TOYS & Children's clothing

 
 
 

Probably some of the nicest and most distinctive shops in Budapest are toy stores, but they aren’t easy to ferret out...


When they were young and we dragged them along with us on trips, our children tended to seem miserable and resentful and to gravitate exclusively to Room Service, Gift Shops, and Malls.  When we traveled without them, some combination of guilt and the need to feel welcomed when we returned home made us seek out toy stores in every city we visited. 


Either way, if you have children you may want to know where the great Hungarian toy stores are.  The store above is more gallery than standard toyshop, but all the things they sell are eminently playable-with, and for the quality the prices are surprisingly low.  On Károlyi kert (Magyar utca) 18 ... Ketmacko (Two Teddy Bears: http://ketmacko.hu/index.php?set_lang=en)


There is a marvelous and expansive, but not expensive, toy shop on Baross utca at Maria utca, with an emphasis on wood and Waldorf-y toys.  And on Erzsebet Korut, just south of Weselenyi utca, on the east (away from the quite distant Danube) side of the street there’s a shop that’s never been open when I’ve passed buy that looks promising. Both of these last two are branches of the same manufacturer's shop, a large manufacturer and distributor of wooden toys, Fakopancs has three shops in Budapest.  The largest is on Baross utca, at the intersection of Maria utca, walking distance from Kalvin ter.  Two smaller shop shops on the ring road still have enchanted objects: at Jozsef krt 50 and at Erzsebet krt 23.  Their Hungarian language website is at http://fakopancs.com/fakopancs.php?module=elerhetoseg&PHPSESSID=476634f8aafa3a1516c396917e729b1c but offers little more than a map (and opening hours).





 

At first I thought there were no toy stores in Budapest, and surely nothing indigenously Hungarian.  But it turns out there are wonderful places, including several outposts of a wooden toy manufacturer, and one of the loveliest artisanal toy shops I've ever found anywhere (set in one of the loveliest squares in the city)...