Hungarian cuisine is beloved for being rich, creamy and heavy on the meat and paprika. But no meal is complete without a perfect pastry, and Budapest has a spectacular array of cukrászda (pastry shop) options. Pastry in Hungary is given the utmost respect. Pastries represent the good life and with the capital’s café culture thriving, pastry art is flourishing. We discover five of the best places in Budapest for beautiful baked treats.
The first treat worthy of mentioning is the kurtos. It is a soft doughy curl, with the outside covered in sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, or coconut. While these can be found in stands all over the city, and there are many stalls in the markets, the best are Molnar’s. These people are clearly passionate about their dessert, offering samples and free tastes so you pick your perfect match. In addition to their legendary kurtos, there are dazzling options for coffee, hot chocolate and even ice cream which perfectly compliment the warm dessert.
Molnar’s, Vaci utca 31, Budapest, Hungary
This cukrászda has persevered across the years and remains a paragon of Hungarian pastries. While new branches have been opened, the original Auguszt lies in Buda and has survived a multitude of tribulations. It was destroyed by a bomb in the Second World War, then during the communist era was controlled by the state. In 1957, the Auguszt family reopened their business and, to this day, the name is a legend.
Auguszt, Kossuth Lajos utca , Budapest, Hungary
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