We don’t intend to compare Budapest to great European capitals such as Paris, London or Berlin when it comes to shopping, but Budapest has surely gained in the number, variety and quality of its retail offer since the 1990s to the present.
Throughout the Hungarian capital you will find many delicatessen and souvenir shops offering typical products such as paprika, Tokaji wines and nice china and porcelain items. The streets concentrating boutiques with accessories and international designer clothing are Váci út and Andrássy út. If you want to go to a shopping mall, try out the Arena Plaza, a modern shopping center inaugurated in 2007 with plenty of fashion shops, including large retail chains. One of the most popular shopping malls in Budapest is the West End, with over 400 shops featuring well-known brands. You can also go to the movies and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. It is right next to the Nyugati Pályaudvar subway station.
Antiques and second-hand goods can be found at the Ecseri Flea Market, plentiful in old paintings, musical instruments, furniture in need of restoring and a variety of surprising articles.
And of course, whether you’re looking for handicrafts or food products, you can’t leave Budapest without visiting the Central Market. There are many different stalls on each floor. The basement or ground floor of the Central Market is famous for its many stalls where they sell cold cuts, all kinds and sizes of sausages, ham, meat, fish and cheese, as well as the delicacies of the national cuisine. There are likewise many Asian herbs and species on offer.
The first floor of the market features handicrafts and textiles, as well as restaurants and a variety of food stalls.
Meanwhile, up on the second floor they have something similar to a handicrafts fair, where you can find characteristic Hungarian artisan products, and then to top it off you can have something tasty at any of the bars on that floor.
Tip: Although it may seem strange, many shops are open on Saturday and Sunday.
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