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Shopping in Budapest

Váci utca is the backbone of Budapest's shopping district. The pedestrian zone is home to many restaurants and shops and is a must visit by all shopoholics. International brands like Zara, H&M, Mango, ESPRIT, Douglas AG, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Nike and many more can be found here.

If you like it quieter you could shop in markets instead of the high streets. Two flea markets you could go to are Ecseri piac on Nagykörösi út and Joszefvárosi piac on Köbányai út. Strolling around you may just chance upon some antiques among the piles of bric-a-brac. Great buys include the red coral necklaces, Tokaj sweet dessert wines, Palinka Brandy and Bitters, Kalocsa and Matyo hand-embroidered tablecloths, beaded necklaces, Zsolnay and Herendi porcelain, traditional folk costumes, antiques and the terrific Hungarian music available in CDs.

Also, the famous market at the foot of Liberty Bridge on Vamhaz Korut at the southern terminus of Vaci Utca is just not where locals go to buy groceries but the market is also loaded with inexpensive souvenirs. During the holiday season, you'll find an outdoor Christmas market in Vorosmarty Square . The Square is a hub of activity housing a number of cafes and restaurants, antique shops and several other retailing businesses housing brands like Zara, H&M, Gap, Bershka, New Yorker and various others.

West End City Centre near the Nyugati Railway Terminal is one of the best shopping mall in Budapest housing a number of international brands and restaurants. With over 400 shops, the shopping centre has a complete selection of sports and leisurewear and a wide selection of books and technical products. Brands such as C&A, Marks and Spencer, Mango, Gas, Valentino, Lacoste, Puma, Diesel, Tom Tailor, Gant and many more can be found in this magnificent mall. Douglas and Marrionnaud have the largest collection of perfumes. In addition to sports and fashion, West End’s 40 watch and jewellery shops and its leatherwear and shoe selection are also worth mentioning. Andrassy Avenue the Champs-Élysées of Budapest - is the most impressive square of Budapest lined with many historical sites, cafes and fine restaurants, entertainment centres, and a lot of designer and up market brands sell Italian designer shoes, handbags, and custom jewelry. Alberto Guardini, Louis Vuitton and many more luxury shops are to be found here.

Bargaining is not the done thing in Hungary, but you can try gentle haggling in the flea market or places where they sell folk art.

Typically, shops open around 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

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