Most stores are open from Monday till Friday between 10:00-18:00 or 19:00 and on Saturday between 10:00-14:00. Shopping centres have longer opening hours, from Monday till Sunday 10.00-21.00.

Smaller food shops are open Monday-Saturday 7.00-18.00, but you will also find corner shops and some big hiper-markets open 24/7. There are many markets in Budapest and in other cities, which are the best places to buy fresh vegetables and fruit. The renovated Nagycsarnok (Central Market Hall) on Fővám tér is Budapest’s finest one. There are some quite good food stalls on the upper floor serving everything from Chinese spring rolls to enormous German sausages.

There are summer and winter sales periods when you can buy high-quality clothes at a reasonable price.