What to bring from Budapest
The capital of Hungary has many fascinating things to take home as souvenirs, gifts, or treats. It's a place where they produce delicious wines and confectionery. You can buy them in any big supermarket or in the Central Market. Look for well-known clothing and porcelain on Andrássy Avenue and exclusive antiques at the Ecseri Piac flea market. You will also find a lot of exciting things on Vaci Street. They sell not only antiques and souvenirs but also products by local, as yet little-known designers.
- Before you buy gifts and souvenirs in Budapest, you should familiarize yourself with the customs regulations on the export of goods from the country. For example, for coffee, tea, cocoa, and spices, there is a limit of up to 1 kg. In addition, there are restrictions on the export of perfumes, alcohol, and tobacco products.
Clothing and footwear
Classic Hungarian dishes are delicious and nourishing, but it is hardly worth transporting goulash or baked eggplants with lard.
And here is a list of things you can bring yourself or your loved ones as an edible gift:
- Paprika is a real gastronomic symbol of the country, which is added to all dishes. It is sold in pouches, beautiful tin packaging with a spoon, or simply by the weight, which is much cheaper. It comes in two varieties — sweet (édes) and hot (csípős).
- Other delicacies worth mentioning are salami pick, produced in Szeged, and goose liver pâté libamaj.
- It is also worth bringing home marzipan from Budapest. These delicious cakes made of sweet and bitter almonds are a true masterpiece of Hungarian confectioners. You can buy them in any supermarket. You can just watch which ones the locals like to purchase.
Porcelain and ceramics
Hungarian porcelain factories Zsolnay and Herend are famous for the beauty and quality of their products. The products of the latter decorate the interiors of Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle in England. Dinnerware and more expensive items are sold in company stores, while cheaper porcelain souvenirs can be found in Budapest's small antique shops.
Flowers, figurines, and inexpensive glazed pottery are sold in souvenir stores and at Budapest fairs.
Hungarian cosmetic brands are of rather high quality and low prices. The most popular are Biola SPA products, Omorovicza cleansers, Manna cosmetic soaps, and Helia-D cosmetics based on healing mud, mineral salts, and natural oils.
Products of a family manufactory Zador are also in great demand. This brand produces premium soaps. It uses healing water from Lake Heviz.