Walk around any Budapest neighborhood and before long you'll 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, frankly, who could blame them for it?
At most of the places below you’ll find traditional Hungarian cakes like Dobos and Esterházy torte and krémes, 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 that better convey a sense of place and aren't so thronged.