Budapest Markets - Authentic Hungarian Shopping Experience
- Hungarian fruits and vegetables. Due to the favourable climate, Hungary produces tasty fruits and vegetables that you can buy in the markets at reasonable price.
Whichever season may you come, do try some seasonal produce. They have real taste unlike the stuff you can get in supermarkets. Put Hungarian Paprika Powder on top of your list! On our Special Hungarian Foods page you'll find further tips on what to buy in food market in Budapest.
- Get authentic local souvenirs, food specialties, wines and spirits.
- Have lángos, a deep-fried Hungarian pastry, or grilled sausages and black pudding (véres hurka) with fresh bread and mustard.
- Just watch how Hungarians do their everyday shopping.
Great (or Central) Market Hall(Központi Vásárcsarnok)
Address: Vámház krt. 1-3., district IX., Pest end of Liberty Bridge, trams 2, 47, 49, the nearest metro station is at Kálvin tér (M3 blue line)
Open: Mon: 06 - 17.00, Tue-Fri 06.00 - 18.00, Sat: 06.00 - 15.00, Sun & Publ. Holidays: Closed
The most impressive and largest market in Budapest. It's worth a visit just to admire its architecture.
In the more than 100-year old building you can get almost everything on its three levels.
So if you have limited time for shopping, pop in the Great Market Hall to get a souvenir.
Note that that the market is very busy every day since it's popular with both locals and tourists. The fishmonger in the lower level is one of the best in town. The Central Market of Budapest is also a good place to get homemade dairy products, sausages, salamis, honey, and wild mushrooms sold in the back at the ground level
Read more on the Great (Central Market Hall in Budapest.
Belvárosi Piac in Hold utca - Renewed in 2014
Address: Hold utca 13., district V., M2 metro Kossuth tér, M3 metro Arany János utca
Open: Mon: 6.30 - 17.00, Tue-Fri 6.30-18.00, Sat: 6.30 - 14.00
Combine shopping (and eating) in Hold utca market with a visit to the nearby Budapest Parliament. The renewed and renamed Hold utca market (now called Belvárosi Piac / Inner City Market) offers vegetables, fruits and other grocery products as well as it has quite a few small eateries, buffets, bistros offering good, inexpensive food for the many office people working in the area.
The new market's aim is to attract more and more farmers and greengrocers from the countryside to come and sell their fresh, tasty produce and products to the city dwellers.
As a result of the refurbishment, all buffets/bistros moved to the gallery. The original, 19. century details were preserved during the works.
Special lanes aid blinds and the visually impaired. There's also a map with Braille writing at the entrance helping to find your way around.
TIP: Try Kispiac Bistro (open: Mon-Sat: 07.00 - 21.00) for real Hungarian fare at reasonable prices: grilled meats, fresh salads, pickles, homemade jams.
Hunyadi Tér Market
Address: Hunyadi tér, district VI.
Open: Tue - Sat: 5.00 - 12.00 (the market hall is closed on Monday)
The smallest food market in the city. it's open on weekdays though the offer is not as wide as it is on Friday and Saturday. The last one renovated out of the five classic food markets of Budapest.
The exterior part of the market is where you can buy seasonal fruits and veggies, smoked meat, dairy products inside there are a couple of more vegetable stands, butchers, fishmonger, and pickles. The Hunyadi Square market offers the widest variety in seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits in Budapest.
TIP: I mainly favour the Hunyadi tér market because of the Culinaris gourmet food shop next door. I can buy everything I need for a gourmet dinner and than some: exotic spices, fresh herbs, rice, pasta, dairy products, teas, coffees, chocolate, ice cream (Ben & Jerry's), biscuits, bakery products and many other delicacies.
Rákóczi tér Market
Address: Rákóczi tér 7-9, district VII. , trams 4-6 Rákóczi tér
Open: Mon: 6.00 - 16.00, Tue-Fri: 6.00 - 18.00, Sat: 6.00 - 13.00
A bit neglected due to the construction works of the metro 4 station. Fewer farmers and greengrocers both during the week and on Friday-Saturday.
A good number of butchers (selling mainly pork and poultry), a small but fairly good fishmonger, one artisan cheese maker among the several ordinary dairy product sellers. good, basic food market for everyday shopping, don't look for exotic produce and gourmet food stuff.
Klauzál tér Market - More Like a Flea Market TodayAddress: Klauzál tér, district VII., trams 4 and 6., Király utca stop
The Klauzál is is in the heart of Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. A modern supermarket took up the place of the original market. Very few vegetable vendors during the day, however the grilled meat buffet is very popular around noon.
A busy flea market operates on Saturday mornings. That's all what remained of the classic grocery market hall where you could get smoked goose thigh, and kosher food stuff.
TIP: for good, cheap food try Kádár étkezde a retro-style inn a few blocks down (Klauzál tér 9., open. Tue-Sat: 11.30-15.30).
Batthyány tér Market
Address: Batthyány tér 5., district I., M2 metro Batthyány tér station
Charming market hall facing the imposing Parliament on the other side of the Danube. It's been recently renovated.
Fruit and vegetable vendors you'll find a large supermarket, nice cafés on the top floor from where you can admire the superb view of the Danube and the Parliament. Good thing that the market is open on Sundays.
Fény utca Market
Address: Lövőház utca 12., district II., at the back end of Mammut Shopping Mall, trams 4-6, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér station
Open: Shop Level: Mon-Fri: 6.00/10.00 - 22.00, Sat 6.00/9.00-14.00/22.00, market I-II levels: Mon-Fri: 6.00-18.00, Sat: 6.00-14.00
An upscale modern market replaced the old market in Buda. The reconstruction increased the rent for the vendors and the prices went up too, so mainly the well-offs do their shopping here. Besides quality Hungarian produce you fin all sorts exotic fruits, veggies and herbs at the market in Fény utca.
TIP: Buy local artisan cheeses at the Szega cheese shop, or Italian and Iberian ham at the "A Sonkás" shop..
Lehel tér Market - an Ordinary Food Market
Address: Lehel tér, district XIII. , behind Nyugati Railway Station, M3 metro Lehel tér station
Open: Mon-Fri 06.00 - 18.00, Sat 06.00 - 14.00
The ship-shaped modern architecture replaced the old market a few years ago. Smaller than the Great Market Hall, but offers a wide variety of groceries. Mainly locals from the neighbourhood do their everyday shopping here.
The most exciting products are the fresh herbs and the wild mushrooms. There are a couple of butchers, and the Turkish spice shop also worth a visit.
Fehérvári Úti Market, Southern Buda
Address: Kőrösi József út 7-9., 1117 Budapest, next to the Allee Shopping Center, tram 4 termini
Opening hours: Monday: 6.30-17.00, Tue-Fri: 6.30-18.00, Sat: 6.30-14.00
The spacious 3-story food market in Southern Buda was finished in 2003. This is my favorite food market in Budapest after the Central Market.
On the ground floor all sorts of products are sold. On the first floor you'll find butchers, greengrocers and pickle makers. This is also the place to buy traditional homemade mangalica or ordinary pork sausage, salami, bacon, smoked meat, and dairy products from small producers. Traditional Hungarian paprika, honey, jams, wines are also available. There is a fishmonger with quite good offer of salt water and sweet water fishes. The wild mushroom selection is also great.
On the second floor you can have a bite and drink in one of the eateries, buffets, cafes, and pubs.
The floors are connected with escalators and are accessible for people in wheelchair.
Looking around in Budapest Markets is a must if you want to get the feel of everyday life in the city. At the beginning of the 20th century Budapest had around 40 smaller food markets. The heyday of that market era ended when local people wanted fewer, but larger and tidier places to buy their everyday groceries at.
At the turn of the 19th-20th centuries 5 modern, spacious market halls were constructed in Budapest including the Central Market at the Pest end of Szabadság híd, the Hold utca market in the city centre and the Hunyadi tér market in Terézváros (district VI.)
Today the vegetable and fruit markets sell fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery, dairy, and meat products, honey, and other food stuff all the year round.
The most impressive food market in Budapest is the Great Market Hall or (Central Market Hall) at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge, but there are a handful of other large markets including ones selling bio products.
4 Reasons You must Visit Budapest Markets:
Hungarian Cooking Course with a Guided Market Hall Visit
If you want to find out more about local food, and feel like learning to prepare a couple of traditional Hungarian dishes, attend a cooking course organized in a modern cooking school in the city centre.
Kind, English-speaking chefs introduce you to the country's cuisine, the most important cooking ingredients, and help you to make a traditional 3-course menu.
A guided visit to the famous Central Market Hall can be included in the course.
You can reserve your Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest here.
Safety TIP: Markets are busy places, an advantage for pickpockets. Keep your purse in a well-fastened handbag, and hold it close to your body.
To avoid crowd, visit the markets on Monday or mid-week! After the busy weekend fewer people go shopping on the first day of the week.
TIP: Besides the permanent markets listed on this page, there are a couple of temporary or seasonal farmers markets in Budapest too, that offer friendly atmopshere and high-quality organic produce and food stuff. Here are two of our favorites:
Közös Piac: Farmers' Market, Central Passage, at the Gödör Klub
Every Saturday 10.00-17.00, at Király Street 8.,
Getting there: trams 47, 49 or M1 M2 M3 metros Deák tér station
Another great market to shop for artisan food products: bread and pastries, strudel, paprika paste, honey, jams, fruit syrups, gourmet cheese, ham, sausages, salamis, spices and more.
Friendly vendors, and farmers, you can taste most items before purchasing.
Szimpla Kert Farmers' Market - Local Farmers in a Popular Ruin Pub in Budapest
Address: Kazinczy utca 14. district VII.,
Open: every Sunday: 9.00 - 14.00
Local farmers, greengrocers offer their products in one of Budapest's most popular ruin bar he Szimpla Kert in Kazinczy Street, t on Sundays from 9.00 till 14.00.
You can do your shopping in a more leisure way on a Sunday morning.
The Szimpla Bio Market is the best choice if you hunt for unique local bioproducts: fresh vegetables, and fruits, herbs, cheeses, other dairy products, fruit juices, pruned fruits, jams, and pickles. Choice is not as wide as in the large markets listed above but all produce is organic tasty and succulent. No meats, but a great offer in smoked meats: sausages,ham, bacon.
The children programs are a nice feature for families with kids in Budapest.If you cannot attend the Sunday market for some reason, drop by the Farmers' Shop next door, run also by Szimpla Kert Bar at 7., Kazinczy utca. It is open every day from 8.00 to 22.00: fresh bakery, strudels and cakes baked on the spot, delicious coffee prepared from direct trade gourmet coffee, freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juices, hot-dog from mangalica pork sausage, lunch menu and of course you can by organic dairy and other stuff produced by local farmers.
Traditional Budapest Markets - Our Favourites in no Particular order
Five large market halls replaced the open-air markets in Budapest at the turn of the 19th - 20th century, following the Western European tendency. They all have similar architecture: cast iron structure, and spacious interior.
The markets have been renovated in the past decades. The reconstructed markets had lost most of their old world charm, however they have a few benefits too: airy interior, new delicatessen shops, gourmet coffee shops, and clean toilettes.
All markets are closed on Sunday, except the Batthyány tér food market.
Programs for Tourists in the Central Market Hall in 2013:
National Gastro Days in the Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) of Budapest:
Venue: Great market Hall, Vámház krt. 1-3., district IX., Pest end of Liberty Bridge, trams 2, 47, 49, the nearest metro station is at Kálvin tér (M3 blue line)
Opening hours: Thurs-Fri: 9.00-18.00, Sat: 9.00-15.00
Each week from Thursday to Saturday a different nation introduces its culinary delights as well as cultural, and natural treasures.
So browse the schedule below, and pick a nation the cuisine and culture of which interest you the most and head for the Great market Hall in Budapest.
Schedule of the National Gastro Days in the Great Market Hall of Budapest
|5-7. September, 2013
|12-14. September, 2013
|19-21. September, 2013
|26-28. September, 2013
|01-03 October, 2013||Hungarian days|
|10-12. October, 2013
|17-19. October, 2013
|24-26. October, 2013||French days|
|29-31. October, 2013||Russian days|
|07-09. November, 2013
|14-16. November, 2013
|21-23. November, 2013
|28-30. November, 2013||Swiss Days|
|5-7. December, 2013
|12-14. December, 2013||British days|
Other Budapest Markets
Bio Markets in Budapest - Places to Buy Local, Organic Produce and Food
Bio products are becoming more and more popular in Hungary. In the following bio markets certified producers sell their products: fruits, vegetables, jams, honey, dairy products. They grow their produces, raise animals within strictly controlled ecological farming. Prices are higher than in ordinary markets.
Three More Bio Markets - Buda Side
Bio Market in the court of MOM park
Address: Alkotás út 53. XII. district, tram 59, 61, bus 8, 139
Open: Saturday only: 7.00 - 12.30
Bio Market in Csörsz utca, Budapest
Address: Csörsz utca 18., Budapest 1214, district XII.,
Open: Saturdays only: 6.30 - 12.00
Albertfalvai Bio Market
Address: Fehérvári út 213., XI. district, tram 47, 18, bus 14, 114, 7A, Albertfalva stop, Open: Wed 7.00-17.00 Sat 7.00-13.00
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