It's overpriced but, still, no visitor to Budapest should fail to include one visit to Gerbeaud's. The café was allowed to continue during the communist period as the nationalised 'Vörösmarty', but was restored to its original splendour in the 1990s. It's main rooms are very fine. But it's a pity one of the café's former curiosities - a grand piano originally intended for the 'Titanic' has disappeared. And management should correct the mistake of having canned music, which is out of keeping with the history and style of the place (note the absence of canned music at e.g. Café Sperl or Bräunerhof in Vienna, or Café Slavia in Prague).
I enjoyed my double espresso and slice of Eszterházy cake which predictably came at whopping prices for Budapest - HUF 1,690 for the coffee and HUF 2,250 for the Eszterházy, plus 18%, the highest I've struck in Budapest, for service. So the total for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake was HUF 4,531, about A$22.
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