Photo of Szamos Gourmet Palace - Váci utca in Budapest, , HU
Photo of Szamos Gourmet Palace - Váci utca in Budapest, , HU
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Szamos Gourmet Palace - Váci utca

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marzipan • cakes • ice cream • pastry

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  • Photo of Uros P
    5 months ago
    Various choice of cakes and coffee specialties, Various sorts of home made Marzipan,one of the oldest Marzipan manufacturers in Hungary.
  • Photo of razco7480
    5 months ago
    The best marzipan includes the marzipan liqueur and the marzipan ice cream... Amazing cakes Excellent service
  • Photo of Soraya0513
    5 months ago
    This a perfect place to go if you want to make sure about the quality of the dessert and get a tasty coffee . Try the szamos coffe. It is an espresso with vanilla milk. So delicious. We all had a slice of different cakes like caramel,dobos,truffel etc.
  • Photo of travelingman47
    6 months ago
    The desserts were wonderful. Six of us had five different tortes and each was great. The decor is also great. But the service was absolutely abysmal. The waiter brought one of the beverages after being asked three times. He maintained his slovenly behavior when we asked for the bill. He brought it after requested three times. Great food -- despicable service.
  • Photo of madmeg48
    6 months ago
    Our cousin took us here as a fun treat. We had heard it had very good pastries and of that there is no doubt. It is known for its marzipan but it has much more to offer. There were six of us and we ordered 5 different tortes. My dobos Torte was perfect. The burnt caramel on top was crunchy and the cake layers were just the right texture, dryish but not too dry. The filling was creamy and yummy. One of our cousins had a plum dumpling Torte. It was amazing to see. Like an eye looking out at you and it was very good as well. None of had a complaint about the food. But a request for water made three times is too many times. Especially if you have to get up and ask for it. And the same thing happened with the bill. I finally got up and approached the waiter at the counter and very nicely said, you know, we would really like to pay. He acted surprised (after being asked twice earlier?) and came over and took our money. If it weren't for the aggressively indifferent (is that an oxymoron?) service I would have given it all five stars. But as it was, even by Hungarian standards the service was very poor.
  • Photo of Ismayil J
    7 months ago
    ordered coffe and ice cream here. Service was good, it has very classic style interior design, very good looking. Toilet was clean. Only bad thing is not working wifi.
  • Photo of EnglishwomanBp
    7 months ago
    Having been a loyal and enthusiastic regular to various of the Szamos cafes - particularly the one in the Corinthia hotel which was closed a year ago - I am wondering whether to switch my allegiance to a different café. For some time the 15% service charge has been added to the bill automatically, and with the excellent service given, I have never had a problem with this. Today, however, the very professional and friendly waiter informed me that none of this so-called service charge goes to the staff - meaning, of course, that if I wanted the staff to receive anything, I would have to add more to the bill. The prices are anyway not low, by Budapest standards, and I find this totally unacceptable. Visitors assume the 15% on their bill will indeed go to staff and I'm sure would be unwilling to pay the extra knowing it just goes to increase their bill. I think next time (if there is one) I will insist on the 15% being deducted and give a tip in cash direct to the waiter. I encourage others to do the same!
  • Photo of W4614LKgloriar
    7 months ago
    Beautifully decorated and comfortable cafe. Make sure you step inside this lovely place for a coffee or desser break.
  • Photo of jharr1s0n
    8 months ago
    This is a traditional Hungarian coffee house, which also has a chocolate manufacturing kitchen and chocolate shop. There is also outside seating in Vaci street. Service was good with a smile, service was fast and the food was excellent.
  • Photo of szkriszti001
    9 months ago
    Very nice cakes and sweets but the attitude of the staff needs to be changed. Travelling all around the world I still have to say that Hungarians needs to learn a lot about hospitality.
  • Photo of PeacekeeperMB
    9 months ago
    I have had great pastries from Szamos but today I went there and sat outside in their nicely covered cafe. I had ham and eggs with a salad. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the salad was delicious with a nicely roasted pepper included. The American Coffee was spot on as was my wife's black tea. She also had the eggs and loved them. In addition we enjoyed sliced Baguettes with butter and apricot jam. Everything was perfect as was the weather. The staff were extremely helpful and met our every need. We will definitely be back for more next weekend.
  • Photo of Gabriel H
    9 months ago
    Pastry making is a special Hungarian skill, developed during the Austro-Hungarian empire, presumably with Eastern and Western (especially French) influence. Today, however, is a typically Hungarian activity that has nothing to envy from the best patisserie in the world. Szamos is a small chain of traditional coffee houses and pastry shops that dot Budapest. The flagship place is on Vorosmarty ter, bearing the address, Vaci utca 1. It is on the mezzanine of the corner building at Vaci utca and Deak Ferenc utca, so in the heart of central Pest. The classically decorated interior is welcoming and cozy. Lots of wood-paneling, stucco decorations, chandeliers and other light fixtures, as well as a dining area divided into smaller spaces by compartments give the illusion of privacy. The display of pastries, chocolates and their specialty, marzipan, is attractive to the eyes and stimulates your gastric juices. The pastries are light, incredibly delicate and satisfying. Good coffee, tea, chocolate and other beverages complement the experience. You can also have a light lunch and the place is frequently used by locals and visitors as a central meeting place.
  • Photo of Paul S
    9 months ago
    Great pastry & coffee shop, located conveniently at Vörösmarty tér, rivaling the great pastry shops of Europe (including Demel in Vienna). When you want a taste of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, at reasonable prices, without tourist throngs, and where the locals go, this is the place!
  • Photo of Kobby S
    10 months ago
    To be honest, I am not a marzipan fan. Therefore we ordered the Dobosh tort, Sacher tort and strawberry tort. Everything looked like million dollars. Did not taste like it though. Thank heavens for the great capucchino.
  • Photo of Bertenie
    10 months ago
    No discussion - When I am in Budapest there is only one place to go to eat ice cream this is szamos next vorosmaty ter- good and big ice creams - a real pleasure
  • Photo of Zoe L
    10 months ago
    Good place to stop and have a cake and coffee. Reasonable priced considering the surroundings of shops etc. We went evening time for "dessert" and had a slice of cake each (x4) and 2x milkshake and 2x raspberry ginger lemonade. I found this a little pricy at £28 but reasonable looking on hind sight. The only thing I would say is that they charge you 15% service charge which you have to pay and they were quite slow considering there was only 2 other tables to serve at the time we went.
  • Photo of Dillydodo
    10 months ago
    Nice little place, delicious cakes and ice creams, a bit pricey though for where it is. I would recommend it though, just don't indulge to much!!
  • Photo of AleAllAroundTheWorld
    I had an amazing time learning how to make chocolate bon bons here. The teacher was very knowledgeable and let me practice all the steps of the process, to produce my personal filled chocolate bonbons box. A number of pastry and confectionery courses is offered on their site. It can be slightly more difficult to book and find a course in English. They are also very popular among locals and often fully booked for weeks, but it is worth the effort !!!
  • Photo of JaysonHoppe
    a year ago
    I visited Szamos four times now and I have been extremely pleased with the quality and value of the food here for each visit. This is a great place to stop before or after a visit to the Parliament building, Great selection of coffee drinks, sandwiches are very good, and pastries are amazing. There is a chocolate museum on the 2nd floor.
  • Photo of Haleydt G
    a year ago
    Good pastries, chocolates and coffee, but for the husband there's also a refreshing beer. The place combines antique and new wonderfully!

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