Market Hall - Grand Market Hall - Nagyvasarcsarnok, Budapest

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    the Grand Market Hall

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    The Great Market Hall is not exactly a great shopping experience for the average tourist (unless you have access to a kitchen) - but it's an enlightening visit nonetheless.

    The building - built in the late 1800's in neo-Gothic style and restored in 1994 - is amazing. What's even more amazing, inside, is the types of salami on sale. Hundreds of different types of them.

    There are also plenty of vegetables and paprika stands - but they were less impressive. On the second floor there are dozen of tiny shops selling traditional (?) Hungraina crafts - especially tablecloths. it's a bit of a tourist trap.

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Nagycsamarok

    by DrewV Written Oct 2, 2003

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    Nagycsamarok: mmm... paprika...

    The great market hall of Pest is a fantastic place to get paprika, sausage, and all sorts of Hungarian delights. The wondrous smells will knock you over when you walk in the door, and as you explore, the joy becomes even greater. It's just super-cool and super-cheap. I highly recommend it, just for the experience.

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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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    The Central Market Hall

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 26, 2005

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    The biggest one of the five market halls that were built at the end of the 19th century, ids the Central Market Hall. It is situated at the end of the Vaci Utca, the biggest shopping street of the city.

    The big building originally had a canal inside from which the goods could be transported. When the transport by road improved, the canal was closed. Throughout the years the hall reached a very bad condition. Therefor, in 1994, there was decided to renovate the intire building. Today it has the same dynamic and glorious look as it used to have.

    Allthough the canal inside has disappeared for a long time, the visitors can still enjoy the large amounts of fresh good, meat, vegetables and flowers. Especially the smell inside is impressive. At one time you smell fish, at the other time you smell flowers.

    It is to be recommended to visit the Marker Hall at saturdays. Then it is the most popular with the locals. Then you can see how many people fit inside the building.

    Opened:
    Mondays: 06:00 - 17:00
    Tuesdays - Fridays: 06:00 - 18:00
    Saturdays: 06:00 - 14:00

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