Must see shopping in Hungary

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    Completed in 1897, this is Budapest's biggest market, though it has become a tourist magnet since its renovation for the millecentenary celebrations in…

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    Ecseri Piac

    One of the biggest flea markets in Central Europe, Ecseri sells everything from antique jewellery and Soviet army watches to Fred Astaire–style top hats.

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    ‘Death by chocolate’ has arrived in Budapest by way of Gyula, a city in Hungary’s southeast where the delectable handmade filled bonbons sold here are…

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    Still top of the pops for English-language bookshops in Budapest, with fiction, travel guides and lots of Hungarica, as well as a large selection of…

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    Bomo Art

    This tiny shop just off Váci utca sells some of the finest locally made paper and paper goods in Budapest, including leather-bound notebooks, photo albums…

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    Mézes Kuckó

    This hole-in-the-wall shop is the place to go if you have the urge for something sweet; its nut-and-honey cookies (280Ft per 100g) are to die for. A…

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    Madison Perfumery

    There are three reasons why you should visit this shop: (1) it is Budapest's finest perfumery and even does a Tokaji Aszú scent; (2) it is housed in an…

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    Holló Műhely

    Off the northern end of Váci utca, this atelier-shop has attractive folk art with a modern look and remains a favourite place to shop for gifts. Lovely…

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    Moró Antik

    A considerable collection of antique swords and pistols, as well as porcelain, paintings and other items from China, Japan and other parts of Asia…

  • Massolit Books & Cafe

    A branch of the celebrated bookshop in Kraków, Massolit is one of Budapest’s best, with new and second-hand English-language fiction and nonfiction,…

  • Szimpla Farmers' Market

    Every Sunday, ruin pub Szimpla Kert holds a charming farmers' market where you can buy all manner of local jams, honey, yoghurt, cheese and bread from…

  • Magyar Pálinka Háza

    This large shop stocks hundreds of varieties of pálinka (fruit brandy). Szicsek and Prekop are premium brands. Pálinka-filled chocolates make for an…

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    Rózsavölgyi és Társa

    Housed in Béla Latja’s Rózsavölgyi House, a wonderful example of early modernist architecture, this is a great choice for CDs and DVDs of traditional folk…

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    Some people say the chocolate this small shop makes and sells is the best in town. Handmade chocolate bonbons are filled with a selection of fresh…

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    Garden Studio

    This great designer-owned shop stocks an enviable supply of clothing and accessories from young contemporary Hungarian designers: Tomcsányi retro and…

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    Valeria Fazekas

    Are they hats or is it art? We’ll say both. The limited headgear at this small gem of a boutique, which comes in a wide range of colours and fabrics, is…

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    Gazduram Cheese Shop

    This wonderful new shop sells homemade yoghurt and various types of sheep and cow's milk cheese, including a braided smoked yellow variety called…

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    This shop specialising in 'sustainable Hungarian design' sells fashion and accessories as well as natural cosmetics. Earnest and admirable and very high…

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    Bercsényi Pottery Workshop

    This is the only place in Hollókő where ceramic pots and plaques are made and fired on-site, in a workshop below the store.

  • LoveBug Vintage

    Tucked inside a private ground-floor flat, LoveBug Vintage is a treasure trove of clothing, jewellery and accessories. Sprawling over three rooms, this…