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An opulent one-time favourite of royalty, this Budapest icon still serves desserts (and now an entire menu) to die for

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Café Gerbeaud

One of the World's Most Famous Coffeehouses

One of Europe's most famous traditional coffeehouses, Gerbeaud was founded in Pest's Vörösmarty Square in 1858, and was a favourite of the Habsburg Empress Elizabeth, queen of Hungary as well as consort of Austria-Hungary emperor Franz Josef I. It was renovated in 1997, but is still awash in luxurious Old World atmosphere - not to mention luxurious sweets (the five-layer chocolate sponge cake known as Dobos torte, so ubiquitous in Budapest, is spectacular here). An ice cream on a summer's day at one of its outdoor tables is a similarly splendid experience (unfortunately not in August, though, as the cafe closes for the month). In addition, there's also now gourmet dining at its bistro and Onyx restaurant. Such is Gerbeaud's fame that it now has an offshoot in Tokyo. Empress Sisi would approve.



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