Budapest’s one and only kosher pastry shop is, you guessed it, inside the city's old Jewish Quarter. Frőhlich set up shop in 1953, when more Jewish people lived in the neighborhood and long before it became the party center. Instead of "Jewish cakes," Frőhlich specializes in low-priced, traditional Hungarian tortes, pastries, and strudels, including Esterházy, Dobos, and krémes. Sure, some other places in Budapest make tastier stuff, but I enjoy coming to Frőhlich for the homey ambiance—little has changed inside this family-run operation over the decades. Although now mainly a tourist destination, a shrinking group of local regulars also appear from time to time.
The one disctinctly Hungarian-Jewish pastry is flódni (€2), a delicious layered cake packed with walnuts, poppy seeds, apple, and plum jam. The best time to visit is during the Jewish holidays, particularly Purim (usually in March), when a few typically Ashkenazi filled-pastries are stacked behind the glass, such as hamantash. During Hanukkah, they serve sufganiyahs, round, deep-fried jelly donuts.