Do you always shop souvenirs when visiting a new city or country? But aren’t you tired of buying the same kind of souvenirs and gifts over and over again? If you want to buy more than a pen with Budapest sign or fridge magnet or mug, choose extraordinary design souvenirs made by locals. This way you can support the local artists and have a special memory about your trip. I’ll show you where to buy unique souvenirs and design products in Budapest. Read my Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs!
Budapest shopping guide to the best Hungarian souvenirs – Part 1. – Pest side
Take a look at the map to locate the best design shops in Budapest, Buda and Pest together! Part 2 contains the best design shops of Buda side, check it out for more info and photos!
The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy souvenir.
Urban Sidewalker Design Shop
The story of Urban Sidewalker began in 2014 with Balázs, the artist and his friend, Máté. Balázs draws freehand and uses digital techniques only for colouring. They started with maps capturing Budapest, its significant buildings and the Danube. If you are looking closely, you can discover the amazing details including tiny people on the streets of Budapest 🙂
Urban Sidewalker used to have a small hidden store on Károly street, fortunately, they moved to a bigger one on Akácfa street, where posters, design maps and postcards are available in many colour combination. You can also find concrete jewellery and clock.
They also attend on design fairs, Christmas markets and you can see their amazing Budapest inspired products in every other design shop in this blog post 🙂
Website: Urban Sidewalker
Address: 1072 Budapest, Akácfa str. 27.
Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Szimpla Design Shop
Szimpla Design Shop is next to the famous Szimpla kert and its interior resembles the ruin bar’s atmosphere and decoration.
In this small shop, you can find various styles of souvenirs like special postcards, posters, notebooks, mugs, home decor and design products, toys, jewellery and even more. They also sell Szimpla kert merchandise including funny postcards and tote bags.
Website: Szimpla Design Shop
Address: 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy str. 14.
Opening time: Monday – Saturday : 12 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm
Köszi means Thanks in English (if you didn’t know…) and you should say thanks because in Köszi you will find “Everything you didn’t know you needed”. The walls of the small and cute souvenir shop are covered with an amazing red&white wallpaper by redheads. Their other creations are displayed on the shelves.
Köszi sells products mainly by Hungarian designers and also have a nice selection of Budapest inspired products like mugs, notebooks, tote bags, maps, Hungarian cookbooks and postcards of Zsolt Vidák, Barbsiegraphy and the previously mentioned Urban Sidewalker.
I’m not joking, here you can find what you need: bags, jewellery and other accessories by spark.le.monde, Smörgås Clothes and nandi clothing, beauty products like soaps by Zador, beard caring products by Szakállasember.
And I mentioned only a few 😉
You are welcome 😉
Address: 1075 Budapest, Síp str. 24.
Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm
Printa Design Shop
Printa is one of the first environmentally conscious brands in Hungary. They produce silkscreen-printed clothing, tote bags, toys for kids (and for you…), home decor products like pillowcase, pen holder, notebook and different kinds of souvenirs as well. The graphics are inspired by the city’s architecture, street art, daily life and combined with typography.
A Zero Waste Showroom is also part of the shop, where you can buy grocery shopping bags, produce bags, household products, kitchenware and many other products made of natural materials.
Enjoy their tasty coffee too, surrounded by industrial design, natural materials and impressive creations.
Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestény str. 10.
Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday: closed
Libabőr gift shop
At first sight, you might not even notice this small design store next to Váci street, though don’t miss it, if you’re a fan of chic, funny and unique souvenirs. With its stylish monochrome interior and minimal products, it’s much better than the “normal” souvenir stores.
The friendly owner will help you to choose artistic postcards, prints and notebooks. If you’re into a more functional gift, pick a piece of jewellery, cute coffee thermos, phone case, tote bag or backpack.
Address: 1052 Budapest, Régi Posta str. 14.
Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday: closed
Rododendron Art & Design Shop
Approach the design shop from Semmelweis street or from Röser courtyard, where Kontakt (one of my favourite coffee shops) and Szimply (one of my favourite breakfast spots) are located.
The walls and the ceiling are decorated with cute drawings, and you’ll find many Hungarian design products like prints, pieces of handcrafted jewellery and other accessories, ceramics, stationery and toys.
One room is reserved only for Budapest prints and postcards by the best local artists like Urban Sidewalker, Zsolt Vidák, Barbsiegraphy, László Nagy and Richárd Sejben (a few of my favourite Hungarian artists).
Website: Rododendron Art
Address: 1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 19.
Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
This store is perfection, with its pure and bright interior as well as its purpose. The shop is decorated with simple furniture, special plants and amazing products to help you live a slow and green life. #slowliving
Start your slow living with small things, shop local products, use beeswax food wrap, drink with bamboo straw instead of plastic, go to the market with textile produce bag and tote bag. In PaUZa, you can access these items and even more for a sustainable life.
Purchase design and home products, textiles, kitchenware, soaps and candles made of natural materials and more functional products for storing and cleaning. They also sell awesome wooden plates, ceramics, glazed bowls and cutleries.
Like in every design shop, the Budapest postcards and prints are also part of the collection.
Enjoy the moment!
Address: 1052 Budapest, Vitkovics Mihály str. 7.
Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday: closed
MONO art & design
One of the biggest design stores in Budapest represents the best Hungarian designers. Here you’ll find every kind of souvenirs in every kind of material! You can get lost among clothes, ceramics, DIY and design books, home decor and beauty products. A little hint about the treasures…
- Clothing, accessories by the modern and unique Nubu, stylish clothes and accessories by THEFOUR, colourful and abstract clothes and jewellery by nandi clothing
- Stunning ceramics: minimal and colourful pieces by Konda Brigi Kerámia, Error n’ more ceramics by Ádám Csabó Szabó, simple forms covered with beautiful glaze by ME Ceramics, vivid colours and shapes by Rebu Ceramics
- Greatest stationeries by DOT for you. Malinovka, Urban Sidewalker, notess
- Metal jewellery by PersonalPerception and Leanea
- Leather bags: minimalist bags and wallets by Mimikri Design, elegant and geometrics bags by AGNESKOVACS.
- Concrete home decor and jewellery: design lamps, clocks, earrings and wine stopper by MOHA Design, colourful jewellery by Zsanett Kincses, minimal jewellery with a hint of gold and silver by Micha by Weidinger
- Natural cosmetics by POM-POM natúrkozmetikum
Facebook: MONO art & design
Address: 1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos str. 12.
Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Paloma is an eclectic courtyard with design shops on the ground and 1st floor. The house was built in 1894 and was destined to serve as a townhouse. In the 1990s, it functioned as a mall called Paloma Shopping Center, but its fame didn’t last long. In 2014, a group of young artists renovated the courtyard and established a new cultural project.
Now PALOMA is home of showrooms, ateliers and design stores, where you can meet the local artists. Clothes, accessories, bags, jewellery, ceramic studios are waiting for you to discover them in the courtyard.
Website: PALOMA fashion&art
Address: 1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos str. 14.
Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday: closed
Fekete Design Spot / Insitu
Fekete Design Spot is situated next to the entrance of fekete coffee shop and its previous location called insitu was in a nearby courtyard. Despite its small size, you can find every kind of souvenir there. Budapest prints, postcards for art lovers, scratch-off maps, journal and other travel gift ideas for travel lovers, Kanken and Cabin Zero backpacks for the adventurer types, Malinovka sketchbook, notebook, calendar for stationery addicts, Budapest inspired drink coasters, tea towel, mugs for kitchen decoration, wood and metal jewellery by nandi clothing and PersonalPerception for my stylish friends. And even more…
Don’t forget to grab a coffee in fekete 😉
Website: Fekete Design Spot
Address: 1053 Budapest, Károly str. 5-7., insitu store moved next to fekete coffee shop
Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm, Sunday: closed
Csendes Concept Store
The concept store is part of the Csendes family and it’s located between Csendes Társ and Csendes. The bright interior has a unique look and cosy atmosphere thanks to its urban jungle feeling with the plants.
The emphasis is on the gorgeous ceramics and art prints, furthermore, postcards, posters, concrete jewellery are also part of the collection.
At the Hungarian food section (which used to be Csendes Csemege), you’ll find marmalade, syrup, honey, tea, yoghurt, cheese and more made by local farmers.
Website: Csendes Concept Store
Address: 1053 Budapest, Magyar str. 16.
Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday: closed
WonderLAB is for fashion lovers because you won’t find any stationery and home decor product here. However, the selection of stylish clothes, shoes, bags, backpacks and jewellery by Hungarian designers is one of the bests. Every piece has good quality, so the prices are also higher, but you won’t find these clothes and accessories on every 3rd person.
- Unique design clothing by pakamé, INQ concept, ille-olla
- Footwear by DYAN Shoes, Toms, JELLiES, The Shortlist
- Bags by AGNESKOVACS, ESC Design, DVA
- Jewellery by Kinga Horányi, metal art by Leanea, Miko handmade jewelry, dorivisy, recycled plastic jewellery by BORBALA
I mentioned only my favourites, browse on the Instagram of @wonderlab and discover the other designers.
See you in the LAB 😉
Address: 1053 Budapest, Veres Pálné str. 3.
Opening time: Tuesday – Saturday: 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday – Monday: closed
Stilshop – Bálna Budapest
The design shop is located inside the Bálna cultural centre and it’s also accessible from Hygge coffee shop. Before or after some shopping, you can try their tasty specialty coffee.
The store is small, however, it has many many Hungarian designer goods. One shelf is for the Budapest inspired postcards by Anita Nemes, Urban Sidewalker, another shelf for photos by Tamás Andok, the next shelf is for illustrated eco-design notebooks by notess, greeting cards and notebooks by DOT for you. And there are even more shelves… More postcards, notebooks by nuuna, Malinovka, redheads, Barbsiegraphy… Ceramics by kezemura, SUSU keramika, MASTRO… Silkscreen-printed pillowcases by Evuska, lamps by LUJA, soaps and bath salts by Zador and …
I could write a lot more products and designers, but don’t want to make you bored, just visit the store and find your favourites 🙂
Address: 1093 Budapest, Fővám sqr. 11-12., Bálna Budapest
Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday: closed
Ludwig Museum Shop
At the entrance area of Ludwig Museum and the Palace of Art you will see a small museum shop mainly selling books, but I’m not talking about that one. On the 1st floor of the museum, another shop can be found, just enter the exhibition area and explore this colourful corner of the contemporary museum. No ticket is needed for visiting the shop.
You can find their own publication about the collections, art magazines and many other books about design, art, architecture, Budapest and the world. Moreover, the shop features artistic postcards, notebooks by Malinovka and Blacklist Design, pens, pencil cases, bags, wallets and colourful Nebouxii socks.
Website: Ludwig Museum Shop
Address: 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell str. 1.
Opening time: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 7:30 pm
WAMP design fair takes place once a month (sometimes more) to showcase Hungarian designers and their works. During summer, Erzsébet square is the home of the fair and during wintertime, WAMP is hosted in Millenáris B building with 500 HUF entrance fee, which can be used as a voucher. For dates and featured artists check out their Facebook or website.
Meet the artists and designers and check out their products, purchasing directly from them is cheaper than buying in design stores. While wandering around, you can adore the huge selection from every kind of print, painting, clothing, bags, accessories, jewellery and many things you can’t imagine.
Address: Erzsébet square and Millenáris Hall B
Opening time: on Sundays, dates on WAMP
Now you know which are the best design shops to buy Hungarian souvenirs in Budapest (on the Pest side). And if you read the Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs – Part 2, you’ll also know where to buy souvenirs and design products on the Buda side. As a local, I also visit these stores if I want to buy gifts or just a piece of concrete jewellery for myself. See you around 😉
If you’re interested in Budapest inspired souvenirs, read my post about Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists.
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