Just like in most tourist destinations, you’ll find many touristy mementos, such as T-shirts, key chains and mugs, sold near the main sights in Budapest.
If you’re looking for a memorable souvenirs to bring home from the capital city, we recommend the world-famous sweet Tokaji wine, Hungary’s unique fruit brandy called pálinka, porcelain (especially Herend and Zsolnay) and paprika, the most important ingredient in Hungarian cuisine.
Szamos marzipan bonbons, available in an array of flavors, also make for a delicious gift idea.
Another popular thing to bring home is folk art, mainly embroidery. For a fresh twist on traditional souvenirs, we suggest visiting the Memories of Hungary store located near St. Stephen’s Basilica or unique local stores like Printa.
And if you seek the best shopping in Budapest, head for the famous streets: Váci and the adjacent Fashion Street. Both are pedestrian precincts lined with upscale boutiques, stores, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafés.
Located in the very heart of the city, you’ll find shops with familiar names like Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Promod and Zara. For more glamorous designer names, like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci, make your way over to Andrássy Avenue.
Indulge in some local fashion and art as well. Visit WAMP, the city’s monthly design market featuring up-and-coming, contemporary designers selling clothes, jewelry and home décor. Art lovers should peruse Falk Miksa utca (or “street”), lined with art galleries and antique shops.
Finally, you’ll want to save some time and money to explore Budapest’s busy markets and flea markets. Along with a myriad of local produce, fruits and vegetables, Central Market Hall has a large selection of souvenirs. Or discover something unique from the eclectic array of items at the Ecseri Flea Market.