This city offers an interesting mix of small shops, markets and shopping malls. Budapest shopping offers anything from traditional Hungarian souvenirs to high class fashion. Most Hungarian stores are open from 10 am to 6 pm during the weekdays and 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday.
Tip: Stores often close during lunchtime, or if the manager has to run out for a few minutes. If they will be back shortly, they will usually post a sign on the door that says “"Azonnal Jövök" or “Rogton Jövök".
In Hungary, the currency used is Hungarian Forints (HUF). Though credit cards are accepted in most large stores you should carry Forints with you when shopping in small shops and in the markets, as many do not accept credit cards.
Budapest Shopping Malls
Budapest shopping malls host a variety of types of stores from popular western brands like Nike and Esprit to Hungarian shops. Árkád is one of Budapest’s newest and busiest shopping centers with over 170 retail stores. If you want the option to watch a movie when you shop, then head to Duna Plaza, a Budapest shopping mall more reminiscent of malls in the States than other Hungarian shopping centers.
Tip: While Budapest shopping malls are great for shopping, if it is a cultural experience you are looking for, then we recommend you head to a local market instead.
The Budapest markets are some of the best places to see true Hungarian culture. Buy knick-knacks, clothes, fresh fruit, vegetables and bread while watching the locals go about their daily routines. You can also taste Hungarian Langos (a delicious fried dough snack) or Hungarian sausages while browsing the markets. A top choice is the Nagykörösi út Flea Market—a market selling everything from textiles to porcelain, to memorabilia and souvenirs. For a totally different cultural experience, visit Józsefvárosi V, the Chinese Market!
Tip: Try using your bargaining skills to haggle down market items to a lower price!
Gifts and Souvenirs
A big part of your Budapest shopping experience may be finding souvenirs for all of your friends and family at home. Ajka Crystal is one of Hungary’s most famous crystal makers and they operate several retail stores within Budapest. Hungarian crystal can make a spectacular gift. You can also find lovely porcelain at Herend Porcelain Shops.
Tip: If you are looking for something a little less breakable to give as a gift to a child, try purchasing at Happy Box, a store that specializes in kid’s items.
Health and Beauty
Forgot your shampoo at home? Then head to Rossmann, the Hungarian equivalent of the US Wallgreens or UK Boots in case you happen to need any sort of cosmetic or hygienic product. It won’t be the most interesting part of your Budapest shopping experience, but it’s important to know about!
Tip: Budapest shopping isn’t all malls and markets. When walking the streets of Budapest you may notice signs in the windows and alleys of residential areas pointing out small shops. These shops are rich with little trinkets that make great souvenirs.