In the Middle Ages, this street was the border of the city of Pest. When the city was expanded in the 18th century, big and noble houses were built, and from the beginning of the 20th century it became a shopping street full of life and commerce. You can find endless fast food chains here next to massive ancient stores for ceramics, popular fashion icons like Zara and H&M. Of course, when you need to eat or drink there are many cafes, next to different styles of restaurants and food stalls more or less successful. In the large market at the edge of the street there are great and affordable food stalls.
It is good to know that Vaci Street is no longer a place to great finds like it used to be. There are more tourist traps than in other parts of the city, and many stores sell the same souvenirs as everywhere else. There are special places here for shopping. It is good to mention that from the popular street small alleyways lead to quiet areas and secret hidden corners, but you really need to look hard to find them.
In the southern and calmer section of the street, near the large market, there are nice souvenir stores.