#kimgoesbudapest: Vintage Travels and Sightseeing in BUD
This travel guide will help you spot the best vintage and second hand shops, where I've been hanging on my 4 day trip and what I cannot recommend.
Where to stay.
As we were three awesome individuals in total, we've booked a whole accommodation through Airbnb. Here is an Airbnb wishlist of accomodations and I highly recommend to stay on the Pest side of Buda-Pest, where most of shops, cafés and tourist attractions are. I've also couchsurfed for 2 nights on the Buda side of Buda-Pest, where I could quickly take the metro (15 min) into the center. No nothing is too far at all and definitely in walking distance.
The Jewish quarter offered most of the things I was interested in: cafés, vegetarian restaurants, vintage shops and hidden corners.
Where to shop.
I've received great vintage and shopping recommendations through Instagram and friends, but also Melody Clemons, a German blogger colleague. Check her blog here. Here is a quick collection of shops and my personal impressions, both negative and positive...
LoveBug Vintage, Budapest, Margit krt. 62.
This is the only store on the Buda side of the city, but worth a visit! You ring the door bell in order to finally enter a back yard to the incredibly cute store: Owner Violetta helps you find the right item in her vintage heaven. Check their opening hours on Facebook, as they vary a lot. And do expect some new (and not fairly produced) items as well.
Retrock, Budapest, Anker köz 2.
My second favorite store, which is great in variety for both, men and woman. The shop is much more curated than others, hence also more expensive. Some designers pieces are also included. But unfortunately the staff was too cool to handle shit. The space and variety is great, but don't expect any kind of service and help.
Ludovika Shop, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 15.
Just around the corner of Retrock and the other shops, you will find the small vintage boutique Ludovica. Nice vibe, nice selection and acceptable prices. Woman's vintage only, but nicely put together with an eye for details. So even though you may not find something, soak in the vibe and vintage music!
HUMANA Vintage Boutique, Károly krt. 8.
Also around the corner of Retrock and Ludovica you will find HUMANA. The vintage store has special pricing system, where each day is different: half the price on everything / everything 3€ / everything 2€. You never really know what deal you'll get. The store has man and woman sections and offers the opportunity to browse the masses. But even though they have a lot of stock, the store is constantly clean and tidy. Hats off to the team, which can sometimes be overcome by the amount of people. If you enjoy hunting the good vintage stuff, this is your place to be!
MONO Fashion - Made in Hungary, Kossuth Lajos u. 20.
Just 2 min. walking from HUMANA you will find the fair fashion shop MONO. The timeless pieces are designed and produced in Hungary and worth checking out if you're around the area anyways. Unfortunately the other shop I've wanted to see (based on DariaDaria's Budapest guide, check it here) was closed down. The Nanuska store which looked more promising than MONO on social media was unfortunately not there anymore. But check their online shop here if you feel like it.
Where not to shop.
Some shops and boutiques looked very promising on social media and their online appearance but turned out to be nothing out of interest to my vintage and sustainability intentions. Shops that are not worth it really...
Vintage Shop. Práter u. 9.
Small, barely sorted and a grumpy owner trying to stare you down. It's that atmosphere where you really feel like being a potential customer is a bad thing. If you want to get hold of white blouses and 60's dresses you shall give it a try though. But be aware that it's a bit off the grid.
Sputnik Shop, Dohány u. 20.
Promosing social media hype made me be the most disappointed by this shop. Besides new jewellery, cheap sunglasses and newly made cosmetic bags, this shop also sells printed shirt á la 'YOLO'. Only about half of the store is actual vintage, limited to some categories. The prices are high and the staff too cool to handle life. And even though it's close to Retrock, Ludovico and HUMANA you don't miss out on anything if you miss this stop.
Here is their website though: https://szputnyikshop.hu/
Hagor Használtruha és Bizományi, Teréz körút 7.
From what I saw, the clothes were locally collected or donated. The quality level was not the best overall, nor was the separation of categories and amount of clothes available. If you want to spend some time searching and browsing in a quiet vibe, you should nevertheless drop by Hagor.
Where to eat.
Ecocafé, Andrássy út 68.
vegan friendly brunch, inside and outside seating
We've had lunch, including some croissant, smoothies and an incredibly good matcha latte. And the coffee must have been good as well. All baked goods are indicated as vegan friendly or not.
Mazel Tov, Akácfa u. 47
Jewish cuisine, nice seating, vegetarian/vegan friendly
This place is a hidden gem in the busy Jewish quarter. The backyard garden is a great place to have food at any time of the day. We've spend our lunch break here, but heard that besides the lemonades, cocktails are great at night. Most tables were booked for the evening, so if you plan to have dinner, reserve a table.
Matinee Coffee Shop, Benczúr u. 2.
great service, sandwiches, vegetarian options
This cute little corner café beams you into an Italian side street and makes you feel like you're visiting Rome instead of Budapest. The owner is very welcoming and warm, so if you're around, check it out!
Hiszteria Cremeria, Jókai tér 4.
Near the Ecocafé there is a great local ice cream shop. Their variety of flavours also offers options (like blueberry & redwine haha) to vegans. All flavours are indicated with allergy specifications.
A table, (multiple locations).
Vegan-friendly breakfast bakery to enjoy a French croissant.
Hummus bar, (multiple locations).
Hummus heaven for all those who want a quick but nevertheless healthy snack.
Where to hang.
My little Melbourne Coffee & Brew Bar, Madách Imre út 3.
Grat baristas who love their jobs. WiFi for workaholics like me and nice street to watch the people outside.
Konya Friends for Food, Madách Imre út 8.
Comfy couches and a great place to hang and work a bit. The top floor has a nice view on a busy street. Watch them tourists pass and enjoy a great drink.
360 Roof Top Bar, Andrássy út 39
If you want a view, you get a view. And nice drinks but unfriendly staff on top.
What to avoid.
Vintage Garden. A fancy looking restaurant, but the food is incredibly over-priced and not worth it.
What I can't judge.
Slow Fashion: Printa, Rumbach Sebestyén u.10.
Vintage: Antifactory, Paulay Ede u. 43.
Vintage & Café: Cydonia Vintage and Tea Room, Akácfa u. 39.
Food: Menza, Liszt Ferenc tér 2.
Food & Drinks: Simpla Kert, Kazinczy u. 14.
Food: Vega City, Múzeum krt. 23.