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Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok)

Vamhaz korut 1-3, Budapest 1093, Hungary (Központi Vásárcsarnok)
36-1 366-3300
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Ranked #4 of 53 Shopping in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Goods!  You'll find fruit, vegetables, specialties and souvenirs of all kinds in this, one of the largest market halls in Europe. Renovated in the... more »
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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It was super packed and a bit disappointing. A lot of stalls selling the same things at inflated prices. Don't make the mistake of buying hot food upstairs as it is over priced and pretty Average. Hunt around and clock where the locals go for the better produce.

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Heraklion, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

The market is a place that you have to see! It is really big and has a lot of typical Hungarian products! The building is fantastic ! BUT we bought some memorabilia from a tourist shop on the ground floor (left side) and when we asked for a plastic bag the "lady" was extremely rude : a "No!!" was her... More

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Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite buildings / attractions / places in Budapest. You can buy almost everything there, from food, drinks, traditional hungarian food and ingredients to amazing souvenirs, clothes and similar. The people are very friendly because of what I visited this place another few times. I highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A place that for decades people have been trading. The prices are not for locals, but for tourists, and so it's not a place to find bargains, but its a place to see the culture, the food and the locals of Budapest. Many souvenir shops are here and by going upstairs you can take photos of this wonderful indoor market.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Mainly fresh fruit and vegetables, although lots of souvenir vendors on the upper floor. No bargains, here, however. Even food and drink are more expensive than just across the street. Interesting to see what locals buy, but not worth more than a quick stop.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The market is a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours in Budapest. There are tons of great foods to try: meets, cheeses, beers and wines on the second floor and even fish in the basement for those brave enough. The artwork is not cheap though, so those looking to decorate their homes with souvenirs may need to venture... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

You would think this place would be a total tourist trap, but it's not. While you see tourists milling around buying paprika and souvenirs, the market is mainly frequented by locals. The colors and smells are wonderful. If you want to eat traditional, yet delicious food head upstairs. If you want to find good prices on various textile goods check... More

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Palo Alto, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I had heard about the traditional Budapest street food "Langos" which is something like pizza with cheese filling and topping. Was also told that they usually cost about 3-4 US dollars each. So when I saw a stall selling Langos in the beautiful Central Market, I joined the long queue there. A listing showed different types of Langos with prices... More

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited the market twice.Ideal place to buy your souvenirs in the cheapest prices you can get.Excelent location to have a traditional Hungary dish and buy goodies such as wines and paprika .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

I would come here to see the architecture of the building and maybe for lunch. The market was super crowded and most of the souvenir shops had the same stuff. We were looking for some Budapest art and there was really no original art here. I was hoping for some more shops that were a little more unique with artists... More

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