We already told you a bit about ruin pubs in Budapest. Those strange & eclectic bars that have invaded old run down abandoned buildings. A bottom-up way of gentrification and neighbourhood transformation. We loved Anker’t and enjoyed Szimpla Kert quite a lot. Mazel Tov is a different kind of ruin pub… More of a “ruin restaurant” if you ask me. With beautiful interior (and exterior) design and excellent Middle-Eastern cuisine.

The first impression when entering Mazel Tov is that of surprise. You just wouldn’t expect such beauty inside the apparent run down building. You go wow. A gigantic skylight shines across the courtyard and there’s another terrace in the back, more of a lush garden with a cocktail bar.

The atmosphere is magical. Relaxed, soothing and exciting at the same time. We loved the lamps with exposed bulbs and we gaped at the wonderful turquoise tiles. Simple wooden tables welcome diners to enjoy the delicious treats. We had the shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce) and the hummus with falafel. Truly mouthwatering. And the softs menu is also quite impressive!  Original homemade lemonades with elderflower, ginger, melon, papaya, cherry or lavender… Prices are quite sweet, too! We payed something like 10 euros each for a dish and wine… An absolute must when in Budapest! Thanks again Walkie Talkie for making it possible for us to discover such gems!

Anita & Sara

Mazel Tov, Akácfa Street 47, T: +36 70 626 4280. Open Mondays to Sundays from 12 to 4am.

If you want to know more about Budapest’s ruin bars, checkout the Alternative city walks offered by Budapest Flow:

“The ruinpubs are the pulsating heart of Budapest, the gardens of creativity, cultural and civil hubs, the hidden artist caves, a mingle of everything what we love and what you will love about Budapest. Do not be fooled by the evening pub crawls – they sure are nice and part of the bigger picture but ruin bars and gardens are soo much more than a place to get fuzzy in your head and enjoy Budapest nightlife. Wanna see for yourself? Join us on one of our tours.”

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