Budapest, with its nearly 2 million residents, is famous for many things: its public baths, the oldest underground metro of Europe and its vampire legacy, among many others. But did you know it is also becoming a favorite food destination, both nationally and internationally? We visited Budapest and were overwhelmed by the enormous range of interesting, inspiring baked goods concepts. Here’s our selection of Budapest’s best!
The Box Donut: the new donut style
The Box Donut is the proof that innovation can lie in its most simple shape. These people make square what is usually round and that’s the basis for a new concept. The only products the displays show off are square bagels and donuts. Eat your square treat inside or take away a selection of delicacies in a pretty – square – box.
TöLTő: the high-end hotdog
A sausage roll with a gastronomically superior quality. Everything at TöLTő is homemade on the spot, from the roll and the sausage to the garnishes. Take a seat at the counter to eat in-store, or take away your snack in cool, branded, on-the-go packaging.
Butter Brothers: the power of simplicity
This trendy combination of coffee bar and bakery is small and great. The mural that covers the entire wall is a real eye catcher. The atmosphere is relaxed, just like the interior design and the staff. You can enjoy coffee, homemade croissants, bread and a range of sweet products all day long. You order at the counter and you can choose to eat inside or have your order wrapped for later. A concept that’s special because it’s so simple.
Mr. Funk & Ms. Bagel: designer donuts
You really shouldn’t miss this colourful store. At Mr. Funk & Ms. Bagel you can choose from a huge range of bagels and donuts. From the yellow Mr. Minion donut to the Mr. President donut with roasted walnut flakes and sugar-free apricot jam. Or go for a Ms. Tunny tuna bagel or a Ms. Italy bagel filled with Italian delicacies. The high point of the menu are the freak shakes topped with a donut, Oreo or brownie. At the back of the store you can sneak a peek into the kitchen through the window.
Kobe Sausages: in shaped bread
The most striking thing in the Kobe Sausages food trucks and shops is the bread. Small sausages are served with sauce and toppings in multigrain bread cones. A real local finger food treat, an ideal quick on-the-go snack. Besides the cone, Kobe Sausages also introduced the “Kobu”, a square bun shaped to hold three separate sausages. A great example of how the shape of bread can impact food experience.
BITE bakery café: capitalise on classics
A modern bakery-café: open, sleek and stylish design, clear product information on the dishes in the display and friendly staff wearing fun shirts. BITE bakery sticks as closely as possible to the traditional preparation. Wherever possible, additives are avoided. All the bakery products, like the pretzels, rolls and pies are prepared by hand, on the spot behind a street-level window. So walking past a BITE Bakery is simply not an option!
Déryné Bisztró: back to the bakery roots
Déryné started originally as a coffee house with an adjoining bakery where locals could buy a cup of coffee along with their bread and pastries. Nowadays it’s a modern bistro with a completely open kitchen and a French menu. Outside on the patio you can still see Déryné’s roots as a bakery: in the little wooden kiosk on the terrace you can order delicious homemade baked goods to take away.
Pékműhely: baking on-the-spot
The kitchen at this small-scale family bakery is completely open. You can literally watch the artisanal bread being baked in front of your eyes. But at Pékműhely it’s not just the preparation that’s transparent, they don’t keep any secrets about their ingredients either. It’s no coincidence that their slogan is: "To make good bread, you only need high quality flour, water, salt, leaven and a pinch of love".
Inspired by Budapest’s best baked goods concepts? You might also be interested in our article about Berlin’s best trends in baked goods.
Are you interested in how Puratos can support you with your concept, or how we can provide consultancy in creating new or improving existing finished goods concepts? Contact your local Puratos representative and schedule a meeting.
Picture credits: Food Inspiration