Market Hall - Grand Market Hall - Nagyvasarcsarnok, Budapest

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    Central Market Hall

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    Budapest's Central Market Hall is housed in a majestic building originally built in 1896 and completely restored in 1999. It's a great place to go if you're looking for souvenirs - the first floor is filled with booths that sell local produce (so how about bringing some paprika back home?), while booths on the second floor specialize in local arts and crafts. You'll also find the same sort of souvenirs you'd find on Vaci Street (t-shirts, mugs and so on), but usually at a better price. There are also some food stalls where you can sample some local delicacies such as langos, different types of hot sausages and Dobos cake.

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    A Feast for the Senses!

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 22, 2012

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    This is one of Budapest's biggest markets and one of my favorite spots in the city. Even if I don't buy anything, I still like to walk around and see what's available. I'm always cooking or baking something, so I'm thrilled whenever I find an ingredient (like artichokes) that isn't sold in supermarkets near my house. This market hall dates from the late 1800s and has 3 floors. The basement contains a regular supermarket, the ground floor sells produce, meats, and many different homeade products (like honey), and on the top floor you can buy folk art or eat traditional Hungarian dishes in a restaurant or food stall. On the ground floor, you can also buy cakes, pastries, bread, sweets, and wines. Besides a supermarket, the basement also sells fresh fish. One of my favorite things to buy here is hurka, a very hard to find (in some places) Hungarian liver or blood sausage. It is very fresh and cheap. The market hall is probably the best place to buy this meat, since regular supermarkets and restaurants don't offer it. You must buy it at a butcher shop, the market hall, or make it at home. Even if you don't want to buy anything, you should visit this market, so you can see the many different Hungarian specialties for sale.

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    Central Pest: Great Market Hall

    by antistar Updated Jul 5, 2011

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    Due to its size, fame and central location, the Grand Market Hall has become a bit touristy now, but still functions as a work-a-day market place for many locals. It's a great place to come if you are looking for tourist souvenirs and memorabilia, but also manages to have piles of delicious local produce. Surprisingly the prices here tend to be lower than other markets in the city, despite the tourists, because of the huge amount of competition. The market vendors all speak enough English to do business, but watch your change. Most are honest, but one of my friends was short-changed here.

    The Great Market Hall is an impressive building and is worth visiting just for that. It's also the biggest market building in Budapest. Of particular interest is the unusual Zsolnay tiling on the roof, which is reminiscent of many buildings in the Zsolnay factory's home city of Pec.

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    Shop 'Til You Drop

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 1, 2011

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    The Great Market Hall in Budapest is the largest indoor market in the city and an architectural monument in itself. The market is closed on Sundays but other days it opens early (sometimes as early as 6:00 am, and closes fairly early as well- get there before 4:00 pm to be safe). The main ground floor features lots of food products such as fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as spices such as the famous Hungarian paprika (which makes a great gift to take back for the person doing your house-sitting!). Downstairs there is something of a supermarket, as well as vendors of fresh fish and game. The top level is where you'll find handicrafts and other locally-produced crafts, as well as typical souvenirs.

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    Market Hall (Grand Market Hall - Nagyvasarcsarnok)

    by Sergiods Written Nov 17, 2010

    The Central Market is a must see for anyone who enjoys the sights, sounds and smells of markets. There are almost 200 stalls on 3 levels with cafes and restaurants on the top floor. There are stalls with fruit and vegetables, meats and sausages and plenty of souvenirs. In the basement is a supermarket for everyday provisions. The 19th century architecture is worth the visit even if you are not a shopper.

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    Best prices in town for gifts

    by dustmon Written Jun 25, 2010

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    We had a walk through in the afternoon and found fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, anything you want, it's there! Best seen prices on paprika, wine and other handicrafts---even Tshirts were a little cheaper here. Really a cool people watching place, just keep your valuables close in there---a bathroom at one end for 50 cents.......

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    Central Market Hall

    by german_eagle Written Apr 5, 2010

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    If I am not totally wrong then Budapest has five historic Market halls. This one is the largest, 150 m long, which was opened in 1897 and thoroughly restored in the 1990s. The ground floor has many stalls where vegetables, meat, bread and such are sold. I was surprised to see only few small local producers and more bigger, even international companies (see picture #3, a company from Poland). I liked the little vendor in the back where freshly squeezed juice was sold. Delicious (but expensive).

    In the basement are a modern, large grocery and stalls selling fish and pickled vegetables. Yummy. Upstairs is a Hungarian craft products market.

    The architecture is beautiful, reminds a bit of a basilica with a main nave and lower side naves. It's a combination of brickstones, (cast-)iron and glass.

    Opening hours:
    Monday 6.00 am - 5.00 pm
    Tuesday-Friday 6.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Saturday 8.00 am - 3.00 pm

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    Central Market Hall

    by Flying.Scotsman Updated Sep 29, 2009

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    The Central Market is a must see for anyone who enjoys the sights, sounds and smells of markets. There are almost 200 stalls on 3 levels with cafes and restaurants on the top floor. There are stalls with fruit and vegetables, meats and sausages and plenty of souvenirs. In the basement is a supermarket for everyday provisions. The 19th century architecture is worth the visit even if you are not a shopper.

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    Yum, yum, yum

    by mikey_e Written Jan 17, 2009

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    The Central Market Hall or Nagkcsarnok is perhaps my favourite place to eat in all of Budapest. I know, that sounds like a bit of a cheesy statement, given that you have to eat from plastic containers while standing up. But there’s something about eating the fat-laden, greasy food in an environment where everyone is hawking and bustling about that makes you feel like you’re really in the thick of things in Budapest. Moreover, this isn’t some small provincial farmers’ market but a massive indoor affair with some pretty well known pastry and deli places. It was designed in 1896 and still bears that same feeling of being much more historical and significant than the sausage and paprika sellers would lead you to believe. If you’ve had enough of the scam artists and crushing tourist throngs Vaci utca and want to feel like you weren’t ripped off in a transaction, come here and enjoy a steaming bowl of gulyasleves to fortify yourself for the bargaining for souvenirs.

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    INDOOR MARKET

    by onecut Written Jan 2, 2009

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    MAIN MARKET HALL

    The biggest and most beautiful market hall that was built at the end of the 19th century is the Central Market Hall located close to Kálvin square, which is easily accessible wit the tram number 47 and 49. You can choose between a wide range of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and Hungarian specialties under one roof, which was designed by the famous Zsolnay porcelain Company. Go and shop like the locals

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    Market Shopping

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    Built beginning in 1894, the intent was to bring shoppers from the expanded city to one place to buy all that is needed. It burned 1/2 of the roof before it opened. The re-opening was in 1987. The building was refurbished in 1991. The roof tiles are ornate and called Zsolnay? It is one very large three story facility housing all kinds of goods. I estimate is is 2 blocks long and one block wide. It has meats, cheeses, pastries, vegetables of all kinds, lace, glass, sculpted items, and keep on going. The basement has variety of pickle, game, fish and a supermarket. t is great to take a slow walk to see all it holds, and watch the locals know just where to go to buy the evening meal.

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    Central Market

    by Aitana Written Jul 26, 2008

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    There is a great varitey of products in the market, also small restaurants whith good prices. Visit the three floors.
    Look also the architecture of the market: the modernist style, the colonnes, the roof...

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    Big Market Hall

    by imeley Written Jul 17, 2008

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    The building dates back from 1886. On the second floor are stalls selling ethnic Hungarian woodcarving, embroidery (clothes, tablecloths and foods stalls selling hungarian spesialties)
    On the first floor meat and poultry products, vegetables and fruits. Toilets can be found here. EUR 0.50. On the basement is a fish market.

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    The great market hall

    by ophiro Written Jul 16, 2008

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    The great market hall (Nagycsarnok in Hungarian) is a big indoor market (the largest one in the city).

    This is a place where locals buy their fruits and vegetables.
    Inside the market you will find vegetables , fruits , Paprika , wine , small food vendors and souvenirs for tourists.

    The outside of the building is very beautiful.

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    Great place for some fresh produce

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Under the brightly colored "Szolnay tiles" you will find this three-leveled market, which is the largest market in Budapest. With over 180 stalls selling everything from fruits, vegatables, meat and cheeses its a great place to find some really fresh produce.

    The market is located at the foot of Liberty Bridge (Fovam ter).

    The market is open M-F 7am-pm and on Saturdays 7am-1pm. They are not open on Sundays.

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