Near the Liberty Bridge, right across the Gellért Hill, on the Pest side of the city, lays the Central Market Hall. It is one of the biggest covered markets in the world and our choice for the best market in Budapest.
This monumental 19th century building attracts crowds looking for souvenirs, clothes, and every day necessities. It is one of the most vibrant places in the Budapest and a perfect place to soak up the Hungarian athmosphere. Nowadays, in time of multinational corporations, malls, and fast-food chains, there are some places that still value tradition. The Market Hall is definitely that kind of place.
Many stands offer original Hungarian dishes, such as langos and goulash. Here you can cheaply buy wine from family wineries. And not to mention dozens of souvenirs expressing the national sentiment of Hungarians. However, this market is not exclusively Hungarian. As these people were always open to strangers, many products from near countries are at display. Slovakian kulen and Serbian rakija are just some of the non-Hungarian foods and beverages this market offers. Cosmopolitan spirit of the Hungarian capital also is shown in the days of China at the Central Market Hall. During those days, Chinese emigrants from all of the Europe come here to offer customers their product for more than fair prices.
Take Streetcars 2, 47 or 49 to Fővám tér.
The entrance to the market hall is free. The prices of products depend on many different factors, but are generally lower than in markets and boutiques in the city center.