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    Nagy Vasarcsarnok - Great (Central) Market Hall: The Smells Have It!

    by johngayton Updated Dec 22, 2015

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    From the outside this is a pretty impressive building with its tiled roofs, elaborate brickwork, arched entrances and upper-storey windowed-frontage. However even more impressive are the array of aromas that strike you immediately you enter through the rubberised curtains.

    The market was built towards the end of the 19th century, along with several smaller ones, to provide a more hygienic alternative to the outdoor street markets for the supply of fresh provisions to the local populace. At the turn of the century this was Europe's most modern market with state-of-the-art refrigeration and lighting but during World War II the hall was severely damaged and the subsequent repairs shoddy and not in keeping with the original magnificence. In 1991 the market was closed due to its, by then, unstable condition and it wasn't until the mid 90's that its restoration was completed.

    Nowadays this is once again a thriving market, popular with both locals and visitors, and wandering it makes for an excellent rainy day thing to do, especially for us foodies. If you're lucky you might even catch an opera performance - Market Flash Mob

    What to buy: The ground floor is the main produce market and the mouth-watering smells come from the paprika stalls, the ham and sausage merchants and even the fresh fruit and vegetables add their own scents to the cacophony. The basement level has a supermarket and the fish and the game stalls whilst the first floor is mainly arts, crafts and souvenirs but also has snack food stalls and even a couple of bars.

    What to pay: By all accounts this is one of the cheaper places to shop but follow the locals buying habits rather than be tempted by the decoratively-presented stuff which is purely aimed at us tourists.

    View Over the Ground Floor From Upstairs Paprika Stall Sausages and Hams Fast Food and Bars! Magnificent Exterior
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    Nagyvásárcsarnok: Central Market Hall

    by iaint Written Nov 20, 2015

    As you'll see from the photos, this is a huge indoor market.

    The ground floor is all food - salami, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, honey, paprika and other spices, bakery products... An amazing selection of stalls and each with an amazing selection of products.

    Upstairs is mostly clothing, but you'll also find some cafes and a restaurant.

    What to buy: Any kind of local food specialities, wine, spirits, and fresh food if you want it.

    What to pay: I paid 450 Ft for a bottle of Hungarian Kékfrankos red. That's about £1, or €1.25.

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    Budapest's Great Market Hall: Just About Everything Here

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 24, 2015

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    The Great Market Hall of Budapest is a fascinating collection of shops set on three floors of an old building.Frequented by locals and tourists alike it is a great place to walk around and see a variety of goods for sale. Smells of the food on the top floor can be quite alluring but be aware seating is limited.

    Constructed in 1897 it is sometimes referred to as the Central Market because of its location just five minutes from the City Center and just across the Liberty Bridge. I was surprised to learn that is not the oldest of the market halls in Budapest.

    What I did learn is that is has to be among the most crowded. Avoid going during the early morning hours after it has just opened and lunch time when it is a popular place for locals to lunch there. Also the hall is not open on Sunday.

    What to buy: Fresh produce, cheeses, crafts, clothing, gifts, tacky souvenirs and some excellent food stalls for langos, soups and other food. I was most impressed with the quality of the produce and the food on the top floor. A great place for a langos with few or lots of toppings.

    Some beautiful Christmas ornaments made out of walnut shells on the upper floor. Priced as cheap as 5 euros.

    More varieties of paprkia on sale then I have ever seen. We bought a few bags for each of our sons.

    Hours: Monday: 06.00-17.00, Tuesday-Friday: 06.00-18.00, Saturday: 06.00-15.00, Sunday & Public Holidays: closed.

    What to pay: Prices as well as quality vary by item. I didn't find that anyone would bargain over the price of food or a craft we bought. However only buying from three merchants anything is possible.

    Interior View of the Big Central Market Hall Tasty Meats Clothing and Crafts Galore Great Langos

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    Vásár Csarnok: Only open market in Sunday

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    Interesting building in Buda is Batthyány tér Market.
    I found information that this is the oldest covered market hall in Buda. It was originally built in 1902 after a design by Pál Klunzinger. During WWII the brick building with steel frame was destroyed, but it was later reconstructed. Today here is supermarket.

    It have very impressive design outside and inside. In ground floor there are large supermarket. On top floor nice cafés and various shops. I was visit big shoes store there.

    This market is open on Sundays too. All markets are closed on Sunday except this one.

    What to buy: Fruit and vegetable and other popular products you can find in large supermarket on ground floor.

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    A SELECTION OF SHOPS: ALLSORTS!

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    Tárnok Street is in the Castle district and is the street that leads to the Fisherman's Bastion.
    I am still in the pedestrian area, which is good, as the street is long and narrowish with plenty of old buildings and quaint shops.
    In the Middle Ages, it was a busy trading area for German merchants, today it is busy with tourists! Back then, it was known as Treasurer 's Street, and was lined with houses with painted façades and baroque decorations. Many of these homes had balconies. Now, many have been made into shops that sell religious items, souvenirs, folk costumes and embroidery. Others have been turned into cafés and restaurants for the tourist trade. The Tarnok café at no14, dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries and was restored during 1950s. Check out the shop signs too!

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    SOUVENIR STALLS @ BUDA CASTLE: SOUVENIRS

    by balhannah Written Apr 7, 2014

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    If your looking for a souvenir, then you can buy one from one of the many souvenir stalls at Buda Castle.
    There is a whole row of stalls sellilng many traditional items. I didn't buy any, but I did browse and found they sold different to stalls I had seen earlier. They say it is cheaper to buy from a stall than a souvenir shop.

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    AJKA CRYSTAL: HUNGARIAN CRYSTAL

    by balhannah Written Mar 20, 2014

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    Ajka Crystal is Hungarian crystal. The firm is one of the biggest companies in Central Europe producing unique, handmade pieces of glass art. I only looked in the window as I was interested to see what it was like. There was quite a range of coloured pieces to choose from, including crystal bowls & vases, candle holders, glasses and much more.

    Ajka Crystal also goes under the name of "The Romanov Collection" in the United States.

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    SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN BUDAPEST: STREET STALLS - MARKETS - SHOPS

    by balhannah Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Looking for a souvenir of Budapest or Hungary?

    No need to think you have to buy from a Souvenir shop, as I found I could buy souvenirs from street side stalls. Prices weren't bad, there was plenty to choose from, and I just loved the mugs with cartoon cows!

    In these countries, I have found a good place to buy a genuine souvenir is a store run by an association of Artists. Mester Porta - Street I Corvin Terrace 7 is one of these stores.
    Open 10 -6pm Monday - Friday.

    The Váci walking street is well known and can be quite crowded. Mainly Restaurants, Antique and Souvenir shops in Vaci street.

    Fashion Street (Deák Ferenc utca) and Andrassy street is where you have to be prepared to pay top money for top name brands. (Armani, Louis Vuitton etc.)

    Keep in mind - if you buy something in a souvenir shop, chances are that you will be paying too much!

    There are heaps and heaps of places to choose from in Budapest!

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    Westend: Supermall

    by antistar Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Budapest loves its malls, and the Westend is one of the biggest and most popular of them all, and very central. Located right next to the Nyugati station (Nyugati means West Station - geddit?), it makes the perfect shopping point for anyone located on the Pest side of the city (Mammut is probably your best bet if you are in Buda). It's long and narrow and stretches along several floors, reaching all the way to the back where you'll find a very modern multi-screen cinema complex.

    The Budapest-Eye, a hot air balloon ride, is (or was) supposed to take off from here, but I have never been able to find it.

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    Lehel Market: The Real Budapest Market

    by antistar Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    Although the Great Market Hall in the ninth district is bigger, this is the real big marketplace for locals. Many of the stalls are run by farmers from the countryside around Budapest, who bring in their goods every morning. You'll find lots of traditional Hungarians, with polite and quirky mannerisms. You'll also find some quirky little shops, like the Arabic food store. My Israeli friend, and enthusiastic regular, claims this is run by a Palestinian and his Hungarian wife, and it is full of traditional Arabic foods, some imported directly from the Middle East. You'll find hummus, tahini, feta cheese, mint tea and pita bread by the basketful.

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    Bortarsasag: Hungarian Wine

    by antistar Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    This part of the world is perfect for wine. In fact if you took all of what used to be Hungary, before it was carved up after World War 1, you'd have one of the world's top wine producers. As it is, they're a respectable 14th.

    Most of the wine is grown in the western half of the country, with Eger, the villages around Pecs in the south, and the shores of Lake Balaton being some of the most famous. And then of course there is the Tokaj wine growing region, the most famous of them all... but I'm not a fan of white dessert wines so I know nothing about that.

    Probably my personal favourite at the moment is Bikaver (bull's blood). Legend has it that originally it contained actual bull's blood, and was given to the Hungarian soldiers fighting off the Turks to boost their strength and stamina. Today it is merely a blend of several different grapes that combine into a full bodied wine. There's something about a good Bikaver that keeps me coming back for one more swig...

    It actually has a bit of a bad reputation as a cheap and nasty wine. That's because the first people to "discover" it from the west were the low-rent backpackers who hit East Europe after the Iron Curtain fell. They found the vineyards of Eger a great place to get drunk on the worst, cheapest Bikaver, and took back with them the idea that this wine is just plonk to get drunk on. Today it's regaining its reputation as one of Hungary's finest wines, but the poor reputation means there are some real bargains to be had.

    Central European grapes, especially those found in Germany, do well here, but you also get a good Merlot, Pinot Noir or Cabernet. Hungarian reds to look out for are Kadarka, Portugieser, Kekfrankos and Bikaver.

    What to buy: I get all my wine for Bortarsasag, and it's the most reliable wine store I've found in Budapest. It has stores all over the city, and you can find your way to the nearest one by checking out their English language web page. There you will find addresses and maps - it's easy!

    What to pay: Hungarian wine is relatively cheap, and buying it in Hungary is the cheapest. You can get a drinkable bottle for as little as a couple of euros. But personally I'd recommend spending at least 5 euros, which will get something very palatable. Anything over 10 euros is usually fantastic.

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    Central Market/Nagy Vasarcsarnok: Food, food and more food

    by shrimp56 Written Mar 8, 2013

    The building is an historic one, renovated in the 1990s. It was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1896. It is the largest market in Budapest and offers combination of food and tourist things to buy. I found the building gorgeous and, as always, enjoyed the variety of foodstuffs available. There are small cafes and restaurants inside. The food is on the ground floor, the souvenir stands aer on the balcony.

    So it is a combination of shopping and "things to do."

    What to buy: This is heaven if you are staying in an apartment and wish to cook.

    What to pay: Wandering around is free. But there are plenty of temptations!

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    Campona: the riverside mall

    by katalin Written Jan 8, 2013

    Today, everyone is Campona Nagytétény shopping center to name but few are familiar with the story, which dates back to the Roman era. The city is named after the leader is likely to Tétény.

    Hensel Aquincum next to a small Roman settlement was fortified with the Campona Castellummal lying on the Danube limes, ie military and border defense line functioned as an integral unit. The ancient line of defense was that one of the weakest stations, where most break-ins and arson occurred, the archaeologists have found traces of which are also found in the XXII. district.

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    shopping in Budapest: shopping in Budapest

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Lots of souvenir stores are located at Vaci utca which is the most commercial street anyway. We bought some magnets at Gellert Hill near the citadel, but you can find more tourist traps at Castle Hill or everywhere near touristic spots. Ceramics, painted eggs, paprika of course, not only the real one but plastic in every shape and style (there’s even a paprika vodka!), some local wines (most of them seemed great in low price scale, maybe we were lucky), palinka (traditional brandy), salami and sausage are also famous we didn’t buy just tried at the market

    The largest flea market is Esceri (at Nagykorosi ut 156)open daily 8.00-16.00 (a bit earlier in weekends)
    During Christmas don’t miss the popular market of Vorosmarty square full of wooden stalls and lights (typical central Europe)

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    Vorosmarty Square and Vaci Street Fairs: Christmas Fair

    by danbp Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    The Christmas Fair is traditionally held on Vorosmarty ter, in the heart of the Inner City (Downtown). Snow, special lights, Christmas ornaments and the taste of hot wine and 'kolbász' (~sausage) ensure the special atmosphere of the Christmas Fair.

    What to buy: Buy any of the so-called 'Hungarikum' products. Paprika, csipke, Unicum, wine, other souvenirs... anything you find interesting at the fair!

    What to pay: The fair takes place in the middle of the major tourist area of the city, therefore souvenirs are more expensive than in other Christmas fairs in Budapest (e.g. in Budapest Arena at Nepstadion metro station).

    Street vendor on the Central Christmas Fair
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