Shopping in Budapest can be an adventure and a challenge. It is not unusual to be as surprised by what you can find as you are by what you cannot find. A wide variety of shops can be found on the busy streets, from familiar chains and designer stores to small shops selling unique Hungarian handcrafts or discount jeans and t-shirts.
In terms of produce, grocery shopping in a new country can be a fascinating and at times daunting experience. New and unusual foods can be found throughout the store, while identifying familiar items and ingredients can be challenging in a new language. Budapest features a wide variety of well-stocked grocery chains. If you’d like a taste of grocery shopping Hungarian-style, try one of the many large markets in town. These markets feature fresh produce, meats and baked goods at a range of booths and stands. Certain ingredients and products that are commonplace in one’s home country may not be readily available here. Tesco features an international section that carries some such ingredients (Indian curry, American peanut butter and Heinz baked beans for example). In the end, asking other expats and diligent searching should lead you to the special item you are looking for.
A popular expat mall located in the XII. district. A movie theater is located here that plays most movies in its original language when other cinemas may be playing the dubbed version.
Located in the bustling city center and directly next to Nyugati Train Station, this gigantic mall will satisfy all your shopping needs.
A popular mall in the II. district. Look for the mammoths outside.
Specialty Food Stores
Culinaris intends to become the prime source for fine food and spices from Hungary and around the world – and the information needed to prepare great dishes. With three locations open, they have become the place to buy the food you miss from home.
British and Aussie food delivered to your door.
With an every day low prices mission statement this is a fast and easy way to get your groceries done. Guaranteed to deliver your goods free of charge throughout 11 districts of Budapest within 24 hours from ordering!
A popular site located in the heart of the Fifth District, this bookshop caters toward English and French speakers. Along with books, there is a huge variety of original-language magazines and newspapers that you might miss from home.
A haven for second-hand books, this bookstore boasts fair trade and environmentally friendly everything. A good place to sit and read, there is also live music every week.
Basically a Hungarian Amazon, this online source for books or magazines might be the best and cheapest way to get English-language books in the city.
Latitudes bookstore on Wesselényi utca in Pest carries Spanish and French fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, children’s books, audio books, and more. The store also occasionally sponsors events, get-together’s and workshops.
One of the best Hungarian cookbooks around, the recipes will fill your kitchen with the smells of the Hungarian nation.
Culinaria reports on every aspect of a country’s cuisine within the context of the people who created it. Profusely illustrated with spectacular photography and abundantly peppered with authentic recipes, these volumes are a treat for both the mind and the palate.