Walk around any Budapest neighborhood and chances are you'll soon stumble into a pastry shop (cukrászda in Hungarian). Hungary still has a noticeably vibrant pastry culture that harkens back to the Austro Hungarian Empire, where people socialized over luscious cakes and sweets, and, frankly, who could blame them for it?
At the places below, you’ll find typical Hungarian cakes like Dobos and Esterházy torte and krémes; 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, think Café Gerbeaud and Ruszwurm, are mobbed by tourists throughout day, so I also included neighborhood favorites that better convey a sense of place and aren't so thronged. Below, the best Hungarian pastry shops in Budapest.