Take it Home with You: The Best Shopping Malls in Budapest
Budapest is many things to many different people. Naturally, it is a city of centuries-old architectural beauty, of stately palaces and of grand bridges spanning the mighty Danube River. Likewise, it is a city of incredible culinary delights, ranging from traditional street food to delicate pastries to Michelin-starred restaurants. And, of course, it is a town renowned for its nightlife, with spa parties, beer bikes, world-renowned ruin pubs, and so much more.
In addition to all of this, however, the Hungarian capital is also a living, breathing community, one filled with residents and locals who all need places to buy everything from sausages to suits, and from luggage to luxury souvenirs.
To that end, just like any major city of its size, Budapest is home to a number of huge, innovatively-designed shopping malls. These centers of commerce, located at key hubs throughout the city, provide convenient locations for visitors of all ages to come, relax, see a movie, and see what sorts of exciting goods the Hungarian capital has to offer. Here, then, are a few of the best shopping malls in Budapest.
Best Shopping Malls in Budapest
Shopping Mall 1: Westend
Located right next door to the Nyugati (or Western) Railway Station (which, by the way, is certainly worth checking out in its own right, as it was built by the same firm that designed the Eiffel Tower), the Westend is a colossal shopping mall in Budapest that is open year-round. Running in a long-strip alongside parallel to the station, this shopping mall is home to a myriad of shops selling jewelry, clothing, electronics, and more, as well as a large food court, and a movie theatre with stadium seating. Naturally, this means that the mall houses stores by fashion brands such as H&M, Columbia, Converse, Guess, and more.
And if all of this weren’t enough, the Westend is put squarely in the running for best shopping mall in Budapest due to its rooftop garden walkway. This beautiful slice of nature above the city is free, open to all visitors, and provides some great views of this section of the city.
Shopping Mall 2: Allee
If you find yourself in Buda, past the Liberty Bridge and Gellért Hill with its magnificent sites of the city center, you should be sure to make your way over to the Allee, another of the capital’s most impressive shopping malls. If you’re looking for luxury clothing at an affordable price, this mall has a number of spots to choose from, including Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Bershka, and Mango.
In addition to housing a movie theater, food court, luxury clothing stores, a huge supermarket, and much more, there is one more fact that makes the Allee stand out. In addition to having all that you would expect from one of Budapest’s best shopping malls, the Allee is also located directly next to the Fehérvári Market Hall and Street Market. While it might not be as fancy as the more centrally-located Great Market, the Fehérvári Market offers a truly unique combination of stalls selling whole plants, flowers, fresh meat, sausages, cheeses, bread, spices, and much more.
Shopping Mall 3: Corvin Plaza
Tucked just behind the historic Corvin Quarter (which saw some of the fiercest fighting of the 1956 Revolution), Corvin Plaza boasts a convenient, central location and a wide range of shops that make it one of the best shopping centers in the city. And, of course, it plays host to a number of wonderful clothing outlets, such as C&A, Orsay, Cropp and NewYorker, to name just a few.
This shopping mall, opened in 2010, boasts brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities, and the shops located inside certainly live up to this standard of quality as well. In addition, Corvin Plaza is situated in such a way that it is just steps away from the famed Corvin Movie Theatre, meaning that you can shop in 21st century comfort before heading over to view contemporary films in the unique setting of a building originally built in the early 20th century.
Next to Corvin Plaza, you can also visit the fancy Corvin Promenade with a huge variety of restaurants, bars and café terraces. This amazing spot of the district is part of a redevelopment project, which has won a number of prizes for architecture and urban design.
And if you’re already shopping at Corvin Plaza and Corvin Promenade, you’re in luck, as one of Budapest’s most convenient, comfortable, and luxurious places to stay during your trip is just around the corner. That, of course, is Fraser Residence Budapest.
Boasting a convenient location on the Pest side of the city, Fraser Residence makes it easy to head out and see all that the Hungarian capital has to offer. Whether you’re shopping in the Westend, examining wares in the Great Market, or strolling down Andrássy Avenue, Fraser Residence is just a quick walk or public transportation ride away from anything you might be interested in checking out during your stay in Budapest.
The Non-Malls: The Great Market, Andrássy Avenue and More
Impressive, air-conditioned edifices of steel and glass, Budapest’s shopping malls are undoubtedly great places to shop while in the Hungarian capital. It would only be fair to point out, however, that they are far from the last word in terms of all that the city has to offer.
If you’d like to shop for clothing, souvenirs, or jewelry outside, then the city center has two great options. The first, Váci Street, is a great spot for classic souvenirs such as mugs, magnets, shirts, and more (although it’s worth noting that it can be a bit of a tourist trap at times). If you’re looking for higher-end goods, a walk down Andrássy Avenue, Budapest’s answer to the Champs Elysees, will take you past shops bearing names such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and much more. And if you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of a true European marketplace, look no further than the Great Market Hall. Located near the river, this colossal indoor market hosts stalls selling items ranging from paprika to polo shirts, and almost anything in between.
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