At weekends, producers from different parts of the country take to the capital's best-known markets, which are flooded early in the morning by people trying to find the best products in the maze of stalls. Nowadays, markets have become a form of recreation, a hobby that also carries cultural value and that everyone should experience at least once. You can get a taste of this feeling at the following markets.
The alpha and omega of markets in Budapest: the Great Market Hall
At the end of the 19th century, Budapest's urban structure underwent a major change, and it acquired its present-day appearance in the space of a few decades. However, this modern world city still had outdated, dirty and unhygienic street markets, which were more and more loudly criticised by the press. In response, the most famous craftsmen of the time erected the imposing building that became the number-one market hall in Budapest. The colourful ceramic elements are from the factory of Vilmos Zsolnay, and the facade is also decorated with Zsolnay pyrogranite. The market hall at Fővám Square has been operating ever since, except for a few short breaks. The market stalls, which are open from Monday to Saturday, allow visitors to choose from a wide range of tasty products, from homemade dairy products to fresh meat. The stalls on Hungarikum Street specifically try to serve the needs of foreign tourists and offer quality Hungarian products that every Magyar household always has in the cupboard. If you get hungry while shopping, you can stop at one of the restaurants or buffets to taste traditional Hungarian dishes (lángos, fried sausages, hurka), or reinterpreted versions of them.