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Markets showcasing Budapest’s essential flavors

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We Hungarians surely like our markets; every weekend from early morning several markets throughout the city serve shoppers who are looking for fresh vegetables or delectable cuts of meat for their weekend meals. 

Markets are also the place to get your cheese, honey and fruit syrup directly from the producers; this is the best guarantee that what you’re buying is locally produced and supports family farms. More than that, markets are central venues of cultural interaction. You will see a lot of people just standing around at one of the kiosks sharing a drink or eating a lángos (fried dough) and enjoying each other’s company.

Nagycsarnok: the Great Market Hall

The Nagycsarnok’s reputation precedes it. It is the best known in its field, and no wonder as it sells a huge array of novelty items and souvenirs that are aimed to serve travelers as mementos of the great times they had in Budapest. There are a wide range of products, including spices, pickled vegetables and honey, which tourists can take home to share with friends and relatives as presents from their trip.


Opening hours:
Monday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Fény utca Market

A long-standing venue on the Buda side of the city, this is one of the most popular markets, and given that it mostly serves a more affluent clientele, it has a huge variety of regular and top-quality products. You’re likely to find highly seasonal products too, like fresh forest mushrooms.


Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday: varied opening hours

Klauzál tér Market Hall

The historic indoor marketplace on Pest’s Klauzál tér boasts bright and sun-flooded spaces where a growing number of booths provide fresh fruit and vegetables, appetizing dairy and meat products, an assortment of baked goods, and even lángos specialties on the gallery level.

Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-10 p.m.

Római riverside market

The Római market found inside the Nánási Udvar is a coy location inviting shoppers to bring their children along for an outing. The tenants all sell quality products, whether its cuts of meat, baked goods, or street food in case shoppers get hungry. The mission statement of the Római market is to become a closely-knit community. This is best exemplified by the importance of family here; there is even a park and a playground for the kids.


Opening hours:
varies from stall to stall

Szimpla Market

Szimpla is something of an outlier, since it isn’t a traditional market. One of the oldest and most famous ruin bars by night, on Sundays during the day it is also the venue for a small producers’ market and a charity kitchen. Naturally, the array isn’t that extensive, nonetheless the quality of the goods on offer leaves nothing to be desired. Szimpla market mostly appeals to customers through its fun atmosphere.


Opening hours:
Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.