Shopping in Budapest, Hungary
Buying opportunities are spread throughout the capital of Hungary, however most establishments are located in Pest. According to information, it was from the 90s that the volume of stores began to increase, both on the streets and in shopping malls. They are options for all tastes, clothes, shoes, accessories, souvenirs and much more. Visit digopaul.com for map of Budapest, Hungary.
Stores located in the city’s shopping streets – such as those on Rua Váci, for example – usually open from 9 am / 10 am until 6 pm on weekdays and until 1 pm on Saturdays. Shopping centers, on the other hand, tend to have more flexible opening hours.
Those who prefer something more alternative, different from the street shops and malls, can opt for the markets in Budapest, among them the Central Market, where you can not only find various types of products － highlighting the souvenirs － but also Hungarian food from quality. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Budapest, Hungary.
Souvenirs from Hungary
If you are the type of tourist who loves to take something from the trip home, you will like to know that in Budapest there are several types of cool souvenirs. Food lovers can buy powdered paprika, red pepper paste (which makes everything tastier!) And wines like Tokaji (pronounced “tocai”), a drink that, according to Louis XIV, is “the king of wines, the wine of kings ”. In addition, there you will find beautiful porcelain and lots of folk art. See countryaah.com for more information about Budapest, Hungary.
To get a VAT refund when leaving Hungary, just choose stores that have the Tax Free sticker in the window. When making the purchase, you need to mention to the attendant that you are a tourist and that you would like a refund.
Alexandra Könyváruház (Bookstore and Café)
Downstairs, a beautiful bookshop. Above, a super charming cafe, decorated with luxurious chandeliers and a ceiling painted with frescoes, a work of art preserved until today, by the renowned artist Károly Lotz. The building where the café-bookstore is located dates from 1882 and is all in neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau style.
In addition to being beautiful and exuberant, Café da Livaria Alexandra has a delicious menu; you will find a wide variety of coffees, juices, sandwiches, savory dishes and also irresistible breakfast and pie options.
Andrássy út 39., Budapest – CEP: 1061
Telephone: +36 1 484 8000
Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)
The famous avenue is considered by many to be the Champs-Élysées of the capital of Hungary. A UNESCO heritage site, Andrássy is full of attractions throughout its extension, in addition to stores of world-famous brands and, of course, a lot of movement.
You can start your walk in front of the beautiful building of the Budapest Opera, at number 22, passing by the traditional café Muvesz, opened in 1898. At number 69 of the avenue, you will find the Marionettes Theater (Bábszínház ), with a series of shows on display for children and adults.
In the vicinity, there is also the Casa do Terror (we speak of it here) and at the end of the avenue, almost reaching Praça dos Heróis (see more here), you will find a neighborhood with beautiful houses and embassies, ideal for a walk.
Those who like to find various entertainment options in one location will enjoy the Gozsdu Udvar, an area of the Jewish quarter very popular with locals, full of internal courtyards that house restaurants, bars and pubs, connecting Király and Dob streets.
In addition, on Sundays, from March to October, an open-air fair, called Gozsdu Bazaar (GOUBA), is held on site. There, you will find a bit of everything, jewelry, accessories, antiques… In addition, there are also presentations by local musicians and artists.
Entrance to the day fair is free.
Király u. 13., Budapest – CEP: 1075
Budapest Central Market (Vásárcsarnok)
If you like to visit markets when you are outside of Brazil, you cannot miss the chance to visit the Central Market (Vásárcsarnok) when you go to Budapest. Housed in a beautiful 1896 building, the market is an excellent place to sample some local cuisine and buy ingredients and souvenirs from the country.
On the second floor of the building, for example, there are stalls selling delicious dishes at prices that can fit in your pocket. Just place the order at the counter and pay. The only problem, however, is the limited amount of tables and chairs, especially if the intention is to sit and relax.
MD’s tip: if you are staying in a seasonal apartment and want to cook, you can stop by the market to stock your fridge with vegetables, fruits and meats of various types. Everything very fresh!
Vámház krt. 1., Budapest – CEP: 1093
Telephone: +36 1 366 3300
Hours: Mon: 6: 00–17: 00 Tue – Fri: 6: 00–18: 00 Sat: 6: 00–15: 00
If you like shopping, Váci Street is a must-see in Budapest. On the site, there are several stores, among them are famous brands such as Zara and Desigual. In addition, of course, bars and cafés, where you can replenish your energy.
Tip from the MD: those who do not intend to buy anything can take the opportunity to explore the area on foot. The architecture of the buildings is very beautiful.