Hungarian desserts are known to be love at first bite for most foodies who have visited one (or all) of the famous local confectioneries. However, did you know that the coolest sweets also have deep running roots in Budapest?
From old-fashioned parlors with traditional flavors to new-wave ice cream shops with modern designs, Budapest has an ice cream bar on almost every corner. But if you are looking for the best ice cream in town, then look no further! Below we’ve collected a list of our favorites to make sure you are served with truly unforgettable frozen treats.
Located near St. Stephan’s Basilica, French vintage style Gelarto Rosa is turning ice cream into art. They don’t scoop, but form colorful ice-cream rose petals onto the cone with the help of a special spatula. They only use the best organic ingredients and offer a line-up for vegan, lactose intolerant, diabetic or diet-conscious customers as well. Although their ice-cream roses are a bit pricey compared to an average Hungarian ice-cream bar, the lines in front of their shop is always long. So, prepare for a unique ice cream experience but also plenty of tourists taking videos and snaps of the beautiful ice cream creations.
Shop location: 3 Szent István Square – near St. Stephen’s Basilica
To order rose cakes and other delicacies visit Gelato Rosa’s website.
Kató néni finomságai
Located in downtown Budapest as well as near the Budapest Zoo, Kató néni finomságai is not exactly an ice-cream bar but more of a pastry shop. The name means something like Aunt Kató’s goodies and the place was inspired by the owner’s childhood memories. It’s best to come here on an empty stomach as the delicacies are hard to resist. Based on the owner’s mother’s traditional recipes, Kató néni’s assortment includes the famous Hungarian food, “lángos”, plenty of pretzels and various chimney cakes (kürtős kalács). To make things even more heavenly, in the winter they stuff the chimney cakes with Belgian chocolate mousse while in the summer the cakes are filled with delicious ice-cream. A local specialty and must try!
Shop locations: 6 Október 6. Street or 11 Állatkerti Avenue
To check out their products online, go to katonenifinomsagai.hu
Fragola is an ice cream franchise with about a dozen shops in Budapest, the most popular ones being at Allee Shopping Mall and in Budapest’s restaurant street, Ráday Street. The unique and continuously renewed creations of Fragola are made in their own workshops from the freshest and healthiest ingredients. They use no additives, no preservatives and no artificial coloring, just pure, natural flavors. They also avoid to freeze their ice creams, so our taste buds can enjoy them to the fullest. Recently, they have added a „Super Fruits” line-up to their already quite special ice-cream assortment. These ice-cream creations are high in complex vitamins and come in intense, exotic flavors such as Acai and Goji berries, Pomegranate and Sea-buckthorn.
Shop locations: 8-10 Október huszonharmadika Street or 1-3 Ráday Street
For further info and more shop locations, check out www.fragolafagylaltozo.hu
When you are walking along Andrássy Avenue on your way to Heroes’ Square or City Park, take a small detour to Szív utca (Heart street) where the Italian born Alberto’s ice cream bar sells some of the best authentic Italian ice-cream in town. You’ll appreciate Dolce Intervallo even more if you enjoy old classics such as a delicious chocolate, a vanilla or a fruity strawberry. Using all-natural ingredients, some say Dolce Intervallo’s ice cream is just like on an Italian beach. Service is usually fast and friendly. Plus, they also sell half a scoop in case you want to try more flavors.
Shop location: Budapest, 26 Szív Street
Sign up on Dolce Italiano’s Facebook page and Alberto will perhaps prepare your favorite next time.
With seven ice cream bars in Budapest and twelve more in the countryside, lavender colored Levendula is one of the biggest and most successful handcrafted ice-cream chains in the country. The owners traveled all the way to Italy to learn the art and craft of ice-cream making and some of their ingredients are imported from Italy. Talking about lavender, there are two flavors which are constant in their very health-conscious assortment. These are lavender lemon and lavender chocolate. Both are excellent and well worth a try.
Shop locations: 14 Erzsébet Square or 21 Szent István Avenue
To see the detailed list of all their shops, go to levendulafagylaltozo.hu
I love Gelato
Located in the 9th district and crafted in a family-run kitchen by two half-Italian brothers, I love Gelato offers a large variety of special flavors from the best ingredients. Their assortment ranges from natural, organic fruits like lemon or mango to some quite unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Have you ever heard of salty pistachio, pumpkin-poppyseed, gorgonzola with pear and chestnut, acacia flowers or sour cherry beer flavored ice-cream? You’ll find them here. Their creations are also inspired by Italian landscapes, for example their Dolce Sicilia is made from Sicilian sweet almonds coated with delicious pistachio paste from the Sicilian lands, raspberry pieces and candied orange. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
Shop location: 40-44 Mester Street
To see their latest creations online, visit I Love Gelato’s Facebook page.
Just a short walk from St. Stephan’s Basilica in downtown Budapest, Espressoul is both a fashionable coffee house and a patisserie serving delicious locally made pastry & cakes as well as premium quality ice cream. Their atmosphere is stylish yet warm and the staff is friendly and helpful. They pay great attention to detail and presentation, so whatever you’re having will not only taste but look fantastic as well. Their ice cream is very natural tasting yet delicious and they offer sugar-free variants as well.
Shop location: 17 Hercegprímás Street
To fall in love with their ice-cream creations before your visit, go to Espressoul’s Facebook page!