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    A SELECTION OF SHOPS: ALLSORTS!

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    Tárnok Street is in the Castle district and is the street that leads to the Fisherman's Bastion.
    I am still in the pedestrian area, which is good, as the street is long and narrowish with plenty of old buildings and quaint shops.
    In the Middle Ages, it was a busy trading area for German merchants, today it is busy with tourists! Back then, it was known as Treasurer 's Street, and was lined with houses with painted façades and baroque decorations. Many of these homes had balconies. Now, many have been made into shops that sell religious items, souvenirs, folk costumes and embroidery. Others have been turned into cafés and restaurants for the tourist trade. The Tarnok café at no14, dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries and was restored during 1950s. Check out the shop signs too!

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    SOUVENIR STALLS @ BUDA CASTLE: SOUVENIRS

    by balhannah Written Apr 7, 2014

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    If your looking for a souvenir, then you can buy one from one of the many souvenir stalls at Buda Castle.
    There is a whole row of stalls sellilng many traditional items. I didn't buy any, but I did browse and found they sold different to stalls I had seen earlier. They say it is cheaper to buy from a stall than a souvenir shop.

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    AJKA CRYSTAL: HUNGARIAN CRYSTAL

    by balhannah Written Mar 20, 2014

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    Ajka Crystal is Hungarian crystal. The firm is one of the biggest companies in Central Europe producing unique, handmade pieces of glass art. I only looked in the window as I was interested to see what it was like. There was quite a range of coloured pieces to choose from, including crystal bowls & vases, candle holders, glasses and much more.

    Ajka Crystal also goes under the name of "The Romanov Collection" in the United States.

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    SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN BUDAPEST: STREET STALLS - MARKETS - SHOPS

    by balhannah Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Looking for a souvenir of Budapest or Hungary?

    No need to think you have to buy from a Souvenir shop, as I found I could buy souvenirs from street side stalls. Prices weren't bad, there was plenty to choose from, and I just loved the mugs with cartoon cows!

    In these countries, I have found a good place to buy a genuine souvenir is a store run by an association of Artists. Mester Porta - Street I Corvin Terrace 7 is one of these stores.
    Open 10 -6pm Monday - Friday.

    The Váci walking street is well known and can be quite crowded. Mainly Restaurants, Antique and Souvenir shops in Vaci street.

    Fashion Street (Deák Ferenc utca) and Andrassy street is where you have to be prepared to pay top money for top name brands. (Armani, Louis Vuitton etc.)

    Keep in mind - if you buy something in a souvenir shop, chances are that you will be paying too much!

    There are heaps and heaps of places to choose from in Budapest!

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    Westend: Supermall

    by antistar Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Budapest loves its malls, and the Westend is one of the biggest and most popular of them all, and very central. Located right next to the Nyugati station (Nyugati means West Station - geddit?), it makes the perfect shopping point for anyone located on the Pest side of the city (Mammut is probably your best bet if you are in Buda). It's long and narrow and stretches along several floors, reaching all the way to the back where you'll find a very modern multi-screen cinema complex.

    The Budapest-Eye, a hot air balloon ride, is (or was) supposed to take off from here, but I have never been able to find it.

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    Lehel Market: The Real Budapest Market

    by antistar Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    Although the Great Market Hall in the ninth district is bigger, this is the real big marketplace for locals. Many of the stalls are run by farmers from the countryside around Budapest, who bring in their goods every morning. You'll find lots of traditional Hungarians, with polite and quirky mannerisms. You'll also find some quirky little shops, like the Arabic food store. My Israeli friend, and enthusiastic regular, claims this is run by a Palestinian and his Hungarian wife, and it is full of traditional Arabic foods, some imported directly from the Middle East. You'll find hummus, tahini, feta cheese, mint tea and pita bread by the basketful.

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    Bortarsasag: Hungarian Wine

    by antistar Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    This part of the world is perfect for wine. In fact if you took all of what used to be Hungary, before it was carved up after World War 1, you'd have one of the world's top wine producers. As it is, they're a respectable 14th.

    Most of the wine is grown in the western half of the country, with Eger, the villages around Pecs in the south, and the shores of Lake Balaton being some of the most famous. And then of course there is the Tokaj wine growing region, the most famous of them all... but I'm not a fan of white dessert wines so I know nothing about that.

    Probably my personal favourite at the moment is Bikaver (bull's blood). Legend has it that originally it contained actual bull's blood, and was given to the Hungarian soldiers fighting off the Turks to boost their strength and stamina. Today it is merely a blend of several different grapes that combine into a full bodied wine. There's something about a good Bikaver that keeps me coming back for one more swig...

    It actually has a bit of a bad reputation as a cheap and nasty wine. That's because the first people to "discover" it from the west were the low-rent backpackers who hit East Europe after the Iron Curtain fell. They found the vineyards of Eger a great place to get drunk on the worst, cheapest Bikaver, and took back with them the idea that this wine is just plonk to get drunk on. Today it's regaining its reputation as one of Hungary's finest wines, but the poor reputation means there are some real bargains to be had.

    Central European grapes, especially those found in Germany, do well here, but you also get a good Merlot, Pinot Noir or Cabernet. Hungarian reds to look out for are Kadarka, Portugieser, Kekfrankos and Bikaver.

    What to buy: I get all my wine for Bortarsasag, and it's the most reliable wine store I've found in Budapest. It has stores all over the city, and you can find your way to the nearest one by checking out their English language web page. There you will find addresses and maps - it's easy!

    What to pay: Hungarian wine is relatively cheap, and buying it in Hungary is the cheapest. You can get a drinkable bottle for as little as a couple of euros. But personally I'd recommend spending at least 5 euros, which will get something very palatable. Anything over 10 euros is usually fantastic.

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    Central Market/Nagy Vasarcsarnok: Food, food and more food

    by shrimp56 Written Mar 8, 2013
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    The building is an historic one, renovated in the 1990s. It was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1896. It is the largest market in Budapest and offers combination of food and tourist things to buy. I found the building gorgeous and, as always, enjoyed the variety of foodstuffs available. There are small cafes and restaurants inside. The food is on the ground floor, the souvenir stands aer on the balcony.

    So it is a combination of shopping and "things to do."

    What to buy: This is heaven if you are staying in an apartment and wish to cook.

    What to pay: Wandering around is free. But there are plenty of temptations!

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    Campona: the riverside mall

    by katalin Written Jan 8, 2013
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    Today, everyone is Campona Nagytétény shopping center to name but few are familiar with the story, which dates back to the Roman era. The city is named after the leader is likely to Tétény.

    Hensel Aquincum next to a small Roman settlement was fortified with the Campona Castellummal lying on the Danube limes, ie military and border defense line functioned as an integral unit. The ancient line of defense was that one of the weakest stations, where most break-ins and arson occurred, the archaeologists have found traces of which are also found in the XXII. district.

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    shopping in Budapest: shopping in Budapest

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012
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    Lots of souvenir stores are located at Vaci utca which is the most commercial street anyway. We bought some magnets at Gellert Hill near the citadel, but you can find more tourist traps at Castle Hill or everywhere near touristic spots. Ceramics, painted eggs, paprika of course, not only the real one but plastic in every shape and style (there’s even a paprika vodka!), some local wines (most of them seemed great in low price scale, maybe we were lucky), palinka (traditional brandy), salami and sausage are also famous we didn’t buy just tried at the market

    The largest flea market is Esceri (at Nagykorosi ut 156)open daily 8.00-16.00 (a bit earlier in weekends)
    During Christmas don’t miss the popular market of Vorosmarty square full of wooden stalls and lights (typical central Europe)

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    Vorosmarty Square and Vaci Street Fairs: Christmas Fair

    by danbp Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    Street vendor on the Central Christmas Fair

    The Christmas Fair is traditionally held on Vorosmarty ter, in the heart of the Inner City (Downtown). Snow, special lights, Christmas ornaments and the taste of hot wine and 'kolbász' (~sausage) ensure the special atmosphere of the Christmas Fair.

    What to buy: Buy any of the so-called 'Hungarikum' products. Paprika, csipke, Unicum, wine, other souvenirs... anything you find interesting at the fair!

    What to pay: The fair takes place in the middle of the major tourist area of the city, therefore souvenirs are more expensive than in other Christmas fairs in Budapest (e.g. in Budapest Arena at Nepstadion metro station).

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    Souvenirs

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    souvenier stands

    There are number of stands along the bank of Danube, especially in front of Vigado, offering some pretty interesting local craft souveniers. If one is good in burgaining wont spend too much money here in bying souveniers for family and friends. The major problem could be language barier because this guys here dont speak much other languages besides Hungarian.

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    GOKER sport - free time: GOKER sport - free time, Global brand in one place

    by katalin Updated Dec 4, 2011
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    The shop is located at the underpass level colorful, youthful with rich supply of goods. The staff is friendly and helpful.

    What to buy: Sportswear, women's athletic clothing, menswear, street clothes, sport shoes, skate shoes, bags, backpacks, children's outerwear and shoes, wallets, finger board, fingerbike, track items, skateboards and accessories, sunglasses and accessories,

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    Corvin Shopping Centre: The Corvin walkway

    by katalin Written Nov 28, 2011

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    My favourite streets located in Pest side from the new Corvin Shopping Centre to Petõfi Bridge. The shopping centre is in hart of 8. district of Budapest. The past and the present merge in this area.

    What to buy: everything

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    Budapest Christmas Market: November and December

    by grayfo Written Nov 12, 2011

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    Budapest has a gorgeous Central Europe feel at Christmas, The most popular Christmas markets is the one of Vörösmarty Square. There’s cake-making, along with full size nativity scenes in the wooden stalls lining the streets.

    Annually, usually from around third week in November to end of December.
    Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Admission: Free

    November 2011

    What to buy: Over 100 wooden chalets with plenty of crafts on offer, from wooden toys and candles to iron and glass ornaments. Don’t forget to try the warm sausages.

    What to pay: Various

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