Strudel House is located on a tourist-saturated downtown street, but if you’d like to try the best strudels in Budapest there’s no escaping fellow visitors. Few people know that strudels evolved from the Turkish baklava, which was introduced in Hungary when the Ottomans ruled the country in the 16-17th centuries. It was from here that these filled phyllo pastries spread to the rest of Central Europe, most notably Austria, where the apple strudel became a national symbol.
At Strudel House, you can watch throughout the day as a dedicated baker freshly prepares the pastries—using a paper-thin dough—at an open kitchen right before you. My favorites come with sweet cottage cheese flecked with apricot and raspberry. Also unique to Hungary is the savory cabbage strudel, which tastes much better than it sounds. Strudels run €1.5 apiece, and a couple of them make for a perfectly satisfying dessert (you can also take some to go, as many locals do). If Strudel House feels to touristy for you, head over to Strudel Hugó for a more local option.