Vaci Street

Vaci Street, Budapest: Address, Phone Number, Vaci Street Reviews: 4/5

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The main thoroughfare of Pest during the 18th century, today the pedestrian walkway is lined with upscale shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Ferenciek tere • 4 min walk
  • Fővám tér • 7 min walk
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,527 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a very nice walking street that parallels the Danube. Madeline and I really enjoy the pedestrian streets because it’s not only shopping. There are bars, restaurants and shops. It’s a great place to look and smell for where you might want to eat.
This particular street stretches from the centrally located Vorosmarty Square all the way to the Central Market Hall. We used this street regularly to bypass the noise and traffic of the city to get to where we wanted to be. Since it parallels the Danube, you can walk as long as you want and then if you have a restaurant you want to find on the Danube, you just take a two-block side street and you are there.
We used the street to comparison shop for food and all of the restaurants we tried that were on the street were very good.
Written March 17, 2020
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Eric
La Jolla, CA391 contributions
Dec 2019
We walked through Vaci Street on the way to the Central Market. The stores on Vaci Street all sell touristy souvenirs & cheap gifts. Most of the shops are inexpensive and offer similar quality souvenirs that you would find in Times Square in NYC (postcards, shot glasses, and apparel). On Vaci Street, you will have many store owners solicit you on the street & encourage you to come to their stores. If you are looking for more brand names & higher quality and more tasteful souvenirs, go to Fashion Street instead.
Written January 15, 2020
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Mia Milo
Brunei Darussalam194 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is located in the city center and also one of the world’s most attractive pedestrian shopping streets... It is filled with restaurant, cafe and shops and also it is touristy so usually crowded... Never miss out if visited Budapest, take a walk along this famous downtown street...
Written January 16, 2020
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Dr. F
Lincoln, UK695 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Vaci Street is the most central and tourist studded street in Budapest and in close vicinity to all the famous clubs and bars. Fashion Street and Kiraly Street form a great walking trio with Vaci Street.

Vaci Street has many shops and dining options. The franchise stores like H&M, C&A and Zara are fine as they have universal prices but I don't recommend other local stores as they overcharge with tourist prices. Even the dining options need some nitpicking. Places like Hard Rock Cafe, KFC etc. are fine but there are lots of Tourist Traps on the road as well.

One important piece of advise I want to share with everyone is to avoid the street late night. I don't mind street girls and pro girls as they are in every city but in Vaci Street, it gets very ugly. The girls approach you very aggressively and are very difficult to turn down. One lady started muttering something in Hungarian very loudly when I told her politely I was not interested, embarrassing me as there were people around. On another night, as I was returning to my Hotel, 2 middle-aged pros literally started following me. Learning from my previous experience, I didn't talk and waved from distance NO and kept walking. To my annoyance, they followed me right to Intercontinental loudly shouting HELLO, HELLO. At daytime or evening, it's all fine but I stopped going out late night to Vaci at the end of my vacation. This isn't the issue with other areas of Budapest as it's a lovely and friendly city, just avoid Vaci very late night.
Written March 16, 2020
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Andrea
Milan, Italy239 contributions
Sep 2020
Main pedestrian street with lots of restaurants, bars, shops, souvenirs. Was full of tourists and locals before, hope it will come to life again soon. Due to the one of the main touristic attraction status eating and shopping here is not the cheapest. But it is always nice to walk and enjoy this beautiful place.
Written June 23, 2021
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Lynsey S
West Timperley, UK102 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a pedestrianised street with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops. Definitely worth wandering down at least once for souvenirs.
We went when it was really warm and had ice cream listening to some really good buskers.
Written May 31, 2020
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Djordje M
Belgrade, Serbia835 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
A lot of people will say, Vaci utca (Vaci street) is the best one, or whatever in Budapest. My opinion is that there is a lot of better streets in Budapest to walk, or eat, shoping or whatever, such as Andrasy, Kiraly street, Hercegprima, streets around Basilica and Parlament.
Also, prices in bistros and restaurants are higher in Vaci than in any other place.
For example, famous chimneh cake (kurtosz) is here between 2000-2500ft, and 500m away you can find it for 500ft, or go to Molnars and eat it for 1500 maybe the best one.
Lot of toursist in first part of street, and spooky, dark and dirty in other part as you go forward in direction to market.
Everybody should visit and walk, but that's it, Budapest has much more to offer
Written March 5, 2022
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Karyn W
Kansas City, MO1,485 contributions
Jun 2019
This pedestrian street has tons of shops, restaurants, and bars. The road is nice, and near the river, and there are many options to find something to eat or buy. There aren't many inexpensive options but there is a KFC and McDonalds, but there are lots of local places too. It is worth visiting.
Written April 21, 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,856 contributions
Apr 2022
Not really sure why this is so popular and have no clue why it was ranked as a 'Top 10' thing to do in Budapest in my DK guide book. There are far better places to visit, and far nicer streets to walk and explore in Budapest than Vaci utca. We walked down it on a few occasions during the day and at night just on our way to other places and there was nothing that really stood out. There are some restaurants, some gift shops and at night by 9pm it was dead. My advice is walk down it as part of your travels but don't allocate special time to do so.
Written April 16, 2022
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Lojeslj
La Grange, TX3,438 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Very touristy. Lots of souvenir shops and tourist oriented cafes. If you want to see “real” Budapest, go somewhere else. Only plus is easy to find if that’s what you want just go straight out the front door of the market.
Written September 10, 2021
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