“What are the cheap and tasty places to eat in Uzhgorod?” – this question is invariably one of the most popular ones among the guests of our hostel. It’s about time we answered it in our blog, too
Kaktus (7 Korzo St.) is one of the oldest and most popular venues in Uzhgorod. This cowboy style bar offers Ukrainian and Transcarpathian dishes as well as simple and tasty food from international cuisine.
One of our favorite picks on Kaktus’s menu is the Hard Rock Café salad (24 UAH) – the specialty of the house featuring colorful stripes of fresh vegetables and chicken filet that are a pleasure to the eye and to the mouth. The salad goes particularly well with the hutsul kremzli (45 UAH), a simple but very tasty potato dish.
The bar takes special pride in its large selection of soups encompassing 24 different varieties. Among those, there’s the mushroom pottage (20 UAH), a particularly nourishing soup made of white Transcarpathian mushrooms with noodles. And if you’re a fish person, try the gorgeous Hungarian fish soup made according to the traditional recipes, or the fresh Zakarpattia trout also served at Kaktus.
Kaktus offers a large selection of alcoholic beverages and beer, which is quite cheap in Ukraine and Zakarpattia in particular.
On weekends, the pub turns into a fun party place featuring live country music, dancing and lots of beer. But just in case your main socializing vehicle is Facebook, the pub also offers free Wi-Fi to its guests.
The café is located at 5/1 Kapitulna St – across the street from the Greek-Catholic church, or just a minute’s walk from the hostel. This is as central Uzhgorod as you can get, but the spot is a bit aside from the popular tourist routes. This makes Mio the city’s best kept secret where you can have a delicious meal for very little money.
At Mio, a plate of pancakes will cost you as little as 14-16 UAH, and a helping of Transcarpathian kremzli will cost you 19 UAH. Other noteworthy picks include the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls (16 UAH), homemade Transcarpathian sausages (14 UAH) and rakott krumpli (16 UAH) – a delicious Hungarian dish made of sausages and fried potatoes and served with a sour cream dressing.
Mio’s segedynsky goulash (24 UAH) deserves a special mention as well.
The venue is open daily 10 AM to 10 PM and offers free Wi-Fi to its visitors.
Deep Chill Out Bar
Deep (2 Independence Embarkment) is one of the favorite hangout spots for Uzhgorod’s young people where you can relax with a tasty cocktail or simply have a quick snack.
Our highlights on Deep’s fast food-style menu include shashlik with vegetables (30 UAH), Vienna sausage with French fries (25 UAH) as well as all kinds of hamburgers (20-35 UAH).
The chill out bar offers a private room and hookah, which costs 44-75 UAH depending on blends. There’s free Wi-Fi, too.
Egan Irish Pub
The pub, located at 38 Voloshyna St., is named after Edmund Egan, an economist of Irish descent who was appointed by the Austrian-Hungarian government to Zakarpattia in the end of the 19th century. Mr. Egan conducted a series of successful reforms in the region that made him very popular among the locals. The pub’s slogan is “Fresh produce, clean dishes, tasty pizza.”
The pizza bit in the slogan is not a coincidence. Pizza is baked here according to original Italian recipes in an authentic wooden stove using the freshest ingredients. The price ranges from 26 UAH for a small pizza to 49 UAH for the Egan variety that has Mozzarella, Mascarpone and Parmesan cheeses, tomatoes, ham, salami, mushrooms, olives and basil.
Egan is also famous for its beer, and many a Five Flags’ guest was seen in the pub enjoying the refreshing drink The beer is pretty cheap here and starts from 5 UAH for a 0.3 L cup and 8 UAH for a half-liter.
Just like the rest of the venues, there’s free Wi-Fi Internet at Egan. There’s no English menu at the moment though, but we’ve been assured that the managers are working on it.
Old Town Internet Café
Old Town (5 Korzo St.) is located next door from Kaktus. The venue’s coffee, tea and pastry are outstanding, and the milk shakes are just magnificent. What’s more, you can order a drink and surf the Net as much as you want to, and not just via the free Wi-Fi but also using one of the public desktops if that’s what you prefer.
Korzo 10 Pizza Pub
Korzo 10 is a newly opened venue (10 Korzo St.), which offers a wide selection of dishes at reasonable prices. A breakfast at Korzo 10 will cost you around 23-30 UAH.
Aside from the popular pizza, the restaurant offers a variety of traditional and Transcarpathian foods – cold snacks, the omnipresent kremzli, salads (including seafood ones), grilled meat. Our picks among Korzo 10’s soups include borscht and Transcarpathian chicken soup with noodles.
The pizza will cost you 28-50 UAH depending on the size and the toppings. It goes particularly well with the tasty beer and the refreshing bread kvass offered by the venue.
And yes, there’s free Wi-Fi Internet, too.
Vertep (13 Korzo St.) is the place to experience the ethnic flavor and the cuisine of Zakarpattia. If you’ve never tried bográsc or rakott krumpli (not to mention the real Ukrainian borscht), then Vertep should be your No. 1 eating stop while in Uzhgorod.
Vertep’s servings are big, the prices are reasonable and the Ukrainian music coupled with the vyshyvankas worn by the staff are particularly conductive to appetite. The only issue is that there’s no Wi-Fi in the restaurant and no cell service either – but in this case, it only adds to the authenticity of the venue.