If you are a thrifty bargain-hunter or a most discerning shopper, you will find that shopping in Budapest
is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This stunning city has seen a boom in its shopping district since the nineties, making it a perfect place for a spree.
A trip to Váci Utca and Andrássy Avenue
Lovers of designer goods and perfectly presented boutiques will enjoy spending hours on Váci Utca street. This is a popular pedestrian promenade, which forms one of the centres of Budapest’s shopping scene. From there it is a short distance to Deák Ferenc Utca and the breath-taking Andrássy Avenue. These two streets are ideal for finding unique designer items.
While on Andrássy Avenue, shop through famous designer shops boasting cutting edge, international fashions. Here you will find high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci and more. If you would like a break, head to Alexandra Bookcafé and be amply rewarded. Housed in the former Paris Department Store, you can enjoy a drink under beautiful chandeliers and fresco-style paintings that are reminiscent of a renaissance ballroom.
The best of both worlds
Hungary is on the border between Western and Eastern Europe and the capital’s shopping options reflect this. Exploring some of the quieter streets will reveal a range of charming shops selling unique embroidered tablecloths and dresses, as well as exquisite hand-painted Herend Porcelain.
If you are looking to experience something a little more traditional, you can head to the city’s largest indoor market, Nagycsarnok. Also known as the Great Market Hall, this space is at the end of Váci Utca street. The stalls sell embroidery, food, folk costumes, souvenirs and more.
After a day exploring the shops, return to a comfortable room at the Park Inn by Radisson, Budapest
. It is just a short metro ride away from the city centre and the wealth of shopping options available there.