Gerbeaud House, Budapest

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1052 Budapest, Vorosmarty ter 7. +36 1 429 9000

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    Buying some chocolates
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    Hungarian pork stew at Gerbeaud Cafe
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    Gerbeaud House: MMMM

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    Refinement is the operative word at Café Gerbaud. And sugar, too - this is one café where indulging one's sweet tooth is elevated to an art form. For here you'll find the finest range of pastries in the city. Desserts figured prominently from the outset, as one of the first owners was a Swiss confectioner. In fact, Emile Gerbaud invented the Hungarian specialty known as konyakos meggy, dark chocolate with a cognac-soaked sour cherry in the center. Gerbaud is big and always busy, so try to secure a table in the quieter vaulted section to the right of the long, central pastry counter.

    Favorite Dish: Esterhazy cake.

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    Gerbeaud House: Giant Pretzels with every meal

    by straehle Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Sidewalk Cafe on the Square and the Danube
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    This is an outdoor cafe adjacent to and part of Gerbeaud. We ate a lunch and then a dinner there. The food was good, plenty, and reasonable. The restaurant is right on the square and you can watch the strollers and the sidewalk musicians while you eat.

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    Gerbeaud House: A must-visit cafe

    by tpk2 Written Dec 18, 2006

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    Located at the end of the main shopping street on Vörösmarty Square, Gerberaud is a Budapest institution. Established in 1858, it’s the oldest café in Europe. This 330 seat kávéház is a perfect spot for enjoying a cup of coffee and a piece of cake while chatting or reading a newspaper.

    Gerberaud is open 9-21 every day.

    Favorite Dish: Esterházy and Dobos cakes are among the most famous specialities.

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    Gerbeaud House: Old and fabulous cafe

    by metallemon Written Dec 12, 2006

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    It’s the most known Hungarian café at Vorosmarty ter. And it’s also the oldest café in Budapest. It’s built at 19th century and until today it holds this old style. It offers a great variety of delicious cakes and different kind of coffees. The place is separated to a café and a restaurant. It’s a must-visit place and I’m sure that you are going to be impressed by the interior.

    Favorite Dish: I liked more the cakes because it was delicious and fresh and I also liked the variety of coffees, especially one cold coffee with caramel syrup and cream.

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  • Gerbeaud House: Don't bother

    by vpatui Written Dec 7, 2006

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    We wanted to go to Vershamrty Ter for the festival, so the hotel recommended Gerbeaud House. It's a very old establishemnt. We ate in the formal dining area.

    The dinnig room is very well appointed. Could have been very romantic.

    Although we were the only diners for most of the evening, our waiter was able to make us feel not very welcome. The food was so so, and they tried to pass off old opened wine as acceptable.

    I had the lamb dish which was dry although the sauce was good. My wife had chicken was "not amused". We declined deserts which brought a scowl and the waiter tossed the desert menus down on a nearby table with thump and a disgusted look on his face.

    There was a private party going on in the next room and their rock music intruded into the dining room.

    Given that we were the only diners, you would have thought we would have been waited with civility and attention, but that didn't happen.

    I really could not recommend this restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: The goulash soup was very good.

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    Gerbeaud House: World Famous Cafe-Confectionery ( 2 photos )

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    The legendary Gerbeaud House traces its origins to 1858 and one Henrik Kugler, a member of a dynasty of cavity-inducing confectioners. His business settled on ter Vorosmarty in 1870 and rapidly became a meeting point for the cultured of central Europe. Emil Gerbeaud of Paris was added as a partner in 1883 and created a legend. His baked goods and candy products were beautiful as well as delicious. The interior decor was designed by Henrik Darilek over several years after 1910 using wood, marble, and bronze in an eclectic and very opulent deco style. For many years after Gerbeaud's death in 1989, the cafe languished and was even named Vorosmarty for some years. In 1995 a German businessman, Erwin Muller took ownership and renovated the cafe to its former glory as we see it today. The wooden panelling, marble tables, and chandeliers are stated to be in the past. The cafe not only offers the famous cakes and pastries, chocolates, and candies of the past, but has a formal restaurant and less formal bistro. However, the place to be is the outside tables on the square. We never saw a single person in the fancy restaurant. Interestingly, a wedding service is available.

    Favorite Dish: As Gerbeaud was very near our hotel and adjacent our metro stop we visited several times. Sadly, we found the service staff unfriendly and uninterested. And frankly, we were not exactly blown away by the pastry offerings or the legendary coffee either. Gerbeaud is certainly better than many pastry cafes, but it is not even the best in Budapest (see Ruszworm below). Many of these problems may reflect the state-ownership of Gerbeaud, no longer a private enterprise.

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    Gerbeaud House: Gerbeaud

    by MalenaN Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    In Gerbeaud
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    I thought that Gerbeaud was going to be a touristy caf? as it is mentioned in so many guidebooks as the most famous caf? in Budapest, a caf? which has been a meeting place for the elite in Pest since 1858. But the morning I was there there were only a few other customers there and they spoke Hungarian.

    I only had a hot chocolate, but it was delicious and thick. A hot chocolate is 650 ft (March 2006) and whipped cream costs extra. An extra 12% is added to the bill for service.

    I liked the big rooms, high in ceiling and the big windows towards the square, and the sunlight coming in.

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  • Gerbeaud House: over-rated- go to Zsolnay instead

    by zygan Written Feb 18, 2006

    The interior of Gerbeaud house is very impressive- atmospheric. The pastries and cakes were not up to standard-they were very dry and not moist. It does not live up to the hype or the price. They also charge 12% service charge - something that other coffee houses do not charge.
    nonetheless, it is worthwhile going there just to experience the atmosphere of being in the famous Gerbeaud house- the interior and the sheer size of it.

    Hot chocolate- very good .

    For better cakes and pastries try Zsolnay on Vaci Utca next to Hotel Taverna.
    Try the apricot cheesecake which is actually peach cheesecake and the viennese apple strudel with hot vanilla ontop.

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    Gerbeaud House: Budapest's historic confectionery and more

    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 3, 2005

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    Gerbeaud House is probably THE legendary place for a drink or a meal in Budapest. It was founded in 1848 and has evidently been in operation continuously since then. They claim to have hosted “the cream of Budpest society and every famous person who has visited the city for even a short while” so of course it was mandatory that we visit as well. Don’t want to ruin their reputation.

    The ‘house’ is a huge affair as it includes the Confectionery and Cafe, the Lion’s Fountain Restaurant, the Gerbeaud Pub as well as an area where you can buy mementos and presents or just something for your own sweet tooth later.

    We stopped here twice, once for a mid-morning pastry and coffee break and once for lunch. We were very pleased with both visits.

    Favorite Dish: For our morning snack my wife had ‘Sisi’ coffee which had apricot liquer and cream to accompany her apple strudel and I had regular coffee with a ‘Pogacsa’ which was a nice crackly brioche with cottage cheese. We left nothing on our plates or in our cups.

    For lunch we had very nice tuna sandwiches on delicious toasted whole grain bread and butter. The salad was colorful as well as tasty with greens, tomato, cucumber and chunks of peppers. Of course you can’t go to someplace called a confectionery and not have dessert. My wife went for the ‘Black Forest ice’ which was three kinds of ice cream with cherries, whipped cream and chocolate pirouettes. I had ‘Kugler Migon’ which are a sort of petite fours. Of this meal the only thing we were left with was a smile.

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    Gerbeaud House: An Old World type of place

    by american_tourister Written Jun 3, 2005
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    A very Vienna type of experience. In fact the Gerbeaud was founded during the reign of the Hapsburgs so it has a very "Old World" feel and charm to it.

    You almost think that you could look across the tables and see a man in a top hat and a woman with a hoop skirt. If you did you would not be surprised!

    Favorite Dish: cafe au lait

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    Gerbeaud House: Mouthwatering cakes

    by susiederkins Written May 17, 2005

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    I had expected to feel a bit out of place in the grand cake house. The chandeliers, high ceilings and graceful surroundings made me question my choice to wear jeans and trainers that morning. However, the place is unpretensious, and I felt perfectly at ease among the varied clientele.

    The array of cakes is dazzling, and the hardest part is choosing which one you want to try (of course, you could always come back for another later!) Browse the display first, to see what the cakes look like, as the menu doesn't feature extensive descriptions.

    Grab a coffee to sip with your cake - I'm not a big coffee drinker, but a cappuccino was the perfect accompaniment to my treat.

    Favorite Dish: I only tried one type, but I would gladly rush back for another: Esterhazy torta. It's a many-layered cake with thin layers of some sort of cream. It wasn't too sweet; just delicate and wonderful. I chose it solely because I have a degree in music, and learned all about Haydn and the Esterhazys, and though I don't know if this cake is named for the same family, it tickled me.

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    Gerbeaud House: Irresistible cakes

    by Robert_Hun Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    The spectacular exterior

    Probably the most famous Hungarian cafe and confectioner's.
    Elegant building, classical interior, large scale of Hungarian and international cakes, pastries, creams and coffee.

    Favorite Dish: Somloi (sponge with whipped cream and chocolate) and Dobos cake (chocolate) - both are typical Hungarian.

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  • Gerbeaud House: Beautiful Cafe

    by jenkinra Written Nov 22, 2004

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    The interior is gorgeous, and even though the coffee is nondescript (Julius Meinl, which you could get anywhere), it's well worth coming in just for the decor.

    Pastries and bonbons are artfully made: both beautiful and delicious. You can buy a box to take home, but be forewarned--they just drop the items loose in a box. If you're packing them in luggage or sending them through the mail, they will be banged up beyond recognition by the time they arrive!

    Favorite Dish: All of the cakes are perfectly done.

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  • Gerbeaud House: Gerbeaud

    by grkboiler Written Nov 8, 2004

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    Cafe Gerbeaud

    Gerbeaud is the most famous and also most touristy cafe in Budapest. It has been around since 1870 and has always been a favorite of the city's upper class citizens.

    Desserts are of the finest quality, which means you will also pay the finest price for them. How about a banana split that costs about $8 US?

    You really can't go wrong with any of the desserts, and the coffee is also very good.

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    Cafe Gerbeaud

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    Inside Cafe Gerbeaud

    The Cafe Gerbeaud is probably the most famous cafe in Hungary. Its tradition dates back to 1858, when it was established by Henrik Kugler. The 19th century building is beautifully illuminated at night.
    Inside up to 300 guests can enjoy their coffee and cakes. On sunny days Cafe Gerbeaud has a nice terrace to Vorosmarty ter, which is just perfect for people watching ... :o)

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