#26 - Rózsavölgyi Chocolate (€7-30; location; 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, 12-6 on Saturday; closed on Sunday): Budapest is hardly known as a chocolate capital, but this family-run local chocolate maker produces some world-class varieties. A quirky textile motif embroidered on a silk dress — that sort of thing. The bright Hungarian traditional dress has many mixed European and Slavic traits which are often associated with French, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian cultures. Large commercial chains like Zara and H&M and tourist-aimed folklore shops are mostly along the busy Váci Street in downtown, Budapest’s version of La Rambla. #12 - Nanushka (€80-500; location; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Sat, 12-6 on Sunday): This swanky downtown store is the flagship location of Nanushka, Budapest’s leading women’s fashion label. As in other cities globally, shopping malls have siphoned away many customers from downtown. Despite their immense talent, Je Suis Belle doesn't have much of a global presence, so don't sleep on this one. #11 - Madison Perfumery (€100-1,000; location; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri, 10-7 on Saturday; 12-6 on Sunday): This upscale, multi-brand perfumery is inside a mahogany-fitted boutique on Andrássy Avenue. All of our stuffs are handmade and fairtrade. Their downtown showroom sells hundreds of prescription- and sunglass-ready vinyl frames, and here you can also get a glimpse of the meticulous production process. #20 - MONO art & design (€10-€100; location; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri, 10-8 on Saturday; 11-6 on Sunday): It’s easy to spend more time and money than planned at this downtown design store bursting with local products ranging from cool ceramics to jewelry and notebooks. Hungary is world known for its cultural and folk traditions. Yes, this folklore store is overpriced, but you'll find a decent selection of Hungarian textiles, porcelain, postcards, fridge stickers, or whatever other knick-knack you're after. © - All rights reserved - created by: PIXELEPHANT & AENEIS. #23 - Vass shoes (€500-1,800; location; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon-Fri, 10-4 on Saturday; closed on Sunday): This men’s shoe store is nothing short of a pilgrimage site for shoe-fanatics: Vass’ handmade suede loafers, high-polished oxfords, and classic derbys are considered among the best in the world. They import single-origin cocoa beans directly from farms in Venezuela, Peru, Tanzania, and Madagascar, and process them in-house, letting the natural flavors shine through. #5 - Klauzál flea market (Antik Placc) (€5-100; location; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, closed otherwise): For a more conveniently located flea market, you'll only need to trek to the historic Klauzál Market in Budapest's Jewish Quarter, near the city center. Our speciality is mixing regular clothing with extreme graphics. Dark, milk, and flavored kinds are all available. Tourists often tell me that Budapest’s shopping options are surprisingly meager compared with other European capitals, both in luxury fashion and local designer stores. #9 - Massolit (€5-15; location; 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, 10-7:30 on weekends): This dim café and English-language bookstore in the Jewish Quarter is a hallowed ground for locals and tourists alike. This may be true, but there are nonetheless a number of local specialty shops, often hiding on quiet side streets, where it’s well-worth spending your money. It's yet another vintage store in the Jewish Quarter, but in addition to retro items, they also carry popular global brands like Toms shoes and Kanken backpacks — a true hipster paradise. At €100 a piece, they’re affordable for a designer item. (I hope they never remove the vintage sign above the entry door.). The Hungarian embroidery crafts (clothing, doilies, runners, tablecloths, pillowcases, laces and many more) have their old traditions and continue to develop in the present days. FolkArtHungary’s store offers you a wide variety of these folk handicrafts.