Budapest’s Legendary Socialist-Realist Confectionery Shop “Jégbüfé” To Down Its Shutters
Tamás Székely 2015.08.26.
After sixty-three years of continuous operation, Budapest’s well-known confectionery shop ‘Jégbüfé’ will close for good and all next Saturday, news portal origo.hu reported. The iconic place located in Budapest’s 5th district was opened in 1952 and it had become a regular a meeting point for generations over the decades of communism. Those, who are feeling nostalgic for Jégbüfé, can still visit the company’s other confectionery shop at Fény street market in Buda, in the 2nd district of the Hungarian capital.
Besides Jégbüfé, all the shops located currently in the famous “Párizsi udvar” building, a 100-year old eclectic residential and office building at the Ferenciek Square, are ready to shut down because hotel-giant Mellow Mood Group acquired the whole establishment last year with the intention of opening a new luxury hotel in the heart of Budapest.
Although it survived the fall of communism and remained a frequently visited coffee house and confectionery shop in the last 25 years, Jégbüfé was rather a controversial place in the eyes of the Hungarians. While many criticized the place because its retro socialist atmosphere, low quality cakes and rather poor service, others thought that it was still integral part of Budapest’s social life, therefore it should have been preserved for the future.