- 10 Jun 2013 1:00 AM
Four Tigers Markets - Update: Four Tigers was closed in June 2014, see video above
One of the oldest and biggest Chinese Market in Budapest that has remained in its traditional form. Since it’s opening in the 1980s, Four Tiger market has not changed much. It is the market where people can looks for goods at a very cheap price, of course the quality is not the best, but they are relevant considering their costs.
The market is very old fashioned, filled up with small independent cells that contain the commodities. During weekends, it is nearly impossible to park, as that is the most preferred time for the local Hungarians and other visitors in the neighborhood to search for their needs.
Address: 1087 Budapest, Kőbányai út 31
Euro Square in another version of Chinese market located at the same street on the opposite side to the Four Tigers market. This part of Kőbányai út is more modern, with smaller and bigger shops that offer different goods. In some shops at Euro Square they might seem to be have slightly higher prices comparing to the ones in Four Tigers market but their qualities are also somewhat better.This market has its own separated parking lot, however, even during the week it is not easy to park. Local Hungarian shopkeepers and wholesalers from other countries usually shop around this area.
Address: 1087 Budapest, Kőbányai út 28
Monori center is a bit different from the ones mentioned above. It is not like the markets, but more like a small town divided into many smaller shopping zones. The founder of Monori center believes that it is the European largest wholesale center with huge varieties of products mainly imported and manufactured in Italy and Asia.
The qualities of the products are much higher with reasonable price. It is worth to go when you are prepared to buy up roomful products or get together with your friends and go for a group shopping.
Address: 1107 Budapest, Monori u. 2-4
Well, Asia center is not a market; it is a shopping mall where most of their products are from the Four Tigers Market, Euro Square and Monori Center. The facilities and the environment are the factors that add to the price of goods, so you might find it a little bit expensive comparing to the other markets but they are definitely cheaper than Westend City Center or Arkad. Not only Asians but also other nationalities, including local Hungarians, have joined in the Center.
For those who are not only looking for goods but also would like to have a nice and quite place to enjoy their afternoons, Asia center shall be the first choice.
Address: 1152 Budapest, Szentmihályi út 167-169
All the ‘markets’ above have the products including fashions, fashion accessories, casual clothing, formal and casual shoes, sport clothing and equipment, home textile, luggage, toys, and various home, kitchen, bathroom products and office supplies.
Despite the ones mentioned above, there are many other Chinese Markets in Budapest, such as Budapest Fashion Center (specialized in clothing) at Szállás utca 17 and EastWin Square (specialized in shoes) at Szállás utca 21.
By ShuanDan Lin for XpatLoop.com