Travel 23 August 2023

Wine and Dine Waterside at Hungary's Lake Balaton

Three local chefs tell us more about their restaurants and this idyllic holiday destination

With nearly 200km of shoreline taking in beaches, volcanic hills, a national park and protected wetlands, Lake Balaton is the perfect holiday destination for one and all. It’s the largest lake in Central Europe and sits on the western side of Hungary – 2 hours’ drive from the capital Budapest – and is a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike.

For those who like to unwind in style, sailing on the lake is a popular pastime, while for those who enjoy keeping active there are hiking trails in the Balaton Uplands National Park. The hilly north shore is filled with vineyards providing plenty of opportunity to sample some local wines, and there are 13 Michelin-recommended restaurants situated within easy reach of the Lake.

We caught up with the chefs at three of these restaurants – Gabriella Szikra of A Konyhám Stúdió 365, Richárd Csillag of Lokal47 and László Jahni of Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Kistücsök – to find out more.


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