The Garden Studio

Nestled on one of the most charming streets in Budapest, this concept store sells clothes, bags, jewellery and a range of accessories made by up-and-coming Hungarian designers. The white, high-ceilinged space flaunts a range of cute but edgy outfits by TOMCSANYI, THE FOUR and another dozen or so local brands. A word to the wise; they often offer in-store discounts that aren’t available online.

Tipton Eyeworks

What do Elton John, Quentin Tarantino and Marina Diamandis all have in common? They all own Vinylize glasses made by Hungarian brand Tipton Eyeworks. The twist of these chic, handcrafted frames is that they’re made of real vinyl records. The specs can be fitted for both prescription lenses and sunglasses. Take a sneak peek behind the showroom to appreciate the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into making these quirky shades.

acb Galéria

Visit acb Galéria for a glimpse into some of the best 20th-century Hungarian fine art. You will have to unearth the gallery behind a sooty pre-war facade. Acb represents leading neo-avant-garde and contemporary Hungarian artists, many of them internationally renowned, across a range of media including paintings, graphics, photography and installations. Be sure to check out István Felsmann’s snarky collages and Hajnalka Tarr’s thought-provoking prints.

ÁERON

ÁERON is one of the most successful and internationally recognised women’s fashion brands from Hungary (both the production and design teams are based locally). Their aesthetic style is marked by clean, minimal silhouettes occasionally interspersed with lively colours, exuding a discreet, understated luxury. Check out ÁERON’s signature pieces that include their leather biker jackets, high-waist tailored pants and oversized sweaters.

Blind Chic

Júlia and Neza, Hungarian-Slovenian designer duo and bicycle enthusiasts, created this line of sleek and multifunctional cotton canvas bags for urban bikers. Even without a marketing fanfare, the brand has developed a cult following in Budapest, while also growing overseas. Go for the signature roll-top backpacks, available in a range of tastefully light-toned colours. Note that the downtown designer store, Retrock, carries the largest selection of Blind Chic products in Budapest.

The Garden Studio

Tipton Eyeworks

acb Galéria

ÁERON

Blind Chic

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