Shop like a local for fresh fruit and veg, flowers, clothes and bric-a-brac at the indoor and outdoor markets before heading to the shopping malls where you’ll find enough designer brands, high street brands and indie shops to keep you busy!
Here are the spots that made our list:
WestEnd City Center: One of the largest shopping malls in Budapest, this bustling complex situated next to the Western Railway Station combines a typical western shopping experience with a classic central-eastern European marketplace. The upper floors contain many of the international branded stores one would expect to find in most other places in Europe, while the lower level shops are fairly small and sell non-branded clothes and utility equipment. The food court in the WestEnd City Center is a particular highlight, selling a huge range of foods with places like KFC and Starbucks being the main attractions. As if that wasn’t enough, the very upper levels of the mall feature a large cinema and a rooftop garden.
Arena Plaza: With just two floors and a separate floor for the movie theatre, Arena Plaza is one of the smallest shopping centres in Budapest but has a reasonable selection of independent restaurants and coffee shops as opposed to housing the big franchises that are regularly found in malls of this type. In addition to the food that can be eaten on site, this modern shopping mall also has a large Tesco store for grocery shopping and free parking for all customers.
Allee: A pet-friendly shopping centre in Hungary, Allee have taken a unique approach to accommodating animal-lovers and have made 50 shops pet-free and have even provided a dog comfort station. Some of the shops include bistro outlets, a large range of fashion stores, and lots of coffee and ice cream. In general, this mall is spacious and is rarely crowded.
ÁRKÁD Budapest Shopping Centre: This is a well laid out shopping mall with ample parking space and is easily accessible by public transport. Stores include several fast food franchises such as McDonalds as well as a variety of Chinese food outlets and other independent restaurants. Arkad is one of the largest complexes in Budapest and also takes care of your grocery and pharmaceutical needs across several stores.
Mammut Shopping Mall: Providing a unique shopping experience through its vast range of distinguished Hungarian and global brands, Mammut Shopping Mall offers visitors the opportunity to shop for groceries, clothing, health products, and to eat at its many fast-food chains in a large open space. This 107,000 square-metre complex also provides entertainment options such as an 8-pin bowling lane and a state-of-the-art gym. Alternatively, you could treat yourself to an enjoyable aesthetic treatment in one of its many spas or watch the latest blockbuster movies at its cinema complex. This mall also has its own underground parking which is open 24-hours a day.
Köki Terminal: Easily accessible by bus or by subway, Koki Terminal has more than 150 shops under one roof, providing visitors with supermarkets, coffee shops, a large food court, and a bank and ATM machines. In particular, this shopping centre has a large range of stores that sell books, newspapers and stationary. Parking space is available 24-hours a day and there is a small charge for this service.
Corvin: In addition to offering visitors the chance to shop at a wide range of well-known franchises, this family-friendly shopping mall in Budapest provides several helpful services to facilitate an enjoyable, stress-free day out. It features a baby-mum room where parents can clean and feed their baby in a friendly environment as well as a children’s’ playground to keep young kids entertained during the shop. In terms of fast-food chains, the centre has KFC, Burger King, a Belizzo outlet plus many more. Other unique features of Corvin include the rest area where you can sit and relax throughout the day, good access for wheelchairs, and a pet-friendly approach.
Campona: This shopping mall in Budapest has 160 stores in one modern facility so, whether you’d like to do your regular shop, enjoy coffee with friends, or watch a weekend movie, Campona may the ideal location to do it. With a wide range of stores covering almost every category you can think of including gift stores, pet stores, home furnishings, and sports, this vast shopping complex offers visitors a total shopping solution under one roof. A rather unique feature of this mall is the tropicarium where you can observe turtles, birds, alligators, fish, sharks and more. Parking is free.
Polus: With 2,500 parking spaces in a security-patrolled car park, the Polus shopping mall located in District Szentmihályi út makes arriving at the complex a hassle-free process. In addition, it is easily accessible car, subway, and other forms of public transport. Polus is ideal for couples or family days out since there are several entertainment areas to visit such as an ice-skating rink, cinema, casinos, sports centre, billiard salon and more. Furthermore, there are around 30 catering establishments such as restaurants, pubs and cafes to keep you energised throughout the day.
MOM Park: This is a small but lively shopping mall in Budapest that is well-known for its vast range of independent Italian and Chinese restaurants as well as the common fast-food chains found in most centres like McDonalds. Moreover, MOM Park has a relatively large number of fashion, electronic, sport, leisure, beauty and health stores. If you’re doing a big shop, you can also store your goods in the luggage lockers on the Alkotás level of the complex.
Lurdy Haz: A relatively small shopping mall in the centre of Budapest, Lurdy Haz offers visitors the opportunity to shop at several franchised supermarkets and restaurants as well as providing entertainment facilities such as an adventure playhouse for kids, a gaming store and a cinema. In addition, this centre features many customer conveniences such as banks, ATMs, bicycle storage, and adequate access for disabled guests. Parking is free only at specified days and times.
Sugár Shopping Center: This large shopping centre is located in the liveliest part of Budapest and has links to five different transportation systems including a pedestrian walkway. Facilitating entertainment and shopping experiences for families, Sugár provides customers with several supermarkets, restaurants, fashion and health stores, as well as entertainment venues like a bowling alley, sports centre and cinema. In terms of services provided, Sugár is home to many banks, ATMs, pharmacies, mobile phone shops and spas.
Shopmark: Formerly known as Europark, this small traditional shopping mall situated in the suburban XIX District an ideal location to eat out and to try out some great coffee on offer. This centre is rarely overcrowded and has a very authentic feel, with stores that don’t include many of the franchises you’d normally associate with other, larger shopping malls. Shopmark is easily accessed via car, bus or car, and includes underground parking with elevator access at a charge.
Savoya Park: Located in Budapest’s 11th district, Savoya Park is easily accessed by bus, tram or car via Fehérvári road and provides ample parking space for customers. This small shopping mall is rarely overcrowded and features a large Aldi supermarket as well as a self-service restaurant, bakery, pastry shop, fitness gym, bank, and several other non-branded stores.
Duna Plaza: Comprising of around 200 stores, Dana Plaza is a traditional shopping mall with several food outlets such as McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and some kebab and Chinese eateries. It houses several international and Hungarian trading companies in the categories of fashion, books, jewellery, leisure, sports, health, beauty, entertainment and more. The centre has parking facilities with 1,600 spaces which is free for a limited time.
Atrium Eurocenter: With 50 stores including grocery, electronic, food and coffee outlets, Atrium Eurocenter is a family-friendly and pet-friendly mall that is rarely overcrowded and allows free parking in its car park for a limited time. The main attraction to this centre is the movie theatre which comprises of six air-conditioned rooms, each with 4k projectors and DOLBY sound technology.
Bálna Budapest: Located on Budapest’s 9th District, Bálna Budapest a small authentic shopping mall which comprises of independent clothes stores, handmade crafts shops, an antique boutique, and an art gallery. Amongst other things, Bálna Budapest offers a good beer selection at its bars and has a great view of the Danube river. This place is pet-friendly.
Récsei Center: Récsei Center is a small vintage shopping mall on District 14 and has a simple selection of shops such as a grocery store, furniture store, phone accessory shop, hairdressers and pet store. This is a pet-friendly and family-friendly centre that rarely gets overcrowded and caters for busy parents with a children’s play area.
Stop Shop: Situated in the 3rd district, this small traditional shopping mall comprises of 22 shops including some well-known franchises such as Vision Express, H&M, Spar, and also includes a bowling alley in the entertainment section. Getting here by public transport such as bus or tram is convenient with stops just a few minutes’ walk away from the main entrance.
Fashion Street: A one-stop shop for beauty products, footwear, apparel and accessories, Fashion Street is crammed with major fashion franchises such as Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, while also providing visitors with some well-known fast-food chains and coffee shops. This place features lots of beautiful architecture and is considered one of the historical tours of Budapest.
Hegyvidék Shopping Center: A combination of food, fashion and beauty, Hegyvidék Shopping Center is a small upmarket shopping mall that has a butcher, fish monger, wine store and more. Aside from the Prima Supermarket, most of the stores in this centre are independent and cater for a wide range of tastes.
Tal Gur is a world traveler and personal development enthusiast. An adventurer at heart, after trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, Tal spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey continues as a location-independent blogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and coach. Tal’s published two books: One Year to Freedom, a 1-Year Roadmap to Living Life on Your Own Terms; and, his most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living – 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World.