Eating Lactose Free in Budapest – Hungary

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I recently went to Budapest for Christmas, and as is the worry of most people eating abroad when they have an allergy, I was worried what I would be able to eat and if I’d be able to discover if any foods had lactose in them.

Budapest was actually a pleasant surprise. Many of the foods you buy pre packaged will have English ingredients listed. This is not true for everything but there are enough choices that you’ll be able to find something you can eat. Even hams and meats had labels like “lactose free” and “gluten free”.

Lactose free brie and cheese in Budapest Hungary

The most pleasant surprise was this place! Miden SAJT, LAKTOZ MENTES! Those words look like lactose, maybe lactoz means cheese..what no! Every cheese is lactose free! Real cheese like Brie, Camembert, Emental,everything! It was amazing. As much as I wanted to bring the entire stand home I grabbed some of the lactose free Brie and devoured it over the course of my holiday. They had blue cheeses for fans of blue cheese but personally I’m a lover of Brie. As much as I like the lactofree brand..these cheeses were stunning. I’m not sure what makes them free of lactose, whether its the breed of cow or animal or something during the cheese making process but I’m grateful this exists, its a shame I can’t see anything similar in the UK.

Another place we found was a Spanish place called Pata Negra


This was really good Spanish food and complete random to find but was great. And the best part – they labelled which foods were Sin Lactosa. This meant I could chow down on all the delicious tapas without the worry there were sneaky ingredients or butter in the recipe. I really enjoyed it and didn’t expect to find such a nice Tapas place in Budapest. Would recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Not all the restaurants had those kinds of labels on their menus but a lot of waiting staff did seem to know which foods had been cooked in butter or oil.


Budapest was really lovely at Christmas time and makes a great place to eat if you’re looking for a trip where you know you’ll be able to eat the local food. I personally had a lot of trouble finding Lactose free products in Italy, but Hungary was almost the complete opposite.

Unicum Next

You also need to make sure you try Unicum. Try the Unicum Zwack first – its probably one of the worst things I’ve every tasted, but the Unicum Next was actually quite nice, like a milder jagermeister in taste, but a stronger percentage.

Categories: Places To Eat

Author: Gareth



  1. Dear Gareth,

    I really liked your article about Budapest and our lactose free cheese. 🙂
    The brie you took was a brie made from cream. Long-matured cheese become lactose free during the maturation: the lactic acid bacteria breaks down the lactose into lactic acid. In case of the brie, they use natural lactase enzyme to speed up the process.
    “MINDEN SAJT LAKTÓZMENTES” means “Every cheese is lactose free”. Minden is every, sajt is cheese, laktóz is lactose, free is -mentes. Our name: EZ SAJT. means _This_ is cheese. 🙂
    We’ll be there again this year, looking forward to meet you again. 🙂

    With kind regards from Budapest,

    Balazs Harangozo
    (the guy in the red coat >) )
    Sales Director
    EZ SAJT.

  2. Gareth says:

    That’s amazing! Thanks for getting in contact. The cheeses were great, missing the brie already might have to pop over and get some more next time 🙂

  3. I’m glad you liked them. Actually we are there again, now it’s a Spring Fair. We still have the brie and it is still a crowdpleaser. 🙂
    We are looking forward to have you any time. 🙂



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