Budapest is famous for its nice cakes and great confectioneries. The art of cakes was at its height when Hungary was part of the Austro Hungarian Empire, and in the last few years its former glory seems to have been resumed on a wider scale. Goodbye Communist cakes, welcome back wonderful rich cakes of over a century old. Do try some of the special cakes made in Hungary at one of the best confectioneries in Budapest, Hungary.
Top Confectioneries in Budapest
Which are the best confectioneries in Budapest? There are wonderful cakes, strudels, pastries, and sweets in Budapest, moist and dry, exquisite and simple, fruity, nutty and chocolatey, tiny and big … but where can you eat the best handmade cakes in Budapest, Hungary?
- Auguszt Cafe & Confectionery (there are 3 of the Auguszt confectioneries in Budapest, one of them luckily in the city centre in Kossuth street, just between Ferenciek tere square and Astoria square, and another one in Feny street, behind Mammut Shopping Mall). We place Auguszt on the top of the list for its central location.
- Daubner Confectionery on the Buda side, off the city centre at 50. Szépvölgyi út (unfortunately, Daubner is take away only, yet the pilgrimage to Daubner Cukraszda is worth it – for cakes, scones (!), and home made plum and apricot jams). Regularly voted as number 1 confectionery, the best cukraszda in Budapest for years and decades!
- Ruszwurm Cafe in the Buda Castle quarters on the Castle Hill – beautiful historical interior, lovely little place, a hidden gem close to the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Cannot miss it.
- Lukacs Confectionery on Andrassy Avenue – posh place, good cakes, a nice treat after or before the House of Terror museum
- Gerbeaud Cafe on Vorosmarty square – due to lazy travel guides, Cafe Gerbeaud is still the most well known, or maybe the only known confectionery in Budapest. It is also the most central, and definitely very historical, but not the most loved by locals, and surely not the best value for money. Nevertheless, it is The Gerbeaud with a recently renewed menu, which gets more and more praises, and we love the Advent Calendar in its windows in December, when Vorosmarty square turns into a Christmas Market.
- Cadeau Chocolate Shop is in Veres Palne street in the city centre (5th district, close to Ferenciek tere square). Cadeu is worth a visit for its approx. 80 varieties of chocolates / handmade bonbons, and (chocolate) ice cream
- Gresham Cafe in the Gresham Palace (Four Seasons Hotel Budapest)
- Cakes at Le Meridien Hotel Budapest
And the lingo: confectionery is cukrászda in Hungarian (say: tsook-rus-dah).
The best confectioneries in Budapest, off the city centre
- Villa Bagatelle on Nemetvolgyi way (Németvölgyi út), in the 12th district (district XII), off the city centre of Budapest, but a pleasant walk from Deli Train Station – you can also buy Bagatellini bakery products and cakes in MOM Park in Alkotas way. (approx. 35 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Horvath Confectionery in Petofi street in the 4th district (district IV), off the city centre of Budapest, close to the terminal of M3 metro line, Ujpest (approx. 35 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Cafe Zila in Ulloi way (Üllői út), well off the city centre of Budapest, (approx. 35 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Vari Confectionery in Szlovak way (Szlovák út), in the 16th district (district XVI), well off the city centre of Budapest (approx. 45 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Violetta Confectionary on Uszoda street, in the 17th district (district XVII), off the city centre of Budapest, (approx. 45 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Szamoca Confectionery in Bokenyfoldi way, in the 16th district (district XVI), well off the city centre of Budapest (approx. 45 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
- Gourmandia Confectionery on Huvosvolgyi Way, Buda (approx. 35 min by Budapest public transportation from Deak square)
Good confectioneries in Budapest
- Nandori Confectionery in Raday street – better to take away as seats are limited
If you visit Budapest at Christmas time, you can try the yummy Chimney Cake, aka Kurtoskalacs at the wonderful Budapest Christmas markets. But winter brings its typical Christmas candy to the shops and fairs of Hungary, the szaloncukor candy. Do not miss them!
The list above is a combination of several Top Budapest Confectioneries lists (e.g. DiningGuide.hu, SzeretlekMagyarOrszag.hu, Life.hu, etc.) and our personal experiences.