Furniture, Hardware and Office Supplies in Hungary

Find out about the Hungarian chain stores that supply the basic furniture, home furnishings, groceries, white goods, electrical appliances and DIY for your home...

Many well-known chains operate in Hungary and the shopping experience is very similar to anywhere in Europe. Most supermarkets, shopping centres and retail parks are open every day of the week. Credit cards are widely accepted and many offer hire purchase for residents.

Most chains offer loyalty cards and various discount schemes. Shopping bags are no longer free; customers either bring their own shopping bags or purchase one at the checkout.

Supermarkets and Hypermarkets

Tesco: Selling groceries, clothing and electronic goods. They offer a number of well-known brands and own-label items as well as a Clubcard saving scheme. There are also regular promotions. Tesco is about to launch online shopping with home delivery. Some Tesco supermarkets are open 24 hours. There are also smaller "Tesco Express" supermarkets which stock a more limited range of products.

Aldi and Lidl: Branches of these economy supermarkets can be found all over the country. Selling own-label items as well as more well-known brand names, they also sell discount clothes and household furnishings.

Spar, Interspar and Kaisers: International chain with three types of supermarkets operating in Hungary. Interspar is a hypermarket selling groceries, clothing, stationery, magazines, books, car equipment, toys, gardening tools, electrical and white goods. Spar supermarkets offer groceries (including own-label items), household cleaning products and magazines. Kaisers is similar to Spar but has more luxury and culinary items.

Match: Fresh and frozen produce, and household cleaning products are sold.

CBA: Hungarian supermarket chain, with supermarkets called “Prima” and discount stores called “Cent”. Fresh and frozen produce, and household cleaning products are sold.

Furniture and Appliance Stores

IKEA: The largest chain of furniture shops in the world, selling a selection of furnishings and accessories for all areas of the home.

RS Bútor: Hungarian chain with five stores in Budapest selling furniture for the home and office, as well as kitchens.

Media Markt: German chain with many stores throughout the country selling a range of electrical appliances; from computers to washing machines.

To find a specific item or retailer, try entering “bútor” or “bútor áruház” (furniture or furniture store), or “háztartási gép” (household appliances) in the Hungarian Yellow Pages.

Online appliance web shops

Building Materials, Hardware and DIY

Bauhaus: In addition to a range of products which includes everything from tiles to wallpaper and lawnmowers to saunas, each store offers a professional tool rental service, a kids' club and an installation service. A list of Bauhaus stores can be found here.

bauMax: Selling a wide range of DIY products, building materials, gardening equipment, power tools, and fabric. A list of bauMax stores can be found here

Practiker: Selling a wide range of DIY products for the home and garden, as well as furniture and electric household appliances. A list of Practiker stores can be found here

To find a specific item or retailer, try entering “épít?anyag” (building materials) or “t?zép” (old store name now widely used for building materials) in the Hungarian Yellow Pages.

Office Supplies and Stationery

Office Depot: Large chain with several stores and an online shop. Office furniture, equipment and stationery are sold.

KeS Papír: Stationery chain with five stores in Budapest and an online shop.

Pirex: Large stationery and office supply shop with many stores and an online shop.

Online stationery web shops

Office supplies and stationery are also sold in hypermarkets and many individual retailers. To find a specific item or retailer, try entering “papírárú” or “papír-írószer” (stationery) or “ápisz” (old brand name) in the Hungarian Yellow Pages.