Market Hall - Grand Market Hall - Nagyvasarcsarnok, Budapest

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    Produce stall at the Central Market
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    Inside the Cental Market
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    Let's go shopping.

    by belgianchocolate Written Oct 15, 2004

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    Budapest has a few market halls on the pest
    side. We ran into a couple a little later.
    But the ones they are proud off is this one.

    It opened in 1902 and got renovated not
    that long ago. It is a huge building in more then
    one floor. The ground floor is for food ,
    meat , vegetables. I bought myself a fantastic
    souvenir. A bag of beans , special colors.

    The upper floor has some restaurants and
    what I think some awfull needlework.
    We ate here as well. Great food.
    I also bought some wooden puzzles for 'Joost'.
    I'm a godfather.

    Here tourists and locals mix nicely together.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Time to drive a bargain..plus warped russian dolls

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Budapest central market

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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