Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know

Budapest is a fascinating city. This guide will help you when you visit the city, where to find the most beautiful vintage fashion.
A Vintage Lovers Guide To Budapest

As they say, all’s fair in love and thrifting, which is why I’m starting a Vintage Lover series to share my enthusiasm for all things old and timeless. First up is Budapest, a city I fell in love with back in 2019. Budapest skillfully combines its fascinating past with a laid-back contemporary artistic flair, all capped off by scenic views that leave an indelible mark on one’s soul. There is a diverse choice of activities to see and do for visitors, from museums to thermal baths and shopping.

As a vintage enthusiast, I found joy discovering Budapest’s boutiques brimming with their one-of-a-kind clothing from bygone eras. Additionally, the city boasts various thrift stores packed with all kinds of goodies at reasonable prices. If you know where to look in Budapest, it’s simple to find garments with a lot of history, and here’s a quick guide to the city’s best vintage and thrift bargains shops.

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Lovebug Vintage © welovebudapest.com

Lovebug Vintage

Created in 2010 by Violetta Kertész, Lovebug Vintage began as a webshop and has evolved into a one-of-a-kind home store in Budapest. The business is beloved by many because it offers an unparalleled retro hunting experience. Located on the ground floor of a private apartment, you’ll need to ring the doorbell to enter. Once inside, you’ll find a treasure chest of apparel, shoes, accessories, and jewellery, with some items starting at 500HUF (around 1,5 Euro).

Where: Budapest, Margit körút 62, 1027 Hungary

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12.00-19.00 – Saturday 12.00-18.00.

Website: lovebagvintage.com

Retrock

Retrock is a large, fashionable store specialising in vintage apparel, bags, jewellery, shoes, and a modest range of Hungarian streetwear designers. The store, which occupies a 300m2 space, also sells movie posters, comic books, and nostalgic accessories, in addition to modern and period outfits by a variety of international designers. Enjoy browsing through thousands of expertly curated pieces while being pampered by the cheery, creative team.

Where: Budapest, Anker köz 2-4, 1061 Hungary

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 13:00 – 18:00 – Saturday 11:00 – 19:00

Facebook: retrock.com

 

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Retrock Ⓒ retrock.com
Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Retrock Ⓒ retrock.com

Ludovika Vintage

Ludovika is one of the city’s most well-known vintage stores, and it is a veritable goldmine of exquisite clothing. The white walls and artworks in the shop contribute to an enticing shopping experience that will keep you coming back for more. Located near the bustling Rumbach Sebestyén utca, the meticulous placement of accessories such as handbags and shoes, timeless pieces including classic blouses, high-waisted slacks, and printed dresses creates an inviting space for consumers to walk through and shop.

Where: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén utca 15.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00-20:00 – Saturday 12:00-18:00 – Sunday 13:00-18:00

Facebook: ludovikashop

 

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
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Humana Vintage Boutique

Humana Vintage, one of Budapest’s cheapest secondhand clothing stores, is part of a vast chain of thrift stores located throughout Europe, including two sites in Budapest. Humana’s boutiques promote sustainable fashion, repurpose vintage garments and offer a diverse assortment of clothing for all ages at an affordable price. You’ll discover clothing from the 1960s and 1970s, from leather goods, shoes and purses. Read about Humana’s activities and learn more about their collaboration projects at these locations.

Where: Budapest, 1052 Károly krt. 8.  and  József krt Budapest 1085, József krt 74.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00–20:00 – Saturday 10:00–18:00 -Sunday 10:00–16:00

Facebook:  humanahasznaltruha.hu

 

Alterego

Alterego is a retailer that sells slightly used brand apparel at affordable costs. In addition to selling high-quality used items, the store also runs a skate shop. The establishment is well-known for being both trendy and alternative simultaneously, without appearing overly obnoxious in the process. Stop by and take pleasure in discovering intriguing pre-owned clothing and shoes, as well as brand new pieces from well-known brands.

Where: 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 4.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00 – Saturday 10:00-14:00

Facebook: alteregoshop. hu

 

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Alterego Shop
Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Humana Vintage

Szputnyik Shop

Szputnyik is a concept fashion boutique that fuses old and new, romantic vintage and provocative modern trends. They sell hand-picked, one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and accessories, as well as well-known global brands, renovated vintage pieces, and limited edition designer pieces. They label clothing “Used” and “New” to help you navigate the store. Those who appreciate modern fashion will find a diverse, fresh, and young collection updated numerous times per season, ensuring that they have access to the most up-to-date streetwear.

Where: 1074 Budapest, Dohány 20.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00-18:00

Facebook: szputnyikshop.com

 

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Szputnyik Shop © szputnyikshop.com

Jajcica Shop

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in Jajcica’s colossal space. You may spend hours searching through the extensive assortment of throwback clothes, including anything from 1980s fitness clothing to vintage kaftans and biker leather. Not far from the Western Railway Station, the antiquity heaven awaits curious shoppers with its selection of leather coats and pants, various purses and accessories, lace lingerie, fashionable shoes, and even wedding gowns. The staff at Jajcica is polite and helpful, and the rates are affordable.

Where: 1063 Budapest, Szondi utca 58.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00 – Saturday 10:00-14:00

Facebook:  jajcica.hu

 

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Jajcica Shop
Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet
Vintage Shop Práter Budapest © @vintageshopprater

Vintage Shop Práter

Vintage Shop Práter, located on Práter street directly across from the Kört, is a tangle of clothes and garments where you’ll find everything from vintage theatre gowns to one-of-a-kind belts and scarves. Consider spending some time in the basement section as well. You’ll find every type of apparel imaginable, including coats, bags, and caps, as well as skirts and pants, and there are numerous bargains to be had.

Vintage Fashion Shopping in Budapest: Everything You Need to Know The Witty Poet

 

Where:  1083 Budapest, Práter u. 9.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00 – Saturday 10:00-14:00

Facebook: vintageshopprater

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