In addition to downtown’s pastry shops that offer traditional Hungarian pastries and a travel back in time, there's an increasing number of new-wave confectioneries across Budapest. One of the pioneers is Desszert.Neked, ocuppying a spacious, distinctly modern space on a quite backstreet near downtown. Here too, you'll find many of the classics—Dobos torte, Rákóczi túrós, isler—but they feature small twists and updates while retaining their chief ingredients. All of the cakes are so beautifully crafted that it pained me to bite into these artistic concoctions.

I recommend that you to try Royal (€3), a layered cake packing an intensely chocolatey flavor, the cheesecake, and Mademoiselle, which is a white-chocolate mousse laced with raspberry jam. Behind the glass display is Desszert.Neked's see-through bakery, where you can observe half a dozen bakers scurry around, forming and kneading dough, and putting on the frosting.

Note that the place also serves macaroons and chocolate pralines, and there’s a sleek Astoria espresso machine to satiate any caffeine craving.

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