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Shopping in Budapest

Souvenir Shopping in Budapest

The most popular souvenirs to bring home are wine, especially Tokaji, and porcelain, like Herendi and Zsolnay. Other products such as paprika and embroidery are also popular. A great source of Hungarian products is the spectacular Central Market Hall. Fancy bottles of Tokaji, a variety of paprika, tablecloths, chessboards, dolls, and clothes made in traditional Hungarian style are available in large selection. One of the best souvenir shops is Memories of Hungary, located near the Basilica and selling products made by a select group of contemporary artists. Shops on Castle Hill carry almost exclusively souvenirs, and Váci Street has some shops designed primarily for tourists, offering a selection of Hungarian folk art, porcelain and embroidery. For one-of-a-kind local finds and gift ideas check out Chic, Homegrown Gifts from Hungary. Falk Miksa Street, the antique row of Budapest, and the Ecseri Flea Market are also great places for finding unique souvenirs. If you are into antiques, check out our Antiquing in Budapest post.

Budapest Markets

There are five large market halls (piac) in Budapest; all were built in the 19th century in the same style and all five buildings opened on the same day: Central Market Hall (Központi Vásár csarnok) This is the largest indoor market in Budapest. There is a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, cheeses and meats. Souvenirs such as paprika and Tokaji are also available. On the second floor you'll find vendors selling folk art, as well as a small food-court and a restaurant serving traditional Hungarian dishes. Address: Vámház körút 1, Budapest 1093 Location: Pest, City Center, District 9 Klauzál Square Market Hall (Klauzál téri piac) Address: Klauzál tér 11, Budapest 1072 Location: Pest, District 7, located within the former Jewish Quarter Rákóczi Square Market Hall (Rákóczi téri piac) Address: Rákóczi tér 7-9 , Budapest 1087 Location: Pest, District 8, located next to Grand Boulevard Hold Street Market Hall (Hold utcai piac) Address: Hold utca 13, Budapest 1054 Location: Pest, District 5, close to the U.S. Embassy Hunyadi Square Market Hall (Hunyadi téri piac) Address: Hunyadi tér 4, Budapest 1067 Location: Pest, District 6 Read more about Budapest markets with recommendations on which ones to visit. To get an insiders' perspective, consider joining a market tour guided by local foodie experts.

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