Sunset over Arena Mall
Sunset over Arena Mall

Aréna Mall – The King of shopping centers in Budapest

Complete with the biggest brands, 120+ stores, and an IMAX and ScreenX cinema, Arena Mall is the largest shopping center of Center-Europe.

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You can try to deny it, but deep down we all know that there’s no vacation, business trip, or even a sightseeing without a shopping tour. Blame it all on the consumer society we live in, but strolling through fancy boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants does raise our dopamine levels. So, if you’re in Budapest, and you’re done with all the touristy activities like from visiting thermal baths and the Buda castle, through tasting the best Hungarian foods and wines, to exploring the city’s nightlife, it’s time to enter one of the great shopping centers of Hungary and Central Europe – Aréna Mall. 

Famous brands everywhere
Famous brands everywhere

Sometimes size does matter

Let’s start with some numbers and facts. Arena Mall covers an overall area of 200,000 square meters with 180,000 square meters of floor area (including parking lots) which makes it the largest shopping center of Hungary, as well as the Central European region (by overall size, however Westend is the largest). What good is all this space, you ask? Well, despite having over 130 shops, 22 catering units, a cinema with 22 rooms, and approximately 2,800 underground parking spots, neither the corridors, nor the shops feel crowded even during peak shopping hours. Still, all cards on the table, we would not recommend playing the chair game in the canteen during lunchtime!

Arena Mall, the largest shopping center of middle Europe
Arena Mall, the largest shopping center of middle Europe

The wet dream of every shopaholic 

Arena Mall gathered the largest brands to satisfy the needs of all the oniomaniacs. Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Karl Lagerfeld, Micheal Kors, Tommy Hilfiger – all the guys are here to have a party in your shopping bag. Besides the premium brands, you can, of course, also find an H&M, a Pull and Bear, a Zara, a Bershka, a Tally Weijl and a Stradivarius under the roof of the largest shopping center of Budapest. For the full list of stores, check their website here. If the wide range of stores and the spacious areas haven’t convinced you yet, the mall’s regular coupon days will: that’s right, at Arena, you can often shop your favorite brands at discount prices. 

Long story short, this mall has it all from clothing brands and beauty products, through perfumes and books, to groceries and a wide range of services such as opticians and banks. Arena Mall is always one step ahead in fashion and recent trends, frequently refreshing its image to stay trendy and attractive to people day by day.

The inside of Arena Mall
The inside of Arena Mall

Got the munchies? Go straight to Arena! 

It’s really hard to focus on the newest clothing lines when your tummy is constantly talking to you. Luckily, Arena Mall has all type of deliciousness in its food court, so you can quickly refill if your energy level hits rock bottom. Craving some pizza? Head to Il Treno, Okay Italia or Pizza Hut. Fancy something Asian today? Sushiroll, Wok’n’Go, and Buddha Original are waiting only for you. Fast food? You can’t go wrong with KFC, Burger King or McDonald’s. There’s also a kebab place, a Nordsee, and at least 5 cafes in Arena Mall, so you’ll be spoilt by choice for sure. 

The food court of Arena Mall
The food court of Arena Mall

IMAX, ScreenX, and VIP cinema in Arena

A giant plaza needs a giant cinema as well, so it should not come as a surprise that Arena Mall’s movie theatre is the largest in Hungary with its 22 rooms. However, it’s not only spectacular in size, but in apparatus as well. Boasting the one and only IMAX screen in the country, Arena attracts tens of thousands of film lovers every year who long for the finest 3D cinema experience there is. If this weren’t enough, they’ve built a room with a 270° screen that is also one of its kind in the country. By extending the middle canvas to the side walls of the room, movie viewers can immerse themselves in the stories like never before – it’s truly a breathtaking experience. And finally, the icing on the cake: Arena’s VIP cinema treats everyone who likes to eat a lot and watch movies at the same time (does anyone NOT like doing that?). For an insignificant amount of extra money, you can consume a significant amount of food and drinks in the all-you-can-eat buffet of the VIP room, including popcorn, soda, sandwiches, chicken wings, and salads. 

The unique ScreenX screen in Arena Mall
The unique ScreenX screen in Arena Mall

Location is key

Alongside the abovementioned qualities, Arena Mall’ popularity also lies in its easy accessibility. It’s just a 5 minutes’ walk away from Keleti Railway Station, which is the largest train station of Budapest welcoming hundreds of trains from across Hungary every day, making Arena an obvious choice for a lot of commuters. Keleti is also a huge public transportation hub with metro lines, buses, trams, and trolleys, which makes Arena easy to reach for a shopping spree from just about everywhere in the city. 

FAQ

How big is Arena Mall?
Arena Mall covers an overall area of 200,000 square meters with 180,000 square meters of floor area (with parking lots) which makes it the largest shopping center of Hungary, as well as the Center-European region. As for amenities, Arena Mall boasts over 130 shops, 22 catering units, and approximately 2,800 underground parking spaces.
What brands does Arena Mall have?
You can find many premium brands like Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as regular customer-favorites such as H&M, Pull and Bear, Zara, Bershka, Tally Weijl, Stradivarius, and more. If you’d like to see the full list, click here.
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