While their fashions are available worldwide in department stores and boutiques, Nanushka’s flagship store in Budapest is the only stand-alone shop. In keeping with their soft and simple designs, the store is well-thought-out with lantern lighting and draped white linen obscuring the ceiling. The chic womenswear is classic but modern, with clean lines, neutral colors and a masculine twist.
If not for the fashions, visit this quirky concept store in the Jewish Quarter to witness the creativity of local Hungarian designers. Printa—equal parts gallery, café and shop—is a great place to pick up some inspired gifts. The eco-friendly boutique sells clothing, home décor, accessories and art, all emblazoned with graphic prints from the silkscreen studio in the back. Printa can also arrange silkscreen workshops upon request.
The Garden Studio
Located on an unsuspecting corner behind a small storefront, this well-edited boutique sells only Hungarian designers. The best pieces come from Dóri Tomcsányi, one of the co-founders of the shop. Her ladylike designs are not to be missed. There is also a selection of menswear and children’s clothes.
Vörösmarty Christmas Market
If you’re visiting during the holiday season, don’t miss this charming old-world Christmas market where artisans sell handcrafted goods; there’s a fierce competition each year for a stall on Vörösmarty, so the items sold here, including ceramics, jewelry, toys and knitwear, are all first-rate and vetted by the Hungarian Society of Folk Arts. For a break, stop at the food stand selling steaming töki pompos, a Hungarian version of the Alsatian flammekuche, which are made fresh in a wood-fired oven.
With the purpose of supporting Hungarian designers, this monthly design fair is a lively way to experience local culture and browse for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. In December, the market expands (and moves to a different location), for three weekends of festive shopping. There is also a holiday ‘gastro’ fair, featuring a selection of truffles, chocolates and wines for last-minute stocking stuffers. The fair runs one Sunday each month.