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Vaci street is a nice pedestrian only area in the downtown of Budapest. Unfortunately it can be a bit touristy and expensive, but it is possible to find some really nice shops here. Most of the building on this street are about a century old, but there are some more modern shopping places and banks here too. Some noteworthy buildings on Vaci utca include Thonet House, Pest Theatre, and Philantia. Vaci utca's "starting point" is Vorosmarty Square and ends at the Great Market Hall. There are many good restaurants on this street serving Hungarian and other cuisines as well as the Hard Rock Cafe. You can also buy many Hungarian souvenirs and wines here. This is a nice place to come if you would like to buy a souvenir or walk around, but if you would like to eat something, look at the menus first to make sure you're not being overcharged.
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Vaci Utca - Pedestrian Street
This vehicle-free street runs parallel to the river in Pest, about two blocks from the river.
You'll find many shops and people; all the things you would expect to find in the tourist areas. There are several nice cafes in this area.
Vaci Utca has some nice stores but it is definitely nothing to talk about. We did a quick walk down the street to get to the Great Market Hall. We stopped in maybe 2 stores for a few minutes.
Don't plan much time around visiting the street.
We heard that all cafes and restaurants are also way over-priced here.
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Vaci is the most beautiful street in Budapest in my opinion, in the heart of the city. it's a pedestrian street with lost of chic shops and cafes, very nice in the summer! It is almost beside the river. very close. It's on the Pest side of the city.
Stroll Vaci utca and the surrounding area
Budapest's main shopping area stretches the length of Vaci utca as well as numerous surrounding streets. This area is off limits for cars, so is a nice place to wander and look at the stores, restaurants, cafes, and other places. The southern end of Vaci is marked by the massive Market Hall which is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or just continue to people watch!
This area is served by numerous subway stops including Deak Ter, Vorosmarty Ter, and Ferenciek Ter.
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Hey this site is called Virtual 'Tourist' and this is the street that you will find the tourists. You will also find an abundance of eateries, all advertising 'tourist' menus packed with goulash and paprikash and other recognizable Hungarian dishes. You'll find fashionable shops and fashionable people, internet cafes and over-priced stores full of stuff you can by cheaper elsewhere. But hey, there's great people watching.
Vaci street is the most popular street because it’s located in the city center and it’s full of stores (cheap of expensive clothes), outdoor café and restaurants and of course lots of exchange offices so the tourists to be able to give away their precious dollars or whatever :) This is also the place where you will find lots of tacky souvenirs. Actually the south part of the street is open to cars but the north part is fully pedestrianized so more appealing for strolling. Most buildings here date back from mid 19th or early 20th century but the modern cloth stores spoil the picture.
For me it was just a boring tourist area that we passed by once and then tried to avoid. Use common sense at night and avoid girls that will ask you to go inside a bar for a drink, during the day just take care of pickpockets and check the menu before you order anything as the prices are a bit more expensive here. So, we just walk through from one side to the other, we took some pictures of some nice corners (sculptures, flowers, some nice buildings) and got away…
WALK VACI STREET
I guess at some time of your stay in Budapest, you will end up walking Váci street. I found this street one of the busiest, I guess because of all the souvenir shops, fashion shops, bars and cafes that line the street.
Vaci street, which dates from the 18th century, starts from Vörösmarty Square, where it is pedestrianized and leads to the Great Market Hall near Fõvám térrace.
Not only does it have many shops, but also many architecturally beautiful buildings from the 19th & 20th centuries, and the Little Boy fountain, Fisher Girl Fountain at Kristóf Square and the Greek god Hermes.
People were standing outside their shops, trying to drive in customers. One such lady was dressed in traditional clothing, so I asked if I could take her photo - she said yes and actually didn't want any money!
FOR ALL DOLL COLLECTORS, you can rest assured, Budapest has heaps of shops that sell Hungarian dolls in all types of traditional clothing.
There are so many beautiful ones, it will be hard to make up your mind!
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Váci utca (Váci Street).
Váci utca (Váci Street) is Hungary's version to Bond Street in London. Lined with expensive boutiques and dozens of souvenir shops, this pedestrian-only thoroughfare is Budapest's most upscale shopping street and one of its most touristy areas.
Always busy with people, some great shopping but a bit on the high side price-wise. A lot of gypsy women are there with babies in bundles slung across them asking for money to feed the babies. You don't actually see the baby - could be a pillow for all I knew.
Go to Vaci Utca, the main walk...
Go to Vaci Utca, the main walk street on the Pest side. Touristy, but lots of life and nice cafes to sit down at. At one end is the Cafe Gerbaud, a must see, on the other end is the indoors market place bussling with activity.
Vaci Utca. To the south of...
To the south of Vorosmarty ter starts Vati Utca, wich together with the neighboring streets, is the chief shopping centre of Budapest, with many gift and fashion shops. It also contains some interesting buildings.
From the Serb church walk back towards Vaci utca and make a right. Walk a few blocks and once you pass Szabad Sauto utca you will be in the main shopping and pedestrian area of Vaci utca. It is full of cafes, shops, and statues.
This statue is of Hermes, the Greek messenger god.
Vaci Utca For Tourists
The most central and famous street of Budapeest is Vaci utca. Located just in the center of the Inner city, 2 minouts from the Danube bank. Vaci utca is a big pedestrian zone with houndreds of nice restaurantrs, stylish cafes and expensive shops.
By day there are many tourists who come to see the streets beautiful architecture, fountains, and the lovely Vorosmarty square where there are many street vandors... by night Vaci utca is the most crowded place in Budapest, while in some parts of the city you cant find people on the streets in Vaci utca the nightlife just begin...
These are the shopping quarters, the big squares and the boulevards..
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To the south of Vörösmarty tér starts Váci utca, which together with the neighboring streets, is the chief shopping centre of Budapest, with many gift and fashion shops.
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