Can’t go wrong with a list from a local artist.
Hi! My name is Dorka, the artist behind Dorinus Illustrations. I’m from a small town called Tatabánya, Hungary. My relationship with Budapest started when I began my art studies in the capital city. Sometimes skipping out on a few lessons from college, my friends and I would discover the city on our own, and to this day I still love to go back to Budapest as a tourist to find its hidden treasuries. And, of course, I love to discover other foreign cities too, especially the ones with tarnished architecture, such as Venice or Vienna. But I also love to escape sometimes into the Austrian mountains to visit my family.
Here are my top shops you must visit while in Budapest!
Hours: Tue-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday 12 a.m.-10 p.m.
Call: +36 1-321-6672
If you’re a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory then you will love Sugar! It’s like entering the whimsy world of Willy Wonka’s factory. It’s a fun and colorfully designed sweets shop with all kinds of delicious desserts. Yum!
Facebook/SUGAR! shop & confectionary
Hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Call: +36 30-790-6619
I love Vintage Garden because of its sophisticated vintage design made in shabby chic style. Not only can you purchase vintage goods here, but you can also eat a delicious meal! In this restaurant you can come in for a quick morning cup of coffee and slice of cake or dine in and select from their full menu options. If you would like to bring home the romantic mood after a lovely meal, purchase flowers on the way back or browse through their catalogue of furniture.
Call: +36 30-746-1388
As a fan of the 1950s I love the designs of Stefania Ágoston and TiCCi Rockabilly Clothing. As one of my favorite shops in Budapest its fun and colorful rockabilly clothing makes it a joy to browse whenever I’m in the city! You owe it to yourself to pop in to their showroom at Arany János street if you love retro clothing.
Facebook/TiCCi Rockabilly Clothing
Call: +36 70-381 4849
Cydonia Tearoom & Vintage is a tiny vintage clothing shop filled with beautiful authentic vintage dresses and other treasuries. It also became a tearoom, so if you step inside from a long day of shopping and take a well-deserved break, while sipping a cup of tea and browsing antiques!
Facebook/Cydonia Tearoom & Vintage
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
If you’re curious to know more about the style of Hungarian fashion designers you should take a peek at this place! At Heinrich Studios you can find the studios and showrooms of young designers here, located at Üllői Street. It’s actually a floor of a block! You can see leather artists, jewelry experts, graphic and fashion designers sharing the studio space. You can even purchase direct from the designers or you can pop in to see the artists as they work on their next great design!
Hours: Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Call: +36 1 797 7190
WAMP is not so much a shop as it is a marketplace, but I think it’s certainly worth a mention as a must-see shopping experience for any visitor to Budapest. I love WAMP for its quality design marketplace filled with a diverse selection of small businesses. You will find every kind of crafts here, from handmade marmalades to designer clothing. Not to mention, all the products are handmade!