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10+1 flea markets in Budapest

Photo: PeCsa Bolhapiac

Monday, April 14, 2014 — Nóra Pákozdi

In our article we introduce 11 flea markets and second-hand shops in Budapest, where anyone can practice their haggling skills and get hold of unique retro treasures. These vintage hotspots are the perfect places to spot one-of-a-kind second-hand apparels, trinkets, and so much more.

THE CLASSICS

Ecseri

Photo: Ecseri Flea Market

Ecseri market

1194 Budapest, Nagykőrösi út 156.
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Anything is for sale at Budapest's largest flea market and ever since ruin pubs have started popping up citywide, even a cross-eyed rubber-made Donald Duck represents high aesthetic values, and all the more a decades-old gramophone. But try not to get carried away by all the grotesque treasures, and ramble around the place with eyes wide open, as some of the vendors tend to massively overprice their merchandise. Ecseri is open every day and vintage-aficionados often arrive right before the market opens at 6 o'clock on Saturday.

PeCsa Flea Market

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Proffering a wide selection of antiquities, porcelains, coins, old posters, and magazines, at PeCsa visitors can find heaps of stock. When we visited, we spotted a pair of limited-edition Converse, old LEGO toys, and many more eye-catching goods. Those who arrive towards the end of the market, can expect greater discounts.

PeCsa Flea Market 
Address: 1183 Budapest, Balassi Bálint utca 2-10.
Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday, 08:00-14:00
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Bakancsos Street Market

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Those who venture beyond the city's central zones and travel all the way to District XVII to find unique objects at this weekend flea market should definitely cherry pick among all the items provided, however eagle-eyed customers might stumble upon a classic typewriter from the 1940s or even a beer tap that might be still functioning.

Bakancsos Street Market 
Address: 1173 Budapest, Széncinke Street
Opening hours: Friday-Sunday, 06:00-13:00
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Újpesti Piac-Placc

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With the onset of spring, every Saturday morning friendly vendors line up along the Danube Promenade, selling antique paintings, used furniture, retro lamps, old carpets, and various home decoration items. The market is relatively small, making it easy to dive in and find valuable items.

Újpesti Piac-Placc
Address: 1042 Budapest, Duna Walkway
Opening hours: Saturday, 06:00-14:00
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FLEA SHOPS

Bolhapalota

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Located near Ferenciek Square, at Bolhapalota we came across heaps of quirky products, like the Coca-Cola bottle designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, besides vintage local gems, like old vinyls, and handmade products by creative Hungarian artists. Best of all, here anyone who has something to sell can rent a shelf – some things might be junk to you, but treasures to someone else.

Bolhapalota (closed)
Address: 1053 Budapest, 20 Irányi Street

Garmada Self-Service Flea Market

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Mountains of period furniture, coins, medals fill the shelves of Garmada  located in Budapest's District XIII – where besides the antique products customers can find some weird stuff, like a pen, featuring a stripping lady, fancy soda bottles, or even a brand new hair straightener.

Garmada
Address: 1135 Budapest, Hun Street 4/b
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-19:00; Saturday, 09:00-13:00
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Tabáni Flea Market

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The shelves of this offbeat flea shop in Budapest's District X are packed with trinkets, alongside several junkyard gems. Tabáni's Facebook page is regularly updated, featuring anything from porcelains, to badges from Hungary's Soviet era, to vintage suitcases, and much more merchandise.

Tabáni Flea Market
Address: 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei Street 10.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00-18:00; Saturday-Sunday, 08:00-18:00
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Bazár Bizi

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Bazár Bizi welcomes everyone, who long to pass on any of their belongings they no longer need, or those who collect old-school goods and knick knacks, like a lace tablecloth, cuckoo clock,vintage jewelry, and more.

Bazár Bizi
Address: 1072 Budapest, Dob Street 56.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00-18:00; Saturday, 09:00-15:00
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RETRO AND ANTIQUE SHOPS

Antik Bazaar, Bazáruház, Grand Bazaar

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A visit at Antik Bazaar or Bazáruház is a time-transcending journey, offering a mix of old trinkets and antique treasures. Both shops offer an ever-expanding stock at fixed prices. Grand Bazaar, located in El Rapido Taqueira's cellar, is also worth stopping by and here you can devour fine Mexican meals.

Antik Bazaar
Address: 1071 Budapest, Klauzál Street 1.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 14:00-18:00
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Bazáruház
Address: 1096 Budapest, Mester Street 37.
Opening hours: by appointment (06 20 354 0499)
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Grand Bazaar (in the cellar of El Rapido) 
Address: 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy Street 10.
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-03:00; Friday, 10:30-04:00; Saturday, 12:00-04:00; Sunday, 13:00-02:00
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