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With the onset of the holidays, many of Budapest’s deluxe hotels welcome guests to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with fine feasts and intoxicating drinks. These mid-day feasts are especially attractive for holiday revelers who don’t want to spend more time in their own kitchen.
From sumptuous Advent brunches happening every Sunday leading up to Christmas to finely crafted Yuletide feasts during December 24-26, the city’s culinary havens offer hearty buffets and à la carte treats. Many of these delicious events are accompanied with live music and jolly attractions suitable for all ages. We’ve selected the best of the bunch for brunches on Christmas Day, December 25, most of which run from noon to 3-4 PM and are all-you-can-eat-and-drink feasts.
(Article last updated: November 2018)
So many to choose from at Budapest’s wonderful hotels. So, in alphabetical order (the only fair way, as they are all so good), here we go:
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #1 Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest
Turn this Christmas into an exotic experience amid an enchanting ambience at Budapest’s high-class Buddha-Bar Hotel, found downtown on the city’s iconic Váci Street. On Christmas Day, the hotel’s elegant, softly lit restaurant offers a lavish brunch with a buffet table filled with Asian fusion delicacies, alongside a main course that guests can select from the menu; the feast is complete with standard beverages and a fine selection of intoxicating specials.
Price: from 10,900 HUF
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #2 Continental Hotel Budapest
Those who attend any of the Advent brunch events at this casually-stylish eatery enjoy free entry to the wellness section of the adjacent Continental Hotel Budapest, providing a great way to relieve holiday-season stress. The brunch menu includes dishes like pumpkin salad with yogurt and prunes, turkey breast in orange gravy, rosemary butterfish in mulled white wine, and Italian Panettone; while devouring the festive delicacies amid serene live music, guests enjoy unlimited glassfuls of house wines.
Price: Advent and Christmas brunches – 7,990 HUF (50% discount for children between 6-12, free for children under 6).
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #3 Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Located within one of the world’s most incredible Art Nouveau buildings, this top culinary haven at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace treats guests with a variety of festive brunches and dinners this year. On Christmas Eve, Kollázs restaurant creates a cozy atmosphere and prepares fine treats to those who dine here and on December 25th, a Christmas Day brunch and Christmas Day dinner entice gourmet guests with palatable specialties.
Price: Christmas Day brunch – 19,000 HUF (9,900 HUF for children)
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #4 Intercontinental Hotel Budapest
Found along the Danube Promenade, the panoramic Corso Restaurant of the InterContinental Hotel Budapest boasts sensational views of the city’s riverscape, encompassing the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle, and Gellért Hill – a memorable experience. Smorgasbords are offered on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day with soul-warming mulled wine, presented alongside local and international delights like Hungarian fish soup, wild boar stew and a selection of classic Hungarian cakes.
Price: Nutcracker Style Festive Brunches – from 12.900 HUF (50% discount for children between 6-17, free for children under 6)
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #5 Marriott Hotel
Just a few paces down from the Intercontinental Hotel along the scenic Danube riverbank stands the Budapest Marriott Hotel and Peppers restaurant. Guests who visit Peppers at the Marriott during the holiday season enjoy illuminated vistas of castle hill in Buda, across the Danube. Every Sunday leading up to Christmas, distinctive festive dishes and creative Christmas cakes are offered during the Advent brunches, while tunes of mellow live music enhance the holiday spirit. On Christmas Eve, the restaurant has a special festive dinner buffet that presents treats like roasted pheasant breast filled with fragrant mushrooms and spiced saddle of lamb with basil crusts, while Christmas brunches on December 25th and 26th offer abundant fusion meals.
Price: Christmas brunches – 15,900 HUF (50% discount for children between 6-12, free for children under 6)
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #6 New York Palace Hotel
Tune in for the holidays amid splendid settings inside Budapest’s majestic New York Palace, a fanciful building that dates back to the 19th century and is now home to the upscale Boscolo Hotel. The special Christmas menu served here on December 24th includes marinated trout with caviar and cucumber, veal sweetbread with nuts and horseradish-flavored beetroot, or local algae-ripened cow cheese. The hotel’s glamorous New York Café offers a time-transcending journey into century-old coffeehouse culture, where guests can choose from a selection of three different menus on Christmas Eve, alongside a lunch menu on December 25th.
Price: Christmas Day lunch at New York Café – 63 EUR
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #7 Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Starring as the city’s newest luxurious five-star hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Budapest awaits guests with a fantastic three-course festive meal in the hotel’s Deák Street Kitchen throughout the holiday season. The menu includes such treats as caramelized goat cheese with roasted beetroots, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate vinaigrette, deer tenderloin with chervil root puree, beetroots and mushroom, and Hungarian mákos guba, a dessert infused in vanilla sauce and sprinkled with poppy seeds.
Price: Christmas Day brunch: from 11.500 HUF
Top Budapest Christmas Day Brunches #8 Royal Corinthia Grand Hotel
Inside Budapest’s historic Corinthia Hotel, a series of Christmas-season brunches offers themed banquets with live entertainment and tasteful surprises. Advent brunches feature suckling pig and traditional Hungarian Christmas sweets, along with dishes like shepherd’s pie and homemade pralines. The tasteful series is concluded by a gourmet Christmas Day brunch on December 25th. The Corinthia is always a perennial favorite for a festive dining experience in Budapest.
Price: brunches – from 12.000 HUF