Central Market HallCurrently Closed
- Address: 1093 Budapest, Vamhaz korut 1-3, Hungary
- Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 36-13663300
- Ticket Price: 40 HUF
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Food And Drinks, Market, Architecture
The central Market Hall is sure to be an exciting place for any foodie. Vibrantly colored food stalls, oriental spices, freshly cooked delicacies, fresh vegetables and delectable meats. You will be able to find it all and more here. This indoor Market area was damaged in World War 2 but has regained its former glory and continues to be a very important place in the daily life of Budapest.
Housed in an old and imposing building, this sprawling market will surely tantalize your taste buds and perhaps even inspire the chef in you. Do take some time to explore this area. You can buy souvenirs, gifts or even just stroll around. Be sure to try out the pickles and the pickled onions which are simply delightful. The Langos are a definite must try if you are here. You can choose to explore aisle by aisle or roam around at random. This place is sure to surprise you. There are a lot of activities to try out here so make sure you have enough time to go through it thoroughly.
- Do try out the Hungarian cookery course while you are there.
- Do not forget to try out the Langos which are a Hungarian specialty bread made of yeast and topped with cheese.
- Take cash. No credit cards are accepted here.
- Try out Fakanal Restaurant it is cheap and popular.
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15.17% of people who visit Budapest include Central Market Hall in their plan
21.28% of people start their Central Market Hall visit around 06 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Central Market Hall
60.61% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Central Market Hall
A typical food market. Great, restored building, and a vast, light-filled space. Also, very crowded, even at 11:30am on a Monday. It seems to have been completely given over to tourists and visitors, tour groups and school trips. The 1st floor is filled with tourist trinkets and souvenirs, which I had zero interest in. We bought a kilo of grapes for 600. Reasonable and decent quality. But the produce seems to be for tourists. The tiny pastries (cheese, cabbage, potato) at the corner strudel stand were delicious and hot. The order was filled by a friendly, smiling man, despite the absolute scrum of customers.
This is a absolutely huge building. Wear comfy walking shoes. Bring your own bags to haul stuff back. To see everything, plan a few hours. Tip: go early in the day to beat crowds. Tip 2: take note paper or jot down things you want to buy. Each stall has a letter/number combination corresponding to it's location. Ground floor has stalls with produce, meats, spices, and occasionally a bakery / sweet stuff. There are many of each vendor, so best to look at all of them before making a purchase. I would assume that locals know their favorite vendors and go right to them, in and out. Upstairs you will find clothes, souvenirs, awesome chess sets, packaged peppers, housewares, and a small area where you can buy food to eat - a cafe of sorts.
The central market hall is actually three places combined into one. On the ground floor the market, interesting to visit and an occasion to buy some good local stuff. On the 1st floor a food corner. Hungarian street food and gigantic portions. But be careful to know what you buy, to ask the price before you order and to check your change. And a huge souvenir market. A lot of the same, no real good deals. You will probably find something you want in there. But here too be careful about your change ( at some point I got in my change a withdrawn banknote ....)
I generally enjoy markets when visiting countries or cities that have them. This market has food (fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and some baked goods) on the first floor and souvenirs and prepared foods on the second floor. We decided to try the market for lunch one day and planned to head upstairs to the food stalls to buy some prepared foods. However, it was chaos. Too little space and too many people. We immediately headed down and out and grabbed lunch at one of the nearby cafes. We did head back later that day to buy a dessert from a vendor on the first floor, and that was manageable. The first floor isn't as crowded but as a tourist you'll be drawn to the second floor where there isn't as much space.
The Central Market is one the places I liked the most in Budapest. You can have all type of meals at every hour from early breakfast to dinner! It's very nice inside for the suggesting look it has and for the thing that is not just a market for food but also for souvenirs and shops in general. You can find either locals and tourists. The outside is really nice too with the beautiful and colorful roof.