Coffee Houses in Budapest – a Winter’s Tale
Von Michaela Preiner
There is a lot to see and especially in winter, when you can’t sit outside, you like to interrupt your city explorations with a hot drink and a pastry in one of the numerous coffee houses. But if you go to Starbucks in Budapest, it’s your own fault. Because, comparable to Vienna, there is a large selection of really nice locations with a fascinating patisserie offer. And some of the premises are truly breathtaking.
Our top recommendation: The Coffee Müvész
The poppy-seed cake was moist, with wonderful fine layers of tart jam, and the caramel cake not powerful at all due to the fluffy caramel cream. If we hadn’t also had dinner planned, we would have each treated ourselves to another tart.
The “Book Café” – a “must see” in Budapest
In addition to the traditional range of cakes, a display case with snacks also beckons. Both the Dobos and Esterhazy cakes we consumed were good, but they still lacked that tiny little something that makes these cakes so irresistible. However, with the hot drinks – such as a whole range of flavoured coffees – the coffee picked up plus points with us again. But honestly: We would go again just because of the wonderful hall. The staff – young and dynamic – were courteous, quick and attentive. In summer, the roof terrace is also open. Surely a great alternative, because from there you are supposed to have a wonderful view of the city. The large numbers of mobile phones, with photo functions, held out in every conceivable direction, made it clear that at least half of the guests were tourists.
The “New York” coffee – you can’t get more ostentatious than this in a coffee house
As in the “Book Café”, a pianist provides background music. But always in such a way that you can easily have a good conversation on the side. During our late visit – it was already after 10 p.m. – we heard the waiters serving us exclusively in English. An indication of purely international guests who did not want to miss out on this surround-sound experience. The Internet page of Cafe New York is called “the most beautiful café in the world”. And what must not be forgotten: it is probably the only coffee in Budapest that is open until midnight every day. So it’s a great place to end the evening after a visit to the opera or a concert.
The classic in Budapest: The Gerbeaud
The delicious coconut hot chocolate was spiked with coconut shavings. Locals picked up patisserie to take home from the counter, but in the rooms themselves we didn’t hear a Hungarian word at any table. The waitress was very courteous and polite and spoke fluent English. Conclusion: What we consumed was very good – except for the coffee, which tasted sour without milk. However, we would have liked a wider selection.
The coffee houses in Budapest, at least the ones described here, are worth a trip to this beautiful city on their own. What else we discovered there in terms of gastronomy, we will report on shortly!
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