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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 #2 of 50 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

THE place for shopping in Budapest. Great choice of wood and ceramic crafts, also leather. A paradise for photography enthusiasts. Food stalls are good for the local cuisine. Must buy paprika from here (cheaper on the ground floor than on the first.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Every country has a farmers market and in every country it is different. Budapest one is loaded with so much variety. You will find EVERYTHING here: from their authentic duck and goose liver to paprika in gift packages. Raw meat, cooked meat, sausages, fruits, veggies, gifts, crafts and, of course, food court with Hungarian sausage, and sauerkraut, and pickles, and... More

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's fun to look at this place, and a good place to buy fresh fruits and dried goods. But don't eat in the upstairs. My wife got charged more than 6000 HUF for a hot dog, some cheese, and a bacon sausage. My 0.5 litre beer was 1200 HUF, almost the same price as in New York Cafe! Scam!

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Runcorn, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Stayed for two days during our River Cruise. Lots to do great shops, loads of restaraunts, fantastic churches, we also had great weather, but can of course be variable

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We walked here from the Marriott Budapest (see my separate, excellent hotel review) and followed the concierge's directions of walking down the famous "shopping street" of Budapest. It was mid-day on a Saturday in late May 2014 and the market was very full of both locals and tourists. This market is lots of fun to get Hungarian made goods and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to pick up cheap souvenirs, look in the back corners of the building for stalls with best prices. Also, the flavored vodkas or aperitifs in tiny bottles are available. Fruit stalls were good for snacks. Upstairs along the long wall are cheap stand-up stalls for typical Hungarian lunch foods - clean.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The actual building itself is exceptional, and is definitely worth a visit while you're in the city. Just be aware that due to it's popularity amongst tourists, prices are quite a lot higher than in other parts of the city, especially souvenirs. That said, the food is good, and still not too pricey. Go to one of the stalls, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The central market is in a large building that was converted in the 1990's there are lots of stalls selling fruit and veg to fish and meats on the lower floor. The upstairs has local crafts such as leather goods, lace pottery and food outlets selling local cuisine. Worth the walk and could save a few pennies on the local... More

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Turin, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

DON´T FOOL YOURSELVES GOING THIS PLACE TRYING TO "EAT LOCAL"., this is a place for tourists. PThe market itself is beautiful, they have interesting business selling fruits, paprika products and local handcrafts. But at the second floor there are many places selling "typical Hungarian food", the problem is that the quality of them is REALLY Poor and the worst thing:... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

About to embark on the ship and was advised to spend the local currency as it would be difficult to exchange in other countries. Well off we went to the markets. Needed some small items like beer etc. food was in abundance, souvenirs everywhere and beer at an Aldi store. Centrally located and a lot of fun.

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