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.
Belvárosi Piac: the Downtown market
A relative newcomer to the scene, the Downtown market is something you might simply miss if you don’t know what you are looking for. Targeting a clientele with a more refined taste (something reflected in the prices), the Downtown market is perhaps best known for its eateries. Besides a whole blend of local and international flavors, it is also home to several bistros of internationally renowned chefs. Tamás Széll, who earned his credentials as the chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant, opened his bistro here, elevating the cuisine on offer to the next level. Due to its proximity to nearby offices and public institutions, it is often the choice of lunch break destination for people working in the area.
Monday: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.