Sugar bombs in Budapest: Dessert shops you can't miss!

Whether you control your sugar intake or love desserts, you always hunt for dessert shops wherever you go, even in Budapest. Though these shops may not be as famous as those in New York cafes, each has its own legendary story and unforgettable desserts. The exquisite desserts bring a wonderful feeling that is beyond words but can only be understood by experience.

Daubner pastry shop parking area

One of the best dessert shops in Budapest is said to have an inconspicuous storefront, blocked by a row of trees at the entrance, with no sign except a glass shelf full of pastries and a long queue. There are many types of pastries available, both sweet and savory, including sliced cakes, whole cakes, ice cream, and chocolate. Most of the customers are locals. The ice cream is amazing, especially the pogacsa, a small round bread that is a traditional Hungarian pastry, baked with flour and has a nutty aroma of pumpkin seeds.
Gelarto Rosa - Ice Cream shop is an Italian ice cream shop. It offers good quality ice cream at affordable prices and is highly recommended.

Szamos Marzipan Confectionery

The best almond cream in Hungary, making various traditional and innovative desserts exquisitely delicious. Krémes is a traditional Hungarian dessert, with thin and crispy handmade layers of pastry layered generously with light and thin cream filling. Szamos interprets tradition in a way that is very relatable to modern life without changing the original recipe.

Ruszwurm Confectionery

The oldest café in Hungary. Ruszwurm Cukraszda opened in 1827 and is located in the Buda Castle District. It mainly serves pastries and coffee. The interior of the shop still retains its original decoration and some antiques. The signature dish at Ruszwurm is the cream pastry.

Gaye's coffee and dessert shop

It is one of the most famous cafes in Europe and one of the largest in terms of scale. Founded in 1858 by Henrik Kugler, Gerbeaud's branch in Budapest is well-situated and attracts tourists from afar. It still maintains its original architecture, decor style, coffee traditions, and dessert craftsmanship from a hundred years ago. Since 1870, the elite in the northern part of Pest city have enjoyed gathering in front of this bustling square to enjoy coffee and taste desserts.

Nándori Cukrászda dessert restaurant

Nándori opened in 1957 under the name A Varga, and changed its name in 1988. Over the past half century, the masters have upheld traditional recipes and methods, resulting in a small but remarkable establishment. Nándori's storefront is small, with two small round tables indoors during winter, and four or five small tables outdoors during summer. On gloomy winter afternoons when the sky turns dark at 3 or 4 o'clock, a piece of chocolate almond sponge cake with a touch of alcohol sweeps away the oppressive mood and warms the cold hands and feet. On lazy summer afternoons, sitting by the wrought iron table and chairs in the shade, a cup of rich Illy coffee and a refreshing seasonal fruit cake bring happiness to the corners of the mouth.

Auguszt Coffee Shop

This shop is the result of generations of hard work by the Auguszt family. In 1870, Auguszt Elek opened the first small dessert shop in Budapest. Over more than a century, it went through ups and downs, from becoming the most famous café in Budapest to struggling during the revolution. However, none of these setbacks have shaken the Auguszt family's love for dessert making. In 1999, the fourth-generation descendant, Auguszt Olga, opened this café on Kossuth Lajos Street in Budapest, not far from the Elizabeth Bridge. The café is located in the Wagner building, which was built in 1896 and is now a protected heritage site. It reopened after renovation in 2009. Apart from occasional tourists passing by, most of the customers are locals of older age.