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.
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.
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.
The uniformed waiting staff are polite and proper, although the café’s popularity means that they can get rather stretched.
Overlooking Pest’s Vörösmarty tér, the café sits at the very bustling centre of the city.
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.
- Families with younger children