The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

Restaurants and Food

Restaurants and Food

fish dish

Traditional Hungarian cuisine is primarily based on meats, vegetables in season, fruits, cheeses, fresh bread, and honey.Most traditional restaurants will have live gypsy music on in the evening, but serve both western and traditional dishes. A meal in a non tourist restaurant will cost around 3 pounds.Meat stews, lamb or game, casseroles, steaks, roasted pork, beef, poultry, and the Hungarian sausages  and winter salami are an important aspect of Hungarian cuisine. The mixing of different types of meat is a traditional feature of the Hungarian food. Goulash stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbages or Hungarian mixed grill can mix beef, pork, and mutton on wooden platters. In very exclusive dishes fruits like plums and apricots are cooked with meat. Various kinds of noodles and dumplings, potatoes and rice are commonly served as a side dish. The Hungarians also use a large variety of cheeses in their cooking.Local fish, Zander, Pike and Carp are popular dishes - served as soups and also stand alone main courses.

CIMG3182The cuisine has over the years been influenced by neighbouring countries – the invading Turks introduced Paprika. The Austrians and Germans brought Pork to the diet.

The Hungarians do cater for vegetarians with a wide selection of dishes on offer.

For desert – Curd cheese, walnut based deserts and poppy seed in cakes and pastries are all popular.

Many British families have brick built BBQs in their garden areas and make use of the warm climate.

Fresh fruit can be bought from the numerous road side stalls or village markets throughout the summer months. Apart from citrus most fruit and vegetables are easy to grow in the rich soils and warm climate. Many properties will have established fruit trees and a small vineyard. Some properties will have cellars.

Fruit tree

Should the property you are interested in not have an established garden fear not as I have some useful tips and advice to pass on regarding where and what to buy including water harvesting and auto watering systems.

Should you like fast food then Hungary like most other countries around the world does have the popular brands on offer such as Mc Donalds and Burger King. However a 2014 report by Dr Roberto De Vogli covering 25 countries from around the world indicated that Hungarian people consumed the least number of fast food meals - just 12.3 meals per annum. In contrast US & Canadian citizens consumed the most – 113 and 126 meals / annum respectively. The UK was in 6th position with 39 fast food meals / annum with the Irish, Australians and Kiwis consuming slightly more than the Brits. Does this indicate that local Hungarian food is preferred or does this reflect lower disposable incomes in Hungary ?