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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Business Travel
- Family Travel
The shop of the opera.: The perfect gifts..
The best place to shop for cards and little gifts
is located in the lobby of the opera.
Yes , I know , it is quit amazing to find it here.
The prices are very reosanable and they got
all sorts of original and cheap items.
I brought back some match boxes with old
poster reproductions of famous opera plays ,
a lot of post cards...
Beautiful dolls & Christmas ornaments: Unique Hungarian Crafts
This quaint little shop located here on Vaci had some wonderful Hungarian inspired crafts and dolls. I loved their store window decorations.
What to buy: I came back the next day to pick up some of their unique dolls and a few Christmas ornaments.
Ecseri flea market: Hidden treasures
Budapest's largest flea market is off the beaten track though, in spite of that for the tourists is worthy to visit here. On the swarming market not only the shopping, but looking around and searching is an experience.
Open: Mon-Fr: 08.00 - 16.00 Sat: 06.00 - 15.00 Sun: 08.00 - 13.00
What to buy: Here everything can be found, everything is for sale: antique objects, violins, gramophones, books, chinas, coaly irons, carpets, old soda-water bottles, feathers, dinner services, coins, military relic, laces etc. The old copper mortars, buckled glass, tin soldiers, military honours quote back a disappeared world. It is not miracle , if the visitor feels, as if the time would have stopped here.
What to pay: It is not allowed to omit the bargain from the game, since this is a rite of shopping. The shopper has to decide it, what is the maximum sum, which he is willing to pay for the chosen object.
- Road Trip
Zara*Mango*Promod*Retro*C&A*Persona*Onyx: Grrrls shopping in Budapest!
ZARA *Vaci Str, *Arkad Mall at Ors Vezer Ter (red metro line from Deak)
MANGOOOO *Vaci Str, *Westend Mall at Nyugati Station, *Mammut at Szena Square (red metro line from Deak)
PERSONA *Westend Mall
PROMOD *Westend Mall, *Vaci Str., *Mammut
MARKS AND SPENCER *Vaci Str, *Westend Mall
C&A *Westend Mall
RETRO *Westend, *Mammut
REPLAY *Westend, *Mammut
ONYX *Westend, Mammut
What to buy: *skirts*blouses*tops*sandals*shoes*trousers*pullovers*jackets
What to pay: if you are lucky,. you can buy shoes from 9000 HUF (for eg Zara) and up
shirts from 2500 HUF
blouses from 5000 HUF
skirts from 6000 HUF
trousers from 6000 HUF
pullovers from 3000 HUF
jackets from 10000 HUF
1 EUR = 240 HUF
happy shopping! ehm.. travels:-)
The historic Central Market building (Nagy vasarcsarnok) was inaugurated in 1897. The two levels with uncountable market stalls for local food and crafts shopping are the perfect place for an indoor stroll. The upper level is packed with take away stalls, that offer local hungarian specialities, including cheap beer.
- Budget Travel
Parizsi Udvar: Shopping Arcarde
When I happened to come upon this arcade I was so pleasantly surprised at what was inside. The arcade houses small shops and many books stores along with a cafe all within this Sessision style building. The iron work was amazing with its attention to minor little details.
I was in heaven, there is a travel shop located in this arcade and I browsed around for what seemed hours. I purchase a wonderful book here.
Lighting was quite poor and for some reason I just couldn't get a great photo.
What to buy: I purchased a wonderful book about the history of Budapest
What to pay: About $15 US
Christmas Fair on Vorosmarty Square
Every year starting from the end of November the Vorosmarty Square in the very heart of Budapest is hosting an excellent christmas bazaar full of handcrafted items.
And don't forget to drink some hot-wine (but be sure to do it at one of the charity booths - Rotary/Rotaract, Lions/Leo...).
What to buy: Hot wine and then anything you like! There sure will be some items close to your taste! :)
Unique and funky stuff of Retrock
You can find very attractive and unique one-piece creations and clothes of designers from Hungary and abroad... if you are an extravaganza you will love it!
What to buy: I have bought here some wild:-) skirts and accessories.
What to pay: Prices are about average
Vasarcsarnok (Market Hall) of Fovam Square
The Market Hall was build in the 1800s and renovated in 1994, and its roof made by Zsolnay, a famous ceramic manufacture.
It looks huge even from outside, but just have a look inside, and you will see how huge it is.
What to buy: On the ground floor you can find butcher, dairy, bakery and grocery stores.
On the first floor there is a restaurant, and souvenir shops.
There is also a supermarket on the -1 floor, and shops where you can buy fish and meat of wild animals (as deer or wild boar).
What to buy? Salami of Pick or Herz, Sausages (all types are great), Turo Rudi (a cottage cheese stick topped with chocolate), Paprika of Kalocsa, Palinka or Unicum and Goose Liver.
What to pay: Prices are about average.
Vorosmarty square Christmas fair: Hot wine and Budapest mug
At the hot wine sellers of the Christmas fair on Vorosmarty ter, you can "rent" (and keep for yourself if you want) this antique looking "Budapest" mug.
If you are willing to help others, buy the mug in their shops, but the hot wine itself from the Rotary/Rotaract or the Lions/Leo booth close to the Gerbeaud Café's side of the square, so your donation will land on the best place! :)
What to buy: Mug and then some hot wine!
What to pay: Normal hot wine sellers: 200-400 HUF
Rotary/Rotaract, Lions/Leo booths: as much as you want to donate! :)
in all supermarkets: Cottage Cheese Chocolate Sticks
Attila and Rea staunchly insisted we try these Hungarian specialities. I'm not a big cheese fan, but curiosity finally won the battle, and -- guess what -- they are bloody excellent! Keep well refrigerated. (Putting them in the freezer doesn't work very well, as my research indicates)
What to pay: Not a whole lot, maybe 2 €/USD for a packet. Also sold in single quantities as a snack.
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.
WEST END!: The same...
If you want to find out about Hungarians and
shopping capitalism...go to one of those
gigantic shopping centers.
The one easy to reach is left of the
'Nyugati station' and is called
WEST END. It looks very very western.
I just as much disliked it like I did at home.
A very very good imitation. You can get
probably everything in one of the most modern
buildings of the city.
A large balloon above the centers helps
you find them. Enjoy if you want to.
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