They say all women sooner or later turn into their mothers, but I seem to be on a crash course to turn into my grandmother first: I have inexplicably fallen in love with porcelain trinkets. Nicknamed ‘nipp’ in Hungarian, small porcelain objects were long associated with the dust-smelling living rooms of little old ladies alongside knitted tablecloths and slightly mold-tasting biscuits. They are however currently making a spectacular comeback, being reappraised as a piece of vintage nostalgia by the hip crowd.
I was therefore heartbroken when my tiny treasure trove of antique porcelain, Nos by Beans, took a break, but was recently delighted to discover that they are back, in a new location, in the very scenic area of Víziváros. Just as before, they have a carefully curated selection of vintage porcelain, mainly from iconic Hungarian brand Hollóházi Porcelán, alongside tableware, clothing, posters and jewelry from contemporary local designers. For the colder months, you can arm yourself with warm knitted headbands from Éviköt – Franziska Nemeth also makes delicate jewelry, perfect for the holiday gift season. The men needn’t worry either; they can stock up on T-shirts from local brands, and there’s always a whiskey glass or two to be found.
For the time being, the store operates as a pop-up, so be sure to pay them a visit and help them, and the local artists they support, survive in the long run.