Shopping in Hungary

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Shopping for food and other necessities in Hungary is quite affordable compared to many other countries in the European community.

Since agriculture is one of the major economic hubs of the country, fresh farm produce and animal livestock products are sold at very friendly prices in local markets.

Supermarkets in Slovenia are very widespread and they sell a variety of food, grocery, and home items.

Some of the biggest supermarket chains in Hungary include; CBA Prima- which is one of the country’s biggest supermarkets and the widespread European discount brand Lidl.

Aldi is one of the best places to shop as a student on a budget as the prices are very fair and the options are very broad. Other supermarket chains are Coop, SPAR, and Tesco.

Shopping for other items such as clothing can be done in one of the many malls or retail streets located in the city you are in.

Some popular stores that many foreign students in Slovenia have considered to be the top places to go are Háda, C&A, H&M, Zara, Desigual, Kik, Bershka, Takko, and others.

Students choose the places not only for its affordability but also for the wide spectrum of quality designs that they offer.

One beautiful thing about Slovenia is the presence of local markets or kiosks that sell food, dairy, and meat products. These markets are makeshift markets and they sell food directly from the farms.

The prices are even cheaper compared to the supermarkets and the food items are always fresh. What better way to discover Hungarian culture than through food, the Central Market Hall is a three-story food hall where you can experience all levels of Hungarian food production. From raw ingredients like the paprika, wine to cooked traditional dishes on the second floor.

There are also traditional souvenirs and other interesting merchandise. Central Market Hall was built in 1897 by the first Mayor of Budapest to create a marketplace where only quality food could be sold with a central location to serve the city. This impressive giant hall is located at the end of the famous shopping street vasi utsa and a stroll along the kiosks feels like you are traveling through various regions of Hungary.

RocApply Tips:

  • As with other facets of life in Hungary, food, and grocery are also sold in their local currency, so ensure to make all the necessary conversions and move around with a little local cash on you. Many of the establishments only accept Hungarian Forint (HUF)
  • As a newcomer, some of the names of the items might confuse you, please use any online translator services to check the correct Hungarian word for whatever you are searching for.
  • Always ask for help or directions from fellow students and if you can't find any around you then ask even the locals they are always happy to assist foreigners and visitors.

"I enjoy shopping and I found it affordable but some of the clothes are definitely not of the highest quality." - Hassan from Turkey

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