Shopping in Budapest

Let’s go shopping in Budapest !

Shopping malls, flea markets, antique shops, book stores and much more.

Shopping in Budapest is a truly unique experience because there is so much to do and see. The amount of shopping venues that is available in this city has increased significantly over the past few years and shopping lovers like you are now able to enjoy a great Budapest shopping experience.

I have made a selection of several places you might fancy visiting and enjoying buying unique stylish items or simply looking around . Make sure that you do your research before you travel, as you wouldn’t want to miss any of the exciting places to be found in this unique European city.

One of the first things that people look for when they visit Budapest is a place to purchase antiques, with the most common place being one of the city’s great flea markets. Ecseri Flea Market is the largest second hand market in Budapest and one of the best known flea markets in all Europe.

It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The easiest way to get to the Ecseri Flea Market is to take the metro line number 3 to Ecseri út and then bus number 54 to Ecseri Market (Ecseri Piac). It is not a difficult location to get to at all.

Another Great Place to buy unique antiques in Budapest is Falk Milsa utca (street). Here you find shops that sell from jewellery and paintings to furniture as well as any type of antiques. All along the street you will find over 30 shops and a few art galleries. Falk Milsa út is located some steps from the first tram stop after crossing Margaret bridge on the Pest Side.

The Central Market Hall is the largest local market in Budapest. This is a great place to pick up things like fruit, meat, and vegetables, as well as the authentic Hungarian produce. This is a location where visitors can purchase all kind of souvenirs at a much cheaper price than in touristy areas. Also here, at the Central Market you can try real Hungarian food and you can even feel like a local for a while.

Shopping Malls in Budapest

If you are looking for a more traditional form of shopping in Budapest, there is a wide selection of malls to choose from.

Westend City Center is a massive mall located near the Nyugati Railway Station, which makes it easy for anyone to get to. In Westend you find everything in one place, there are lots of shops, restaurants, cinemas, music stores, coffee shops, book stores, shoe shops, banks, money exchange bureaus and a lot more.

Mammut is another of the top places for shopping in Budapest, as this mall has over 300 shops and has two separate wings. This mall is truly something that you will have to see for yourself, as you will enter into a courtyard that is full of life and entertainment.

This is a common place for English speakers to pass their time and definitely a great place for Budapest shopping, so make sure that you check it out if you are in the area. It is located some steps from Moskva Ter Metro stop.

Arena Plaza is now the largest mall in all of Central and Eastern Europe, so it should come as no surprise that it has become one of the most popular locations in the city. While this mall only has 220 shops, most of them like Zara, Peek & Cloppenburg and H &M are larger than in the other malls . This center also features an IMAX, and many other exciting locations.

Andrassy Avenue is an alternative for big spenders. It is a gorgeous boulevard that runs from Deak Ter to The Square of Heroes. Along the way you will find charming buildings dating from the 18th century as well as designer boutiques such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Dior, Guess and Dolce &Gabana among others.

Vaci Street is a pedestrian only street and it features some of the best shopping in the entire country. It has been compared to areas like 5th Avenue in New York because of the amount of high fashion that is available.

While a city like Budapest might not be able to match New York in terms of the number of shops, Vaci Street does have a certain charm that cannot be found anywhere else. Some areas are quite expensive but make sure that you search around for deals because they are definitely available.

In addition, WAMP is a designer and artists market that is a great place to pick up some souvenirs. This happens once a month in Erzséber Ter, so it might be a good plan to make your trip when this is occurring.

If you are looking for English books, there is a great place you might want to visit ,The Treehugger Dan’s bookstore Cafe. This store has a quality wide selection of second-hand English books in the city and you are very likely to find what you are looking for there. It is located at Csengery utca 48, near Oktogon tram stop.

Keep in mind when shopping in Budapest that you will have access to tax breaks if you spend over 200 Euros. Just make sure that you hold onto your receipts and also look for tax-free signs to save even more money. You will need these documents to get the most out of your Budapest shopping, so it is well worth the effort.

Have fun !

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