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.
For traditional Hungarian pastries, Ruszwurm is a definite must-visit. A hit since 1827, this cozy sweet shop is beloved by locals and travelers alike. Their classical cream pastry is their iconic treat, with the same perfect recipe used for 173 years. Kremes are a Hungarian delicacy and Ruszwurm’s fluffy crunchy version is delectable. The decor is antique, exemplified by the pre-war counter, still serving quality treats after all the changes the city has experienced.
Located slightly outside the bustling city center is the busiest pastry shop in Budapest. They serve a wide variety of exquisite cakes and cookies. The queue often stretches outside but the wait is well worth it. In addition to their more elaborate treats, Daubner has an excellent selection of beigli, rolls stuffed with poppy seeds and walnut.
Probably the most famous, as well as the most sophisticated confectioners in Budapest, is Gerbeaud. Started by Henrik Kugler, a talented man born into a family of pastry aficionados, and continued by Emil Gerbeaud, this shop has seen many different eras and remained a dignified giant of sweets throughout. It’s elegant decor is reminiscent of its varied past as the center of everything luxurious and grand since the 1800s. It is hailed as one of Europe’s best coffee shops and for good reason.
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.