Market Hall - Grand Market Hall - Nagyvasarcsarnok, Budapest

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1093 Budapest, Vamhaz korut 1-3 +36 (1) 217-0052, 217-6965

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    A must-see place for shopping

    by muratkorman Written Oct 31, 2007

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    This market hall is the biggest in Budapest with its dinstictive roof of ceramic tiles. You can find many stalls selling fruits, vegetables, cheese, salami, souvenirs and so on. Saturday mornings are very busy and it is worth a visit during your stay in Budapest. If you are walking along Vaci utca, you can finish your journey here as it is located at the end of it. You may catch some good deals compared to touristic souvenir shops in Vaci utca.

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    colorful market

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    We found this market while walking towards Cave Chapel in our DIY tour. We entered because we needed to exchange some zloty from our Warsaw layover and wow. So many colors, aromas and sounds! Here's where Budapestians buy their fresh fruits and veggies, meat, salamis, etc. I also saw a magazine stand close to the exchange office. The outside of the building is beautiful too.

    I couldn't take one picture of the whole building, so that's why there's 3 :s

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    Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    Nagy Vasarcsarnok is one of five market halls opened in the late 1800s in Budapest. It originally had an indoor canal to move goods, but that has since been removed. Nagy Vasarcsarnok is the city's largest traditional market hall and it offers produce, meat, flowers, breads and other items.

    We had a great breakfast here on a Monday morning when we picked up some loaves of fresh bread along with a few bottles of juice. Unfortunately we made our first trip here on a Sunday, when much of the city is closed.

    Located near Kalvin Ter Metro station. Business Hours: Mon 0600 - 1700, Tue-Fri 0600 - 1800, Sat 0600 - 1400, Sun closed.

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    Shop with the Locals

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 24, 2007

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    The grand market is where a lot of the Budapest locals come to get thier basic food - breads, meat, veg and fruit. The prices are often cheaper than those in nearby supermarkets. Food can be brought on the ground floor whilst you can get snacks, souvenirs and cloth from the first floor. The ouside of the building is also rather attractive.

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    Interesting typical tourist stuff:)

    by 1courage Updated May 25, 2007

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    The Big market Hall was built on plans of Samu Petz, just like the adjacent Corvinus University(see other tip). The construction of this typical secessionist building with neogothical elements was finished in 1897. As since the Corvinus University was originally the Costums house, and also the Danube dock was nearby, this place was ideal for the biggest market in Budapest. You can find more than 10 quite similair but not so big market halls all over the city, but this one, also thanks to it`s rooftop made by Zsolnay pyrogranite cheramics, became the most famous and the most visited of them. In the communist times the market hall wasn`t well kept and at the beginning of the `90-s the reconstruction was very urgent. In 1994 the market hall was restored to it`s original beauty and nowdays it`s very popular among the tourists.

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    Buy something you don't need :-)

    by dusanvrban Written May 20, 2007

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    OK, it just depends if you like or not like to buy something. But this market will give you a feeling of how the trade is being done in this area for centuries. And discover that even a market can be in an amazing building. It can look great. It must be great. Hey, it's the town of heroes.

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    Central Market Hall

    by miman Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    Heading south-west from Kálvin tér to Vámház körút, you'll come across the largest of five market halls opened towards the end of the 19th-century - the Central Market Hall. This grand structure originally incorporated an indoor canal by which goods were delivered to the market's traders. Restored in 1994, the sheer size and grandeur of the hall reflects an era when Budapest was a city with big ideas. Although the canal is long gone, visitors can still arvel at the amazing variety of fresh produce, meat and flowers for sale. Housed beneath a beautifully restored Zsolnay tiled roof, the immaculately laid out market stalls charge the senses with a combination of vivid colours and intoxicating smells. As is the case with many of Europe's great market halls, if you plan to visit, do so early in the morning. Saturday in particular, is the best time to see this impressive market in full swing.

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    Grand Market

    by MLW20 Written Sep 18, 2006

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    The Market Hall is worth visiting a couple of times during your stay. On the main floor you can buy paprika souvenirs, liquor, pastry, meats and other foods. The 2nd floor has all different souvenirs-Russian nesting dolls, shot glasses and beer steins, t-shirts and a food area.

    I think locals do some of their food shopping on the main floor. It is a fun place to walk through. At one of the deli counters the guy gave me a few samples of salami and I ended up getting one to bring home.

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    Budapest - Central Market Hall - Nagy Vasarcsarnok

    by littlesam1 Updated May 10, 2006

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    Central Market Hall - Nagy Vasarcsarnok

    The largest market in Budapest, Central Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok) is a must visit location on a visit to Budapest. Fresh produce, meat, flowers, souvineers, performers, singers, music, people every where. The hall was completly restored in 1994 but it still reflects a past era in historical Budapest. It is located just off the Liberty Bridge. There is a tram stop right in front of the market just before you cross the bridge.

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    market hall: foodshopping in a historical building

    by violetnon Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Market hall was so close to our hostel therefore we decided to go shopping there and buy sth for breakfast. We bought cheese, typical Hungarian salami, fresh tomatos, and fruits. Then we prepared our first meal of the day in the hostel. It is a cheaper way for breakfast if you prefer smarter and expensive dinner at night.

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    Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok)

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Heading south-west from K?lvin t?r to V?mh?z k?r?t, you'll come across the largest of five market halls opened towards the end of the 19th-century - the Central Market Hall. This grand structure originally incorporated an indoor canal by which goods were delivered to the market's traders. Restored in 1994, the sheer size and grandeur of the hall reflects an era when Budapest was a city with big ideas.

    Although the canal is long gone, visitors can still marvel at the amazing variety of fresh produce, meat and flowers for sale. Housed beneath a beautifully restored Zsolnay tiled roof, the immaculately laid out market stalls charge the senses with a combination of vivid colours and intoxicating smells.

    As is the case with many of Europe's great market halls, if you plan to visit, do so early in the morning. Saturday in particular, is the best time to see this impressive market in full swing.

    The Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinag?ga)

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    Food Glorious Food

    by nhcram Written Apr 11, 2006

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    The Central Market Hall in the centre of Budapest is a must see. The exterior is a stunning piece of architecture
    It has over 180 stalls and upstairs you can taste the delights of Langos or have a beer or coffee. Lace makers fruit stalls all come together under the magnificent tiled roof to sell their wares.
    It is open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and till 1pm on Saturday.

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    3 Floors of Markets - The Grand Market

    by Mikebb Written Nov 14, 2005

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    This is a very large indoor market covering 3 floors, on the basement level is a supermarket and a few other stalls, the ground floor contains the fresh foods, meat, cheeses,vegetables, preserves etc, and on the first floor are stalls selling everything from clothes to Hungarian Dolls. Also on this floor are several stalls selling hot local meals which looked very good.

    This is a very active market with many locals making their daily purchases, and tourists are everywhere looking for a bargain and enjoying the good cheap meals.Not to be missed

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    Vasarcsarnok (Market Hall)

    by Gentleman75 Updated Sep 22, 2005

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    After the conciliation in 1867 Budapest had started to grow rapidly. At the turn of the century Budapest had one and a half million inhabitants. Budapest became a metropolis by the numerous infrastuctural developments.

    The dirty, musty, chaotic markets on the streets could't supply the people, so Budapest started to built up a regulated market hall system.

    The main Market Hall had been started to built in 1894 by the plans of Samu Petz, and on 30th June 1896, ten days before the handout, there was a fire and 50-60 percent of the roof was perished. The recovery took 9 months. The opening ceremony was on 15th March 1897.

    The hall was closed in 1991, because it became life threatening. The renovation was finished in 1994.

    Opening hours:
    Monday: 06.00 - 17.00
    Tuesday - Friday: 06.00 - 18.00
    Saturday: 06.00 - 14.00
    Sunday: closed

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    Time to drive a bargain..plus warped russian dolls

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    The massive central market hall was built at the end of the 19th century as a wholesale market. These says, following it's 'makeover' about 10 years ago it is purely retail.

    On the ground floor it is mainly produce and flowers, whilst the upper gallery has a good number of Hungarian 'fast food' stalls and a vast array of stalls aimed fairly and squarely at the tourist.

    Clothes dominate up here, especially those 'gypsy' types clothes of balooning white with embroidery. Wooden toys are also pushed heavily, and these seem good value.

    I especially liked the modern and very funny 'Russian dolls', which included one of Saddam Hussain, which inside had a number of dictators - ending up with Hitler. Another had a modern Michael Jackson which progressively got younger (and blacker) as the dolls were pulled apart.

    The main attraction is however the market hall itself - a symphony of Ironwork.

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