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atmosphere straight out of an English fairy tale, greets the visitor as they peruse the drinks
crowned with marshmallows, dragées and fruit. Ahoy! knows how to win over hearts
and minds. In the realm of hot chocolate and waffles, you can also choose a
ready-made selection (HUF 1,420-1,790), but perhaps it’s more fun to create your
own version, customising it Scandinavian- or American-style. From the four
bases (sugar-free, dark, white and milk chocolate) you can choose from several
flavours, such as cherry, cinnamon or hazelnut, for which you can also ask for
whipped cream, marshmallows and other toppings, and one eight types of dragées.
This place is also great because you can put together a completely sugar-free, yet gaily decorated, version. However, given it’s winter, you might do well to
stay with the Flavour Bomb (HUF 1,650) of a dark chocolate base, salty-caramel
flavour, whipped cream, caramel sauce and caramel popcorn.
For lovers of hot chocolate with exciting textures,
the Csészényi Café is the land of plenty. There are a total of six versions to
choose from, including plum-cinnamon and marshmallow. We tasted the orange (HUF
900), the highlight being that the texture was not too concentrated but dense
enough to retain the candied pieces of fruit so they did not sink to the bottom.
They make for unexpected taste bombs you can chew on as you fish around for them
in the divine gloop. By the way, there are a fair number of coffees and
alcoholic warmers at Csészényi, not least the delicious yellow bombardino, a
well-known favourite from the ski slopes.
Just a few
steps from the Basilica, Gelarto Rosa doesn’t just shovel out ice cream: each one
forms a blooming rose, even in winter. When it’s chilly, however, you can also
pop in for one of their famous hot chocolates. Mix egg nog, silky dark
chocolate, hard whipped cream and a secret spice (HUF 1,650), and your cold
mood lifts in an instance. An essential accessory for wandering around the
Christmas market alongside.
It wasn’t that long ago that Azték Choxolat! in the
downtown Röser courtyard changed to become the Nothing Cafe but the offer and
the feel of a secluded fairy-tale shop remain the same. You can choose from a
total of 23 hot-chocolate varieties, for which you can make four additional
toppings, and also order your drink with plant-based milk. We went the whole hog
and weren’t disappointed by the matcha hot white chocolate (HUF 1,190). The
bitter, green taste of the matcha was well balanced by the sweetness of the
white chocolate, a hot drink with a creamy, rich taste. Versions made from
black chocolate are also exciting, including chili-, ginger- and rosé-tinged.
For lovers of more traditional flavours, the milk-chocolate versions with
almonds, hazelnuts or even caramel are recommended.
Rengeteg RomKafé is everyone’s favourite: a perfect
spot for a romantic rendezvous, a hot-chocolate sanctuary, an alternative,
teddy-bear reality and a fancy nook for all ages under brewery bar Élesztőház. Chillmaster
Tibor Szabó created a chocolate recipe (HUF 1,150) for the signature drink from
when this operation was the revered Míves in Miskolc, using raspberries from around
the nearby Slovak border, and named it after a pálinka from Prešov. It is made
from 72% Belgian dark chocolate, with a light almond and raspberry flavour,
half a centimetre of Nógrád raspberry pálinka, cold raspberry grains and
whipped cream. It’s highly addictive and a regulars’ favourite.
Twentysix, at simple yet refined gastronomic experience is made really special
by the superfood lattes. The secret of these hot drinks (HUF 990-1,790), their unusual ingredients, different flavours and warming impact, lies in the spices.
One of the most colourful vegan coffees, christened Golden Latte, is fooled with
turmeric, ginger, black pepper and cardamom, with many beneficial effects.
Also in the house is its own novelty, Coffee Tahini, which evokes the taste of
the Middle East and, in addition to the meeting of tahini and espresso, is
made memorable by the combination of cashews and oats. (x)
samovars and pierogi are the main elements here. Hot drinks accentuate the
Russian atmosphere, and you can not only ask for teas, but also alcoholic
warmers, pleasing coffee liqueurs with milk or bitter-sweet almond liqueur. Of
the more traditional versions, the After Eight (HUF 650) features a piece of
chocolate slowly melting in the hot base, enjoyable to mix as it becomes more
and more minty in the small vintage cup.