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.
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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!!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
West End City Center: Biggets mall in Hungary
West End city center is a HUGE mall , the biggest in Hungary with 3 floors and many stores and restaurants.
There are a lot of sofas to sit here if you are tired.
The mall is located a few minutes walking from Nyugati train station so it is very easy to get here by metro.
Arena Plaza: shopping mall
Arena Plaza is a big shopping mall with a lot of stores and restaurants.
The Arena Plaza mall is one of the biggest malls in Europe with many nice stores like C&A , Zara , Tesco and many more.
There is also an IMAX cinema here.
Great Market Hall: Sightseeing and shopping
Great Market Hall was started 1894, it was designed by Samu Petz but In 1896 just a few days before completion a fire destroyed most of the roof of the Great Market. The roof was repaired and the market was opened on March 1897 along with four other market built in different parts of the city.
When my wife and I visit Budapest in February 2007 we combine a bit of shopping along with some sightseeing at the great market hall, it's a great place for a nice stroll.
If you don't like large crowds and want to avoid a packed market then you could visit the Great Market Hall on a Monday morning, but if like me you want to see the real Budapest market in action then the best time is on a Saturday morning, when the people of Budapest do most of their weekend shopping.
What to buy: What to buy? you can just about buy anything here like Strings of red paprika and garlic, Hungarian salamis, sausages, hams and other meat products, fresh pastries, dairy products, Hungarian wines and palinka. You can buy souvenirs of all kinds, you can walk around the rows upon rows for hours and soak up the atmosphere.
What to pay: To get good bargains you need to look around and do some haggling.
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Central Market: Markets
The central Market is the largest of five market halls which opened in Budapest at the end of the 19th century. It was built in the 1890s, lovingly restored in 1994, and is still a focal point for city life. It has rightly become one of the most popular and visited shopping sites for tourists. Designed by the Hungarian architect Samu Pecz (1854-1922), it opened during the communist era when so many markets were organized and brought under roofs in Europe. The spacious, expansive structure is supported by slender steel columns which allow for maximum light. The market hall is open Monday 6am to 5pm; Tuesday to Friday 6amto 6pm; Saturday 6amto 2pm; and is closed on Sundays. Plenty of local people shop for their daily fare here, undaunted by the hundreds of tourists roaming up and down the aisles. The lower level is devoted to food; there are rows of stalls with fresh vegetables, stands of fowl and meat, and a couple of shops with wine and liquor. Far in the back, a few small farmers come in from the country with honey, peppers, and fresh berries in season. The second floor contains the handicrafts and souvenirs so dear to many visitors’ hearts: embroidery, leather work, hand-carved chess sets, and matryoshka dolls from Russia. But even if these things don’t interest you, there is no problem because the market is interesting itself because it gives an insight into local life.
What to buy: Here you can find almost everything you want
What to pay: Some shops accept your credit card
Pull and Bear: Women's Clothing
Prior to going into Zara I walked into this store looking for a sweater and belt. This store is located at Mihaly Vorosmarty Square on Vaci. The store has a large selection of clothing but I didn't find what I was looking for.
If you are here in January, you're in luck, the store has a huge sale during this time.
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