If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Hungarian capital will not disappoint. Founder of Gelarto Rosa, Niki Szökrön, gives the lowdown on the best desserts in Budapest.
The quirky Hungarian capital is becoming a go-to destination for European city breaks. Beyond its Baroque architecture, ruin bars and thermal baths, Budapest has a lively food scene. In addition to classic dishes such as goulash and lángos, the city’s foodie credentials extend to desserts and sweet treats. Ice cream entrepreneur Niki Szökrön spoke to Culture Trip about the must-try desserts in Budapest: from traditional poppyseed croissants, to matcha and maple bacon donuts.
Mr. Funk Donuts
“Hungarians love to experiment and think outside the box, so unique things can definitely happen here in terms of desserts,” Niki says. Just a stone’s throw away from St Stephen’s Basilica, Mr. Funk Donuts exemplifies this truth and is worth a visit for its aesthetic alone. Its fun and colourful interior provides the perfect setting for a great photo, as do the quirky, intricately decorated donuts. So pretty, in fact, that visitors here tend to spend more time photographing their sweet treat than they do actually eating them. From donuts decorated as unicorns, Minions, pandas and even emojis, to staples like the glazed or chocolate donut, there’s a dessert here to suit every taste.
Whether you have a sweet tooth, or you’re a history buff who loves visiting old buildings complete with their original décor, Ruszwurm Confectionary is an essential stop-off when exploring the Castle District in Buda. This charming, family-run dessert café dates all the way back to 1827, and is most famous for its traditional Hungarian pastry dessert known as “creamy”. Made up of two thin layers of puff pastry and one thick layer of vanilla cream, this staple sweet treat is refreshingly simple but delicious. In fact, the ‘creamy’ here is so good that Ruszwurm has earned a loyal following.
This spot is iconic among Hungarians, and renowned for its delicious, old-school pastries. Situated in Buda, a bit of a trek away from the bustling city centre, Daubner is a must-visit if you like going ‘off the beaten track’. “I think Hungary has a lot of awesome traditional desserts, and now everyone is renewing these,” Niki comments, identifying Daubner as being a prime spot for trying some authentic or updated treats. Opt for the sour cherry pie, a poppy croissant for something authentically local or choose a chestnut heart, mignon or one of their famous chocolate figurines for an Instagrammable sweet treat.
Cloud 9 Ice Cream Desserts
For a truly unique experience, try one of the desserts at Cloud 9. Conveniently situated in the city centre, this hotspot is known for its combination of ice cream and pastry, pairing the two to create one-of-a-kind desserts. Rather than sampling just a scoop of ice cream, visitors here can taste a brand new dessert creation in which ice cream is one of the main components. Fancy an ice cream cupcake or an ice cream brownie? Complete with a minimalistic, modern interior, Cloud 9 boasts desserts that are inclusive for everyone, including gluten- and lactose-free options.
The Box Donut
Not far from the Margaret Bridge and Westend Shopping Centre is The Box Donut – a modern, newly-opened franchise store which is famous for its square-shaped donuts. The perfect dessert stop for on-the-go travellers, this place is a must for those who think desserts should look as fantastic as they taste. For something classic and tasty, choose the maple glazed or ‘cinny’ with cinnamon sugar, or opt for a matcha or maple bacon for something a little bit different.
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