Back in the year 1912, there were over 300 cafés and confectioners in Budapest. Today, there aren't nearly that many, but there are still enough of them: Budapest is still a town of old, atmospheric cafés.
There are many famous old cafés near the tourist sights of Budapest, some of which served as centres of literature in the city, with writers spending the day next to the tables. Quite a few of these cafés are tourist sights themselves.
Traditional Hungarian cuisine has a great selection of sweets: for those visiting Budapest, tasting a Dobos cake or a Somló sponge cake (Somlói galuska) in one of the historical cafés is a must.
The Művész café, located close to the State Opera House, is always full before and after the opera performances. The tasty cakes and coffee are served at marble tables.
Probably the best known Budapest café is the Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty tér; here they serve quite a few Hungarian specialties, such as the traditional the plum pie.
The best quality cakes can be tasted at the Ruszwurm café in the Castle District - the Ruszwurm has opened its doors in 1827, and has been offered excellent Hungarian cakes to locals and visitors ever since.