The Extraordinary Elegance of Budapest’s New York Cafe

Step inside the New York Café, and you may find yourself wondering if you’ve accidentally entered the Hungarian equivalent to the Sistine Chapel.
Built in Italian Renaissance-style, with sparkling chandeliers dangling from high ceilings adorned by spectacular frescoes, it’s one of the oldest cafes in the city, dating back 125 years.
It looks more like a lavish palace than a place to grab a slice of cake and a coffee.

The line goes all the way down the street on Erzsébet körút, one of Budapest’s main boulevards, on the café’s busiest days, when it welcomes around 2,000 customers.

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