Central Market Hall
Central Market Hall
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
This market hall, also known as the Great Market Hall, is one of the largest indoor markets in Budapest and boasts beautiful neo-Gothic architecture. Here, you'll find lots of fresh produce, fish, meat, spices, cured meats, and dairy products. And on the upper floors, you can taste authentic Hungarian cuisine (like goulash with dumplings) at the food stalls and eateries. Locals come here for their groceries and lunch so it's best to visit in the late morning or early afternoon for fewer crowds. Don't miss the market's best highlights on a private food tour of Budapest. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Központi Vásárcsarnok
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  • Fővám tér • 2 min walk
  • Kálvin tér • 5 min walk
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  • Jeff & Sue
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touring the Central Market Hall in Budapest
    The Central Market is worth visiting. We spent couple hours walking the isles. The Produce section in itself was fantastic, unfortunately we could not use any since there on holiday, but the selection and quality looked great. There was also wide variety of spices, chocolate and other delights. The rest of the vendors had a wide range of products of interest. They had a large Food Court, though we chose to dine in a little less congested atmosphere, so went up the street. If in Budapest and have time, this is a must see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Dawn
    Dickson, Tennessee4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed it, but can be a bit of a tourist trap.
    The market is really cool if you’re shopping for fresh food or good Hungarian staples. It is a bit of a tourist trap so be aware, but we’ve enjoyed shopping there. We just looked for the booths that the locals were lined up to buy from ;-)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Tim B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Budapest
    Just back from a three day trip to Budapest. One would really need four days to see everything. Beautiful city and stunning sights. We purchased a three day pass for the sight seeing tour bus and it was brilliant. Hop on and off as you please and also a cruise on the Danude included. Food and wine excellent. Don't expect things to be very cheap as everything is about the same or slightly below Ireland's prices
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • JVA
    London, United Kingdom242 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick visit is all it needs.
    Lovely looking building. Bottom floor a traditional market, top floor selling all sorts of tourist tat. Fine if that is what you are after, but for us we just had a quick look around and left. Not a place that you need to spend any time at.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Ooopsy p
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful experience
    Beautiful building, lots of homemade goods for sale. Avoid the exchange bearau. She has good rates but this is without commission, and she will short change you. Just had this happen to me. Was supposed to receive 75,800 (with the commission) and instead received 75500. When i challenged her she kept saying that's all you're getting. Avoid avoid avoid
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Lauren
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience
    Really good place to visit as the building is beautiful and really feels like an oldy worldy market. Downstairs lots of meat/veg stalls and paprika! Upstairs is more souvenirs and food stalls - I wouldn’t really recommend getting food from these stalls as it is really expensive and you can find better food in the city (I think the food stalls are tourist traps) Souvenirs decently priced though, 1 euro magnets etc! Recommend coming here for the experience and buying some fruit from downstairs as it’s great quality. Most sellers accept card
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Christine S
    Marco Island, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Budapest one of my favorite cities!
    We stayed a the Brand new W hotel and was one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. The friendliest group and knowledgeable staff! Was treated like Royalty! Will go back! Took a Tuk TuK tour of Budapest and it was so much fun and informative! If you go a must!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Shannon
    Manila, Philippines21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy consciously
    It's a big marketplace, two floors. There is an Aldi's supermarket in the basement. Ground floor with fresh produce and meats (buy the Csabai Kolbasz in snack size, so yummy), and there's a lavender shop I got soaps from there. The top floor is when you must tread carefully. it's filled with many souvenirs and food stalls ( please try the fisherman's soup) My advice is check many stores and bargain, they accept bargaining if you pay in cash, also I found HUF to be cheaper than Euro and buy t shirts or small trinkets like the secret box, if you are interested in buying paprika and related products I'd buy it in the supermarket (I got mine from Spar and it was 2-3x cheaper than at the central market hall). Happy shopping!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Traveller
    9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be careful when buying meals
    Nice Place, very busy fresh food on lower floor souvenirs on the top floor. Be careful when eating on the upper floor. It was not cheap, we fell into the trap of them asking us if we wanted certain things, we said yes thinking it was included but and they then charged us extra. very over priced for what it was.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Duck1949
    Eugene, Oregon167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, a lot for tourists but …
    Yes, expect a lot of tourist. And, a lot of paprika booths! Still it’s quite a scene. Booth after booth with some variety (not just all paprika). Upstairs is more difficult to move around and has more touristy booths, so may not be worth going up there. Go early and you can move around better. I don’t get other tourists labeling things negatively just because they cater to tourists … hey, “you are one!”
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
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J E S S
London, UK60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
I saw this was a must visit whilst in Budapest and I love going to markets so I thought it would be a good idea. The ground floor is quite intriguing as there is many shops that sleek the exact same thing just different prices. There was plenty of paprika to take back home as souvenirs but many were really over priced.

The -1 floor had an Aldi and a fish/meat market but most had closed as we had come in too late in the day.

The top floor was ridiculously busy. On one side you had little market stalls selling toot and clothes, shoes, you name it they had it. The other side had little market stalls to eat which was really hectic and loud. There is one sit down restaurant at the top but we decided to get an “authentic experience” which we’d soon turn out to regret.

There’s no assigned seating so you have to find somewhere first,all the tables were dirty as nobody comes round and regularly cleans them after other people. The chairs are all falling apart and the tables were wobbly. We had a paprika sausage and some potatoes and it was so greasy and tasted like cheap meat even though it was extortionate in price. We ended up not being very well later on and felt a bit sick.

Definitely visit but I wouldn’t eat there at all, find a sit down restaurant.

Written March 16, 2020
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Dr. F
Nottingham, UK1,007 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Central market hall is a 900 year old market of classic style. It is accessible by Tram via number 2, Buses or by Metro at walking distance from Fovam Ter station.

The market is double storey. Downstairs you find lots of stalls. Some sell stuff focused at locals like meat and bakery items while majority are similar grocery stalls selling paprika and other Hungarian specialties.

Upstairs is mostly Souvenir shops and food stalls. Souvenirs are reasonably priced especially if compared to Downtown shops and Airport. You can further bargain for the price depending on your skills, as I saw many customers doing so. I bought a bag and a souvenir at very good price.

A bit off-putting is the food area as here the tourist awareness among the food stalls is evident. Still reasonably priced and serving better and authentic street food than most of city, you might get tourist treatment especially if you don't speak local language and might get overcharged than locals.

I visited the most busy Langos stall. Langos is deep fried dough and most famous Hungarian street food. My order was taken by a lady who spoke adequate English. I ordered the Meat Lovers Langos and asked her to make it spicy. First she didn't put toppings like other customers and then when I asked why you didn't put spicy Hungarian sauce, she just crammed the sauce at the top of Mozarella Cheese, making the Langos very messy and wet. Second mistake I made was asking for beer, as no price mentioned for drinks on the board, this gives them freedom to charge as they like.My Langos was 1650 HUF yet the beer was charged disproportionate 1200 HUF. I advise to check the prices beforehand as it might save you from getting shredded.

Overall, this is a reasonable place to visit for Hungarian Street Food. If you follow a few precautions, you might end up paying relatively less than others, even if you don't, the prices are still reasonable.
Written March 6, 2020
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VW49
Ashburn, VA6,022 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Central Market Hall is a huge, crowded marketplace in Budapest. A wide range of products, souvenirs and foods are offered in a large indoor hall packed with vendor booths and stores. Plenty of people were there and it was not easy to navigate on the upper level through the narrow passage ways between all the businesses. A visit is certainly a cultural experience to see the many produce and meat stands and restaurants. We had no idea whether pricing was reasonable or not, but many locals were shopping. More familiar to us was the Aldi store down on the basement level. There also were a few booths selling Soviet military headgear but the sellers objected to photographs of their merchandise.
Written January 5, 2020
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LAD63
Shepton Mallet, UK2,738 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
After reading up about this and recommendations from locals, my husband and I visited the market during our 4 day break. Lovely building and looked promising on entry. Sadly not so. Lots of veg and fruit stalls- bought some fruit but as we were staying in a hotel no need for veg or meat and sausages. So many of the same stalls selling paprika in hessian bags for tourists at extortionate prices. Bought some by the weight but still very pricey. We had saved ourselves to eat in the food hall upstairs. After fighting our way through the clothes & bag stalls (reminded us of a Turkey market) we reached the food stalls which again were over priced and the eating areas a mess with half eaten food in polystyrene containers and tables neither cleared or wiped down. Left and found a traditional restaurant nearby waiter service for same price- if you have the time visit but there are so many other places to visit better than this
Written March 14, 2020
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DFamily_12
Harrogate, UK291 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The outside of the building in particular is magnificent with its colorful tiled roof. However, we found the inside very disappointing. It is obviously in an area with lots of tourists but we felt it had lots it’s authenticity and the food stalls looked poor quality and expensive. We had been to a much smaller market on Hold Utca which was lovely and with excellent food and for a better experience we would recommend a trip there.
Written March 10, 2020
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Eric
La Jolla, CA389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Central Market can get quite packed as it's filled with locals & tourists. The market has 2 levels. The ground floor features more meats & produce, while the upstairs is very narrow and has several gift shops & quick food options. There are so many visitors waiting in-line & eating on the narrow 2nd floor, that we could hardly walk through. If you hate crowds, stick to the ground level, there is much more space to walk around.

In terms of the food & gift shops, the quality is similar to street food, there were hardly any gourmet food options. The one must-try option when visiting the Central Market is to buy a bottle of Tokaji wine (Hungarian Dessert Wine). If you are looking for something to eat & do not want to deal with the long lines in the Central Market, there are Christmas markets set up around the holiday time with ample tables & seating.
Written March 11, 2020
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Mia Milo
Brunei Darussalam363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is the most beautiful Budapest market hall... It was built in 1897 with beautiful tiled roofs and a colourful facade of patterned orange bricks. You find great food and gifts in this market... You can walk from Chain Bridge to enjoy the beautiful view before reach at Central Market Hall
Written January 16, 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Another of our favourite destinations during our perambulations turned out to be the Central Market. Whilst there’s always the possibility it will be chock ful of tourists, turns out about 5 pm is a very chilled out time to visit. One stall in particular sold the best cherry strudel we’ve had anywhere - and was actually cheaper than the bakeries close to our apartment - so ‘via the market for some strudel’ almost became a destination in itself - especially since one piece was about €1 and enough for the two of us.
Written April 17, 2020
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MikeT19278
San Jose, CA169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I generally like visiting grocery stores and farmers markets when I travel to get a different view of how the populace live. My wife and I visited on a rainy day, so it might have been more crowded than otherwise. The ground floor is the food level with all sorts of peppers, sausages, and bakery items. Lot of colorful and delicious things to see. The upper floor has some restaurant stands which were all overcrowded when we visited in mid-afternoon. The back end of the second floor is all souvenir stands, and it seemed that every stand sold the same 100 items. Not a lot that we found that was unique.

So we went back down to the ground floor and sampled things from a few different stands for a picnic dinner later (as well as some souvenir paprika paste).

While you're there, look up and marvel at the architecture as well!
Written April 18, 2020
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Alex
Hong Kong, China447 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Biggest market in Hungary but stuff varies in quality..
1. I recommend you to go there if you want to buy traditional food. What i mean is to buy raw food there and bring it back home. Don't dine in any of the restaurants in Central Market Hall as they are not pretty good and there are many better one near by.
2. The souvenirs there are nothing special, all ordinary stuff but sold in an expensive price. I don't recommend you buying souvenirs there.
3. Anyway, if you want to experience the largest market in Hungary, go to Central Market Hall but buy things vigilantly.
Written February 3, 2020
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