Souvenir Shopping, Budapest

It would be a pity to leave Budapest without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Budapest, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: Daniel
Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors’ Centre

1) Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors’ Centre

What to buy here: Unicum. Bottled in beautiful green bottles, this bitter herbal liqueur is made from over 40 spices, using a recipe that has remained a secret for centuries! Unicum is a beautiful dark, amber color, which it gets from the oak barrels it’s aged in at Zwack’s Budapest factory. Many Hungarians swear by the medicinal properties of this drink, which was originally brewed as a tonic for Emperor Joseph II in 1790. With a history almost as fascinating as its striking taste, Unicum...   view more
Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall)

2) Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall)

What to buy here: The Hungarian Secret Box.

At first glance, you may think these lovely wooden boxes are ordinary jewelry boxes. That is, until you attempt to open one and discover that the lid does not move upon command. Only after the shop keeper has shown you how to slide open the secret panels, uncover the key and the hidden lock, will you have access to the inside of this clever puzzle box. And, if that’s not enough to satisfy your cravings for secrecy, there is a hidden compartment...   view more
Millenium antik

3) Millenium antik

Established in 2000, Millennium Antik is an impressive antique shop located at Váci Street, in the very heart of Budapest. The store is a treasure trove full of 19th and 20th century antiques, such as Herendi and foreign porcelains, beautiful old glass and ceramic objects, silver plates, bronze sculptures, lamps, chandeliers, furniture pieces, as well as glazed porcelains, vases, ceramic pots, bowls and nostalgic figurines.

What to buy here: Paintings of the Danube.

Walk along the Danube...   view more
Folkart Centrum

4) Folkart Centrum

What to buy here: Traditional Hungarian Shirts.

Put a little color into your wardrobe, or the wardrobe of a friend, by bringing a traditional Hungarian shirt back from Budapest. Although no longer worn every day, Hungarians still enjoy donning their more traditional garb for folk dancing events or national celebrations. Folk costumes from Hungary are very colorful and have beautiful designs embroidered on them. Women’s clothing tends to consist of flared skirts with petticoats, and blouses...   view more

5) Kalacs

What to buy here: Kurtos Kalacs.

Originally baked by Hungarian settlers in Transylvania, Kurtos Kalacs (“Chimney Cakes”, so named because of their cylindrical shape and the steam that rises out of the hot, freshly baked pastry) are one of the oldest, and arguably most delicious, pastries produced in Hungary. Although their traditional use was to celebrate weddings, christenings and the arrival of important guests, Kurtos Kalacs are now sold fresh on street corners all over Budapest. When...   view more
The Handicraft store

6) The Handicraft store

What to buy here: Traditional Dolls.

Hungarian dolls have been exhibited at museums around the world. Their beautiful costumes, delicate features and embroidered hats, make them admired wherever they are shown. Hungarian dolls make a wonderful souvenir to bring back either as a gift or a collectible item. These beautiful handmade dolls come dressed in either traditional Hungarian peasant costumes, or in elegant, old fashioned, ball gowns. Their beautiful porcelain faces are hand painted and...   view more
Laszlo Vass Shoes

7) Laszlo Vass Shoes

What to buy here: Leather Shoes.

Nestled in the heart of Budapest’s biggest shopping district, Laszlo Vass’ shoe store is a must visit for travelers to Hungary. Vass is one of the last remaining craftsmen to create handmade leather shoes using traditional methods, and his shoes are famous for their beauty and their durability. In the store’s workshop, Vass and his employees use the same tools that craftsmen used centuries ago in order to create shoes unlike any produced in factories....   view more
Bacchus Borkereskedes

8) Bacchus Borkereskedes

What to buy here: Tokaji Wine and Palinka.

Every year on Queen Victoria’s birthday, Emperor Franz Josef would send her one bottle of Tokaji Wine for every month she had been alive (a grand total of 972 bottles on her 81st birthday!) During your trip to Budapest, we recommend that you follow the Emperor’s example and purchase some Tokaji for your friends and family at home. Mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem, this wine has been a Hungarian treasure for centuries. Produced only in...   view more
Herend Porcelain

9) Herend Porcelain

What to buy here: Hungarian Porcelain.

The Hungarian traditional of hand crafted porcelain dates back hundreds of years. Truly the porcelain of royalty, Herend porcelain has been used in royal courts from Austria to Mexico. Queen Victoria was so impressed by Hungarian porcelain when it was shown at exhibitions around Europe, that she ordered some for her palace. Today, Herend still make their famous products at a small factory in the Hungarian countryside. Using a mixture of quartz, kaolin...   view more

10) RePresent

What to buy here: Paprika.

After your first taste of the famous Hungarian dish “Paprikas Csirke” (Chicken with Paprika) you’ll be dying to get your hands on this magnificent spice. Hungarian cuisine is famous for its flavor and zest, and one of the essential ingredients is Paprika. This spice is not only delicious and colorful, but is also rich in Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. Grown in Hungary, the peppers are dried, ground up and sold in stores all around Budapest. Paprika comes...   view more
Ajka Crystal

11) Ajka Crystal

What to buy here: Ajka Crystal.

Founded in 1897, the Ajka Crystal Factory is world famous for the beautiful handmade crystal products they produce. Their beautiful tableware and decor products are available in up to 20 different colors and come in beautiful, luxurious gift boxes. At the factory, Ajka’s master glass blowers blow the glass into a wooden mold and then subject it to a continuous cooling process for four hours. The crystal then has a design etched into it by hand. The...   view more
West End City Center

12) West End City Center

What to buy here: Rubik’s Cube.

Although you are probably familiar with these colorful puzzles, it may surprise you to learn that the original inventor was Hungarian. Erno Rubik, a sculptor and professor of architecture, invented this game in 1974 while working at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest. Today, it is the world’s best selling toy with over 350 million cubes sold worldwide. This six sided cube has a different color on every side and a pivoting mechanism which...   view more

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Creating your own self-guided walk in Budapest is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Andrassy Avenue, recognized as a World Heritage site in 2002, is a fine boulevard in the city that dates back to 1870. The entire stretch is lined with cafés, restaurants, luxury shops and cultural institutions. The long, wide road that connects Downtown and City Park is lined with trees and renovated villas and palaces. At the City Park end is the Heroes Square where the most important national monuments are located.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Pest Walking Tour

Pest Walking Tour

Separated from its western neighbor Buda by the magnificent river Danube, the eastern part of Bupadest, formally known as Pest, takes up almost two thirds of the Hungarian capital. Unlike hilly Buda, Pest is predominantly a flat plain with a pretty buzzing and bourgeois setting. It houses some truly magnificent architectural sights, including the Hungarian Parliament itself. In part, this is probably the reason why the Hungarians habitually refer to their capital city as simply "Pest". This walk invites you to explore some of the key attractions of this part of Budapest.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Buda Walking Tour

Buda Walking Tour

The capital of Hungary Budapest is a relatively young city, resulted from an 1873 merger between Buda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the east. Set on a number of hills, Buda is the site of a grand Hapsburg palace with a detached, imperial air of old-time wealth. While in Buda, you can enjoy sweeping views of the opposite Pest, lying across the river, from the Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill or Gellért Hill to the south. Come on this walk and see these and other key attractions of this magnificent part of the Hungarian capital.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Nightlife Tour, Part 2

This leg of the Budapest Nightlife Tour features more great establishments from the city’s diverse palette of venues offering entertainment after dark. Anything from high class adult entertainment and world class DJs sets, to drag shows, live comedy, an exclusive member’s only singles club, and more. Being a major international hub, Budapest packs a mighty punch when it comes to entertaining its many visitors as well as its locals.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Over the centuries, the Jews of Budapest were many times expelled from the city and had to rebuild their homes and lives after it. Therefore, it is amazing to see how much they have re-created and many of it is still preserved even after the WWII and the communist regime. This tour covers some of the most important sites that provide an insight into the history and culture of the Jewish population in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Ruin Pubs Tour

Ruin Pubs Tour

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments that are located inside old abandoned buildings. The antiquity inherent in their architecture adds a certain character to these pubs. Inside the spots found on the Budapest Ruin Pubs Tour guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings, theatrical performances, and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km

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