Sommer Cukrászda (Szív utca)

Sommer is far from the top pastry shops in Budapest, but if you’re curious to experience a typical old-school confectionery, then head to this decor-deprived neighborhood favorite. The place is located a bit outside the city center but easily reachable by foot. Sommer serves an unusually wide range of dependable classic Hungarian and Jewish-Hungarian pastries, including a Dobos and Esterházy torte, and also less commonly seen treats like a Rákóczi túrós, which is an apricot jam and meringue-topped sweet cottage cheese tart.

There's also strudels, savory biscuits like pogácsa, and sajtos roló, a tube-shaped baked pastry filled with cream cheese. If you go in the winter, try the bejgli, a Christmas roll filled with ground poppy seeds and ground walnuts. Prices are wallet friendly — the cakes run less than a couple of euros each.

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