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
    Hungarian pork stew at Gerbeaud Cafe
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    Gerbeaud Cukraszda: You must have Hungarian desserts!

    by janika Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    #1 Krémes,
    #2 gesztenye püré,
    #3 Somlói galuska,
    #4 Rigó Jancsi,
    #5 Dobos Torta,
    #6 Gesztenye Kocka.
    #7 Nöi szeszély
    #8 Isler
    #9 Zserbó
    10 Rolló
    11 Bejgli
    12 Orosz krémes
    13 Francia krémes
    14 Stefánia szelet
    15 Csöröge
    16 Fánk
    17 Rétes
    18 Bukta
    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.

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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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    Gerbeaud Cafe: A great experience

    by pili Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Gerbeaud Cafe

    Stop in at Café Gerbeaud in the heart of Budapest to experience one of the most traditional coffee houses in Europe. The legendary Gerbeaud was established in 1858. We visited Café Gerbeaud after an afternoon of wandering through the shops on Vaci utca. Café Gerbeaud is at the end of this pedestrian mall. Sit down and examine the menu, filled with wonderful pastrie.-

    Hagan una parada en el Cafe Gerbeaud, en el centro de Budapest, una de las cafeterías más famosas del mundo. El legendario Gerbeaud se estableció en 1958. Nosotros llegamos al Café Gerbeaud una tarde, preguntando por la calle peatonal Vaci Utca. Café Gerbeaud está al final de esta calle peatonal. Siéntense y estudien el menú, repleto de maravillosa pastelería.

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    very traditional Coffee house: Don´t forget to take a coffee at Café Gerbeaud

    by chancay Written Jan 7, 2003

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    very stylish, build in the 19th century (1858). This one is probably the most touristy coffee house, but the architecture is amazing. All around downtown Budapest you will find a lot of more coffe houses and restaurants in very special ambiances.

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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: 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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    Gerbaud: Ancient sweet-bar in the very heart of Budapest

    by IngaA Updated Nov 1, 2002

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    One of the oldest sweet-bars in Europe. Founded in the middle of XIXth century, it was owned by Swiss citizen Emil Gerbaud whis name it bears till now.
    Atmosphere is gentle and relaxed, like in the small restaurants about 100 years ago. Last time when we were there, it was the middle of September, the weather was nice and warm and we were sitting directly in the street near the sweet-bar, looking at the people and around and enjoying life.
    Today, Seprtember 25, 2002, I went to walk nearby again and I saw a fashion defile (poor models, it was cold and they were in evening dress). People were just staying in the street and looking. The defile ended by the common last passage accompanied by the wonderful Brams'es "Hungarian dance" which made people appload loudly.

    Favorite Dish: A lot of cakes, sweet, pastries,, impossible to list
    and of course delicious wine :)))

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    Gerbeauld: Our first taste of Budapest

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Sep 27, 2009

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    We had just arrived in Budapest and asked the girl at the desk of our hotel where to go for coffee and cake. She recommended Gerbeauld without hesitation. The atmosphere is very grand and elegant; the cakes were delicious;. the architecture and decor are beautiful. The clientele were a mix of tourists and local people. This coffeehouse is considered one of the great traditional coffee houses in Europe. We paid £11 for 2 pieces of gateaux and 2 cups of coffee, which is expensive for Budapest. But the experience is well worth at least one visit.

    Favorite Dish: The choice of cakes and gateaux is excellent. Take a seat and relax and drink in the atmosphere.

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    Café Gerbeaud: It had better times

    by ozalp Written Mar 11, 2008

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    This place was on my mind before my visit. I was saying to myself that I had to visit some of these old café houses.
    There is a feeling you can experience in old café houses, like you have lived another life and been there in the golden ages. You can easily make up some “new” memories for you to believe. I enjoyed that feeling in Gerbeaud.
    It was our first night in the city. We passed through Vörösmarty and had a boat trip in Danube, returned to the square and had some mulled wine. Then we had some herbal tea in Gerbeaud. I was a little bit drunk because of the beverages and beauty of Danube. This situation helped me a lot about imagining.
    I drank some tea and hot chocolate, if I am right. Their service was good. I wish I could taste some of their pastries, but I was always so full because of the Christmas Fair.
    It also has a restaurant section which I haven’t visited.

    Favorite Dish: Hot beverages

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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: A Classic Hungarian Institution

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 21, 2012

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    Gerbeaud is a place you must try once. Although it is most famous for its pastry, cakes, and coffee, they also run a pub, restaurant, and ice cream stand. Gerbeaud dates from 1858 and is extremely elegant and grand in appearance. Although it can be a bit touristy at times and it's a little more expensive than other places, the cake, food, or coffee will never disappoint. Cakes to be sampled include Dobos, Esterhazy, Sacher, apple, and blueberry poppyseed. The Gerbeaud of course has their own signature cake, the Gerbeaud slice ("zserbo szelet" in Hungarian). The Onyx restaurant serves dishes such as caviar, goose liver, veal tenderloin, poached oysters, blackened goat cheese with walnut praline, and hazelnut raspberry cake. The coffeehouse is so fancy and elegant. The service is also really great. In a way, to experience Gerbeaud is to experience Budapest. :)

    Favorite Dish: My favorite cake is the Dobos... a classic Hungarian cake with chocolate cream and a piece of crunchy caramel on top. To drink, I recommend simple coffee with milk or (on a hot day) the iced coffee with vanilla ice cream.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel
    • Food and Dining

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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: Famous for a good reason

    by Delia_Madalina Updated Nov 6, 2010

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    Often "condemned" for being too touristic, Gerbeaud makes up for it with its history, wonderful interior, delicious cakes and chocolates and great gifts to take to the loved ones.

    It's lively place, with a mixed local-tourist crowd, a bit noisy after 111 but I guess it's the perfect place for an early coffee.

    Under the same roof there's also a restaurant, Onyx, which I didn't visit.

    Some information from the history book:
    The cafe is decorated with rococo plaster work in Louis XV style,; the chandeliers and wall lamps in Maria Theresa style.

    A bit of history:
    The first cafe was opened in Josez nador Square in 1858 by Henrik Kulger, the 3rd descendant of a confectionery family. In 879 it was moved to Vorosmarty Square.

    A delicious Cafe Late was only 3 Euros.
    A tiramisu 6 Euros.

    Favorite Dish: My favorites were the gifts bought: mini cookies for 1490 Forints (aprox. 6 Euro) and Eszter chocolates for 1900 Forints (approximately 8 Euro).

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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: 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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