Sweet & Coffeehouse Walk


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Hungary has one of Europe’s great baking traditions, and is celebrated for its elaborate layer cakes, such as the caramel-topped Dobos torta, which are not only delicious, but hold fascinating stories. And Budapest’s cafés represent a cultural history of the city itself. At the beginning of the 20th century, Budapest was home to more than 600 opulent coffeehouses, which were second-homes to writers and artists. This tour will introduce you to some of the city’s greatest (and grandest) cafés and pastry shops. It will take us through several neighborhoods in central Pest, where we will be thoroughly immersed in two themes that pair well together: Hungarian sweets and traditional coffeehouses. Cafés were hubs of literary and artistic life in 20th century Budapest. They are deeply intertwined with Hungary’s history, and were vital to the city’s artistic and political circles. Though most of them were shut down during Communism, a few remain. The stories behind Hungary’s patisseries are also fascinating, and we’ll talk about the techniques used in the Hungarian pastry kitchen and the flavors and ingredients that show up again and again in many forms. We will discuss the people and stories behind some of Hungary’s most famous sweets and cafés. You’ll see (and taste) examples of how Hungarian desserts are continuing to evolve, while continuing to value the old traditions. In addition to the long-time favorites, we will experience some of the more innovative sweets being made today by talented local chefs and entrepreneurs. We’ll visit elegant cafés where influential literary reviews were edited and where some of Hungary’s greatest contemporary writers labored. We will see a Communist-era ‘presszó-style café’ (more of a social club than a traditional café), as well as a contemporary café for an artisan coffee. By the end of this tour you will have seen some of Budapest’s most beautiful buildings, and tasted some of the best cakes (and coffee) in town.

Availability and Timing

Available daily year-round (with the exception of national holidays, due to venue closings). The small-group Sweet & Coffeehouse Walk is from 3:30pm-6:30pm and is limited to six participants. The tour generally lasts three hours. This tour is also available as a private tour. 
 
Price
 
68 EUR per person for a small-group tour
 
Starting and Ending Point
 
Meeting Point: The Tasting Table (VIII. Bródy Sándor utca 9)
 
Ending point: Varies, but is always somewhere central in the 7th or 5th district
 
 
What is included?
 
• Visits to five or six venues, where you will taste a variety of sweets, coffee (or other 
 
drinks), and sweet Tokaj wine.

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