Nagy Vasarcsarnok: Old Market Hall
This place has everything you want in souveneers, foodwise and other, tshirts, Hungarian Miracle Creme, and a couple of nice places to have a meal or a beer while you wait for other shoppers to get through! Papreeka and other spices are cheaper here than anywhere else I saw, including the CBA store. Also they had papreeka in plastic bags that would work better for packing in the suitcase than those cans.
What to buy: Gifts, food, papreeka, wine
What to pay: below average
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CBA groceries: Cheapest goodies--paprika, wine
CBA grocery stores are around town, this one at the top of Capitol Hill or Buda Hill, where I got paprika for less than the shops and a refreshing coke light---they had all sorts of womens things plus food, drink and fresh bread.
What to buy: paprika
What to pay: Less than $5
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- Historical Travel
Rozsavolgyi Csokolade ; Barbar cafe & Tea house: The best Chocolate shop in Europe + a cafe
I have just been in Budapest.It wasn`t my first time.I know the city quite well by now.
I`ve found 2 places in the heart of the city I would recommend to anyone..
One of them is a very cute chocolate shop.Well,after I tasted their bonbons..I have to say it was the best I ever had.It was 100 times better than Thorntons .The rare spice combinations and the quality chocolate they use...It's just melting and melting in your mouth.The owner really knows how to use her wichcraft to make these little beauties... so delicious.
and the map :
Keep in mind they have lunch brake at 11:30-12:00.
The other place is a tea-cafe house..just off Vaci street.
They have a good selections of special coffees (try the:CHILI-ESPRESSO,SZICILIAI ESPRESSO(Sicily)).Hot chocolates ,try the: TIRAMISUS CSOKI.And from the huge tea selection..try the:JAMAIKAI RUM ,the BORA- BORA or the ÁFONYÁS MUFFIN(with blueberry).
The owners are very friendly,and the prices are not like in Caffe Nero. :))
Ah..and they also have mini cakes and home made sandwiches.Yummy
What to buy: The chocolate shop has lovely giftboxes filled with bonbons etc.
And you might be able to buy teas etc. in the other shop.
What to pay: The chocolate shop is not the cheepest in Budapest,but well worth it.
The cafe-tea house is much cheaper than in UK.
West End City Centre
Situated close to the city's Western railway station (Nyugati pu.) the West End City Centre is Central Europe's largest (and arguably most impressive) shopping mall. Developed by Canada's TrizecHahn corporation, the award winning architecture is both futuristic and imposing, with a wonderfully angular facade that's straight out of Logan's Run. With over 400 shops, there were legitimate worries over the effect that the Centre’s opening will have upon small businesses in the district. That said, the West End City Centre aptly demonstrates the pace and grand scale of new developments in the city. Incorporating the Hilton West End Hotel and a pleasant roof garden, it's certainly a near perfect model for similar large-scale developments in the future. Budapest is thinking big. And let's face it, none come bigger (or better) than the West End Centre
Vaci Utca: Shopping
Found on the Pest side of the river, it’s the nicest place to wander along It's a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, and interesting facades along both sides. It's a great place for people-watching, too. Has over 50 shops. There’s a H&M Store.
Opening hrs is from 10am to 7pm
Exclusive shops with hefty prices. Lots of bookshops and cafes.
WestEnd City Center is located in the heart of the downtown, at one of the busiest junction of traffic and public transportation. Neighboring the Nyugati Pályaudvar [Western Railway Station], WestEnd City Center is bordered by Nyugati tér [Western square] and Lehel tér [Lehel square], thus it can be easily reached from any district of Budapest
Arena Plaza Mall: Hungary's biggest shopping centre
With some 180 000 sqm of built-up area, Arena Plaza Mall provides excellent opportunities for shoppers. A 10 000 sqm hypermarket, an electronics store and a grand scale fashion department store can be found on the ground and the first floor malls.
There is a food court on the ground floor, it provides place for nearly thirty restaurants, cafe and cake shop.
Entertainment facilities are located on the second floor including a 22-screen IMAX cinema, which offers a three-dimensional viewing experience.
Customer parking are on two basement levels, for some 2800 cars. To the front of the development, an extensive green park has been created.
What to buy: TECHNICAL ARTICLE: Electro World, Apple, Panasonic,... CLOCK JEWEL: Bijou Brigitte, Karát 2000, Orex, ... SPORT AND LEISUREWEAR: Master’s Sport, Hervis, Playersroom... INTERIOR FURNISHING: BoConcept, Stile Interior... BOOK, NEWSPAPER, TOBACCO: Alexandra, Libri, Cigar Tower, Relay... SERVICE: Banks, pools-punter, travel... TELECOMMUNICATION: Pannon GSM, T-Mobile, Vodafone... FOOD: Tesco, Tchibo, Fornetti... SHOE, LEATHER, BAG: Salamander, J.LO, Bata, La Scarpa... FASHION: Peek & Cloppenburg, H&M, Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, C&A... PHOTO, OPTICS: World of Vision, Oliver Optika, Photo Hall... PERFUME, BEAUTY TREATMENT: Clinique, Estée Lauder, MBT Pont, Fitness Shop... GAME, GIFT, FLOWER: Happy Box, Game island, Ambiente, Baba Moon
What to pay: A lot of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Vaci utca: Main Shopping Street
Vaci utca is the main shopping street on the Pest side of Budapest. It's a pedestrian street lined with Euro fashion shops, cafes, restaurants and tourist souvenir shops. This is where you will find your typical over priced tourist type of kitsch. It's a great street for taking a stroll and people watching.
Lots of Local Crafts and Food: Markethall
ON the outside the roof and whole structure is quite ornate and looks as grand as some of the churches. There are two levels .Upstairs is the local crafts, souvenirs and clothing, downstairs is food, here you can buy paprika , hot or sweet ( hot is very hot) and wonderful bread and salami. There is lots of local dishes here to try and the prices are low . I would go easy though as the food is very heavy. It took me a whole day to settle my stomach after a large plate of cabbage rolls!!
- Women's Travel
Westend shopping center: Shop till you drop
Modern shopping center next to the Central station on the Pest side. Several levels of international boutiques and some fast food restaurants. Also a great place to do people spotting.
What to buy: Everything you like. Do not forget to ask for a tax refund if you buy goods for more than 44.001 florints in one day in one shop. You can get up to 15% in refund.
What to pay: Prices on imported goods are more or less like in western europe.
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Paprika: Famous cuisine spice
One of the most famous spices in the Hungarian cuisine is Paprika a spicy hot pepper (can be also sweet).
The Paprika was brought by the turks in the 16th-17th century.
You will find paprika in any touristic area , in the central market hall stands.
What to buy: There are 3 ways to get your paprika :
1. A big packet.
2. A paste (comes in bottles or tubes).
What to pay: * A paprika packet cost me 600 Forint on the central market hall
* A paprika powder cost me 200 forint on Tesco
* A paprika paste cost me 300 forint on ABC store
- Food and Dining
Unicum: The bitter sweet
As a bitter Drinks lover i wanted to drink the bitter herbal drink called UNICUM.
This is a herbal digestif made of more than 40 herbs by a company called Zwack.
What to buy: Unicum
What to pay: on a touristic shop you can pay more than 5000 forint for 0.7 liter , on the duty free i saw a 1 liter bottle for 14 Euro and on the big places like CBA / Tesco it is less than 4000 forint.
- Food and Dining
Fashion Street: Luxurious shopping
If you are interested in Luxurious shopping , buying brand name products - shoes and clothes , this is the street for you.
Located in the center of town , on Deak Ferenc utca (close to the central metro station).
Some of the stores you will find here are Hugo Boss , United colors of beneton , Lacoste and more.
- Luxury Travel
Market Hall: largest indoor market in Budapest
The market hall is very beautiful outside and lovely inside also , a lot of vendors , cheap food , locals buying fruits or vegetables.
The market is located very close to Vaci Utca , and also to Kelvin square.
You will find here meat , vegetables , fruits and also things like Paprika or wines.
What to buy: good food , Paprika cost me 600 Forint
Vaci Utca: The famous shopping street
The is a very famous street with many stores and also restaurants , a lot fo tourists , a lot of locals.
You will find a lot of tourist stores with gifts - postcards , flags , glasses , shirts and of course clothes , shoes and more.
In the end of the street you will find the covered market.
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