POSTED: December 11th 2016

JENNIFER WALKER - Made in Hungary: Where to Shop for Hungarian Design

Paloma Design gathers 40-50 designers in one boutique © Jennifer Walker
Paloma Design gathers 40-50 designers in one boutique © Jennifer Walker

The Velvet Chemistry specializes in high fashion, shoes and jewelry © Jennifer Walker
The Velvet Chemistry specializes in high fashion, shoes and jewelry © Jennifer Walker

Printa Design offers silkscreen prints and upcycled fashion © Printa Design
Printa Design offers silkscreen prints and upcycled fashion © Printa Design

JENNIFER WALKER in BUDAPEST / An authoritative and exclusive series from Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Budapest may be bidding for the 2024 Olympics, against Paris and Los Angeles, and has a history of Olympic excellence, but did you know it's also a city famed for its design?

Hungarians have a track record for innovation, from the Rubik's Cube to the ballpoint pen, so it's not surprising that UNESCO named Budapest as a City of Design in its network of creative cities.


Budapest is a hotbed of designers, from local fashion labels and shoe brands to silk screen printing, jewelry and home design, if you're looking for some inspiration for Christmas shopping on your winter visit to Budapest, check out these places.




As one of Hungary's most noted fashion designers, Nanushka's playful cuts and "urban nomad" style has appealed to clients across the globe. You can find her flagship store at the heart of the V District on the aptly nicknamed "Fashion Street", but as Nanushka's collections have gained critical acclaim, the designer is poised to make an impact on the international fashion scene.  


Deák Ferenc u. 17, 1052


The Velvet Chemistry


Having opened just earlier this year, The Velvet Chemistry is a hive of Hungarian high fashion. Featuring various local brands, like Rekavago shoes by Hungary's most famous shoe designer Réka Vágo, and beautiful Hungarian haute couture from Je Suis Belle, Sentiments, Elysian and other fashion and jewelry designers.


Király u. 28, 1061




Hidden inside a collonaded courtyard, Paloma Design presents a series of showrooms featuring 40-50 local up-and-coming designers in its collective. You'll find pieces of jewelry, clothes, shoes and bags as well as other curiosities. You can sometimes meet the designers in person at this creative downtown design hub and get a good impression of Budapest's design scene.  


Kossuth Lajos u. 14, 1053




You won't find Flatlab walking the streets, since this design hub is hidden inside a private apartment you can visit. Set up by six friends working as freelance designers, the Flatlab crew created this space where you can find unique design ideas from backpacks and stationery, as well as prints and porcelain. Experience the city's design scene first hand when you pop into Flatlab.


Baross u. 3, 1082


Printa Design


For silkscreen prints and upcycled fashion, Printa is a modern design shop and café at the heart of the city, embracing Budapest, silkscreen printing and eco-fashion. You'll find t-shirts, bags, prints, notebooks and even their own eco-fashion brand AWARE, in this hip shop opposite the Rumbach Sebestyén Synagogue.


Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10, 1075



Szimpla Design


Szimpla Kert is Budapest's most famous ruin bar, and you'll find the newly opened Szimpla Design Shop opened up by the entrance to the iconic bar. You'll find an eclectic mix of offbeat items with its continuously changing stock mixing up antiques and vintage with upcycled objects and design. It's a cabinet of curiosities mixed up with work from 50-60 local designers.


Kazinczy u. 14, 1075


WAMP Design Market


The Christmas markets may take over the city, the WAMP design fair hosts events all year round in various venues to showcase the best in Hungarian design, with regular markets. Over the holiday season, WAMP sets up shop in Millenaris on selected weekends in December, and then on certain days from Spring to Fall outside the Design Terminal in the city center or in other locations.


But these are only starting points, as you can find great design all over the city!

** ​JENNIFER WALKER is an ex-physicist turned freelance writer specializing in art, travel and culture, with a focus on Budapest, Hungary. She's a blogger for herself at Off the Bohemian Track, along with the Huffington Post and Perceptive Travel, and she writes about Budapest culture and gastronomy for The Budapest TimesWe Love Budapest and Budapest Local. She has written and worked for: DK Travel (Penguin books), Lonely PlanetBBC TravelThe GuardianCNN TravelVICE NewsSlateQuartzTripadvisorDraft MagazinePaste MagazineThe Calvert JournalOryx (Qatar Airways' in-flight magazine)OxfordWordsViatorGadlingThe Matador NetworkGOOD MagazineAtlas ObscuraBootsnall, Move Guides, Inside GuidesThe ExpeditionerARTES MagazineKunstpediaThe Culture-ist and Untapped Cities.

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