FOOD & DRINK
Szeged is famous for its local, traditional food. You must however know that traditional Hungarian food is often spicy, since paprika, which gives a unique taste and a fiery colour to our dishes, is commonly used. Some must-try Hungarian specialties (not all including paprika :) are halászlé (fisherman’s soup), “Jókai” bableves (“Jókai” bean soup), Újházi tyúkhúsleves (“Újházi” chicken broth), pörkölt (a ragout made from pork, beef, mutton or chicken with onions and paprika), paprikás (made in the same way as pörkölt but sour cream is mixed in the paprika and onion sauce), nokedli (small dumplings), goulash (a soup of thick consistency eaten as a main dish), túrógombóc (sweet cottage cheese dumplings), szilvásgombóc (plum dumplings), palacsinta (pancake either with sweet filling e.g. sugared cottage cheese, jam, cocoa or cinnamon, or stuffed with meat (also known as “Hortobágyi” pancake), rétes (strudel with various fillings, e.g. cottage cheese, apple, poppy-seed and sour cherry) and Somlói galuska (sponge dumplings with chocolate sauce, rum and whipped cream) etc.
To savour the culinary delights of Hungary drop in one of the traditional fisherman’s restaurants (halászcsárda) of Szeged or try the wider spectrum of international cuisine in not only the travellers’ but also our recommended restaurants (e.g. Régi Hídhoz Restaurant, Sótartó, John Bull Pub, Bistorant, Tiszavirág). At noon, many restaurants offer a daily menu (soup+main dish) for 800-1200 HUF (about 3-4 EUR). If you don’t have much time, you can also drop in the major fast food restaurants (McDonald’s and Burger King in downtown, KFC in Árkád shopping mall) or in the other popular hamburger and kebab places (e.g. Hammmburger and Duna Döner Kebab in Oskola street, Trója in Kölcsey street) to grab some food. Pizzerias are also widespread all throughout the city (e.g. Forza Italia, Margaréta, Pizza Guru), but there’s also a bistro/sandwichery, a pancakery, and other special places to try!
As for drinks, don’t miss the fruit (often plum, pear, apricot, or quince) based traditional Hungarian spirit, ‘pálinka’, especially the ones practically sitting on a fruit bed. The other must-try is Unicum, a traditional bitter liqueur, a blend of 40 different herbs, which is based on an ancient secret recipe of the Zwack family. Hungary is also famous for its excellent wines, both reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines. The most famous ones include the sweet Tokaji Aszú, the full-bodied robust reds from Villány-Siklós and Szekszárd, and the mineral rich whites of Somló and Badacsony. Spritzer (‘fröccs’), is a popular drink in Hungary that is mixed from wine and soda water in varying proportions. The most common is the basic classic, known as “nagy fröccs“ (large spritzer). Hungary isn't particularly well known for its beer, but you can find the major international brands everywhere and there’re some lately produced interesting craft-beers to taste, too. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, taste the Hungarian fruit juices (e.g. SIÓ Peach/Apple/Pear) or the sparkling Traubisoda or Márka meggy :)
PASTRIES & COFFEE
Hungary has very good home made style pastries and cookies. Szeged has a few bakeries around town that have excellent food selection. Ordering is quite simple, since most of the baked goods are displayed behind a glass window. They are usually freshly baked. Just point and pick what your eyes like and enjoy. Some of the most popular pastry shops in downtown: A Capella (Klauzál square), Hatos Rétes (Klauzál square), Lipóti Pékség (Széchenyi square), Dóm Cukrászda (Oskola street), Stefánia Cukrászda (Stefánia esplanade, close to the venue), Z. Nagy Cukrászda (József Attila avenue, close to the venue). Cafés are also very popular and you can choose one according to your taste - you’ll probably not make a mistake.
CLUBS & PUBS
If you want to sit in a great place to chat with colleagues or friends, these places can be an excellent choice: John Bull Pub (€€€, Oroszlán street), Smooth (€€€, Oskola street), Port Royal (€€, Stefánia esplanade), Casablanca (€€, right next door to the Szeged National Theatre), Corso Café (€€, Kárász street), Corso Facer (€€, Kárász street), the No.1. (€€, Kölcsey street), Piano Club (€€, Kölcsey street), Mojo (€, some Hungarian-Serbian eclecticism behind TIK, the University Study and Information Center), Zápor (€, retro style close to the Szeged National Theatre).
Szeged is a university town and it has a very active night life especially during the academic year. If you’re a party animal, you can try one of the most popular dance clubs: University Club (Dugonics square), the No.1. (Kölcsey street), Retro Club (Széchenyi square), Club Noir Szeged (Londoni boulevard), Sing Sing (Mars square), Tisza River (floating on the river Tisza).