Shopping in Budapest can be very convenient. It is possible to buy all the most typical Hungarian products, which are called “hungarikum”: among these items, there are the famous porcelains Herendi or Zsolnay, as well as some food and wine, such as the wine Tokaj, the Hungarian salami from Szeged, the Hungarian paprika, and rum chocolate.
During your visit to Budapest do not miss the opportunity to visit its typical pastry shops and taste some of the delicious local sweets such as Rigo Jancsi, a chocolate sponge cake named after the gipsy violinist player Rigo Jancsi, as well as the Dobos, the famous cake layered with chocolate created by Jozsef Dobos.
Small shops are mostly located in the streets of downtown Pest, while big malls, such as Arena Plaza – which is the biggest mall of Hungary – are located in the outskirt of Budapest.
Vaci utca, which connects Vorosmarty Square to Fdvam ter Square and the small streets of the center of Budapest, is full of small boutiques and shops selling the most typical Hungarian products. That is why Vaci utca can be considered the shopping street of the Hungarian capital city.
The street is full of shops, local artisan shops, and some of the biggest international brands; it is impossible to go there at least once during your trip to Budapest! Here are some of the most interesting shops that are worth a stop:
The Central Market Hall opened its doors in 1987, framed into a wrought iron building. This beautiful architectonical monument today hosts the largest market of Budapest. Among the market stalls it is possible to purchase beautiful Budapest souvenirs and some typical products from Hungary and the Carpathian Basin, as well as taste some local delicatessens.
The Central Market Hall is located in the IX district, in Vamhaz kdrut 1-3, near the Fdvam ter metro stop, as well as the tram stops n.47 and 49, which pass also through Kalvin Ter.
More over, in Budapest there are two flea markets, the Ecser market, in the outskirt of Budapest, and the Petofi csarnok market, which takes place at the City Park every weekend.
The bookstores district is located in the center of Budapest, near the National Museum. Here you will find numerous old and modern bookstores selling books, manuscripts, and printings in Hungarian and other languages. Do not miss a visit to the following bookstores:
Since Budapest became a modern capitalist city numerous shopping malls were opened in its suburbs, such as the Arena Plaza, the largest mall in Hungary.