The view from my room at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest
So our last day on holiday in Europe at the tail-end of a Christmas markets cruise was spent shopping in Budapest, living a #Travelife. I’d arranged for a big van and a driver for all of us and two of us girls had mapped out the itinerary for the day.
I’d been to Budapest a very long time ago, but the rest of the group hadn’t.
And after the sightseeing, we all wanted to pack the remaining space in our luggage with interesting and rare finds from Budapest.
We went to the best wine shop in Budapest, as well as a couple of boutiques of local fashion designers, and some vintage stores.
That’s Buda across the river from the Four Seasons. But for shopping, we mainly stuck to the Pest side.
LOOKING FOR VINTAGE FASHION
FROM ISSEY MIYAKE, PUCCI AND MISSONI
The vintage stores were my request as I’m always looking for high-end vintage shops in major European capitals on my never-ending hunt for vintage Issey Miyake creations, and vintage Halston, Pucci and Missoni.
There are lots of new designs from Pucci and Missoni everywhere, as well as lots of Pucci fakes masquerading as overruns from China, but I think the real, old designs are the best ones yet.
HUNGARIAN FASHION DESIGNERS
I also had fun checking out the local designers. In fact, I picked up a dress from one Hungarian designer’s summer collection on sale, and I love it for its quirky uniqueness.
In general, I found the designs were either very colourful — perhaps because of the Magyar culture — or very minimalist modern in a German way. But this summer dress I found was elegant, graceful and handprinted.
Some of the vegetables I took home from the Budapest Central Market
A GLOBAL CULT FOLLOWING
I also wanted to go to the main shop of the Hungarian skincare line Omorovicza, which I love, and which has become a pretty famous brand with a global cult following.
The Omorovicza thermal skin cleansing balm, made with Hungarian spring waters, is legendary. And this time, I tried one of their newest products which is a copper peel product also made with Hungarian spring waters.
The Four Seasons Gresham Palace also carries the Omorovicza line in its spa. I wish I’d bought more products here, as I love this cult skincare brand…
CAVIAR, FOIE GRAS AND VEGETABLES
AT THE CENTRAL MARKET HALL
Of course we went to the circa 1887 Great Market Hall, which is also called the Central Market Hall, to pick up sausages, cured meats, foie gras, and caviar — including bottles and tins of Ossetra caviar and foie gras in all kinds of preparations.
They even had dessert foie gras in a tin. This is the city’s largest and oldest indoor market, by the way.
THE VEGETABLES OF HUNGARY
Some of the vegetables I brought home from Hungary, living a #Travelife…
As an extra, I also bought lots of lovely and hard to find vegetables at the market for a Christmas Eve dinner.
The vegetables were beautiful and tantalizingly colourful. I’m posting some photos here so you will see what I mean. And by the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane home with these, thinking about a menu for a holiday dinner after another wonderful trip in my never-ending #Travelife.
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