More than one otherwise knowledgeable local foodie has asked me what happened to the venerable international food store widely known as the “Ázsiabolt” (“Asia store”), which a few months back suddenly cleared out of the fantastically cramped and cluttered space it occupied for the better part of a decade in the basement of the Vásárcsarnok. Answer: It closed for a bit but then reopened in a new and only slightly less cramped and cluttered space a few dozen meters away on the corner of Vámház körút and Pipa utca.
You can be forgiven for walking by the new digs of Ázsia Bt., as the entrance and store-front are almost comically confusing (it shares an entrance with a used clothing store or something like that). But it’s all there, and more: A staffer I briefly spoke with said they had essentially doubled the number of meters of shelf space, allowing them to add hundreds of new items while giving each a bit more breathing room. Check it out.