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.
Gerbeaud is a world famous pastry shop in the very heart of Budapest, on Vörösmarty square.
The café was founded by Henrik Kugler in 1858 and expanded by its later owner, Emil Gerbeaud. The building was renovated in 1997, make sure to go inside (even if you decide that sitting outside is nicer :)and see the magnificent chandeliers and the cakes of course!
Favorite Dish: All the pastry is good, try Dobos cake (swwet)and Sajtos Pogácsa (salty) as well, and finish it with an ice cream! :)
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.
The Gerbeaud is a typical Viennese style coffeehouse, one of those with the longest tradition in Europe. It is named after Emile Gerbeaud from Geneva who bought it in 1908 and created the most wonderful fancy cakes.
The interior is nostalgic, traditional, elegant. Service was friendly, quick and attentive (unlike reported in guide books). If you're interested in feeling the vibrations of the trams running by then get a table in the room to the right by the window ;-)
Favorite Dish: I ordered the famous Dobos torta and a coffee which came with a glass of water - perfect. Both coffee and fancy cake were delicious. Prices are quite expensive not only for Hungary: the cake was HUF 850 e.g. Please note that the check comes with a service charge of 15% - so no tip is necessary.
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)
I normally will stay away from a place that is "too touristy" or "too known". I like to venture and explore restaurants which are frequented by locals more than anything, but I happen to be in the vicinty and decided to see what this famous landmark restaurant/pastry shop was all about and why all the fan fare.
The ambiance is what makes this place so unique along with their heavenly pastries. I can see why it is so famous. Feels like you’ve stepped back into the “Renaissance” era.
Prices are pretty high, but that is to be expected with a place as famous as this. Its well worth visiting at least once for the experience.
Favorite Dish: The pastries are really heavenly. Luckily I write everything in my journal, so I took a look at my notes and impressions and the name of the piece of cake I enjoyed is called a "Creme"...so yummy!!! And, I had to have my cafe latte to go with this delicious dessert.
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.
Super Posh but remarkably un-snooty coffee house near the British Embassy. The service is formal and you pay for the obvoius quality of what is served but they don't really look down on the " casually dressed " and there's a lot less attitiude than in say Paris. Best in the early evening when the horded of flourescant tourists have gone to take night time photographs of the chain bridge.
Favorite Dish: Hot Chocolate - I don't drink coffee because i ahve enough bad habits.
"Budapesters have never quite gotten over the loss of their pre-WWII cafe culture, when nationally known writers and journalists held court, spending their entire day hunched over a manuscript and coffee cup. Some of the historic cafes remain open to this day, and are well worth a visit - but the guest at the next table is more likely to be a backpacker then a bard" - it's written in guide-book.
And "Gerbeaud" is not only one of these historic cofes, but also one of the largest, most traditional, and most famous café-confectioneries in Europe.
"The café was established by Henrik Kugler in 1858 and expanded by its later owner, Emil Gerbeaud. In 1995, Gerbeaud House came into the ownership of the German businessman Erwin Müller. Lovingly renovated in 1997, "Gerbeaud" shines with the cultured nostalgia of its original days: rich plaster work, magnificent chandeliers, marble tables, lavish fine wood paneling, and brocade wall coverings that characterise the elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere of this home of tradition" - said our guide-book.
Open: 9:00 - 21:00 (daily)
Favorite Dish: "Gerbeaud Cake" - black chocolate, something between sweet and bitter. Execellent! Taste it!
And coffee was execellent, too.
Gerbauds is a famous local place. And before you order coffee, you need to walk past the displays and try to decide what to take with that coffee... It is a bit overrated but much fun to be there and they have an excellent terrass right on the square in the middle of Pest-centre.. Who could ask for more then to sip coffee, watch and be watched..
The quality of Hungarian ice-cream is very good, but the quality of Gerbeaud ice-cream is superb and the variaty of the offer is just spectacular - see the picture. There are some other VTers on the picture who could confirm my statment.
Favorite Dish: Do not miss it when visiting Budapest, regardless is it winter or summer time.
Many people come to Gerbeaud for having a dessert as this patisserie is well-known by everyone. However, few people know that there is a brewery in the cellar section of Gerbeaud House. The time that I discovered, it wasn't publicized much, but I am sure now it has become a popular spot. As you are in the cellar, there is no view to outside. This is not that important when you taste the brewed beer in this pub and eat something to go with it. Lots of appetizers and main courses are available, all in good quality. This is a silent and peaceful place for enjoying beer and food with friends.
Favorite Dish: Long sausage with horseradish
Gerbeaud home-brewed beer
Stop by Gerbeaud Cafe for a pleasant break. Although it is (in Budapest terms) pricey, the cakes are very tasty and the atmosphere is posh.
Favorite Dish: Definitely get one of the cakes. This place is famous for them. If my memory serves me right, they have a nice selection of tea as well.
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.
Desserts: This is my other favorite part in Hungary. The desserts have taste!
They actually have flavor instead of just sugary icing like donuts. You can not compare European desserts to North Americans. You just can not.
Favorite Dish: A few of the desserts you have to try.
#2 gesztenye püré,
#3 Somlói galuska,
#4 Rigó Jancsi,
#5 Dobos Torta,
#6 Gesztenye Kocka.
#7 Nöi szeszély
12 Orosz krémes
13 Francia krémes
14 Stefánia szelet
19 Kakaós tekercs
20 Kürtös kalács
You also have to try Palacsinta. It is a pancake like dessert (crepe). It is thinner and softer though. They roll it up for you with cinnamon or chocolate sirup. Also very popular with cottage cheese mixed with vanilla and raisins. There are a lot of places where you can seat down and have an expresso with dessert, called Cukrászda.