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 city's party center. They serve low-priced traditional Hungarian tortes, pastries, and strudels, including Esterházy, Dobos, and krémes. Sure, Frőhlich is far from the top pastry shops in Budapest, but I enjoy coming here for a throwback as 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.
You'll find one disctinctly Hungarian-Jewish pastry here, the flódni, a layered cake filled with walnuts, poppy seeds, apple, and plum jam. During the Jewish holidays, there are also typical Ashkenazi pastries stacked behind the glass: hamantash for Purim (in March), and sufganiyah, a deep-fried jelly donut, for Hanukkah.
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