5 breathtaking high-end gift stores in Budapest
1) Madison Perfumery
This is one of the most sophisticated perfume shops, housed in a former pharmacy from the 1890s; the original furniture was reinstalled in the back room. They sell brands that ordinary mortals have never heard about. They not only sell products, but also give advice and do your make-up.
The business of this elegant shop has been growing since 2006, offering about 50 expensive creams and ointments, all based on the healing power of Hungarian thermal baths. Mr Omorovicza is a descendent of a Hungarian noble family.
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3) Adam Bosze Music Antiquarian
Adam Bosze is a cross between a music clown and a serious scholar. His shop is a great place to visit – only by appointment. He mainly sells books, scores and rare prints. An unsigned visiting card of Béla Bartók might not cost you a month’s salary. And he might even have a signed one, too.
4) Wladis Gallery & Studio
This lovely atelier on a corner in the Antique Row of Budapest has two rooms: one is the showroom, the other is the workshop, with old-fashioned instruments and semi-ready silverware. Run by retired design professor Vladimir Péter and his son, this is thé place to go for splendid silver rings and pendants. Their website is a treat in itself.
5) Cinq Filles
This is a niche business, the kind you would expect to bump into in London rather than here. They facilitate luxury gift-wrapping by offering boxes of all sizes, colours and materials. You can also have your gifts personalised with ribbons with lettering. They have everything to upgrade the enchanting power of an ordinary gift.
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