Learn how to cook Hungary's world-famous dishes with ingredients that you can buy anywhere around the globe!
Shop with us in one of our historic and traditional markets and then join us cooking our favourite dishes. We are a boutique cooking school with an emphasis on creating a friendly workshop atmosphere in smaller groups and providing a hands-on cooking experience. Learn how to easily prepare real Hungarian home food - also for cooking beginners!
Try our Pálinka (fruit brandy) and some of our great wines. If you would prefer something non-alcoholic, try our home-made elderberry syrup!
Trace the roots of Hungarian cuisine back in time through different regions, learn a lot about Hungarian history, social life and traditions. Find out what not to miss, where to dine during your stay in our small, but culturally very diverse country!
Meeting point from Monday to Saturday is at the Great Market Hall main entrance (1093 Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3.) and on Sunday at Szimpla Kert entrance (Kazinczy u. 14, 1075)
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EVERY DAY: 13:00-17:30
No credit cards, payment only in cash (can be paid in Euro, USD or HUF).
Our cooking program comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If at anytime during the market tour or cooking session you decide it is not for you, you are not satisfied with our service, or you just expected something else, please let us know and you do not have to pay or we will be happy to refund your money.
"This was one of the most fun and yummy afternoons I've spent in Budapest! Cecilia is so lovely--generous, warm, a bright light of a human being--and we made such a delicious Hungarian meal together. She picked us up and took us straightaway to the organic market in the ruin pub. What a treat! Tasted all kinds of cheeses, sausages, jams, took lots of pictures because the place itself is so interesting...then off to cooking and an afternoon of laughter and eating. She really went out of her way to accommodate our diet restrictions and our desires too. Even entertained us with a quick slide show of Hungary's food history! Four hours of delight. I can't recommend this experience enough."
"I am extremely lucky that I was able to attend the Easy Cooking Budapest class and highly recommend it to anyone. Cecilia is fun, knowledgeable, and a great teacher. She is able to take you on a culinary journey around Hungary including the history of such a great country. The day starts in the Great Market Hall buying fresh ingredients and tasting new culinary delights (everything from Mangalica salami, Hungarian Strudel, Turo Rudi, to Pogacsa). After the market a quick ride to the lush and green Buda side we settle into a modern apartment with a stunning view and wonderful kitchen. We are welcomed with a glass of Palinka, the traditional spirit of Hungary and put on the aprons and get ready to cook. In this class we started with Korozott, a simple dip/spread that starts a meal. While snacking on our appetizer we are served a selection of Hungarian wines (surprisingly refreshing and full bodied). Next we begin work on the Green Pea Soup (Borsoleves) and national dish Chicken Paprikas. Both dishes were so good that the day I arrived home I made them both in my own kitchen to rave reviews. Friends are still messaging me asking for the recipes."
"This was definitely one of the highlights of our week in Budapest -- spending a lovely long afternoon cooking, eating, drinking and chatting with Cecilia. Even if you're not much of a cook, you'll enjoy this activity. After meeting and sampling Hungarian specialties at the market, we got to work in the kitchen, but "work" isn't really the right word. It was so much fun! Cecilia is great, very easy to talk to, kind, open-minded and curious -- our conversations flowed freely, as did the local Hungarian wine and her uncle's homemade palinka! The recipes she showed us were easy to follow, and she made sure to check with us whether we could find the right ingredients (or good substitutes) at home. In short, my husband and I would highly recommend Easy Cooking Budapest to anyone, with one word of advice: go with an empty stomach! :-)"
I am a food enthusiast born and raised in Hungary. Although my original studies (veterinary medicine) are far away from the food industry, culinary pleasures always had an important role in my and my family's life. Both of my grandmothers are from the countryside, but from opposite sides of the country, so I learnt different ways of cooking our traditional dishes very early on in my life. Cooking and talking about our traditions, culture are not a job for me, but a great way to spend my free time. Also loving travel and getting to know other cultures, an additional benefit of this course for me is meeting wonderful, open minded people from all around the world! So please join me on one of my cooking sessions!
I'm the one responsible for the pastries in the team. Cecilia and I met at university, soon discovering, that we shared our biggest passion- next to animals of course: cooking! My love for this wonderful art started early on in my life, also by learning our family's traditional way of preparing our national dishes. Although I love our main courses and a family event can't go without the girls cooking together, desserts are closest to my heart. Hungarian desserts are very unique, we have several dishes, that are not even similar to anything I have tried around the World. So please join me and let me introduce you to this special part of our national cuisine!
"Cecilia treats her company and your time & money with great care. From the complete tour of the Great Market where samples are waiting for you, to the liquer, wine and local delicacies like cheeses and backed goods waiting for you before you begin (even slippers and apron!), to the wonderful presentation on the history of Hungarian food before you even start the cooking lessons, to the printed recipees and to go back packs (even your left overs) and the ride back into town! The recipees ARE EASY and you will make everything when you get home. I have come home from other cooking lessons and couldn't recreate, but with these lessons you will be able to. She doesn't even use measuring spoons except so many large spoons and so many small spoons. Cecelia is a lovely host and I promise she won't disappoint."
"We loved cooking with Cecilia! She exceeded all of our expectations from the food to the tips about where to go during our stay in Budapest. She was so bubbly and fun and made the whole experience a great time. We loved visiting the market with her and trying all of the Hungarian foods and she made a special effort to accomodate each of our dietary restrictions (which isn't easy). She was a perfect guide to answer our questions about the city and told us which bars and restaurants to go to. Overall, I would recommend cooking with Cecilia to anyone considering visiting Budapest!"
"An absolutely rewarding experience! The two of us decided to sign up for our very first cooking class with Cecilia at Easy Cooking Budapest. We were a little nervous because we don't really know how to cook but the thought of learning how to cook a genuine Hungarian goulash was too hard to miss. This didn't feel like a 'class' with a teachers and students; it was a freely flowing cooking experience which felt more like a close friend or relative showing you how to cook their prized recipes... Cecilia is very friendly and caring. She is easy to talk to and enjoyed learning about our travels and normal life. Cecilia explained little tips and tricks and some of the history behind the dishes which helped a lot. Without exaggeration, these were some of the most delicious dishes I've eaten in a long time! We were even more impressed that we made them! The wine kept coming and we ate as much of every dish that we could fit in."
"Easy Cooking Budapest provides exactly what it says: Cecilia took us on a culinary tour of the awesome Central Hall Market. She helped us find items that were of interest to us -- specifically, cheese! Anything I wanted to try, she said let's get it! And it was great to be a part of the pre-cooking shopping process. After the market, we crossed the bridge and drove into the hills of Buda past spectacular mansions. We arrived at Cecilia's beautiful, modern kitchen which was perfectly set up for our class. We tasted all of the ingrediants and Cicilia opened about 4 bottles of local wine, palinka, and brewed tea. The cooking process was simple, fun and the food turned out delicious. My husband who does not cook anything other than eggs felt very well-supported during the class. He said that he learned a lot and felt very empowered. It was a great day and a highlight of our trip to Budapest."
"We spent a whole afternoon- through to the evening with Easy Cooking Budapest and had a wonderful time. We were introduced to all the tasty local foods, given background knowledge on food and culture and then we cooked our way into the evening! Delicious food with humble and attentive teachers. Highly recommend!"