As in any other major city of the world, Budapest has a busy inner-city shopping district, several large malls, and numerous small, fashionable boutiques and sporting goods stores. Virtually, all major international brands of clothing and household products are available.
Both supermarkets and small neighborhood convenience stores abound in Budapest and students come to rely on both. Food stores open early and the larger supermarkets stay open into the evening, those at malls usually until 9:00 pm
The idea of the "drug store" which sells everything from shampoo to dog food is relatively new to Hungary but there are two large chains that have locations throughout the city. These stores stock many international brand items for personal care, but they do not sell medicines. All medicine - including non-prescription types - must be bought at a pharmacy.