Sommer Cukrászda (Szív utca)
Sommer is far from the top pastry shop in the city, but if you’re curious to experience an old-school, typical confectionery in Budapest, 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, Rigó Jancsi, flódni, and also less commonly seen treats like a Rákóczi túrós, which is an apricot jam and meringue-topped sweet cottage cheese tart. Prices are wallet friendly—the cakes run less than a couple of euros each.
There are also strudels, savory biscuits like pogácsa, and one of my favorites, sajtos roló, a tube-shaped baked pastry filled with cream cheese. If you go in the winter, try the bejgli, a poppy seed or ground walnut-filled roll popular during Christmas. For the full experience, eat your cake at the outdoor or the upstairs tables.