Al fresco drinking in Budapest: A Guide for you and your dog

Jimbean out enjoying the city. Photo: By the author.

During the summer, downtown Budapest is alive with people sitting out enjoying the long warm evenings with friends enjoying sparkling föccs, ice cold beer and colourful cocktails.

Almost all of the cities alfresco eateries are dog friendly, but here are a few of our favourite places where your four-legged friends are made to feel right at home.


Sitting on the water front besides Erzébet bridge, Kiosk’s artificial grass makes the perfect bed for sunbathing pooches whilst the generous covering of umbrella creates enough shade to provide rest bite from the sun’s burning rays.

Nine times out of ten, we have been offered a water bowl upon arrival for the dog and as for us non-canines, kiosk is well known for its creative cocktail concoctions which can be accompanied by snacks served straight from the BBQ.


Koleves Garden

Tucked away along kazinczy utca, Kőleves garden opened its doors in early May.

The pic ‘n’ mix furniture and laid-back vibe creates the perfect atmosphere to sit back after work and relax.

Beware of the falling berries to the rear of the garden as these do not make for tasty dog treats.

A very popular destination with locals and I have to say my favourite thing about Kőleves is it’s ‘No stag party’ policy.

Sorry guys, but I think garish fancy dress and rowdy banter would be slightly out of place in this chilled pop up garden.



Situated in the heart of városliget, Kertem is a dog’s heaven.

Surrounded by trees, grass and open spaces, (for the time being at least) it is the perfect place to stop mid stroll for a refreshing lemonade, cool beer or a snack fresh from the grill.

Water bowls galore and plenty of shade to cool down from the burning sun, it attracts guest from all over the city to relax during the long summer.

During the evening the coloured lights hung from between the trees; and eclectic music, make it a great venue to meet with friends and watch the stars gather in the clear night sky.

Kertem also plays host to regular events organised by local dog rescue charities, so it’s the perfect place to inquire into finding your own canine companion if you don’t have one already.