Finding non-tacky souvenirs in Budapest
When going abroad a visitor is always expected to bring back souvenirs for relatives and co-workers, and it is usually such a huge pressure. As you walk the main streets and touristy areas of Budapest you will definitely find the mainstream, tacky, not so unique souvenirs. However, if you need something a little more special, it is better to check the smaller streets of the inner city for cuter shops.
This cute place is a designer fashion store with a small exhibition room (and a silk-screen printer in the back) located on Rumbach Sebestyén street, right in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Most of the products – mainly clothes and jewelry – are made by Hungarian designers using recycled materials. There are several t-shirts, pillows, posters, notebooks and postcards with Hungarian patterns, with the theme of Budapest, something typically local. For sure you’ll be able to get something unique to take home to your loved ones. They also serve great coffee which is a huge plus for the place.
Look around at: https://printa.hu/
Massolit Book & Café
If you are a book-lover you will definitely love this place. It’s a cosy bookstore where you’ll always feel at home (also located in the Jewish District). They sell mainly English language books, but several of them are translations of original Hungarian work such as novels, or even cookbooks. The coffee is amazing here, as well.
Projekt Showroom is a pop-up store which always appears at a new location working with new themes. It is a familiar spot but without borders and is continuously changing all the time. However, one thing never changes: you will always find something great, creative, unique and particular for yourself or as a souvenir. Almost all the merchandise is made by locals, from quality materials.
Your friends will love it! Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/projektshowroom/
Urban Sidewalker Portraits
Urban Sidewalker defines itself as a creative community trying to mix history with graphic design. They sell portraits, posters and maps of Budapest which show the city in a pretty modern way. There are monochrome versions and usually, they also digitalize freehand artwork. Their goal is to show how cool Budapest is. The prints are available at Yellow Zebra Bike Rental: 16 Lázár street, Budapest, 1065
Learn more about it at: https://www.urbansidewalker.com/
Have a great shopping trip!