Do you feel that downtown’s historic pastry shops like Cafe Gerbeaud offer a slightly engineered experience? Would you prefer to go someplace that locals also frequent? Nándori Cukrászda is here to help. This wildly popular neighborhood pastry shop, which is easily reachable from downtown by foot, has been going strong since 1957. You'll find here classic Hungarian cakes, tarts, savory biscuits, marzipan figurines, and more. During the summer, there's also ice cream.
Nándori's pastries are remarkably consistent, and just a notch below those at Budapest's celebrated pastry hot spots like Gerbeaud. Most recently, I’ve had an excellent Rákóczi túrós here (€1.5), and an unexpected find was the light and tasty képviselő fánk (€1.5), a profiterole-like cream puff with vanilla custard and whipped cream. On Saturdays, it’s not unusual that a line stretches outside the premises (pick a number before you get in line). Almost across the street from here is Jedermann Café, a local’s favorite bar that’s also worth a visit.