Daubner Confectionery (Daubner Cukrászda) Budapest: The Yummy Factor

Daubner Confectionery or Daubner Cukrászda in Budapest is unanimously one of the best confectioneries in Hungary, underlining a strong Yummy Factor (is there a Yummy Award already? there should be one). The only drawback is that it’s about 20-30 min from the city center (districts 5 and 6) by public transportation, which is luckily quite frequent. Locals rave about it, while tourists rarely take this off-route track to discover one of the true gems in Budapest. Deeply and heavenly delicious cakes, strudels, pies, confectionery poetry, as well as salty snacks (pogácsa) await the reckless visitor here. Even if you are a dieter, you will find the cake of your choice with low calorie. As Fodor’s travel guide writes: “It’s with good reason that this popular confectioner has lines outside the door each morning. Every pastry here is delicate and light. Even a novice can taste the real butter cream in the famous Eszterhazy torta, which is a truly magnificent cake. Locals say the Sacher torte is every bit as good as it is in the famous Sacher Hotel in Vienna.”

Address: Budapest Szépvölgyi út 50., Budapest, 2nd district (II. ker.) 1025
Phone: 00-36-1-335-2253 or cell 00-36-20-225 05 05
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 09:00 – 19:00
Note: Daubner Confectionery is most of the time full of people, so please calculate with some waiting
Getting here: take bus number 60 at Batthyány tér metro station (red line) and get off at Kolosy tér, alternatively, take the suburban train (HÉV) and get off at Kolosy tér. From Kolosy tér you can walk up the hill (5 min) or take buses 65 or 165 and get off at ‘Ürömi út’ the first stop from Kolosy square. (You can also take bus 29 and get off at Uromi ut, but it’s a tiny bit farther from Daubner Cukrászda than the other two buses). It is really just one stop, so there’s no way you could miss it. Where you see a many people, families gathered that’s Daubner (on the left side)!

See the location of Daubner Cukrászda on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Daubner Cukrászda is relatively close to the Roman amphitheater (Aquincum Museum), the Pálvölgyi Dripstone Cave and the spa luxury hotel, Ramada Plaza Budapest.

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California Coffee Company: an American Coffee House in Budapest

California Coffee Company is an American style and owned café on the Grand Boulevard. If you like American style cafés and don’t mind sitting around with students stuck to their laptops, it might be your choice – also for an alternative breakfast place. Coffees, sandwiches, cakes. Free WiFi for 1.5 hours. Light, bright place, comfy armchairs in a trendy atmosphere. There’s also a shop where you can buy different coffees, syrups, gifts (e.g. traveler’s mugs), etc. Read about the Best Cafes in Budapest.

California Coffee Company Coffee House in Budapest downstairs
Address: Teréz körút 38., Budapest 1066
Phone: 00-36-30-465-2195 or 00-36-1-465-2195
Opening hours: 8 am – 24:00

California Coffee Company Coffee House in Budapest upstairs
Getting here:

  • metro (blue line) Nyugati pu. station or underground (yellow line) Oktogon station
  • streetcars/ trams: number 4 or 6, get off at either Nyugati or Oktogon stop (halfway between the two stops on Grand Boulevard)

See the location of California Coffee Company on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the coffee cup map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that California Coffee Company is very close to the House of Terror museum on Andrassy út and the Muvesz Movie Theater (an artsy film theater), as well as the the Opera House and the Operetta Theater, or the House of Photography.

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Which is the Best Cafe in Budapest?

Although we have tried to collect the very best cafes of Budapest according to different styles and priorities, we would also like to know what you find the best cafe in Budapest – based on your experiences (including architecture, atmosphere, coffees and cakes, service, price, location, and miscellaneous other factors). Besides the comments section (anyone can comment – no need to register), there is a simple quick Budapest cafe poll on Budapest Pebbles (on the right side).

Read more about the Best Restaurants in Budapest or the Best Cafes in Budapest.

Best Cafe in Budapest: Poll on Budapest Pebbles

Photo: my favorite photo of Cafe Ruszwurm (in the Castle District)

Best Cafés in Budapest: Luxury, Popular, Wifi, Classic, etc.

Are you looking for a good cup of coffee, or a fantastic cake in Budapest? Now, that won’t be a problem, as Budapest is full of good cafés, mouth-watering pastries, marzipans, etc.

Cafe Central Budapest

Cafe Central Budapest

You will find high-end coffee houses, mid-range popular cafes, historical cafe and confectioner’s – look at the list and pick the best for your tongue & style. To learn more about the basic info, see the individual articles about each cafe for opening hours, prices, addresses, phone numbers and more: click on the name of the cafe in the title. Or if you want full meal, read about the Best Restaurants in Budapest here.

Some High-end Cafés

Café Gerbeaud: café and restaurant

Cafe Gerbeaud is one of the most elegant historical cafes in Budapest. The café was founded by Henrik Kugler in 1858 in Viennese style during the high times of the of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and expanded by its later owner, Emil Gerbeaud. Sumptuous interior with graceful chandeliers, marble-topped tables, lavish fine wood paneling, gold-plasters and statuettes, etc. It is also a restaurant and a bar. Great place to ‘people watch’. See its location, opening hours, prices, address, phone number and more here on Cafe Gerbeaud.

Café Gerbeaud in Budapest

New York Café: café and restaurant

New York Cafe is in the recently renovated opulent five-star hotel, in the New York Palace, in a busy part of Budapest (easily reached by the red line metro at Blaha tér, or the trams 4 and 6). It is a historical venue where the big names of Hungarian literature and movie making got together and an opulent coffee house and bar – one of the oldest grand cafés of the fin de siecle Budapest. Both smoking and non-smoking parts. For your coffee, I suggest trying the Tiramisu in real Italian style, or just sipping a glass of Tokaj aszú – according to totally unscientific studies it helps to feel the grandeur of the café. :) OK, this is my invention, but it has some truth in it. See its location, opening hours, prices, address, phone number and more here on New York Café.

Café Callas: café and bistro

Café Callas is a hip cafe and restaurant right at the Opera House. From strudels and coffees to sushi or Hungarian dishes, you will find all kinds of dishes and rinks on the menu. Nice interior, big windows, prices towards the higher end.

Some Popular Cafés

Cafe Gerloczy: a place to have an ideal breakfast in downtown Budapest. Cafe Gerloczy is a coffee house and a restaurant at the same time, with fresh, fresh, fresh croissants. See its location, opening hours, prices, address, phone number and more here on Cafe Gerloczy.

Café Centrál has a good central location on Ferenciek tere, and it is also spacious and bright. Insert it in your Váci utca and Central Market Hall shopping program or just a walk along the River Danube on the Pest side of Budapest. See its location, opening hours, prices, address, phone number and more here on Café Centrál.

Café Daubner or Daubner Cukrászda (cukrászda means confectioner’s in Hungarian). Your can read Fodor’s review here. OK, it is not easy to get there by public transportation if you don’t know the city at least a bit. Take a cab if you want to know why people are lining up – regularly. We had our hundreds of snacks called Pogácsa (approx. cheese scone) for our wedding from Daubner. Delicious!

Cafe Szamos

There are several Szamos branded cafes in Budapest (one even in the Zoo), and probably the most conveniently located Szamos kávézó is on the grand boulevard, Erzsébet körút 43-49., within the luxury hotel, Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The Szamos brand is primarily associated with marzipan but the coffee houses & confectioneries serve a wide range of cakes and pastries alongside the marzipan figures. The Szamos business was founded in 1935. Cafe Szamos in the Grand Royal is open from 10 am to 8 pm all week. phone: 00-36-1-413-7968.

Old Grandeur Cafés (Antique Furniture, Old Family Recipes)

Café Ruszwurmis a 2 min walk from the Matthias Church and you should not miss it. Confectioner Ferenc Schwabl started the business in 1827. Great pastries and beautiful Biedermeier interior with remnants of the old confectionery industry, glass cabinets, etc. (officially declared to be protected as the most important confectionery complex in Hungary). There are also various porcelain figures from the sweet past e.g. bishops with sweets under their high cap, with a red flag in their hands and a prayer book under their arms; pretty horses whose neck can be taken off to offer candies from their belly, etc. See its location, opening hours, prices, address, phone number and more here on Café Ruszwurm.

Here’s a photo of the biedermeier cabinet in Cafe Ruszwurm. Looks beautiful, doesn’t it?:

Café Ruszwurm in Budapest

Café Auguszt has three different locations in Budapest. One is next to Astoria square (red line metro) in Kossuth street in a closed courtyard of a 19th century house – the coolness of the courtyard is a true relief in hot summers! See its location on the map. Now, we have to admit that this is our favourite hangout for a cuppa and a cake…

The other is behind one of the most popular shopping mall in Budapest, the Mammoth (Mammut), in Fény utca. Take a seat upstairs. And the third one is next to one of the most reputable cemeteries in Budapest (at Farkasrét) off the city centre. Personally, I am a great fan of Auguszt pastries and salty yummies. Old recipes refined through several Auguszt generations. Their only mistake is the short opening hours (closes at 6 pm!) and the lack of a good website. One more thing, the founder of the Szamos business used to be an apprentice of József Auguszt. See Café Auguszt locations on the Budapest tourist map.

Other admittedly subjective choices

Café Csészényi (Csészényi kávézó) is a lovely little cafe on Krisztina körút with reasonable prices and a special design (a slew of colorful coffee grinders and old Budapest notices, advertisements on the wall). The name means ‘cupful’ and the place is indeed smallish. No internet.

Café Créme: on the left side of Gellert Hotel and Spa bath, there is also a nice little cafe with free wifi, Although the cafe is small, it has also a terrace, great to sit in/ out and have a good café latte. Dark wooden tables and chairs, smallish in size. Good to have a rest before or after a walk on the Gellért Hill, a visit to the quirky and special Cave Church, the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty.

PS: One of the TripAdvisor visitors wrote:

Coffeehouses deserve a special mention. Budapest is the heaven of pastries. Great, beautiful, coffehouses are everywhere, and pastries are excellent and cheap. For 800-900 HUF you can have coffee ot hot chocolate of highest class and pastries that are out of this world. Wow. If you are a serious pastry lover I can recommend staying at the Corinthia Grand Hotel with access to the Executive Lounge. Here, they have miniature pastries of many different kinds, and you can have as many as you like. And truly, these pastries were the best we had in Budapest. I believe that it is the coffehouse next to (or even inside) Corinthia that delivers these pastries, so if you do not live at Corinthia, you might want to try this coffeehouse. There are some old coffeehouses that are often mentioned in guidebooks. Of these, we found Central Kavehaz fantastic in terms of beauty, but less so in terms of the quality of the pastries. Worth going still for the beauty of the place. Cafe New York is equally beautiful, but is now under the ownership of a large hotel chain and is rather expensive, and staff is not very friendly. (emphasis added by me)

Restaurants in Budapest – Best of, Ráday utca and Liszt tér

Restaurants in Budapest will be continually added to our growing Budapest Tourist Map developed by Anna. Read more about the Best Restaurants in Budapest or the Best Cafes in Budapest or just click on the knife and fork map icons to learn more about each restaurant – make the map larger by clicking on the View Larger Map blue link under the map. Today we have added the two major restaurant zones: Liszt Ferenc tér (at Oktogon) and Ráday utca (in the vicinity of the Central Market Hall), and we will continue with stand-alone restaurants that are outstanding for one reason or another.

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Check out the Knife & Fork signs for restaurants (the water waves indicate the fantastic spa baths, while the yellow houses the luxury hotels in Budapest), and don’t hesitate to suggest us your favorite restaurants, or share your rants and raves here in the comment section.