Gerbeaud

Price guide: Mid-range

Vorosmarty ter 7-8, Budapest, 1051

Price guide: Mid-range

Gerbeaud

By Adrian Phillips, your Budapest expert

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#8 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Budapest
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, Foodies, History, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Gerbeaud

Put some time aside to enjoy a cake at Budapest’s most famous and most popular café.

The refined Gerbeaud has stood here since 1858, and attracts tourists and locals alike. The décor is lavish and luxurious, with marble-topped tables, hanging chandeliers and a broad outdoor terrace where you can watch the goings on of Vörösmarty tér. There isn't a more elegant spot in which to satisfy a sugar craving.

Food and drink: 

You can get light bites, handmade bonbons and ice-creams here, but you’re most likely to be drawn to the vast array of cakes and pastries behind the café’s long glass counter. The quality is of the highest order.

Recommended dishes: 

If you need a steer, consider ordering a Dobos torta (a white sponge with chocolate cream and a caramel topping) or a Gerbeaud layered chocolate cake.

Ambience: 

This is a large and unfailingly busy place - the various rooms inside can seat 300 and the terrace holds another 300, and yet you may have to look hard to find a free table. Gerbeaud plays on its history and conjures the atmosphere of a traditional early-20th-century coffeehouse. Despite the grace of the surroundings, however, there’s nothing stuffy about the ambience.

Service: 

The uniformed waiting staff are polite and proper, although the café’s popularity means that they can get rather stretched.

Location: 

Overlooking Pest’s Vörösmarty tér, the café sits at the very bustling centre of the city.

Price advice: 

Gerbeaud is inevitably one of the priciest of Budapest’s cafés, and if you’re looking for a standard snack for lunch then you’ll find better value elsewhere (a club sandwich is around 3,500 forints). However, the cakes are the Gerbeaud’s raison d’être. Assume you’ll get a good slice for just under 1,000 forints.

More information on Gerbeaud:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Snacks
Address:
Vorosmarty ter 7-8, Budapest, 1051
Telephone:
1 429 9000
Website:
http://www.gerbeaud.hu
Serves:
Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Daily 9am-9pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Gerbeaud? Would you recommended it?