Apart from downtown’s century-old 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 will find some of the classics—Dobos torte, Rákóczi túrós, isler—but they come with small twists and updates (while retaining their chief ingredients). What unites all cakes here is how stunningly pretty they are, to the point that it usually pains me to bite into these artistic concotions.

I recommend that you to try Royal (€3), a layered cake packing an intensely chocolatey flavor, the cheesecake (€3), and Mademoiselle (€3), 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 for satiate any caffeine craving.

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