Hungary Tourism


Gerbeaud is not only a café but also a rather important sight in Budapest. This is where the aristocracy went during the time of the Dual Monarchy. The large halls have preserved their appearance to this day and you will feel transported back to a time of sumptuous delicacies in luxurious surroundings. Do go and take a look at the cakes in the glass cases and choose whatever takes your fancy, not forgetting a cup of coffee or a steaming hot chocolate or cocoa (not the same here). We recommend the signature "Gerbeaud" slice, a delicious multi-layered cake made of walnut and apricot jam, covered with thick chocolate.
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Ruszwurm on Castle Hill, is the Buda side’s answer to Gerbaud, still run by one of the country's confectionary dynasties. The interior is very “Fin de siècle”, with red velvet curtains, marble tables and beautiful Biedermeyer furniture. (It is quite amazing really that this building was not destroyed during WWII, as most of the district's buildings were reduced to rubble). Cream cakes, strudel or rétes are the order of the day here, washed down with coffee, hot chocolate or cocoa.
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Gerlóczy Café

Gerlóczy Kávéház, as it is known in Hungarian, is a charming café with a large and pleasant terrace area, in a distinctive wedge-shaped area formed by the intersection of Gerlóczy and Vitkovics streets in Budapest's 5th district. It is just far enough (3 blocks) from Váci utca to be saved from complete tourist inundation, though it is very popular with locals in the busy banking and administration area of the 5th district. The statue in front of the café is that of Károly Kammermayer, the first mayor of the Budapest, combined from Buda, Pest and Obuda in 1873.
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Spinoza Café and Restaurant

Spinoza is a gem of a café/restaurant which even has a built in theatre. It is located deep in the Jewish quarter of the city, quite a few minutes walk along Dob utca from either Astoria Metro station on one side, or Teréz Körút, the inner city ring road, on the other. It is a laid-back place, with cool piano music in the evenings, and a klezmer band on Friday evenings. The food is very reasonably-priced, and a good mixture of international cuisine. While the menu does not include pork, it is not actually a kosher establishment.
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Művész Cávéház (Artists' Café)

Művész is one of the archetypal cafés where writers, philosophers and great minds would meet around the end of the Century. This is no longer true nowadays, but the location is still hard to beat. It makes a great stop on a hike up Andrássy Avenue to Heroes' Square, when coffee and a cream cake could be just the thing to perk you up. It does get very busy around lunchtime and the outdoor seating is obviously in greta demand, but if you can hook a wicker chair, then this is an unbeatable place for a spot of Budapest people-watching.
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Callas Café

The Callas Café was constructed in neo-rennaissance style in 1880. It opened as a café the year before the Opera did. In the early years of the 20th century it changed hands several times and was eventually the headquarters of a British bank between the wars. It was lovingly rennovated in 2006 by David Collins and is a truly elegent place to enjoy a drink before an opera performance, or coffee and a cake as a break from a stroll up Andrássy Avenue. A small musical ensemble performs here most evenings.
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Centrál Café

"Respecting the traditions and being open to novelty" This best describes Central Café outlook. We are proud of our ancestors and we know the challenges of today. Rather than evoking the past Central says it aims to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. A large part of this "intellectual scenery", the delicate ambience, the delicious meals, the delightful desserts or refreshing drinks, the atmosphere is created by the clientele themselves. They say that all who drop in for a cup of coffee in the morning, for a lunch at noon, for a glass of wine before going to the theater, or for a light dinner after it or perhaps participate in the creation of Central Café as part of its creative audience.
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