XIX. District, also known as Kispest, is a vibrant neighbourhood where you can shop, dine and discover local history. Hunt for treasures at the bustling flea market and walk around one of the most picturesque master-planned communities in Europe.
Things to do in District XIX - Kispest
Wekerle Estate was built in the 20th century and is centred around a tree-lined square. Decorative wooden balconies, gabled roofs and miniature turrets give homes in the estate a fairy-tale feel. Famed architect Kós Károly designed the master-planned community and placed a big focus on charm and greenery. Walking around the estate, you’ll quickly understand why it’s one of the best examples of Folk Revival and Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Hunt for treasures at the Ecseri Flea Market. It’s one of the best flea markets in Europe and a fantastic place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. From jewellery and silverware to antiques, oil paintings and chandeliers, you’ll love browsing the stalls and chatting with the vendors. Don’t forget to bargain for the best price.
Shop a mix of local and international boutiques at KöKi Center. The mall features more than 150 stores and is a mecca for local fashionistas. Don’t miss the rooftop garden for sweeping views over XIX. District. The theatre screens the latest Hollywood films, as well as local Hungarian movies.
You’ll find some of the best local restaurants strung along Ülloi Street. This bustling thoroughfare is lined with casual eateries where you can try local dishes like Hungarian goulash and “palacsinta” pancakes stuffed with cottage cheese. Rich dishes like “rakott krumpli” potatoes layered with onions, sour cream and eggs are a great way to warm up.
Getting around District XIX - Kispest
XIX. District (Kispest) is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The neighbourhood is a 20-minute drive from the Budapest city centre and 15 minutes on the Budapest Metro. Head to Kőbánya-Kispest Station on the M3 Line. Budapest Airport is a 15-minute drive away.