There are lots of affordable ways to enjoy this city, which in case you didn't know, is divided in two by the Danube river -- hilly, more-residential Buda on one side and Pest, where all the action is, on the other.
Matisse lived during France's Belle Époque. Café culture was at its height, and cafés were where artists came together to exchange stories, discuss ground breaking artistic styles, and eat good food. This good food has a history.
The coffee culture you once knew has undergone tremendous changes over the last decade, upending your daily routine with new brands, a specific language, philosophy and taxonomy -- and, of course, a more expensive price tag.