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Mar 7, 2012 04:31 PM

Portugal, Prague, Vienna & Budapest on a budget

I'm heading to Portugal (only 1 overnight), Prague, Vienna & Budapest for approx. 2 weeks in May. Looking for great dives for local food on a budget. I'm traveling alone for most of the trip, but a friend may be joining me so looking for simple but a "must eats." Any "restaurants" or foods that I must not miss in these cities?


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  1. For Portugal: You might want to look at the Spain/Portugal board (or even post to it with some details of where you will be staying (assume it is a stop-over in Lisbon?).

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    1. re: monchique

      ah, good idea...I assumed this was just for all of Europe. Thanks!


    2. In Prague there is of course Lokal with its two branches. But there is also a new restaurant called Nota Bene http://www.notabene-restaurant.cz/ with good selection of beers from small breweries and cheap decent Czech food.

      1. It sounds as if you may be on your trip already. Please try to post a trip report as we will be going to Budapest,Vienna, and Prague on a budget in July and will be very interested in any of your recommendations. Thanks!

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          I leave on Tuesday I hope to post more when I come back!

          1. re: chc1980

            In Vienna try Phonixhof, on Neustiftgasse. Good, honest Viennese food in a relaxed, local pub with a friendly staff. I love that place.

            In Prague, Lokal, for sure. Also, see if you can squeeze yourself into U Zlateho Tygra for beer and grub. It's a very Czech place where locals argue politics for hours and hours, but it can be tough to find a seat. If you manage to strike up a conversation with someone like we did you can have a great time.

            Also, street food will be your friend, for sure Wenceslas Sq has late-night kolbasa stands and Vienna has wurstlstands, also open late. Have fun!