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Central Market Hall

Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
| +36 1 366 3300
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Great Market Hall Budapest  Hungary

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Mon 6am - 5pm
Tue - Fri 6am - 6pm
Sat 6am - 3pm

Great Market Hall

Budapest's Great Market Hall (often referred to as the Central Market Hall) is, like many of Pest's most majestic buildings, a product of the late 19th-century building boom. As the capital's population grew dramatically, a network of markets was created with the Great Market Hall the grandest of them all. When the building opened in 1897, it was praised for embracing the latest technology from refrigeration systems to its soaring steel-frame structure.

While you might not be looking to buy produce or fresh meat, it is a good place to pick up typical Hungarian souvenirs like canned foie gras and paprika, in sweet, hot, and smoked varieties. (An insider's tip: The stores along the edges of the hall tend to cater more towards locals, while those on the central axis are a little more touristy—though wherever you buy your paprika it will likely cost you far less than back home.) The mezzanine level of the hall has small casual restaurants for a reasonably priced and authentic meal of local dishes.