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Book Café - Lotz Hall, Budapest
(4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
The grandiose atmosphere of Book Café - Lotz Hall makes it a wonderful place to read, sip coffee, and listen to live music downtown. This cafe on popular Andrassy Avenue is known for its ornate decor. Though this Art Nouveau structure was originally a casino in the 19th century, it is now recognized for its artistic and bookish atmosphere. Several events are held here throughout the year in Lotz Hall. Add Book Café - Lotz Hall to your Budapest travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Budapest travel itinerary planner.
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  • We passed by accident, the splendor of the location has intrigued and we stopped to try the famous cake Dobos, a jump in the splendor of the first 900
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  • A short escalator ride above the Alexandra bookstore leads you to the elegance of a bygone era. An excellent choice of teas and coffees, sinfully rich cakes and pastries, plus an assortment of newspap...  more »
  • OK we're going to be honest, the food is just but you go there especially to the ceiling. A hidden gem on the floor of the bookstore. The Toilets are on-1 of bookstore, ask at the entrance of the Cafe a ticket otherwise you have to pay.
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  • You feel like you have stepped back in time. From the historic interior to the live piano player, the cafe will deliver an experience that will be hard to find anywhere else in the world. The cakes are very good.
  • The Lotz Hall, named after German artist Karl Anton Lotz, is a former department store which today houses the Alexandra Bookcafe. After ascending with the escalator one is nearly wiped out by the aching beauty of the adjacent Cafe's ceiling . The 19th century gilt Neo-Renaissance ceiling by Karoly Lotz features mystical themes and abducts the beholder soon into the realms of phantasy while browsing through one's newest book. Seasonal drinks are served like mulled wine and hot custard in winter. Open till 10pm.
  • Seriously it is the most beautiful "Café" I have ever been to. With frescos dine by the same artist who did the Hungarian Parliament, there is not much to be said. For people complaining about the prices here, go to a Starbucks if you are after cheap coffee. Sitting in such a place and having excellent espresso with a good variety of desserts and sandwiches should not be about the food experience, although the food and drinks are excellent. The premium you pay is to run and maintain such an amazing building and it's worth every penny.
  • Great place for meetings and friendly chats in a unique, historic atmosphere. The building is more than 130 years old. Coffee is OK, waiters are polite. I don't know any other cafe with interiors like this one.
  • Amazing place to have breakfast, it feels like going back in time. Waiters are very kind and speak English very well. There are a lot of different cakes on the menu, I liked the one with hazelnuts and caramel even though it was very sweet. We had a cup of tea, a cappuccino and two slices of cake for about 3500 HUF. Do not pay in €, you'd end up paying a lot more!