Café Society in Budapest

A wonderful combination of rich cakes, pastries and delicacies, lots of hot tea or coffee and a culture that spawned lots of great writers, painters, philosophers and poets, lead to a golden age of high quality cafés and coffee shops spread all over Budapest.

There are small, twee teashops like the Red Lion Tea House and cavernous ultra-grand coffee emporiums like the New York Café, ancient hole-in-the-wall confectionaries like Ruszwurm, just a stone’s throw away from the Matthias Church and attractive pavement cafés like Gerlóczy, and last but not least, no tour of Pest would be complete without a stop at Gerbeaud, the archetypal grand café, with a wonderful terrace on bustling Vörösmarty Square, just great for a little people-watching with your latté.

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