Second-Hand Shopping in Budapest

It is no secret that I love shopping. I make poor financial decisions every single day. The best way for me to reason out my addiction is if something is a bargain – second-hand shopping has become my crutch. I have lurked the streets to bring you some of my favorite thrift/vintage stores in Budapest. For part two, [click here].


Address: 1061 Budapest, Anker köz 2

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 21:00. Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 – 20:00

Many people know of Retrock – it is right beside Deák Ferenc tér. This vintage shop is one of the priciest in the list, but I really love all of the garments in it. The décor of the shop is completely flawless. It reminds me of a lot of the vintage shops I love in Savannah like The Clothing Warehouse and Civvies. I have written about this store/included pictures [before]. If you buy the ruffled biker girl shirt that is in the 1.000Ft section, send me a picture. It has been there for at least four months.






Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 15.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 20:00. Saturday: 12:00 – 18:00. Sunday: Closed.

Ludovika is also a short walk from Deák Ferenc tér. This strictly women’s clothing vintage shop is tied with Retrock in terms of price. The owner’s adorable dogs frolic among the premises and are even painted on one of the walls (go upstairs to see). I squealed a little when the collie came to greet me. This store also resembles my favorite ones from back home.



DSC_7883Rumbach zsinagóga – Ludovika’s next door neighbor. 


Address: Several locations all over Hungary.

Opening hours: Varies on location.

Háda is one of the lead chain second-hand stores in Hungary. Stores can be found all over. The two I commonly go to are located in malls – Duna Plaza (Gyöngyösi utca M) and Corvin Plaza (Corvin-Negyed M). Once or twice a year, the store offers 50% off of every item. I recently purchased a beautiful, black sheer chiffon dress for 599Ft ($2.54) during the sale last month. A good percentage of my clothing is purchased from this store because it is cheap and convenient.

clothesThrift obsession. Most are from Háda.


Address: Several locations all over Budapest.

Opening hours: Varies on location.

Ruhagaléria is the last chain second-hand store in the list. The two locations I go to are on Nagymező utca and Baross utca. The one on Nagymező utca is located between two of the main streets in Budapest – Andrassy and Király. The one on Baross utca is located near Kálvin tér. The prices are reasonable – they are currently having a sale! The stores are pretty small, but they have a lot of items to choose from. I have found a few pieces from this shop.

DSC_7904At a playground on Király.

DSC_7939Avilai Nagy Szent Teréz Plébánia – near Ruhagaléria’s Nagymező store.

Kék Ló

Address: 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 11

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 16:00 – 00:00. Friday – Saturday: 16:00 – 00:00. Sunday: 16:00 – 22:00.

Kék Ló, located across the street from the ever-so-popular Szimpla, is a fashion pub. The garments here run higher than all of the other shops, but the atmosphere makes up for it. The decorations and the items available for purchase are amazing. Kék Ló, for those who are wondering, is  “Blue Horse” and the pronunciation is as follows: “cake low.”

Maggie’s London

Address: Several locations all over Budapest.

Opening hours: Varies on location.

Maggie’s is another chain store that can be found all over the city. The location that I go to is on Fehér Hajó utca, located between Vörösmarty tér and Deák Ferenc tér. The prices are roughly the same as those found at Háda. Maggie’s offers a lot of good, used English books that I buy for my school.

Do you have any favorite second-hand clothing stores in Budapest that I have skipped over? If so, let me know so I can make more bad decisions.

Update: Click here for more stores! I have written another post dedicated to second-hand stores in Budapest.

DSC_7838Wedding dress hell. 

Last but not least, online shopping is my downfall (but I love it so much, it hurts a little bit). If you are interested in cheap, adorable clothing, please enjoy my favorite online shops: Sheinside, BoohooChoies, ASOS, Chictopia, and Jollychic.

DSC_7812Some online purchases. I am most excited about my brand new creepers!

Other things:

IMG_0856I am starting a photo collection of Hungarians I do not know. The one on the left is from January 10th, 1892.

IMG_0873Latest drawing. Ears were inspired by Ryo-Ohki from Tenchi Muyo.

DSC_7951Nyugati pályaudvar.

DSC_7872This random mannequin sustains me. 

A Lesson From Miss Jennifer: Never start online shopping. Seriously. Do not start.

5 responses to “Second-Hand Shopping in Budapest

  1. I walked by these places, but never ventured in. Love that mural on Kiraly street. Good to see that it’s still there.

  2. which shop are the picures of all the weddings dresses from ? I’m currently looking for a wedding dress and are planning a trip to Budapest. Regards Jane

  3. Which shop is the picture of all the wedding dresses from? I’m planning a trip to Budapest, and I’m hoping that I’m lucky to find a vintage wedding dress. Regards Jane

    • Hi Jane! You’re the second person to ask me about it. 🙂 I am pretty sure that the store was on the corner of Szervita tér and Kristóf tér near Vörösmarty tér. I hope that it is still there!

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