Shopping in Budapest


Budapest Shopping

Strictly speaking, Budapest is not a shopping town. There are interesting things to buy, of course, but a weekend in Budapest doesn’t promise the same shopping thrill that, say, a weekend in Istanbul or Paris does. Major European and American retailers have outposts here and show the latest fashions, but prices are generally about the same as anywhere else in Europe and the selections can be limited.

You'll find plenty of expensive boutiques, folk-art and souvenir shops, foreign-language bookstores, and classical-record shops on or around touristy Váci utca, Budapest's famous, upscale pedestrian-only promenade in District V. While a stroll along Váci utca is integral to a Budapest visit, browsing among some of the smaller, less touristy, more typically Hungarian shops in Pest—on the Kis körút (Small Ring Road) and Nagy körút (Great Ring Road)—may prove more interesting and less pricey. Lots of arty boutiques are springing up in the section of District V south of Ferenciek tere and toward the Danube, and around Kálvin tér. Falk Miksa utca, also in District V, running south from Szent István körút, is one of the city's best antiques districts, lined on both sides with atmospheric little shops and galleries.

Shops are generally open until 5 or 6 on weekdays and until 1 on Saturday (only shops in the malls are open on Sunday, for the most part).

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