Walk around anywhere in Budapest, and before long you'll stumble into a pastry shop (cukrászda). Hungary's still vibrant pastry culture harkens back to the Austro Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) where people socialized over luscious cakes and rich tortes. And, frankly, who could blame them for it?
At the places below, you’ll find traditional Hungarian cakes like Dobos and Esterházy, but also featured are a couple of new-wave vendors that traffic in updated takes on the classics. Note that the well-known downtown pastry shops, especially Café Gerbeaud and Ruszwurm, are mobbed by tourists throughout day, so I also included neighborhood favorites (Auguszt, Nándori, Sommer) that better convey a sense of place and aren't usually so crowded.