Budapest indeed is full of amazing restaurants and bistros where you can dine out, but if sometimes you just prefer to make your own dinner Budapest got your back in this came too. We have a lot of amazing markets in the city where you can buy the most delicious groceries and I’m here to introduce you the most famous one: The Great Market Hall – where you can not only buy the ingredients for your meal but also experience local food and architecture.
The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall ( in Hungarian: Nagyvásárcsarnok) is located at the end of the really famous shopping street – Váci utca and on the Pest side of the Liberty bridge at Fővám square. The Nagyvásárcsarnok is the biggest and oldest market hall in the city. The idea of building such a huge indoor market came from the first mayor of Budapest, Károly Kamermayer and was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1897. As the mayor retired in 1896 so when the building was completed, he participated in the opening ceremony as a citizen. The building is 10,000 square meters and is covered by a steel structure. Along with many other beautiful buildings, the Market Hall was also completely damaged during the World Wars. Throughout the 1990s restoration works brought back the market to its original magnificence. The building was awarded with FIABCI Prix d’Excellence in 1999. Since then – not surprisingly – the Central Market Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city.
The market offers a huge variety of traditional Hungarian goods three floors long. Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, spices, and spirits such as paprika, Tokaji, Túró Rudi, and caviar. The second floor has mainly traditional Hungarian eateries and souvenirs. The basement contains butcher shops, fish market, and picked vegetables including the traditional cucumber pickles, as well as cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes. Back in the time, the fresh products arrived via the canal in the middle. While there’s no canal today, the market is still renowned for its great variety of products. The hall is loved both by locals and visitors.
There are even guided Market Hall tours (and gourmet tours) which let you relax and enjoy the tastes while locals give you all the exciting information about the place and the foods. If you are foodie it is definitely a must try for you!
|Monday||06.00 – 17.00|
|Tuesday to Friday||06.00 – 18.00|
|Saturday||06.00 – 15.00|