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Vásárcsarnok (Central Market Hall) Review

A trip to Budapest wouldn't be complete without a visit to this spectacular grand food hall, a 19th-century iron-frame construction that was reopened in the mid 1990s after years of renovation. Pictures on the east wall show the history of this market, when it was Budapest's central location for meat and produce coming in from the countryside.Even during the leanest years of communist shortages, the abundance of food came as a revelation to shoppers from East and West.

Like most markets in Hungary, seasonal products prevail: in summer tomatoes and peaches are abundant; in November celeriac and pumpkin. The stalls on the ground floor sell meat and produce as well as prepared food. This is the place to buy Hungarian delicacies such as piquant salamis, robust paprika, and buttery goose or duck liver pâtés. Upstairs is filled with folk-art vendors, souvenir shops, and a few fast-food kiosks. Handmade tablecloths, painted boxes, and traditional embroidery are the best buys among the handcrafts.

    Contact Information

  • Address: District IX, Vámház körút 1–3, South end of Váci utca, Budapest | Map It
  • Phone: 1/366-3497
  • Hours: Mon. 6–5, Tues.–Fri. 6–6, Sat. 6–3
  • Metro M3: Kálvin tér, Tram 2: Føvám tér.
  • Location: South end of Váci utca
Updated: 06-22-2011

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