2 September 2015
Budapest’s Mazel Tov is a cultural space, a meeting space, and a “secret garden” of enjoyment. Located in the heart of Budapest’s orthodox-Jewish community, Mazel Tov resides in an old tenement that had been abandoned for years before Studio Arkitekter and 81 font began renovations. The space has a genuine, welcoming and lived-in feeling; passing through the ex-residential area, one finds a large courtyard lined with facades that opens to a garden filled with tall plants, all covered by a minimal, transparent structure. The food and drinks are served along a wooden bar, covered in the Moroccan-inspired tiles, curiously found throughout the capital of Hungary’s residential structures. The metal tables and chairs come from a 1930’s pastry shop. Mazel Tov is open seven days a week, until late in the evening, and features a series of special events and exhibitions. The menu is based on a joining of traditional Jewish, Oriental, and Sephardic foods. Having a bite to eat is more tasty thanks to the local, festive atmosphere.