Budapest is a city that loves its desserts: from traditional Hungarian cakes and pastries to French-inspired delicacies, the city is bursting with cafés in which to indulge your sweet tooth. For the best places to enjoy dessert in the city, read on.
Serving up delicious, handmade macarons in the centre of Budapest, this pastel-coloured haven is the place to go for desserts made with love (and to snap an Instagram-worthy photo!). Macarons can be enjoyed in store accompanied by a freshly made coffee, or taken away for later. Owner Dóri travelled to Paris to learn the art of the authentic macaron, and consistently adds new flavours to her repertoire – recent additions include a peanut butter-flavoured macaron.
Founded in 1870, this traditional coffeehouse and pâtisserie is one of Budapest’s oldest and today has three branches across the city. The original can be found in Buda, while there’s also a centrally located branch in Budapest’s 5th District. A range of traditional Hungarian cakes and pastries can be enjoyed here, with the secret to their recipes having been passed down through five generations.
For beautifully presented, handmade desserts, this ice cream shop located near St Stephen’s Basilica is the place to go. Unique flavours such as lemon-basil or white chocolate and lavender, and classics including salted caramel, await. The ice cream is scooped into the shape of a rose, making this an ice cream parlour with a difference.
Since 1827, this small family café has been serving desserts to locals and visitors in Budapest. Located near the Buda Castle, it is one of the city’s oldest confectioners and worth a trip if only for its charming, traditional interior. Fortunately, the desserts are also delicious – try the Ruszwurm Cream Pastry or the Hungarian Dobos Cake.
Paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth, this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-esque candy store in Budapest is bright, colourful and definitely not sugar-free! Downstairs, a wide variety of sweets are available to purchase, but for dessert just head upstairs to the brightly coloured café where a range of sweet treats including cakes and pastries can be found.
A neighbourhood favourite, this bakery and ice cream parlour offers a range of cakes and desserts to suit all tastes (they even have treats for dogs!). They also pride themselves on their ability to cater to dietary requirements, with sugar-free options available. There are a variety of traditional and modern desserts to choose from, with the official “Birthday Cake of Hungary” also on offer. Don’t leave without trying the hot chocolate, which has gained a reputation as one of the best in the city.
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Aiming to offer a little taste of Paris in Budapest, this bakery and café offers desserts inspired by French cuisine – such as éclairs and millefeuilles – alongside traditional Hungarian treats. With a focus on quality and natural ingredients, the menu changes with the seasons, meaning there’s always something original and fresh to try.