I was recently lucky enough to spend a few days in Budapest and as well as sight seeing – there are some great things to see including Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square to name but a few – I took the opportunity to do a little fabric shopping.
Is it just me who always googles fabric shops when I am visiting a new city? I somehow doubt it. My quick internet search came up with one particular shop that I wanted to visit which is called Máthé Textil Zrt and if you only have time to visit one then this is the one I would recommend. The shop sits on the corner of 2 busy roads and from the outside could easily be mistaken for a costume shop rather than a fabric shop but when you step through the main doors it is a little like stepping back in time.
Máthé Textil Zrt Budapest, Baross tér 4-5, 1087 Hungary
The shop is set out over 2 floors and looks luxurious with dark wood throughout from the cutting tables to the shelves and also the staircase which dominants the centre of the ground floor and splits into 2 directions for the 2nd floor.
The best comparison I can give is like stepping into an old fashioned library but the shelves are stacked with fabric instead of books. There is a very good selection and all of it is easily accessible so that you can take a good look and feel it. My words really can’t do justice you really do need to go and see it for yourself. Even if you don’t want to purchase fabric it is worth a visit just to take in the splendour of the place. Price wise there is something to suit all budgets and fabrics range from cotton to jersey, wool, lycra, fake fur and more so there is a good choice. I purchased 3 pieces of fabric:
The first fabric was my husband’s choice and he wants me to make him a shirt (I made hime a couple last year using the pattern the ‘The Gentleman’s Wardrobe’ book) – it is a cotton fabric and is about 150cm wide, it feels good quality and worked out at what I think is a very reasonable £4.52 per metre.
Likewise I chose another cotton of the same width for myself – I have had 2 metres of this and again it was £4.52 per metre. I currently have absolutely no idea what to make with it? (please hit me with some suggestions) but it is a little unusual and I don’t think I would find similar back home so I couldn’t resist.
After coming away I realised that I hadn’t taken any photos of the interior – I got too carried away with stroking all the fabric. I actually went back on our final day to take photos and came away with some chambray, this worked out at £9.33 per metre which I think was reasonable, I already have some very similar fabric in a different colourway which I paid more for. I plan to make a simple shift dress for the summer.
The other shop I purchased something from was at the other end of the main town and is called Fortuna Méteráru Bolt, this was a smaller shop which seemed to be mostly jersey fabrics and I bought just enough of this pink textured jersey to make a Tilly and the Buttons Nora Sweater.
Fortuna Méteráru Bolt Budapest, Váci út 10, 1132 Hungary
The rest of the shops we pretty much stumbled across whilst roaming around the streets and I am pretty sure there are far more than the ones I will mention below:
Méteráru Kis Méteráru Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 23, 1065 Hungary
This shop is along the main road that runs through the city and is definitely high end. We went in for a browse, but when the assistant started getting down bolts of Dolce Gabbana Silk to show me I realised that the fabrics on offer would be way out of my budget. Don’t get me wrong the 2 members of staff where lovely and the fabrics were beautiful and obviously very high quality. I just felt a little intimidated by the fact that nothing was likely to be in my price range.
Kezimunka Mesebolt Budapest, Üllői út 16b, 1085 Hungary
This was a small fabric shop that we passed every day on our way from our hotel (Hotel City Inn) to the main town. The shop sells mostly cotton as well as haberdashery and embroidery kits.
Hobbymuvesz Budapest Üllői út 32, 1085 Hungary
Again this was along the same road as the one mentioned above and is very much like a Hobbycraft type of shop. Most of the fabric appeared to be cotton, they also had a good selection of fat quarters.
I Love Textil Budapest, Teréz krt. 3, 1067 Hungary
This was a budget fabric shop with mostly cotton and jersey starting at around £1.00 per metre.
Torok lakastextil Kft. Toro Budapest, Király u. 70, 1068 Hungary
We passed this shop when my husband was looking for a vinyl record shop. I didn’t go in but looking through the window it appeared to be more home textile fabrics for cushions, curtains and such.
I am fairly certain that there are several others that I didn’t come across this time, google maps definitely seems to suggest this. I think I will have to save those for my next visit.
I hope you find this list useful if you are planning a trip to Budapest and please leave a comment below if you have previously visited and know of any other shops that are worth a visit.