Finding the best clothing, accessories, furniture and more…
Budapest has seen a number of new shops and boutiques open in recent years featuring homegrown fashion, local clothing, furniture and accessories. For all you design enthusiasts, I've whipped up a list of the best places to check out.
Budapest’s Design District
Budapest’s Design District is located within district 5, in the triangle created by Astoria, Ferenciek tere and Kálvin tér. It’s the place to find unique shops featuring creations by young Hungarian designers.
- Mono Fashion - Hungarian contemporary fashion with new guest designers monthly (Kossuth Lajos utca 20)
- Insitu - clothes, accessories and everyday items (Múzeum körút 7)
- Lollipop - one-of-a-kind clothes from a designer couple (Váci utca 45)
- Eventuell - unique textiles, clothes, jewelery and lamps (Nyári Pál utca 7)
- Kamchatka - limited series women's clothes and home textiles (Nyári Pál utca 7)
- Retrock - cutting edge fashion from various designers (Henszlmann Imre utca 1)
- Fregoli - bicycle-inner-tube-bags, cocktail dresses and accessories (Bástya utca 12)
- Esztille - clothing and accessories (Fejér György utca 1)
- Innoshop - designer furniture and home accessories (Kecskeméti utca 8)
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Budapest's Design Street
Király utca (Király Street), where interior design rules, is also known as Budapest's Design Street. The city’s most exclusive design and furniture stores are located here along with some funky boutiques and modern art galleries.
- Printa - a concept shop, a gallery, a studio and a café (Rumbach Sebestyén utca 10, just off of Király utca)
- VAM Design Center - collectible home accessories and contemporary furniture in a design gallery (Király utca 26)
- GOA - furniture and home accessories (Király utca 19-21)
- Inda - contemporary art (Király utca 34)
- Látomás - day and evening fashion (Király utca 39)
- The Lab - clothing and accessories (Király utca 48)
- KARE - German home-furnishing (Király utca 43-45)
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Shopaholics visiting Budapest can find some retail therapy at one of the city’s fashion events. Be sure to mark your calendars:
Stylewalker Night – Organized by several shops and boutiques, Stylewalker Night is a design walk in the city center, in District 5. Participating stores welcome shoppers with special offers and gifts until midnight.
WAMP – Budapest's monthly design market, WAMP, exhibits and sells creations by contemporary Hungarian designers. A wide range of clothes, accessories, jewelery, interior décor and home accessories are available for sale.
Budapest Design Week – Close to 100 designer workshops showcase their products to both the public and the design industry during this popular fall event.
Museum of Applied Arts – Housed in one of the most representative Art Nouveau buildings, the Museum of Applied Arts hosts several design exhibits each year.
Another venue to visit is Design Terminal on Erzsébet tér. This former bus depot turned design center features fashion shows, design and fashion related exhibitions and a small library. A design shop and a café are planned for fall 2011.