Pizzafutár is more than a pizza take away service. It also offers Pastas, Soups, Salads, Roasts and Drinks for example. Their Sándor pizza is worth a try.
Wherevent is a website that lists regular music events, among other event types, around the world.
Budapest, Szeged, Debrecen and Pécs are the most active places in Hungary for events.
If you are looking for real local Hungarian food, which is really affordable with good portions, you should try this place.
If you are need of emergency late-night drinks! the Korzó food shop opposite Mars Tér market and bus station is open 24/7 (NON-STOP in Hungarian).
The national tobacco shop in Széchenyi Tér is also a NON-STOP shop for emergency cigarettes and drinks.
The Daily Travel Pass is great for visiting tourist locations and other places of interest.
It is valid on the trams, trolley buses and local buses in and around Szeged city centre.
The Correct Change Bureau De Change, located at Tisza Lajos Körút 57 (Szeged city centre), has excellent exchange rates. They have branches in Budapest too.
It's worth taking a tram/bus into the city centre because you will still receive more money than outside the city centre.
Below you will find information about frequently visited student 'hangouts' (cafés, pubs/bars and nightclubs), tourist 'hangouts' (cafés, restaurants and pubs/bars) and local hangouts; some with a short description, contact details (where possible) and photos; with others just being linked. This information was supplied with help from Hungarian friends and actual university students, and me visiting the hangouts to try them out; hence exact GPS Maps.
I have purposely highlighted places that local people use, for four good reasons. 1) Locals do NOT eat at expensive places. 2) Local places tend to serve 'Homemade', native food. 3) Tourist places get enough exposure. And 4) You will more than likely bump into the tourist places and/or get to know of them through word-of-mouth.
In Szeged there is a mixture of "Foreign" students and pure Hungarian students whereby the poorer students tend to be pure Hungarian and the wealthier students tend to be "Foreign", but can also be made up of pure Hungarian students with good part-time jobs and/or students that receive money from a family member working abroad for example. The poorer students usually visit pubs in their local apartment area only and maybe visit the cheaper 'hangouts' once a fortnight (buying one drink that lasts all night!) whereas the wealthier students tend to visit the more expensive 'hangouts' once a week.
Unfortunate to say, but it has to be said - In Szeged, and Budapest for example, the younger staff can be rude and arrogant towards "The Foreigner". They are afraid when someone speaks English for example (in a kind of panicky/nervous way), which results in them saying "WHAT" very sharply. So instead of "Excuse me, I don't understand" or "Can you repeat that please" you get "WHAT". I experienced this in the Budapest 'John Bull' Pub - See my John Bull Pub - BudapestTripAdvisor Review and had similar experiences when asking for a menu in some of the Szeged bars and cafés. So be aware!
With the above said: Unless otherwise stated, I have left it up to you to decide whether or not a place is worth visiting and more precisely eating/drinking in and/or having a take-away from. You should therefore treat the information on this web page as an overview rather than an indepth review simply because what I like and do not like might not be of your opinion.
Another thing to be aware of is that many 'hangouts' (Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Etc) do NOT accept credit/debit cards, unless you spend 2,000 HUF (around £5) or more, simply because Hungarian people and businesses are still in that phase/era of not trusting the banks, credit/debit cards, online banking, etc. So know where the Szeged ATM Cash MachinesATM Cash Machines are located!
This basement nightclub, popular with university students, is located in the heart of Szeged city centre. Established in 1973 as a university club, it know operates as a café during the day and an events venue in the evening - Faculty Parties, Cultural Programs, Theatre and Poetry.
This nightclub can hold concerts and theatre projects as well as serve coffee!
On a Friday night and Saturday night between 10pm and 5am the club operates as a Nightclub whereby it can accommodate up to around 600 people, with concerts being held throughout the months - Visit their Facebook page for more information or visit the club personally, like I did, to get their current leaflet of 'up-coming concerts'. The staff member I spoke to was really friendly and even helpful enough to take timeout from his stock-taking to answer my questions.
Középfölde is an outdoor music stage with food bar (drinks and burgers), surrounded by a fence and wall, located within Liszt Ferenc park. It holds a wide variety of live music events such as Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Jazz, Indie Pop and 80's Night.
When I visited there was a Scottish and German band playing R&B and Jazz music (sung in English) as well as local Hungarian talent also singing in English. Live guitars, drums, amps, harmonica and singers all added to the electric atmosphere for the age group of 25-45 (on average). I found the visitors there all got into the party spirit, enjoying themselves and the beer. I made friends quite easily with a few people, even talking to the band members later.
The Középfölde: Great for 25 to 45 year olds who like Live Music events
Although the actual stage area is small, the venues can be concert size because Középfölde can utilise the park for space/visitors and be fenced off if need be; so some weeks might be intimate events while other weeks might be concert sized events. Music normally starts after 9pm, but usually around 10pm until 2am.
NOTE: This place has since changed owner and is now under renovation.
Troja is classed as a Café and Food Bar (Snack Bar) but has the look and feel of a Restaurant. What us English call a restaurant (i.e. foreign cuisines with expensive/catered meals such as vegetarian, seafood and steaks served by a waiter) is often called a food bar in Hungary when the establishment is serving snacks, cold meals, simple foods and take-aways only. Hence why the prices are cheaper than a restaurant.
Troja's main cuisines are Chinese, Indian/Pakistani and Middle Eastern
Troja, located on the left-side of the University Of Szeged in Dugonics Tér (next to the Piano Club) has an outdoor seating area and welcomes bookings and walk-in customers alike. Its main eat-inside, eat-outside and take-away services include Chinese, Indian/Pakistani and Middle Eastern cuisines. Unfortunately they only accept cash.
This is a very nice hamburger place, with friendly staff (many speaking English), not far from the city centre. I have tried many hamburger places in Szeged and find most of them have a bland taste with a raw meat type of burger, but with Super Hamburger you actually get a cooked and well presented hamburger with delicious sauces and cooked meat.
The Antenna Mester (Mesh-ta) is a perfect example of the just said. They also do a nice fruit salad and other desserts. Highly recommended and affordable.
Visit Super Hamburger if you want a traditional Hungarian hamburger
I had to mention this restaurant as it was recommended to me by Tünde on my first visit to Szeged - We went there for fish soup, goulash and chocolate dessert! Both of us really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The place was really clean, with a pleasant waitress and food worth waiting for. I will definitely be back with Tünde for sure.
This is a great place if you are celebrating a special occasion
Update 2015: Tünde, friend Ildikó and me went there recently (about a year later from our last visit) and the place has not changed. Still excellent food, great customer service and affordable prices. The place is also known for its size, which can accommodate quite a few people (around 100 people I would imagine) for events such as wedding, funeral, anniversary and party occasions - When we were there this time some senior citizens were holding a party!
Next door to Csepp A Tengerben is Pizzatorony, a Pizza Restaurant and Café Bar that also do take-away and pizza delivery services. They can hold special events for you such as Birthday Parties, Childrens' Parties and Family Events.
Pizzatorony has a great range of pizzas, to eat-in, take-away or have delivered.
The 12" pizza I had recently was excellent value for money, tasty and filling. Expect to wait slightly longer (i.e. up to 40 Minutes) for a take-away pizza due to them being busy with restaurant orders. The wait will be worthwhile. They also accept credit/debit cards. I will eat-in when I next go there with Tünde.
Went here with Tünde and her family - The food and customer service were excellent; could not be faulted. For 1,600 HUF (£4) the chicken, mushroom, chips and sauce meal I had (Number #35 on the menu) was really delicious and the portion was filling (bloating, but in a nice "I felt full afterwards" way). Tünde said the same about her traditional Hungarian meal (Number #23 on the menu). We both left with a full stomach!
Gulyás Csárda's affordable, large, portions will definitely leave you full
Tünde was telling me that her father took her to this place about 30 Years ago. Definitely a hidden gem of Szeged. Excellent value for money and highly recommended.
The Pulzus (Pulse) Café House is located within the hospital grounds, at the very top end of Tisza Lajos (just before you reach the river embankment). It is a little hard to find at first, but just go down Semmelweis Utca and the gate entrance is on your right-hand side. It is well known by the medical students, so just ask a doctor or someone who is passing by. From the city centre it is a 7 minute walk. Buses #8 and #10 go there (bus stop: Klinika).
As well as being a 'hangout' for medical students it welcomes tourists and locals
The Pulzus Kávéház has various programs, student parties, institution gatherings, wine evenings, concerts, board games and free wi-fi to keep you satisfied. The morning and afternoon serves as a 'chill out' coffee bar for stressed out medical students and the late evening serves as 'Party Time'! They do an excellent Cappuccino by the way.
Törpe Café & Bar is located on the right-side of the small Tesco supermarket on Tisza Lajos Körút. The Anna Fürdő bath house (spa) can be seen around the corner. Trams #1, #2, #3F and #4 go there (on tram stop: Anna Kút).
I saw nothing special here even though it supposed to be a student hangout
Apart from being affordable I did not see anything special about this place. If it was not in the city centre I would of mistaken it for a standard, local, bar. Aparently they have electronic/house music during the early hours of the morning, but when I spoke to the bar tender she implied it is just a bar; which leads me to believe they just have a DJ and Decks playing as opposed to be a dedicated music venue.