Budapest

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.

Shops are generally open until 5 or 6 on weekdays and until 1 on Saturday. An unpopular Sunday shopping ban was lifted in April 2016 so most stores are, for now, open on Sunday.

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  • 1. Tisza

    Clothing

    For a uniquely Hungarian souvenir, check out this home-grown shoe company named for a beloved river that flows through eastern Hungary. The...

    For a uniquely Hungarian souvenir, check out this home-grown shoe company named for a beloved river that flows through eastern Hungary. The company is known for its rubber-soled shoes, boots, and sneakers, which were all the rage behind the Iron Curtain in the 1970s. Tisza soles provided the basis for scores of "domestic" shoes then as well, providing workers in Hungary with sturdy and comfortable shoes in which to toil. These days, new groovy designs make the sneakers popular with the hipster crowd.

    District VII, Károly körút 1, Budapest, Budapest, 1075, Hungary
    1-266–3055

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 2. Ajka Kristály

    Ceramics/Glassware

    Hand-cut lead crystal isn't as cheap as it once was in Hungary, but for a uniquely Central European gift, head to this leading Hungarian manufacturer...

    Hand-cut lead crystal isn't as cheap as it once was in Hungary, but for a uniquely Central European gift, head to this leading Hungarian manufacturer for fine crystal. The huge selection of colored glasses—martini to cognac—comes in rich reds and blues, as well as pastel pinks and yellows. All can be packed for a long trip home. There are several outlets around town.

    District V, József Atilla utca 7, Budapest, Budapest, 1053, Hungary
    1-328–0844

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., and 1 pm Sat.
  • 3. Balogh Kesztyű

    Clothing

    This store specializes in handmade and hand-dyed leather gloves made in Hungary. Some of the men's gloves have shearling lining and will keep...

    This store specializes in handmade and hand-dyed leather gloves made in Hungary. Some of the men's gloves have shearling lining and will keep you warm in near-Arctic temperatures. The buttery ladies' models are lined with cashmere or wool. A selection of ladies' hats completes the inventory.

    District V, Haris Köz 2, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-266–1942

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., and Sat. at 1 pm
  • 4. Bestsellers

    St. Stephen's Basilica | Books/Stationery

    The stock at this popular bookshop consists almost entirely of English-language books and periodicals, including Hungarian classics translated...

    The stock at this popular bookshop consists almost entirely of English-language books and periodicals, including Hungarian classics translated into English, popular British and American best-sellers, and newspapers. There's a French-language section as well.

    District V, Október 6 utca 11, Budapest, Budapest, 1051, Hungary
    1-312–1295
  • 5. Budapest Bortársaság

    Castle District | Wine/Spirits

    A good place to start looking for Hungarian wines is in this cellar shop at the base of Castle Hill. There's an excellent selection of Hungarian...

    A good place to start looking for Hungarian wines is in this cellar shop at the base of Castle Hill. There's an excellent selection of Hungarian vintners represented here, and the shop is open all day on Saturday. The knowledgeable staff offers background and guidance on Hungary's wines, like this year's tokaji or kékoporto, and they'll deliver orders of a case or more free of charge anywhere in Budapest. There's a good selection of wine accessories as well, from oak wine racks to high-tech bottle openers.

    District I, Batthyány utca 59, Budapest, Budapest, 1015, Hungary
    1-212–2569

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  • 6. Daubner Cukrászda

    Buda Hills | Food/Candy

    It's with good reason that this popular confectioner has lines outside the door each morning. Every pastry here is delicate and light. Even...

    It's with good reason that this popular confectioner has lines outside the door each morning. Every pastry here is delicate and light. Even a novice can taste the real butter cream in the famous Eszterházy torta, which is a truly magnificent cake. Locals say the Sacher torte is every bit as good as it is in the famous Sacher Hotel in Vienna. It's usually crowded on weekends with families eating ice cream.

    District II, Szépvölgyi út 50, Budapest, Budapest, 1025, Hungary
    1-335–2253
  • 7. Ecseri Piac

    Market

    For true bargains and possibly an adventure, make an early-morning trip to the vast and meandering flea market on the outskirts of the city...

    For true bargains and possibly an adventure, make an early-morning trip to the vast and meandering flea market on the outskirts of the city. A colorful, chaotic market that shoppers have flocked to for decades, it is an arsenal of secondhand goods, where you can find everything from frayed Russian army fatigues to Herend and Zsolnay porcelain vases to antique silver chalices. Goods are sold at permanent tables set up in rows, from trunks of cars parked on the perimeter, and by lone, shady characters clutching just one or two items. As a foreigner, you may be overcharged, so prepare to haggle—it's part of the flea-market experience. Also, watch out for pickpockets. Although the best selection at Ecseri Piac is on Saturday morning, when the market is generally livelier, prices are said to be 10% to 20% higher than on weekdays. Haggle hard. Hours are Monday through Saturday 8–4 and Sunday 9–2.

    District XIX, Nagykőrösi út 156, Budapest, Budapest, 1194, Hungary
    1-348–3200
  • 8. Godot Galéria

    Gellérthegy | Art Galleries

    A well-chosen selection of contemporary Hungarian artists' work is exhibited here. ...

    A well-chosen selection of contemporary Hungarian artists' work is exhibited here.

    Bartók Béla út 11–13, Budapest, Budapest, 1114, Hungary
    1-322–5274

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  • 9. Herend

    Andrássy út | Ceramics/Glassware

    You can get a glimpse of the world-famous Herend porcelain that has graced the tables of royal houses for centuries at one of several branches...

    You can get a glimpse of the world-famous Herend porcelain that has graced the tables of royal houses for centuries at one of several branches in Budapest. Carefully hold a saucer up to the light and see how nearly transparent the finely worked porcelain is. All the brightly hand-painted animal figurines as well as most patterns can be picked up directly or ordered here. Sadly, prices are competitive with prices abroad. The multilingual staff is at the ready with calculators, though, for easy currency conversion.

    District VI, Andrássy út 16, Budapest, Budapest, 1062, Hungary
    1-374–0006

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  • 10. Holló Műhely

    Crafts

    László Holló is a master wood craftsman who has resurrected traditional motifs and styles of earlier centuries and sells beautiful handicrafts...

    László Holló is a master wood craftsman who has resurrected traditional motifs and styles of earlier centuries and sells beautiful handicrafts in his shop not far from Váci utca. You'll find lovely hope chests, chairs, jewelry boxes, candlesticks, and more, all hand-carved and hand-painted with cheery folk motifs—a predominance of birds and flowers in reds, blues, and greens. Check the website for summer hours.

    District V, Vitkovics Mihály utca 12, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-317–8103
  • 11. Játékszerek Anno

    Nyugati Train Station | Toys

    For a look back into the world before video games and action figures, stop in at this tiny store, where fabulous reproductions of antique European...

    For a look back into the world before video games and action figures, stop in at this tiny store, where fabulous reproductions of antique European toys are sold. From simple paper puzzles to lovely stone building blocks to 1940s wind-up metal monkeys on bicycles, these "nostalgia toys" are beautifully simple and exceptionally clever. Even if you're not a collector, it's worth a stop just to browse.

    District VI, Teréz körút 54, Budapest, Budapest, 1066, Hungary
    1-302–6234

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  • 12. Moró Antik

    Nyugati Train Station | Antiques & Collectibles

    If antique weapons are your thing, then check out this esoteric shop, which specializes in 18th-century weaponry. A curious array of militaria...

    If antique weapons are your thing, then check out this esoteric shop, which specializes in 18th-century weaponry. A curious array of militaria and firearms and torture devices will keep even the casual browser interested.

    District V, Falk Miksa utca 13, Budapest, Budapest, 1055, Hungary
    1-311–0814

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and 1 pm Sat.
  • 13. Rózsavölgyi Zeneműbolt

    Music

    This is an old, established music store carrying the best selection of Hungarian composers on CD, as well as a good selection of sheet music...

    This is an old, established music store carrying the best selection of Hungarian composers on CD, as well as a good selection of sheet music. There's a small number of recordings by the best Hungarian classical performers as well, including celebrated pianist Zoltán Kocsis.

    District V, Szervita tér 5, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-318–3500

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  • 14. Szamos Marzipán

    Food/Candy

    Marzipan has always been a favorite in Central Europe, and this well-loved confectioner has turned out marzipan cookies, cakes, and candies...

    Marzipan has always been a favorite in Central Europe, and this well-loved confectioner has turned out marzipan cookies, cakes, and candies since the late 1940s. The store has always been most famous for its edible marzipan roses, but today just as many people come for the ice cream. An interactive map on the Szamos Marzipán website takes you on a city tour of their shops—yum.

    District V, Párizsi utca 3, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-317–3643
  • 15. Varga Design

    Jewelry & Watches

    Award-winning Miklós Varga's flagship store off Váci utca is a big and welcoming one. Expensive gold and platinum necklaces with Tahitian pearls...

    Award-winning Miklós Varga's flagship store off Váci utca is a big and welcoming one. Expensive gold and platinum necklaces with Tahitian pearls are showcased in the front of the store, but don't miss the unusual sterling silver collection in the back. There are some lovely pieces for everyday wear.

    District V, Haris Köz 6, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-318–4089

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  • 16. Vásárcsarnok

    Crafts

    A trip to Budapest wouldn't be complete without a visit to this spectacular grand food hall, a 19th-century iron-frame construction that was...

    A trip to Budapest wouldn't be complete without a visit to this spectacular grand food hall, a 19th-century iron-frame construction that was reopened in the mid-1990s after years of renovation. Pictures on the east wall show the history of this market, when it was Budapest's central location for meat and produce coming in from the countryside. Even during the leanest years of communist shortages, the abundance of food came as a revelation to shoppers from East and West.Like most markets in Hungary, seasonal products prevail: in summer tomatoes and peaches are abundant; in November celeriac and pumpkin. The stalls on the ground floor sell meat and produce as well as prepared food. This is the place to buy Hungarian delicacies such as piquant salamis, robust paprika, and buttery goose or duck liver pâtés. Upstairs is filled with folk-art vendors, souvenir shops, and a few fast-food kiosks. Handmade tablecloths, painted boxes, and traditional embroidery are the best buys among the handcrafts.

    District IX, Vámház körút 1–3, Budapest, Budapest, 1093, Hungary
    1-366–3300

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 17. Vass

    Clothing

    If you are looking for a really luxurious indulgence, why not consider a pair of handmade leather shoes, specifically measured to your feet...

    If you are looking for a really luxurious indulgence, why not consider a pair of handmade leather shoes, specifically measured to your feet? You can choose from a variety of traditional styles, from cordovan to nubuck. Though wildly expensive when compared to the cost of ready-made shoes, prices are still very competitive with bespoke shoes in Europe and the United States. There's a small selection of ready-to-wear shoes available as well. Note that Vass has two store locations in this short street, the bigger, "main" one is near the eastern end, at No. 2.

    District V, Haris Köz 2, Budapest, Budapest, 1052, Hungary
    1-780–7418

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 18. WestEnd City Center

    Nyugati Train Station | Department Store

    Central Europe's largest shopping mall is home to many luxury retailers, including Italian handbag maker Mandarina Duck, Austrian lingerie purveyor...

    Central Europe's largest shopping mall is home to many luxury retailers, including Italian handbag maker Mandarina Duck, Austrian lingerie purveyor Palmer, high-end watchmaker Orex, and fashion-forward but relatively low-priced Mango (in the same league as Zara). There's a good offering of sports apparel here as well, with Nike, Champion, Puma, Adidas, and Quicksilver shops. The mall's roof is thoughtfully landscaped with benches and paths, providing welcome relief from the sometimes teeming floors below. The 14-screen cinema on the top floor is abuzz with activity most nights, with popular restaurants and bars right beside the box office. In addition to the metro, the mall is served by the 4 and 6 trams. It is open daily 8 am to 11 pm.

    District VI, Váci út 1–3, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
    1-238–7777

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