Budapest Shops and Antiques
Budapest Shopping offers plenty of options to find good bargains. The number of shops in Budapest has increased since the 90-ies, big shopping malls, new fashion shops appeared everywhere.
Budapest shops had poor choice and often shortage of certain goods in the communist era, so people were hungry for shopping when the new political system and economy broadened product choice.
If you love charming, small shops with unique products, instead of the faceless shopping centers you’ll find some in Budapest too.
Food stores are open from 6.00 or 7.00 to 18.00, 19.00, Monday to Friday, on Saturdays from 6.00 or 7.00 to 14.00. Other Budapest shops are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00, on Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00. The large supermarkets have longer opening hours and are open on Sunday. Some of them, like Tesco are open 24 hours. In the town centre, mainly in Pest, you’ll find non-stop, 24-hour shops. They sell cigarettes, alcohol, soft drinks and snacks, and other foodstuffs at a higher price.
Large shops accept credit cards, especially in the touristy part of the town. In small shops and markets you have to pay in cash, so make sure you have enough Hungarian forint in your purse.
Budapest Antiques: Porcelain, Collectables, Jewellery, Silverware, Furniture
BÁV (Bizományi Kereskedõház és Záloghitel Rt.)
The address: Kossuth Lajos u. 1-3, Metro: M3 Ferenciek tere
Web site: bav.hu
This shop isspecialized in fine art, chandeliers and porcelain.
The address: Váci utca 36, Metro: M1 Vörösmarty tér
City auction house with an extensive catalogue of furniture and paintings.
The address: Falk Miksa u. 24-26, Metro: M2 Kossuth tér
Specializing in Biedermeier furniture, Darius also carries objet d’art and Viennese antiques.
The address: Balaton utca 8, Metro: M3 Nyugati pu.
Web site: nagyhazi.hu
TIt is the largest of Budapest’s antique contingent, mainly furniture, paintings and porcelain.
Polgár Gallery and Auction House
The address: Kossuth Lajos u. 3, Metro: M3 Ferenciek Tere
Web site: polgar-galeria.hu
The Polgár Gallery and Auction House has been in the art trade since 1987. Organizing auctions since and during these years over nine thousand paintings and tens of thousands of artifacts have found owner.
Gallery offers a rich collection of paintings, antique pieces of furniture, jewelries and various works of art as well. The auction is becoming a popular and fashionable means of selling and purchasing – on the one hand, it includes the possibility of reaching the highest selling price, and on the other hand, from the buyer’s point of view, it does not exclude the chance of picking up a good bargain.
Classic Home Antiques & Gallery
The address: Szt István tér 4-5, Metro: M1, M2, M3 Deák tér
Good range of furniture on display, with an easy to find location near to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
The address: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Erzsébet tér 7-8, Metro: M1, M2, M3 Deák tér
There are usuaaly antique prints, foreign language books and rare editions.
BÁV Jewelry (Rubin Ékszerbolt)
The address: Párizsi utca 2, Metro: M3 Ferenciek tere
Web site: bav.hu
Chain stocking mainly watches and antique gold and silver jewelry.
Budapest Shopping Malls and Markets
Over the last couple of years Budapest has seen more than ten major malls open for business – an adventurous attempt to attract Hungarians to western style shopping and leisure. Most of the shops in each mall are owned by western retailers.
Budapest Shopping Malls sell everything you need in every day life, food, cosmetics, clothes. Have also souvenir shops, though Budapest Markets are better places to get authentic Hungarian souvenirs.
You’ll find all major brands and trendy fashion retailers: Saxoo, Levis, Kookai, Nike, Adidas etc. Besides these glitzy big name outlets some lovely, small shops sell crafts, toys and unique gifts.
All shops have ATM machines, should you need some cash. It’s still not common to pay with credit cards in Hungarian shops, though most shops accept major cards. You’ll also find a few banks and a post office.
Looking around in Budapest Markets is a must if you want to get the feel of everyday life in the city. The vegetable and fruit markets sell fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery, dairy products, honey and other food stuff all the year round. Five large market halls replaced the open-air markets at the turn of the 19th-20th century. They all have similar architecture: cast iron structure, spacious interior. They have been renovated in recent years. The reconstructed markets had lost most of their old world charm.
The address: Váci út 178, Metro: M3 Gyöngyösi út
Web site: dunaplaza.net
More than 100 shops, multiplex cinema, eateries, cafés. Hungaroton Gigastore is the largest Cd and DVD store in Budapest. There’s also an Internet club for those who just have to ‘surf the Net’ while on their holidays.
The address: Széna tér, Metro: M2 Moszkva tér
Web site: mammut.hu
Located near the busy transport hub of Moszkva tér, Mammut’s glowing dome acts as a homing beacon to the many shoppers who arrive by metro. Although big name fashion and sport shops predominate, a good range of smaller outlets means that even the most discerning shoppers won’t leave disappointed.
Mammut offers both big brand and smaller shops. For high-tech electronic gadgets visit Saturn on the underground level. The market at the back end of the mall sells fresh fruits, vegetables. The best place to take some snacks, like lángos or pancakes.
The address: Campona Bevásárlóközpont, Nagytétényi út 37-45, Bus 3 to Nagytétény.
Web site: campona.hu
It’s situated a bit far from the city centre, so do count in the time of getting there by public transport. Once you get there you can while away the hours going to the cinema or the Tropicarium aquarium. Of course Campona has many shops too. Leroy café has live music every night from 20.00.
Be warned though, it’s far easier to get to nearly all of the other malls listed below.
WestEnd City Center
The address: Váci út 1-3, Metro: M3 Nyugati pu.
Web site: westend.hu
Situated close to the city’s Western railway station (Nyugati pu.) the WestEnd City Center is Central Europe’s largest shopping mall.
With over 400 shops, there were legitimate worries over the effect that the Center’s opening will have upon small businesses in the district.
Underground you’ll find a Match supermarket, a Libri bookshop and one of my favourite shops Kotányi Fuszervilág, that sells spices. Buy the famous and delicious sweets at Szamos Marcipán. You can have good meals at the numerous eateries and cafés. Designer shops, jewelleries, gift shops drugstores, toy shops and many other shops. The 14-screen Palace Cinema shos the latest blockbusters.
Esceri Flea Market (Használtcikk piac)
The address: Nagykörösi út 156, M3 Határ út and 54 bus from Boráros tér (get off at Fiumei út stop).
T he grand market halls such as Esceri Flea Marketis great for Communist memorabilia, textiles, porcelain and antiques. You’ll need to haggle to get the best deals though.
Central Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok)
Web site: piaconline.hu
The most impressive and largest market in Budapest. It’s worth a visit just to admire its architecture. In the more than 100-year old building you can get almost everything on its three levels. So if you have limited time for shopping pop in the Great Market Hall.
Józsefvárosi V (Chinese Market)
The address: Kõbányai út 21-23, Bus 9.
A place with mainly Chinese and Turkish stall-holders selling cut price designer fashions, shoes, and house wares.
Lehel tér Piac
The address: Lehel tér, Metro: M3 Lehel tér. The ship-shaped modern architecture replaced the old market a few years ago. Smaller than the Great Market Hall, but offers a wide variety of groceries. Mainly locals from the neighbourhood do their everyday shopping here.