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Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok)

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Address: Vamhaz korut 1-3, Budapest 1093, Hungary
Phone Number: 36-1 366-3300
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6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, built in the...
Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, built in the neo-Gothic style, offers a variety of food stalls, from fresh vegetables, fowl and meat to wine and liquor shops.
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We were told we had to see this place. It's big and crowded and has lots of local food, crafts and souvenirs. We enjoyed the street nearby that was closed to traffic, was less... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

On the ground floor is a fresh food market set out with wide tiled isles. Stalls included fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and small goods to name a few. Upstairs there is a wide variety of hand crafted goods for sale. On this floor there are food outlets where hot food and snacks are available for those who feel a little... More 

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Vast shopping area consisting mainly of meat, fresh fruit and veg along with traditional craft stuff on top floor. If you are looking to buy authentic traditional Hungarian ingredients - dried peppers, garlic, paprika of every description tinned goose liver or sausages of every colour or meat filling this is the place to come. I would also recommend the fast... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were told we had to see this place. It's big and crowded and has lots of local food, crafts and souvenirs. We enjoyed the street nearby that was closed to traffic, was less hectic and had many of the same items.

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Treviso, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I visited this market two times, the first time in March and I was so amazed by the beautiful achitecture this market displays, the crafted details and the bright and high ceiling, just a must to visit in this already wonderful capital. So don't get me wrong by the low score of this feedback, it is indeed a notable building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you don't mind the crowds, especially around the food stands, you will find an abundance of great Hungarian food stands, especially on the second floor. Be aware the this may not be the best place to buy those souvenirs, as prices here are dear.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had read about the market, which was described as the largest covered market in Europe, before our visit. The food section, which was on the lower level, was of most interest. There was an amazing display of peppers, salamis, duck and chicken breasts.

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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Really Awesome. Probably the highlight of our trip. There's a tonne of meat, veg and fruit on sale. There's also different kinds of cheese and antipasti. We got a large portion of really delicious hummus with paprika for around 40c euro cent. There are a lot of places selling similar things so it's worth spending a bit of time and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food court food is greasy, ok at best, and double the price of anywhere else in Budapest. The staff ranged from rude to ok, the only friendly one added side items to increase the charge. The main market is mostly butcher shops and vegetables the balance has some fabrics and leather but mostly souvenirs and flea market itwms.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you have any interest in things Hungarian, especially the cuisine, a visit (allow an hour or so) will give you a fascinating insight into life here. The building is gorgeous, clean, light and spacious. The food and produce stalls downstairs are the highlight, fresh produce unlike anything you will get in a supermarket, Compare the meat with (partcularly) UK... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Nothing very special, honestly. The second floor is filled with touristy stuff, but the first and basement are worth a look. Come in the morning and you'll get a better atmosphere! The number of tourists far outnumber the locals though.

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District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube, with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica stand out as two of the finest examples of architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention and relevant to Hungary’s more recent history. If shopping is on your itinerary, then be prepared: the market squares in this area are an absolute delight, particularly during the Christmas period, but even throughout the year you’ll find the latest trends in the shops on Vaci Utca.
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