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The Daily Travel Pass (1,040 HUF / £2.90) is great for visiting d.i.y shops, tourist spots and other places of interest.
It is valid on trolley buses, local buses and trams in and around Szeged city centre. A single ticket costs 320 HUF (89p).
Correct Change Bureau De Change, located at Tisza Lajos Körút 57 (in the city centre), has excellent exchange rates.Bureau De Change Website
It's worth taking a tram/bus into the city centre because you will still receive more money than outside the city centre.
If you need plants, balcony pots, flowers, plant feed and so on take a visit to a dedicated plant shop like Árendás Virág WebsiteÁrendás Virág Kft.
The problem with buying from a supermarket is that they do not always have the time and dedication to look after their plants properly; hence why they die early.
Printker Office Land is a stationery shop that sells a large assortment of office stationery and arts/crafts utensils. I bought some nice waste paper baskets from there because I could not find them in Tesco, OBI, Hardware Shops, etc.
6721 Szeged, Maros Utca 29 - Tel: 06 62 425 300 - GPS: N 46 15.456 E 20 09.672GPS MAP - firstname.lastname@example.orgE-mail - http://www.printker.huWebsite - https://www.facebook.com/printkerFacebook - Open: 8am - 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am - 5pm (Sat) and 9am - 12pm (Sun).
Anna-kúti Áruház is a great shop where basics like a funnel and measuring jug can be found, as well as other household items.
Patyolat dry cleaning services include washing clothes and beddings and ironing. Dry cleaning services take two days.
Prices are the same as in London (UK), which locals probably find expensive, but if you only have the occasional bit of dry cleaning done their overall prices are reasonable and affordable.
This is Tünde's private dentist, who was originally recommended to her by her sister.
This male dentist, who is very humble, honest and professional, has been in the dental profession for more than 30 Years, with affordable fees and a good reputation.
Anker watch repair fix watches and sell wall clocks. This where Tünde gets her watch repaired. They are very knowledgeable of their trade and very professional.
Fressnapf is the main Pet Shop in Hungary - 6725 Szeged, Szabadkai Út 7 - E-mail - Website - Facebook - GPS: N 46 14.576 E 20 07.150GPS - Tel: 06 62 552 772. Open: 8am - 8pm, Mon-Sun. MOB: 06 30 641 0860.
Fressnapf do not sell animals - They sell pet food, housing, toys and accessories only.
If you need a one-off laundrette wash whilst in Hungary, try Bubbles Laundrette WebsiteBubbles laundrette.
At 1,300 HUF for a 11Kg wash and 1,700 HUF for a 16Kg 37 Min dry, I think their prices are reasonable for one-off ocassions.
On this web page is a list of website links and contact details of professionals and shops you might want to consider visiting/contacting for the purpose of staying in Szeged for a while and/or recommending to your potential tenants/tourists.
When I first started staying in Szeged I wondered where I could find a good hairdresser, bicycle shop, book shop, stationer, watch repairer and so on. After trial and error, and some help from Tünde and her son, I found the shops and services I needed (below). Hopefully you will find these resources as useful as me.
Libri Bookstore (WHSmith equivalent), located in the Árkád Centre, is where I bought a Map Of SzegedMap Of Szeged from, for 990 HUF (£2.71). You might think maps are sold everywhere, especially in the city centre, but they are not! I also bought my English<>Hungarian books from Libri.
The old Alexandra bookshop in Szeged is now a Libri bookshop
This perticular bookshop used to be the Alexandra bookshop. I do not know if Alexandra went bankrupt, as they still have a large bookshop in Budapest, but Libri is more or less what Alexandra used to be/still is. Meaning, there is a large selection of Hungarian Language books for example to choice from.
Lira book shop is similar to Alexandra/Libri but more of a traditional, smaller, book shop. I have mentioned it here because it sells an excellent range of Hungarian<>English Flash Cards (as well as Hungarian<>German) that consist of basic words, basic verbs, pictures and sentences.
The 400 'Easy Word Training' flash cards (2,499 HUF) they sell, for example, are ideal for the beginner and intermediate learner while the 'Memory Game' flash cards (1,690 HUF) they sell are ideal for 2-4 year olds or those new to Hungarian (you have to start somewhere!).
This is where I had 12 sample laminated Name Cards made - Personal Cards, similar to business cards, that have my name, address, phone number and photo on them. I gave a few out to people back home, in the UK, instead of having to write down the details on a piece of paper for them or print out sticky labels.
The cards look really nice, and for 300 HUF (80p) + 300 HUF (80p) for use of their computer (to create the template) I think 600 HUF (£1.60) is very cheap. With the help and expertise of the owner who uses CorelDraw for templates, plus the quality of laminate and paper, I knew straight away I was in the right place. If you want custom-made calendars, business card, leaflets and so on I highly recommend this shop. Great customer service.
In Szeged it is normal to receive a 'Scissors Cut' as standard, as opposed to a classic UK Barber Shop 'Shears Cut'. A 'Scissors Cut' normally costs around 1,500 HUF (£4.14), which at that price you can not complain; especially when the same 'Scissors Cut' could cost you between £10 and £20 in the UK. I found Zina Éva to be very friendly to the extent she is the only hairdresser I use.
This 'outer city centre' hair salon only charges 1,500 HUF (£4.10) for a haircut.
This year (August 2018) I had no time to make an appointment with Éva, so had to find another hairdresser. Luckilly I remembered Kószó István (06 62 472 226), which is a barber shop near my appartment - Although I knew of this barbaer shop, I had never tried it simply because I had already found Éva.
After looking around many, expensive and affordable, bicycle shops for a suitable bicycle I bumped into Laci Bike Shop. The owner, László Szabó, was instantly friendly and helpful with one of those "You can trust me" faces. Although he did not speak English, I was lucky in that at least two of his customers did. So through interpretation he was able to answer all of my questions. One of his customers, whose bicycle I liked, even let me test drive her bicycle! This instantly told me I was in the right shop - Friendly customers who had a great rapport with the owner.
In the end I bought a bicycle from Hervis, but only because I could not quite find the particular bicycle I wanted in the Laci Bike Shop - The folding city bicycle. Laci did have a very nice range of bicycles though, with affordable prices, hence why I am highly recommending them and their range of bicycles and accessories on this website. I was just lucky enough to have met a friendly bicycle repairman whose shop just happened to be around the corner from my Szeged apartment.
Laci Bicycle shop has affordable products and a very good repair service
Now, every time I stay in Szeged, I always use Laci for all my bicycle repairs and have since recommended them to my Hungarian friends; who have also then had repairs done by Laci. Excellent Customer Service.
UPDATE: I have since bought a 'Budapest' bicycle from Laci who customised it to my liking within the price of 60,000 HUF. He changed the tyres for thicker tyres, changed the plastic dynamo for a metal dynamo, changed the plastic pedals for metal pedals, added a basket at the back of the bicycle and swapped the breaks around to make them conform to the UK system (front break right-side and back break left-side of handle bars).
This place is great for those needing personal gym equipment in their home, such as dumbbells and weights. It is where I bought my set of 10KG Dumbbells, sold in a nice hard plastic carry case, for 11,800 HUF (£31.46). It worked out cheaper to get the set rather than individual weights, but obviously if you need individual weights.....
Running machines, weight benches, stair masters, skipping ropes and sports clothing are among the items you can buy in-store. They do a range of mountain bikes too.
Decathlon is a great place to buy personal/household sports equipment
Visited Avalon Tattoo Shop to enquire about having a five lettered name tattooed on my arm whereby I was quoted 5,000 HUF (around £13). I then enquired about having a new tattoo to cover over an old, 28 year old, tattoo whereby I was quoted between 10,000 HUF (around £25) and 20,000 HUF (around £50), depending on the design, size, etc. The woman I spoke to, Betti, was very accommodating and answered all my question such as How long will it take? How much will it cost? What is fashionable? Can I choose who does the tattoo? and What do you recommend?
Avalon tattoo shop has great customer service and answer your tattoo questions
Unfortunately, not all the tattoo shops I visited in Szeged were as friendly and as honest as Avalon. All I will say here is that you really have to talk to the tattoo shop staff to find out if they have attitude, rip-off prices, and so on. This is one of the reasons why I have mentioned so many 'out of city centre', non-tourist area, local places simply because they have "normal" people working in them and operating them. I will not say every city centre shop had attitude, but many of them lacked good business etiquette/customer service. Hence why I test these businesses for you!
This is where I get my bread from every two or three days. I sometimes buy cakes from there too, but have to watch out because their cakes can become addictive! The staff are very friendly and the bread is always nice and fresh and cut the way I like it (thick cut).
Rózsa Pékség sells affordable freshly baked breads, cakes and drinks
There is also a Rózsa Pékség on Ortutay Utca. Also worth a mention is Csiga Pékség on Szilléri Sugárút who are more favoured for their pizza breads and desserts.
Mars Tér market, located on the left-side of the bus station, is the city centre's open-door market where fresh fruit, veg, cakes, jams and other home-grown/farmer products are sold. It also has an indoor area with shops, cafés and toilets amongst other things.
Although the market opens until the afternoon, it is often closed early for two reasons. 1) Because the products, once sold, are not restocked. So when a particular stall owner has sold their products they go home and 2) Because they do not want to be out all day whereby the fruit for example is becoming rotten in the sun. So get there around 8am or so.
The Indoor Market is located on the left-side of Mars Tér coach station