Main Market Hall.
- Budaörs, TESCO Irodaközpont, Kinizsi út 1-3.
- Debrecen Fórum, Csapó utca 30.
- Debrecen Main Square, Piacz utca 20.
- Eger, Törvényház utca 4.
- Győr, Downtown, Czuczor utca 6.
- Győr Pláza, Vasvári Pál utca 1/A
- Kecskemét Main Square, Szabadság tér 1/A.
- Kecskemét Malom, Piaristák tere 8.
- Miskolc, Széchenyi utca 67.
- Nyíregyháza, Bocskai utca 15.
- Pécs, Király utca 7.
- Szeged, Széchenyi tér 8.
- Szécsény, Rákóczi utca 73.
- Székesfehérvár, Rózsa utca 1.
- Szolnok, Hild tér 1.
- Szombathely, Uránia udvar
AUSTRIA, Vienna, Salzgries 3
ENGLAND, London, 61A Alie Street
FRANCE, Nice, 52. Rue de France
ROMANIA, Miercurea Ciuc, Bulevardul Timișoarei 29,
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai, Central Park Towers
Don’t hesitate to visit Café Frei during your travels and try some special coffees.