Where to shop Tax Free in Hungary
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and one of the largest, most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has around 80 geothermal springs, the world's largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 4.4 million visitors a year, making it the 6th most popular city in Europe.
Tax Free shopping in Budapest
The retail market of the city is concentrated mostly in the downtown. Major luxury fashion brands can be found among the city's most prestigious shopping streets: Andrassy Avenue, Vaci Street and the Fashion Street.
Andrassy Avenue (Andrássy út) has some of the most glamorous and expensive shops in Budapest. Lined with spectacular mansions and townhouses, it’s one of Budapest's main shopping streets with fine cafes, restaurants and luxury boutiques such as Gucci, Michael Kors, Madison Perfumery and Högl. Near the Andrassy, Kiraly street has several unique shops like THE LAB, The Velvet Chemistry and Luludog, Beauty and Fashion (shoes, bags), Art & Deco.
Other major shopping sections are the main streets radiating out from the city centre. Fashion Street on Deak Ferenc Street offers a great shopping experience: Hungarian designer shops like Nanushka and Süel are some of the stores located here. In addition, Vaci street (Váci utca), perhaps the most famous shopping street in Budapest, features a large number of fashionable shops, such as Marks & Spencer and Musette.
Budapest also has plenty of shopping malls: including the two largest shopping centres in Central and Eastern Europe, the WestEnd CityCenter with Marionnaud, Saxoo London (men fashion) or Rinascimento and the Arena Plaza including Giudi. Another big shopping mall is Köki Terminál including Swarovski fashion design crystals.
Besides famous shopping streets in Budapest, you may find many other shops nearby: for example TECH LAB (GoPro cameras), REHAB, Mayfair Selection, Laoni (unique leather bags), Tengerszem Túrafelszerelés (hiking gear), Liska (fur), iJoe (Apple reseller), Régiposta Optika (opticians) and Matrix Drops store.
Most shopping malls are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Shops on Vorosmarty Square and Vaci Street are generally open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM.