Central Market Hall

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Webgoddess on August 3, 2005

This is an extremely large, indoor, two-story market that houses everything from fresh fish to hand-embroidered linens. Its convenient location near the Chain Bridge on the Pest side makes it a great place to shop when the weather keeps you from venturing outside to Castle Hill or Vaci Utca.

It's colorful, noisy, and full of both wares and people. The many sights, sounds, and smells can be a little overwhelming.

The local merchants sell their wares from brightly colored stalls and expect you to bicker over the price. You can buy anything from a handmade chess set (personally engraved on the spot), hand-tatted lace, and embroidered linens to a sampler of Hungarian paprika and sausages.

It's also a great place to stop for a quick, inexpensive bite to eat. At one end, you'll find several Hungarian "fast-food" stalls, which sell various sausages, pastries, sandwiches, and goulash. Seating is in the open food-court style. Be forewarned: this area of the building is rather warm, and there is no air-conditioning.

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall
Fovam Ter, Ix Kerulet
Budapest, Hungary


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