Fischer Cukrászda

Around since 1973, Fischer is one of the oldest pastry shops in Budapest. Not much has changed inside this tiny standing-only space over the last century, which is part of its charm. Owner Aurél Fischer, now well into his eighties, still mans the counter on most days. As you can imagine, the selections include many of the Hungarian classics, though not all of them are made equally well; local regulars would tell you to go for the fresh and crumbly pies — red currant jelly! — and the ice creams in the summer. For the full experience, also order a shot of espresso with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Once here, use this guide to discover the neighborhood. Note that Fischer is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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