This is one of the city's most popular patisseries if the lines out the door are anything to go by. Daubner has been crafting some of the best desserts, confectionery and chocolates for over a hundred years as the lucky few tourists who discover this hidden gem soon discover. Choose from an extensive variety of decadent fruit tarts, rich cakes, classic strudels, buttery biscuits and their signature savory bread - pogácsa - in flavors like cheese, potato and pumpkin. Make a trip here to sample their time-tested original recipes and delicious baked goods; you won't regret it!
Located in Budapest, this wonderful pedestrian-only street runs from Vorosmarty-ter all the way to Vamhaz-korut and the beautiful Market Hall. The pedestrian section used to end at the point where the street is bisected by the Elizabeth Bridge, however, a few years ago a second section was made pedestrian as well. While the first section is lively and popular, the other area emanates more charm. A melange of cafes, fancy shops and boutiques can be found along the street. Among some of its spectacular sights are the remnants of the Medieval Váci gate at Vörösmarty Square and other interesting structures located along Váci utca.
The Central Market Hall has got to be the grandest and most beautiful market hall in the country if not entire Europe. Opened in 1897, the building designed by Samu Pecz underwent a thorough renovation and re-opened for its centenary in 1997. It's a massive, airy space filled with bright piles of food. The mezzanine level is crammed with dozens of folk embroidery and souvenir stands, plus a pleasant cafeteria, beer and food stalls. In the basement, you will find fish, pickles (savanyusag) and an international food store. The important thing to note here is that the butchers and greengrocers begin packing up their products almost an hour before closing.
Part of the Herendi chain, this shop located on the north side of Vaci utca specializes in village pottery. Their selection includes plates, teapots, jugs, soup bowls and tureens, vegetable dishes, oil pots and egg cups. They are all hand-painted with different village motifs such as grapes and vines. They make great gifts and practical souvenirs.
This bookshop is rather small but nonetheless contains a good variety of quality British fiction. This is also the place to go if you're planning to continue traveling, it stocks Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out, Everyman and other major travel guides to some pretty obscure destinations. There are also cookbooks, children's books and British magazines. The only drawback is that it is relatively expensive. Any title from the U.S. or UK can be ordered free of charge but you may have to wait a month or two for it to arrive. It is open on Sundays.
This apartment-turned-studio on the third floor of a heritage house may seem like the unlikeliest of places to look for contemporary fashion and yet, this is where you'll discover some of the most interesting clothing and accessories. Run by a collective of young designers, this studio and store features clothing labels like Ovilab, MEI KAWA and Kniff; one-of-a-kind hats by Virág Ildikó Erdei; and urban sportswear from Urban Legend. The store's minimalist interiors are accentuated by graphics from Nød. You can even catch a glimpse of the artist's creative process here, as the apartment also doubles up as a work space.
With multiple locations throughout Budapest, Bortársaság is widely regarded as one of the city's finest wine purveyors. It's expansive location in the heart of the city offers and excellent selection from the numerous wine-growing regions of Hungary. Besides this, there's also a curated selection of international wines on offer. The knowledgeable staff is happy to let you in on the finer nuances of Hungarian wine and help you make the choice.
Premium Hungarian wine producers are featured in this small shop facing Hild ter. Le Sommelier is the proprietor's own label. You can also get Chateauneuf du Pape as well as wines from other major French châteaux, vintage port and Dom Perignon. Both wine glasses and a delivery service are available. Their carefully selected wines and attention to customers has allowed them to open two more shops.