Five Pastry Shops Not to Miss in Budapest

7 comments Posted by: Roberta Gyori

In Hungary no meal is complete without dessert. Dobos cake (Dobos torta), krémes, cream filling topped with a crisp pastry, chestnut purée (gesztenyepüré) and Gundel palacsinta, a pancake with walnut filling and chocolate topping, are just a few of the must-tries. Whether it's cakes, pancakes, pies, strudels or cookies, Hungarians like sweets, so it's no wonder, that there are so many pastry shops (cukrászda) in Budapest. Here are some of my favorites:

Daubner Cukrászda

In the business since 1901, Daubner is probably the busiest pastry shop in Budapest, despite its location outside the city center. They make all kinds of desserts, cakes, parfaits, cookies and traditional pastries, like pogácsa, a Hungarian biscuit and bejgli, a pastry with poppy seed or walnut filling. In the summer, Daubner's signature ice creams make the lines queuing outside the doors even longer. (Szépvölgyi út 50, Buda, District 2)

Nándori Cukrászda

Classic, multi-layered and deliciously rich cakes are some of the specialities at Nándori. Most people pre-order these delicacies for birthdays and holidays. Their Somlói galuska, a chocolate and vanilla sponge cake and their pogácsa, available in several flavors, are also hard to resists. One of my personal favorites is their mignon, which is also available in a variety of flavors. (Ráday utca 53, Pest, District 9)

Fröhlich Cukrászda

Fröhlich offers traditional Hungarian-Jewish baked goods. Their speciality, the flódni, an apple, walnut and poppy seed pastry is a must-try. Their Dobos cake won't disappoint either. Fröhlich also has a seating area, which is usually packed around the Jewish holidays. Challah bread and Hannukah donuts are also available. (Dob utca 22, Pest, District 7)

Auguszt Cukrászda

Established in 1870, Auguszt was known as the Gerbeaud of Buda. This confectioner has a varied history. The original shop was destroyed by a bomb during WWII and then the state took ownership during the communist era. The Auguszts reopened their business in Fény utca in 1957 and they have been making delicious pastries, cakes and ice-creams according to the original recipes ever since. They have three locations in Budapest. Try their krémes.(Kossuth Lajos utca 14-16, Pest, District 5)

Szalai Cukrászda

This charming, old-fashioned, family-run pastry shop near the Parliament Building has a legendary reputation. The walls are plastered with awards and most customers are regulars here. Try their strudel (rétes) and you'll understand why. (Balassi Bálint utca 4, Pest, District 5)

Most Hungarians buy their desserts to go, so many of these shops have standing bars or limited seating only, but the desserts are amazing.

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  1. Lyn Estka opines:

    Great choices for the pastries..and now I must run to get one or two after viewing the pictures…I am hungry!!!!! smile LYN

  2. goldblum opines:

    Daubner is overrated, long queues, stressful wait. Fröhlich might be kosher but the best Flodni is baked at Cafe Noe, Wesselenyi street. Try Vanillin and Dunapark. For a retro look with the real thing: Barát Cukrászda, Szövetség str.

  3. Dóczi Botond opines:

    I don’t know who eats these cakes at Fröhlich for example. It was a disaster,  these are not the best in Budapest, except Auguszt. The others may only be mentioned for their retro feeling not their good cakes!

  4. Forumsky opines:

    I don’t know how others find the taste of cakes, but for sake of good time and nice atmosphere I would recommend bookcafe. I just love it

  5. Roberta Gyori responds:

    Definitely have to add Café Noé to the list. Rachel’s flódni, one of the specialties there, is truly the best in town.

  6. Karoly Madar opines:

    By far the best is Osvath’s pastry shop called Kunyhó cukrászda.
    You can find it in the XIII. district.

  7. Gretchen Dunn opines:

    The Auguszt in Buda, near Mammut, served the worst stuff I’ve ever had.  Where is Ruszwurm on this list?  Their kremes is the best!

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