Must-see shopping in Hungary

  • Bortársaság

    Castle District

    Once known as the Budapest Wine Society, this place has a dozen or so retail outlets in the capital with an exceptional selection of Hungarian wines. No…

  • Paloma

    Budapest

    Combining fashion and art, Paloma showcases the work of a couple of dozen up-and-coming Hungarian designers, as well as staging contemporary art…

  • wonderLAB

    Budapest

    Hip and very wearable fashion by a collection of up-and-coming Hungarian designers who are sometimes on hand to discuss their work. Interesting items,…

  • Rozsnyai Shoes

    Budapest

    Bespoke shoes for men and women, handmade by a team of experienced craftspeople based in the eastern city of Debrecen, can be ordered at this showroom. It…

  • Malatinszky Wine Store

    Budapest

    Owned and operated by a one-time sommelier at the Gundel restaurant, this shop has an excellent selection of high-end Hungarian wines, including three…

  • Anna Antikvitás

    Budapest

    Anna is the place to go if you’re in the market for embroidered antique tablecloths, bed linen and other textiles. They’re stacked up all over the shop…

  • Intuita

    Budapest

    Specialising in Hungarian artisanship, this place is chock-a-block with contemporary hand-crafted items such as jewellery, ceramics, notebooks and locally…

  • MOM Park Organic Market

    Óbuda & Buda Hills

    This outdoor market behind a large mall in Buda is set up every Saturday morning by farmers and other growers supplying organic produce entirely grown on…

  • Folkart Kézművésház

    Budapest

    This is a large shop where everything Magyar – all of it made here – is available, from embroidered waistcoats and tablecloths to painted eggs and rustic…

  • Pannon Glove

    Budapest

    This is an excellent place to buy high-quality fashion and winter leather gloves for both men and women. They are produced in the famous Bognár glove…

  • Nanushka

    Budapest

    Flagship store of Budapest-born designer Nanushka (aka Sandra Sandor), whose inspired retail space, with grey carpet and green canvas drapes, sets off the…

  • Múzeum Antikvárium

    Budapest

    Just opposite the Hungarian National Museum, this well-stocked bookshop has both used and antique volumes in a Babel of languages, including English. It’s…

  • Memories of Hungary

    Budapest

    One of our favourite places to buy souvenirs and gifts, this shop has (mostly genuine) Hungarian handicrafts as well as a good selection of local…

  • Art Box

    Budapest

    One of Budapest's better museum shops, the Art Box in the Palace of Arts (enter from XIV Hősök tere) has books, publications, gifts and designer objects…

  • Blázek

    Pécs

    Pécs has been renowned for its leatherwork since Turkish times and you can pick up a few bargains in several shops around the city; try Blázek, which…

  • Dárius Antiques

    Budapest

    This shop sells antique furniture, paintings, glass, porcelain, clocks and weapons; it’s a good option on V Falk Miksa utca and the owner is particularly…

  • Herend Village Pottery

    Castle District

    An alternative to the delicate Herend are the hard-wearing Herend pottery and dishes sold here, decorated with bold and colourful fruit and flower motifs.

  • Mester Porta Galéria

    Castle District

    This shop has folk arts and crafts; next door you'll find CDs and DVDs of Hungarian and other folk music as well as musical instruments, scores and books.

  • Mountex

    Budapest

    This huge emporium on two levels, with four branches throughout the city, carries all the gear you’ll need for camping, hiking, trekking and climbing.

  • Babaház

    Budapest

    Dolls and their fabulous period outfits are made in-house here. The friendly owner does a nice line of teddy bears and fabric flowers as well.

  • Zsolnay

    Budapest

    For both contemporary and traditional fine eosin porcelain still manufactured in the southern city of Pécs, check out this lovely shop.

  • Culinaris Buda

    Óbuda & Buda Hills

    Branch of the larger Culinaris Parliament, selling specialist ingredients and products.

  • Játékszerek Anno

    Budapest

    The tiny but exceptional 'Anno Playthings' sells finely made reproductions of antique wind-up and other old-fashioned toys.

  • Herend

    Budapest

    A central branch of the iconic Hungarian porcelain brand. Herend makes an excellent – though pricey – souvenir or gift.

  • Wave Music

    Budapest

    Wave is an excellent outlet for both Hungarian and international indie guitar music. Good selection of T-shirts, too.

  • Vass Shoes

    Budapest

    Large branch of the famous Vass store. Hand-crafted gentlemen's shoes.

  • Térképkirály

    Budapest

    'Map King' stocks a wide variety of maps, globes and guidebooks, and its staff are helpful and knowledgable.

  • BÁV

    Budapest

    This branch of the BÁV antiques chain is good for knick-knacks, porcelain, glassware, carpets and artwork.

  • Alexandra

    Budapest

    A large, three-floor branch of the nationwide chain of bookshops, opposite Nyugati train station.

  • Fakanálás Műhely

    Northern Hungary

    This shop sells traditional carved wooden items, especially spoons.

  • Borostyán

    Northern Hungary

    This is one of the better central places for buying wine in Tokaj.

  • Bálna Budapest

    Budapest

    Best appreciated from the opposite side of the Danube, the 'Whale', a striking glass structure, was designed by Dutch architect Kas Oosterhuis and built…

  • Fény utca Market

    Castle District

    One of the largest and most central food markets in Buda is the four-level Fény utca Market, next to the Mammut shopping mall. The shops on the upper…

  • Szamos Marcipán

    Budapest

    ‘Many Kinds of Marzipan’ sells just that – in every shape and size imaginable – at this branch of a nationwide chain. It also does a delectable array of…

  • Vintage Bicycle Shop & Museum

    Budapest

    This shop (where they take a very long lunch) sells vintage bikes and parts (anyone up for an old used seat?) and has some interesting, museum-quality…

  • Keleti Horgászbolt

    Budapest

    This is the place to come for rods, reels, flies and anything else it takes to get you out fishing.

  • Támásek Boltja

    Northern Hungary

    This small grocery store is on the road to the municipal car park and tourist office.

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