Hungarian cuisine is arguably one of the most underappreciated and unknown of Europe. Full of gastronomic pleasures, Budapest is a foodie paradise, serving up an amazing assortment of delicacies in its many restaurants, cafes and markets. Got a sweet tooth? Read on for five of the best sweet eats in Budapest and where to find them:
- Somlói Galuska – If you have a thing for sweets, you will love this national dessert. Served in a bowl, the bottom is filled with cubes of sponge cake sprinkled with rum flavoring to moisten them. Vanilla sauce is poured over this, followed by rich thick chocolate sauce. To add a calorie or two, the final topping is whipped cream. Where to find it: Treat yourself to great views of the Opera House across the street while enjoying Somlói Galuska on the sidewalk café area or historic views inside the lovely Cafe Muvesz.
- Flódni – Typically a Jewish dessert, this layered pastry is bound to please a herd of taste buds in one go. Layers are apple, poppy seeds, and walnuts each separated with a delicious layer of pastry. Where to find it: One of the only places to find this delicacy is at Café Noé.
- Rétes – Don’t be fooled by the name; rétes means strudel. If you are serious about strudel, you cannot pass up the strudels that are available on Castle Hill. These are the best in the city. You will want to try the peach and cheese, then the sour cherry, followed by the apple, and that is just for an appetizer. Where to find it: At the ultimate rétes bakery, Rétesvar. It is a bit hidden in a small tunnel connecting two streets, but worth hunting out.
- Hot Chocolate and coffee – Sure you can get both hot chocolate and coffee at a number of places within the city, but if you want 22 varieties of hot chocolate or 15 types of coffee drinks to choose from, there is only one choice. Where to find it: Awaken your mouth at Aztek Choxolat Café. Hot chocolate with hot pepper? Hey, it worked in the movie Chocolat.
- Kűrtőskalács - Also known as stove or chimney cake, a honey bread dough is wrapped around a large cylinder and baked in an oven, sometimes over an open fire. They then sprinkle it with your choice of toppings like cinnamon, powdered sugar, or powered vanilla. Where to find it: It’s on offer at many local festivals and street fairs.