Shopping Centers With Lots of Shops, Cafes, Fast Food Places
Since the mid-1990-ies numerous shopping malls have been built in Budapest and the number of large shopping centers is still growing in the Hungarian capital and in its outskirts.
In Budapest Shopping Malls you can combine several activities:
- buying Hungarian souvenirs, designer clothes, accessories, books, electronics
- watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in a Multiplex cinema
- have a meal or just a coffee with a cake in the many eateries and cafés
The change in the political and market system in the 1990-ies brought about Western-style shopping craze, and today around a dozen flashy shopping centers welcome both locals and tourists.
Shops Are Closed on Sunday
According to a new regulation that came into effect in March 2015 shops larger than 200 sqm cannot be open on Sunday (they can choose three Sundays/year when they will be open – like during Christmas time or around Easter).
Only smaller ones (less than 200 sqm) and family owned shops where family members work will be open on the last day of the week. In shopping centres only food courts are open and the cinemas.
Shopping centers are busy places, and attract pickpockets. Keep your purse in a well-fastened handbag and hold it close to your body.
Budapest Shopping Malls – Wide Selection of Goods
Shopping centres sell everything you need in every day life, food, cosmetics, clothes, books, they all have souvenir shops, though Budapest Markets are better places to get authentic Hungarian gifts.
You’ll find all major brands and trendy fashion retailers: Levis, Devergo, Kookai, C & A, H & M, Debenhams, Nike, Adidas etc. Besides these glitzy big name outlets, some lovely, small shops sell crafts, toys and unique gifts.
All shops have ATM machines, should you need some cash. It’s still not common to pay with credit cards in Hungarian shops, though most of them accept major cards.
The good thing is that besides shops and eateries, you’ll also find banks, at least one post office, travel agencies, pharmacies, currency exchange bureaus. So you can combine shopping with going in the bank, getting a painkiller, or exchanging money.
Clean toilettes are another asset of shopping centres. If you need help finding your way around or in any other matter, ask the staff at the Information desk located at the main entrances, they’re usually young people who speak English.
You can easily get to most shopping centers by public transport. All malls provide free parking (for at least 2 hours), should you go by car.
Note that we indicated the opening hours of shops; cinemas and other services might have different opening hours.TIP: read our Christmas Shopping in Budapest article to help you plan a day of searching for unique holiday gifts.
Address: Blaha Lujza tér 3-5., district VII., M2 metro, trams 4-6
Open: 10.00-20.00 every day, parking garage: 0.00-24.00:
See website for more details.
The Europeum shopping centre opened in April 2011 on Blaha Lujza Square with 6000 sq. meter shopping area.
Fashion shops, shoe stores (Deichmann), a Müller drogerie, cafes and restaurants await shoppers on 3 levels.
Address: Váci út 1-3., district VI., M3 metro, trams 4-6 Nyugati tér station
Open: Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun: 10.00-18.00
Its striking architecture and around 400 shops make West End City Center the most impressive and largest Budapest shopping malls.
An ideal place for shopping, even if you don’t have much time because it’s centrally located next to the Nyugati Train Station.
Underground you’ll find a Spar supermarket, a Libri bookshop, several toy shops. Costa Coffee on the underground level, a Tchibo on the first floor should you crave a latte with a cake.
There’s a Starbucks cafe (open: Mon-Fri: 7.00-22.00, Sat-Sun: 8.00-22.00) on the street level floor with a small outdoor terrace overlooking the busy Váci út.
A nice selection of coffee drinks, sandwiches, teas, muffins, croissants other pastries and cakes are available.
Although a bit overpriced, Starbucks is still a good choice to have a steaming cuppa in Budapest .
They’ll have 8 more cafes in Budapest: in the Mammut II Shopping Center 2nd floor, at Széna tér, at Szt. István tér facing St. Stephen’s Basilica, at the corner of Király utca and Erzsébet körút on Grand Boulevard.
You can have good meals at the numerous eateries and cafés. TIP: For dessert the Yogomore self-service frozen yogurt bar.
WestEnd also offers a range of designer shops, jewellers, gift shops, drugstores, toy shops and many other shops. The 14-screen Palace Cinema shows the latest blockbusters.
A very nice feature is the Baby-Mom Room (open every day from 11.00 to 19.00, use the escalator or elevator from the 2nd floor to the Semiramis Roof Graden).
It has a comfortable armchair, changing table, and microwave should need to warm a meal for your little one.
The ice-skating rink on the roof doesn’t operate anymore. You can enjoy this wonderful winter sport though at the Eiffel tér Ice Rink next to Nyugati Train Station (open: from December till end of February).
Address: Futó utca 37-45., Budapest 1083, district VIII., M3 (blue) metro, or trams 4, 6 Corvin negyed stop
Corvin is one of the newest shopping malls in the heart of Budapest, behind Corvin Cinema. It is easily accessible by metro (M3/blue line) and trams 4 and 6.
The 4-storey mall offers a wide range of shops (C & A, H & M, Pull & Bear, Orsay, Jeans Club, Tamaris, Promod, Tally Weijl,, DM drogerie market, Deichmann, Hervis, Electro World, Alexandar bookstore,) cafes (Costa Cafe), a CBA supermarket, cafes and restaurants.
There’s an ice rink on the second floor (open: 10.00-22.00 every day) that is free to use.
Address: Október 23. utca 8-10, trams 4, 6, 18, 19, 41, 47, 49, 61, buses: 53, 86, 150, 150E, 212, 250
Open: Mon-Sat: 10.00-21.00, Sun: 10.00-19.00, restaurants, cafes: Mon-Sat: 9.00-22.00, Sun: 9.00-20.00,
Allee is a new addition to the city’s growing number of shopping malls. It is on the Buda side, only 3 stops by tram from Petőfi bridge.
The 4-storey center houses a wide array of fashion shops, cafes and restaurants, a large Interspar supermarket (open: Mon-Thurs, Sat: 7.00-21.00, Fri: 7.00-22.00, Sun: 8.30-19.30), a Gilda Max Fitness Center (open: 0.00-24.00 every day) and a Cinema City Multiplex Cinema. designer shops include Bershka, Art’z Model.
There are quality shoe shops as well: Tamaris, Bata, Salamander, Horváth Cipő.
Allee frequently has some unique cultural programs, like the Interactive Theatre Show in October, and there is also a Christmas fair outside the mall each year.
It wouldn’t be a shopping mall without at least one fast food restaurant, so rest assured there’s Burger King. If you feel like eating pizza then try Il Treno. There is also an Asian fast food buffet.
Costa Coffee also has an outlet in Allee, offering expensive coffee drinks, pastries and sandwiches. Hot’s Cafe makes espresso from dark roasted Dallmayr coffee.
Cserpes Tejivó is a Hungarian milk bar chain with tasty dairy products: shakes, cocoa, coffee drinks, tea, yogurt, traditional Hungarian pastries: cottage cheese pockets, gourmet sandwiches. A good place to grab a bite at affordable price.
Address: Kerepesi út 9., VIII. district, M2 (red) metro, Keleti pályaudvar stop, from there by walk or take a bus (No. 178, No. 95) or trolley (No. 80)
Open: Shops: Mon-sat: 10.00-21.00, Sun: 10.00-19.00, Restaurants, Cafes: Mon-Sat: 10.00-22.00, Sun: 10.00-20.00, Tesco: every day: 06.00-24.00, Cinema City: every day: 10.00-24.00. See website for more information.
The Tchibo shop is unique because this is one of the 3 in Hungary (there’s one in MOM Park and another in WestEnd). It sells gourmet coffees, clothes and other stuff. You can also have a cup of coffee with a cake there.
Arena Plaza has a great number of fashion shops selling designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories.
There’s also a multiplex cinema and a large Tesco supermarket.
For an American style cafe drop in Starbucks. You must try the delicious ice creams in Haagen Dazs. There’s also the usual McDonalds, McCafe, KFC and Burger King for fast-food junkies.
You’ll also find a Subway and a Pizza Hut. In Szamos Confectionery you can buy handmade bonbons, fine cakes or just have an espresso or cappuccino.
There’s an ice skating rink (Jégterasz) on the first floor that is open during winter. It hosts parties on Friday and Saturday nights
- Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 08.00-12.00, 13.00-17.00, 18.00-22.00, Fri-Sat: 08.00-12.00, 13.00-17.00, 18.00-24.00.
- Admission: for adults on weekdays: 1 100 HUF, adults weekends: 1 300 HUF, children weekdays: 800 HUF, children weekends: 900 HUF.
Árkád offers a variety of fashion and designer shops, drugstores, bookshops and supermarkets.
After shopping you can rest in one of the many cafes and restaurants. There’s Greek eatery, Italian (Okay Italia, Pizza Vezuv), Burger King, McDonalds, Asia Food and so on.
For delicious cakes or ice cream in the summer I recommend Szamos Confectionery. For a good espresso try Cafe Frei in the Libri Book Store.
Address: Örs vezér tér 25., X. district, M2 metro Örs vezér tér station
Open: Mon-Sat: 6.30-22.00, Sun: 7.30-21.00, shops: Mon-Sat: 10.00-21.00, Sun: 10.00-19.00
After sightseeing in the nearby Budapest Castle District, pop in Mammut to do some shopping or have snacks in one of its cafés or restaurants on the upper floors.
Mammut offers both big-brand and smaller shops.
For high-tech electronic gadgets visit Saturn on the underground level.
The market at the back end of the mall sells fresh fruits, vegetables. The best place to munch some snacks, like lángos or pancakes.
Address: Nagyajtai út 4/a, II. district, Buda, trams 4-6, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér station
Open: Shops: Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-18.00, Restaurants: Mon-Sun: 10.00-22.00, Supermarket (Match): Mon-Sat: 6.30-21.00, Sun: 8.00-19.00, cinema ticket offices: Mon-Sun: 9.30-22.45
Address: Lövöház utca 2-6., II. district, next to the original Mammut
Open: same as Mammut I.
Out of the nine Starbucks cafe shops in Budapest (the others three are in WestEnd Shopping Center, on Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút, at the corner of Király utca and Erzsébet krt. on Szent István tér near the Basilica, in MOM Park) Mammut II. has one on the 2nd floor (open: Mon-Sun: 8.00 – 22.00).
If you prefer a more Hungarian coffee house chain with moderate prices then try Cafe Frei in the Libri Bookstore on the 2nd floor (open: Mon-Thurs: 10.00-21.00, Fri-Sat: 10.00-22.00, Sun: 10.00-20.00)
A smaller but less busier shopping center in Buda. It is a bit of a hassle to get there by public transport, but once you’re there take your time to explore the shops.
When visiting MOM Park I always have a coffee break in either the Bagatellini Cafe: delicious home baked bakery goods and cakes, or in Starbucks.
For coffee and cake you can’t go wrong with the Tchibo store either. They sell other stuff besides coffee: home appliances, clothes, accessories – always a temptation for me.
The Vapiano and the TG Picolino are my top choices for Italian dishes.
If I have time I also drop by the shop selling special teas (ground floor). The SPAR supermarket is a good place to buy some food stuff.
MOM Park has a modern multiplex cinema too.
Address: Alkotás út 53. XII. district, tram 59, 61, bus 8, 139
Open: Shops: Mon-Sat 10.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-18.00 , Restaurants: Mon-Sun: 10.00-22.00, Match supermarket: Mon-sat: 7.30-21.00, Sun: 8.00-20.00, cinema ticket office: Mon-Sun: 11.00-24.00
More than 100 shops, multiplex cinema, eateries, cafés.
Duna Plaza has a range of fashion shops (H & M, Promod, Orsay) shoe shops, a drugstore, a Libri Bookstore, post office, restaurants (KFC, McDonalds) cafes, a fitness centre, a dance studio, and a cinema
Address: Váci út 178., dsitrict XIII., M3 metro Gyöngyösi utca station
Open: Shops: Mon-Sat: 10.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-19.00, Match Supermarket: Mon-Sun: 8.00-22.00, Restaurants: Mon-Sat: 9.00-21.00, Sun: 9.00-19.00
Address: Szentmihályi út 131., V. district, shuttle bus from M2 metro, Keleti pu station
Open: Shops: Mon-Sun 10.00-20.00, restaurants, bars, cinema: Sun-Thurs: 10.00-24.00, Fri-Sat: 10.00-02.00, Tesco Hipermarket: 0.00-24.00, ice rink: Mon-Sun: 9.00-23.00
The second largest Budapest Shopping Mall, after West End City Center. The huge Tesco supermarket is open round the clock every day.
Other highlights of Pólus are the fast food restaurants, pubs, cafés and the multiplex cinema.
Address: Nagytétényi út 37-45., XXII. district, buses: 33, 33E, 114, 138, 150, 213, 214, 233E
Open: Mon-Sat: 10.00-20.00, Sun: 10.00-19.00 Tesco is open 24 hrs a day.
It’s situated a bit far from the city centre, so do count in the time of getting there by public transport.
Once you get there you can while away the hours going to the cinema or the Tropicarium aquarium.
The Palace of Miracles (Csodák Palotája has recently moved to Campona: it is a scientific playhouse with plenty of interactive games, activities and programs.
Of course Campona has many shops, cafes and restaurants too. Leroy café has live music every night from 20.00.
Address: Könyves Kálmán körút 12-14., IX. district, tram 1, bus 103 Mester utca stop, M3 Népliget station, from there tram 1 or bus 103
Open: Mon-Sun 10.00-20.00
Not the most ideal place for shopping addicts because it has less shops than other Budapest Shopping Malls.
Semiramis Coffes Shop sells gourmet coffees.
A few cafés and pubs and the multiplex cinema make a visit worthwhile. You might want to pop in the Zsolnay Márkabolt to buy Hungarian porcelain.
Address: Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 121., II. district, from Széll Kálmán tér take bus 22, 56 or 156 or tram 56, get off at Budagyöngye stop
Open: Mon-Fri: 7.00-21.00, Sat: 7.00-20.00, Sun: 8.00-18.00
In the Le Sommelier Wine Shop on the underground level the helpful staff gives assistance to choose the right wines that match your taste.
Buy cheese that go with the wine in the Szega Cheese delicatessen offering wide selection of Hungarian and imported cheeses.
You might want to pop in the Zsolnay Porcelain Shop on the first floor too.
Address: Bécsi út 154 district III. , tram 1 or 1A Bécsi út terminus, bus 60, 18
- Interspar supermarket: Mon-Thurs 7.00-21.00, Fri 7.00-22.00, Sat 7.00-21.00, Sun 8.00-20.00
- other shops: Mon-Sat 10.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-18.00
- Palace Euro Center cinema ticket office: Mon-Fri: 13.00-22.45, Sat-Sun: 10.00-22.45