EatSweet Budapest

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Budapest I. kerület



Discover with us the oldest patisseries of Budapest and taste the most delicious Hungarian cakes ever! Come to know the history of Hungarian confectionary!

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, several Swiss, Austrian and Italian confectioners settled in Pest-Buda (as Budapest was then called) and in the cities of northern Hungary. 

After gaining independence, their apprentices opened their own, now Hungarian kitchens. Initially, they sold their wares to merchants and caterers. They didn’t usually have their own shop, and especially not one in which guests could sit down and enjoy the desserts they produced, but from the 1820s and 30s confectioneries slowly began to become a popular site for social life in the country’s larger cities.

While coffee houses were usually suited to the tastes and requirements of the menfolk, confectioneries catered to the needs of the female public and conjured up a salon atmosphere. In contrast to the cigar and pipe smoke filled coffee houses, smoking was not allowed here – in the interests of protecting the desserts. Because they were regarded as “comme il faut” (French: as necessary) places, women could visit them alone and young men could meet with their beloved according to the rules of etiquette. They could be absolutely sure of having attracted the vigilant gaze of every single one of the city’s old matrons.

The waitresses were pretty confectionery girls, who stood behind the counter wearing white aprons with their hair carefully combed back. In addition to sweet and salted pastries and ice cream, they also offered tea-time drinks (coffee with whipped cream, cocoa and tea), refreshments (lemonade, raspberry syrup) and even liqueurs (the latter of which were originally prepared by the confectioners themselves, then later by specialised producers and distilleries). Pastries and cakes were also sold to take home, and the more elegant shops packaged these in their own boxes, which they had especially designed by well-known artists.

The shown hereby patisseries preserve the flavours and atmosphere of the early 20th century's Budapest.

By: Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism

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    Ruszwurm Cukrászda

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    Auguszt Cukrászda

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    Gerbeaud Cukrászda

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    Szamos Gourmet Ház

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    Rétes Ház