West End City Center: Big, Bigger, West End! (I&V)
West End City Center is enormously huge shopping center. Actually, it is considered to be the biggest shopping center of Eastern Europe.
Here is the "copy-pasted" presentation of West End City Center: "The West End City Center has 3 Change shops, 7 Cash machines and 5 banks. Citibank, Erste Bank, Exclusive M&M Change, MKB and OTP Bank. In the Center you can find a big Game park including bowling, billiard, darts, arcarde games and many more. Also under the arcarde games an electronic dancing stage with strange people on it dancing… Of course the West End City Center has a lot of shops. Among other things there are Mandarina Duck, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Buffalo, Valentino, Schiesser, Mango, Saxoo London, Timberland, Nautica, Gant, Marlboro, Diesel, Retro Jeans, Esprit, Helly Hansen, Kenvelo, Lacoste, Levi's, MEXX, New Yorker, Pepe Jeans, Stefanel, Tom Tailor and many more. Food and drinks: Burger King, Cafe del Sol, Don Pepe Pizzeria, Indochina, Leroy Cafe, McDonald's, Perk Cafe, Sushi Bar, Thai Food, Stars Cafe and many more. The food court and its restaurants is the biggest in Budapest. Besides food, drinks, shops and games the West End City Center hosts cinemas, a supermarket (Match), telecommunication stores, music stores, photo stores, Media Markt, Casinos, specialized shops for shoes, glasses, swim wear, suits, books and a lot more."
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Mammut: Mammut - The mall near Moszkva ter
Mammut is the main shopping mall on the Buda side of the city, near Moszkva ter.
It has everything a mall should offer: from clothing to mobile phones, from household appliances to flowers, from food to photo items, from cinema to bowling...:)
The mall has 2 parts: Mammut 1 and Mammut 2, linked together with a small bridge on the 2nd and 3rd floor. There is also a marketplace on the side of Mammut 1, offering a wide variety of food related shops.
What to buy: What you need! :)
Arkad: Arkad - Mall on Ors Vezer tere
Arkad is one of the newest Malls in Budapest located at the "Ors Vezer tere" ending of the M2 underground line.
It has all the shopping possibilities you might need: groceries, clothing, electronics, etc...
Unlike most of the other malls this one does not have cinemas inside, but well, just sit in one of it's cafés and bars on the top floor and chat with your friends! :)
Open from 10 am until 9 pm (6 pm on Sunday).
What to buy: What you need :)
Budagyongye: Budagyongye - Japanese foodstore
I just love japanese food. One of my short term plans is to learn to make sushi at home :)
Well...here is a place where one can buy the ingredients :)
The shop is in the basement of the Budagyongye Shopping Mall.
What to buy: Sushi rice, soy sauce, nori, etc :)
Gyujtok boltja: Collectors shop - for old local items
The shop is full of old collectibles and everyday use items from the old times.
Just drop in and look around if you want some original souvenir from the past!
What to buy: Anything old :)
What to pay: Less then the shops in Vaci utca.
Jatekszerek Anno: Old toys for boys (and girls of course :)
Want to try the same same toys the childrens of Hungary were using in the past?
Just buy one here! :)
(The toys are actually new, don't expect used and antique items to be found here!)
What to buy: Old toys...my favourites are the things from the old "Lemezgyar" - "Metalplate factory".
Kozponti Antikvarium: Old books and maps starting from the 15th century
Kozponti (Central) Antikvarium is the oldest second-hand bookstore in Budapest, existing since 1881, where you can buy old books, maps and prints starting from the years 1400 until now.
Since it's opening the area became a paradise for book fans (before WW1 the street already had 37 bookstores!), with many second hand shops on Muzeum korut and huge new bookstores on Rakoczi ut near Astoria.
What to pay: Fair prices, cheaper then else, but not the cheapest.
Alfoldi Majolika Shop: Majolika - Not the usual pottery items
Majolika is a way of doing pottery started in the XV century in Italy.
Nowdays they make it also in Hungary and usually they are modern, colorful items for general use.
Not as fancy as the world famous Zsolnay and Herendi, but if you just need a mug in happy colours for your breakfast table, then this is the thing to chose! :)
The shop is open from 10:00 am until about 5:00 pm at least (maybe not on sunday...)
What to buy: Majolika items - mugs, plates, etc.
What to pay: Items starting from 1-2 EUR
Kaczian tie shop: Need a good traditional tie - Kaczian tie shop
Kaczian Maria's shop in the downtown of Budapest is one of the very few shops which ddidn't changed at all but are still alive and prospering.
If you need a tie and want something traditional or something you won't get elsewhere (They actually make ties and sell them only over there) this is the place to go.
What to buy: Ties of course
What to pay: 3000-9000 HUF
Tisza shop: Tisza shoes - hungarian retro
The Hungarian "Tisza" brand (it's actually a river's name originally) was big during the communism. The "Tisza cipo" (Tisza shoes) was for long the only sportshoe available over here (besides some chinese ones...).
Now, that the retro style is such a good business, someone decided to renew this brand and sell the original stuff and some newly designed ones as well.
Open from 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from 10 am to 2 pm on saturday.
What to buy: A pair of shoes from here and your friends abroad will be looking up to you! :)
What to pay: Average sporting goods prices...maybe a little less :)
Hologram Galeria: Hologram - A hungarian invention
The hologram was invented by the famous Hungarian Nobel prize winner engineer, Denes Gabor. From 1934 he was working in the UK, for the Thomson Houston Society's laboratory where he found the basics of the holography while his electro-optical researches.
The shop is a gallery of holograms, but of course all of them can be yours. :)
What to buy: Holograms, what else :)
What to pay: Depends on the size.
In Vino Veritas and Bortarsasag: Tokaj, Villany and other wines
1.The "In Vino Veritas" wineshop. You can find them in the 7th district, on Dohány u.58-62 (near Blaha Lujza square metro station. From there go on Akacfa u. until Dohany u. and then turn right).
2. The "Bortarsasag" (Wine Society) wineshop. They have 4 shops in Budapest, the main one is on the side of the Castle Hill, near Moszkva ter, under Batthyany u. 59., near the corner of Ostrom u. However their shop in the center might be easer to find. This one is in Raday u. 7, near the Kalvin ter metro station.
What to buy: If you come to Hungary, you definitely should buy at least some Tokaj wines, but I would say, ask the dealers for some other decent wines form the prestigious regions of Hungary (but don't pay more then 5-6000 for a bottle, the "star" winemakers are overpriced...not counting of course the Tokaji Aszú wines which are usually more expensive than this)
I would say You should at least try:
- Tokaji Aszú (and aybe one other Tokaji type)
- a good red wine from the Villány area
- a lighter red wine from the Szekszárd area
What to pay: Tokaji Aszu: 3000-8000 and above
other Tokaj types: 1500-5000
Villany wines: 1200-4000
Szekszard wines: 1000-3000
Westend City Center: Westend Mall, near the center
Westend is a huge mall in the very heart of Budapest, next to the Nyugati trainstation (Nyugati statiion on M3 metro line, or with the tram No. 4 or 6, etc.).
It has everything, clothes, food, cinema, crafts, whatever. It might be not the right place to by specific souvenir items (for this you might visit the Central Market Hall, see in my tips soon), but if you need a new T-shirt, a good ice-cream, an extra tie, or a lens cleaner for your camera, just go there!
What to buy: Everything you might need in everyday life :)
But do not buy hungarian embroided tableclothes, wine, salami and things like that over there (check my tips!! :)
What to pay: A lot, but be moderate! :)
Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok): Food and souvenir items? That is the place to go!
The 19th century building wes restored in 1994 to it's original splendor (not counting the canal it had before to deliver the goods directly with ships...this is long gone).
The building has a nice and huge interior, which gives me the sense of an open air market. It's worth to see it from outside as well though, especially the tiles on the roof made by the famous Zsolnay manufacture.
What to buy: All kinds of fresh produce, meat, fish, flowers and also souvenirs (tableclothes, etc.) on the upper level.
You can get all the "famous hungarian food products" here: Pick salami, wine, Paprika from Szeged and Kalocsa, Palinka (a spirit made by fruits - I recommend taking the so called "whistling peach" - fülyülös barack palinka), goose liver, Unicum.
And also of course the handmade embroided tableclothes and Halasi laces.
What to pay: It depends, but souvenirs are worth to buy here due to the easy accesibility and relativly good prices.
Red Bus - Secondhand English Bookstore: English Books from the Red Bus
Run out of reading stuff during your trip? Try this little shop for a new book for your next 14 hour train trip! :)
Open from 11 am to 19 pm during the week and from 10am until 2 pm on Saturday.
What to buy: Well...books, what else! :)
What to pay: Depends on the book, but you can get some good deals.
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