Rebirth after the Revolution

Following the 2nd World War the fascinating story of the Belvárosi Kávéház continued. After being the 1st business in the city to reopen after the siege of Budapest – which is also commemorated by a plaque that can be seen on the building – after 3 years of operation it closed down due to the changed circumstances after the war and the ongoing deprivatisation of Hungary. First a students’ canteen operated in the huge venue, then it was home of different designer offices. However, as the café became a well-known and established institution during the past decades, due to popular demand it finally reopened its doors again in 1956, the year of the Hungarian Revolution.

First the café became the favourite meeting point of young intellectuals and democrats following the revolution, continuing the historical legacy of the place. Then it regained its place amongst the most popular venues for entertainment as well, with its daily live music and shows. The era’s most celebrated bands and singers took the centre stage of the café pleasing the guests with their performances until the early hours; even radio broadcasts of the most beloved divas and idols – like Teri Harangozó – were recorded at the Belvárosi Kávéház.