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A gentleman’s guide to manliness

If you are a man for whom hair matters (or your beard, as tends to be popular at the moment), getting a suitable haircut in Budapest is not a difficult nor expensive operation. The amount of hairdressers and barber shops in this city is amazing,  and whatever your area may be, you can be sure there are at least a few fast and decent barbershops around. But for those looking for the must-have cut of the moment – or if you want a result that is more edgy than classic – to be on the safe side, you should head to a specific type of barbershops.

In general, just by looking inside, you can tell whether the vibe of the place is trendy, elegant or edgy enough for you – or whatever that defines a great haircut for you. However, to make matters easier for you, we will give a few recommendations of stylish choices of barbershops – this way you will be able to avoid those oh-so-common disaster experiences. These salons suit the style-conscious, but their vibe is friendly enough for anyone to walk in regardless of tastes.

The classic favourite for expats looking for haircare in Budapest is the Barber Shop Budapest chain of salons for men only. You are guaranteed friendly service in English, and the salons suit anyone trend-aware who is looking for a good quality-cost ratio.

Photo: Barber Shop Budapest

Photo: Barber Shop Budapest

The hairdressing dynasty of the Gellei family was started in Budapest in 1930, however the name was made famous in the 80’s by András Gellei, Golden Crown awarded hairdresser. The idea of a traditional barber shop was born in Melbourne where brothers András Jr and David Gellei lived and worked for ten years. Later their younger brother Aaron joined them, who was already considered a bit of barbering baddass himself. During his career Aaron has worked and gained experience in the field worldwide!
After a while they all grew homesick, so decided together  to bring everything they had learned and lived about traditional barbering, back to Budapest in the summer of 2014. In the  barber shops, the Australian and Aboriginal culture can be recognised.
Throughout in almost all of the decorations such as  boomerangs, surf boards all brought here from Australia to strengthen our shop’s originality in Hungary.

Their aim is to create a traditional barbering service for men only, where ladies cannot enter and interrupt as our gentleman enjoy a classical haircut and a straight razor shave.

Prices are mid-level and these delightful salons are found for example in district 5., 6., 7., but you can choose the one most convenient for you – all have the same concept and service. The HQ in district 5 has a Shop & Academy & Museum. Online bookings are warmly welcome, keep in mind some has a first come first serve policy and all has a no phone booking.

These are the ultimate hip barbershops, and they should not be missed by anyone who wants their hair to have a touch of the latest vibe.

If you are after something more special, wilder or an entirely specific style – for example vintage-inspired – Hotsy Totsy is the place to go. Hotsy Totsy provides the smooth elegance both in the classic serving of drinks and barber service. Infused with the touch off Blues and Jazz classics in the background, they provide an atmosphere you can only get in the 20’s. Ladies and Gents both can get the feeling of a nice hideout below the smoky street level of the 7th district. Hear the twinkle sound of icecubes and buzz from the detailers. Hotsy Totsy engulfs the feeling of the prohibition era. Their neat and classy style can be found in our drinks and are represented in the barbershop as well. “We handle our guests with care.” In the early hours they serve exepcional coffee and soft drinks, and function as a barbershop, at night we change into a different world…

With the perfectly groomed hair and beard, tailored garments are a must.

László Vass, the founder leader of Vass Shoes began his enterprise in 1978. Emerging from a generation of shoemakers adventurous enough to return to the roots of their craft, László Vass has revived a rich old tradition which has added impetus to the art of shoemaking in a new age. The primary aspiration of Vass Shoes is to make ready-to-wear or bespoke handcrafted shoes in a variety of styles that are both comfortable and elegant, but also sturdy and long-lasting. Traditional tools are used in their workshop and hundreds of meticulous operations are performed with meticulous care, and paying special attention to detail. Customers arrive from all over the world in order to buy from their wide range of top quality, hand-made shoes in their city center based store.

From sketching to the final fitting, everything is made by passionate minds and tireless hands at Galamb Tailoring. By following the workflow of traditional Italian tailors with a modern approach, at Galamb, the atmosphere of a traditional tailor shop and a touch of the latest fashion trends are in perfect harmony. A history of over 100 years of bespoke tailoring is weaved into each of their suits.
With the super soft woolens of Scabal, beautiful Italian shell buttons, finest British linings, premium German threads and 50 years’ experience of our Italian “sartoriale” craftmanship they create luxury suits for men who seek elegance without compromise.

Barber Shop Budapest  1054 Bajcsy Zsilinszky st. 64., 1061 Budapest, Király street 6., 1072 Budapest, Rákóczi street, 8/A, 1073.Budapest.Erzsébet Krt.44-46, 1074 Budapest, Dob street. 11., 1075 Budapest, Holló street 12

Hotsy Totsy 1075 Síp u. 24. /  +36 1 614 5097

Vass Shoes 1052 Budapest, Haris köz 6. / +36 1 780 7418

Galamb Tailoring 1054 Budapest, Zoltán u. 12. /  by appointment only + 36 30 742 5262

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