Ruszwurm Confectionery

Perched atop the Castle Hill, Ruszwurm is the oldest existing pastry shop in Budapest. Since its 1827 opening, the place has attracted an enviable cast of customers, most notably Empress Sisi (1837-1898), wife of Habsburg Franz Joseph. Ruszwurm was nationalized during the Communist era (1947-1989), but continued to operate as a confectionery.

You’re here for the historic air, the landmark-protected cherry wood paneling and Biedermeider furnishings, and the krémes, a vanilla custard cake to which all others in Budapest pale in comparison. During the colder months, also order a creamy hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Being a historic establishment near the tourist-heavy Matthias Church means Ruszwurm is packed with foreigners at all times, but some locals, mainly senior citizens from the neighborhood, also come here.

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