Budapest malls

 
 
 

Yes, Virginia, there is an Ikea in Budapest...


and a Benneton and a Diesel and on and on.  In fact, Budapest has a growing number of large shopping malls. 


There is no reason whatsoever to go to any of these, but if you feel compelled, the best of the lot is Nyugati (West End City Center, on Váci út…a very different street from Váci utca, remember út means avenue and utca means street), adjacent to the Western Railway Station (Palyudvar).  It is two stops on the blue Metro line north from Deak tér (towards Ujpest).  There is an entrance to the mall from the Metro station at Nyugati, but if you find yourself on the street and not in the mall, find the major thoroughfare with many lanes of traffic in each direction and turn right.  There is a Hilton hotel as part of the mall complex, so in a pinch you can always ask for the hotel, though asking for the West End mall will also likely work.


If you go there, there’s a steam table cafeteria in the basement at the end of the food court.  I think it’s called Vitamix or something like that.  Ignore all nutritious things and order a hunk of goose breast and some red cabbage.  It’s really hard to find roast goose in Budapest and if you point at one that looks juicy and not too dry it could be the highlight of your trip.




 

Budapest has been mall-ested of late, with the largest mall in central Europe opening on the site of a former racetrack in the summer of 2007 ... ultimately, they're pretty much the same the world over, and if prowling from one shop to another - simultaneously faceless and in-your-face, identify-less and branded, garish and bland - is your odea of a good time in a new place, here's a selection...