Budapest indoor market

Where to go shopping in Budapest? At the covered market! A historic three-story market where you can find typical Hungarian products and souvenirs.

The most popular place for Budapest citizens to do their shopping is the bustling and well-stocked Covered Market (in the local language: Központi Vásárcsarnok) located in the central area.

Easy to reach by public transportation, it has become a magnet attraction not only for locals who want to buy cheap meats and vegetables but also for tourists who want to experience a true local tradition.

Budapest’s Central Market is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is housed inside an elegant building with an iron structure typical of the late 19th century and a roof decorated with Zsolnay porcelain tiles.

A visit to Budapest’s covered market is a great excuse to take home typical products, buy souvenirs, indulge in a typical lunch or a quick snack, but also simply to stroll around admiring the bustle of people busy in their small daily rituals.

What to buy at Budapest’s covered market

Budapest’s covered market is mainly a food market, but there are also stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs.

It is arranged on three floors. The basement is occupied almost exclusively by fish vendors; the ground floor-the one that is usually busiest-is devoted to meats and vegetables; and on the second floor you will find souvenir stalls, restaurants and bars.

Locals come here for meats, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, while tourists like to buy typical Hungarian products: paprika, garlic, salami, goose liver, liquor, lace, embroidery, and ceramics. The restaurants and bars on the second floor are ideal for putting something in your stomach, perhaps tasting some traditional recipes such as langos, hurka or sült kolbász.

History

Construction of the Budapest Covered Market, also called the Central Market or Great Market, began in 1884 but work took a long time due to a fire that broke out near its completion. The officialopening took place in February 1897.

Some of the most prominent creative minds and businesses of the period worked on its construction: the design is by architect and university professor Samu Pecz, the steel structure was built by Schlick’s foundry, and the decorations are made of Zsolnay ceramics.

A recent restoration has kept the building’s original charm intact while improving its functionality.

Over the years Market has had many distinguished visitors, including a historic visit by Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

Useful information

Address

Budapest, 1093 Hungary

Contacts

TEL: +36 1 366 3300

Timetables

  • Monday: 06:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Friday: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 06:00 - 15:00
  • Sunday: Closed

Transports

Metro stops

  • Fovam ter (116 mt)
  • Kalvin ter (367 mt)

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