Shops and markets in Budapest
In recent years, Budapest has undergone a rapid development of trade, shops of famous world brands and shopping centers have appeared. And although many tourists note that shops in Budapest often present cut-down collections, and the models in them do not belong at all to the current season, you should not deny yourself a run to the shops. Six large markets in Budapest continue to attract shoppers with fresh produce and all sorts of Hungarian goodies. And vintage lovers don't need to talk about the benefits of Budapest antique shops and flea markets..
Vaci street and adjacent streets
The most famous shopping area of the city is its pedestrian center - Vaci street and the streets running perpendicularly from it. The northern part of Vaci starts from the Vörösmarty Square, stretches to the Elisabeth Bridge and then its southern part ends with the Central Market.
- The iconic pastry shop Gerbeau is located on Vörösmarty Square. Sweets are made in it according to old recipes. Despite the fact that the confectionery gained its fame during the time of its democratic prices, now for the sake of Hungarian marzipan from Gerbeau you will have to fork out.
- In the northern part of Vaci street you will find boutiques of democratic brands such as Benetton, C&A, H & M, ZARA and a large number of Hungarian firms. Multi-brand shopping centers are represented by West End City and Duna Plaza. The first of them is almost the largest and most modern in Hungary. In the same part of the street there are brand shops of the Hungarian porcelain factories Nerend and Zsolnay.
- In the southern part of Vaci there are mainly art salons, antique and souvenir shops, tailoring ateliers. The famous antique gallery named after Istvan Chok is located nearby. Even if you are not going to buy anything here, it makes sense to go and admire the objects of Russian and Oriental art, paintings, icons and porcelain..
- The Indoor Central Market is the most beautiful and largest in the city. Its roof is covered with multi-colored Zsolnay tiles and is worthy of careful study. Here you can buy Hungarian delicacies - sausages, cheeses, langos (flatbread made from fried yeast dough) and traditional sauce for it.
- If you are attracted to luxury shopping, then you are on Fashion Street. In fact, this is a section of Fereca Deaka Street, consisting of several old buildings. Located near Vaci street.
It seems that in Hungary things are not thrown away at all, even after they have served their time or are tired of their owners. Otherwise, where does such a variety of antique shops and flea markets come from??
- Falk Meeks Street - the quarter of antique shops. There are more than 20 such shops of different sizes and different directions in the assortment on it and in the adjacent streets. There is a wide choice: there are silver trifles, and interior items, and paintings with carpets, jewelry and ceramic vases, old heavy bells, dolls and much more. Local dealers know a lot about antiques and sales. The merger of such shops on one street happened after the example of Western countries in Budapest realized that by combining antique stores in one place, they would increase sales. Auction sales that are held from time to time in Budapest also increase the interest of buyers in antiquity..
- The Esseri Piak Market is another tidbit for antique hunters. This is a huge market, comparable to the flea markets in London and Paris. Shopkeepers from Falk Mix are often here. The market is open on Saturdays in the morning and does not depend on the weather, as it is covered.
- Book lovers will love the Central Second-hand Bookstore opposite the Hungarian National Museum. In addition to a variety of modern literature, it has an antique department.