Markets in Budapest

Market halls. All Hungarians get a nostalgic feeling when hearing this word. In fact, market hall culture in Budapest is just as prominent as the coffee house culture is. They are the scene of not only grocery shopping on a day-to-day basis, but of vibrant social interaction. It is still one of the pivotal points of social life (beside the pubs), forging the connection between the countryside and urban life. To experience a slice of real local life, popping into one of our market halls is an absolute must. Enjoy a hearty meal, buy something typically Hungarian, or just enjoy the atmosphere - and don't let the language barrier hold you back!

Our Top 10 Budapest Market Halls includes the more significant ones of the city. The Central Market Hall in first place dating back to the 19th century was and still is the most popular choice amongst locals and now tourists as well, remaining the best in terms of its location and supply to this day.

Our subsequent picks - excluding the Lehel Square Market Hall in second place - were all built in the same style and decade. They were evenly distributed between the districts to provide for them individually, which explains their similarity, and for this reason each will provide more or less the same experience. That, of course, is not to say that they are without their own characteristics: The Fehérvári Market Hall for example offers spice plants, while the Újpesti Market Hall hosts live stock markets on occasion. The list also includes two non-conventional markets: the Petőfi Hall Flea Market and the Open Market of Józsefváros.

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Central Market Hall

Vámház Ring road 1-3

Budapest's largest and most beautiful market hall...
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Lehel Square Market Hall

Váci Road 9

Off the beaten path market hall... read more

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Rákóczi Square Market Hall

Rákóczi Square 7-8

Local market hall... read more

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Hunyadi Square Market Hall

Hunyadi Square 4.

Local market hall... read more

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Fehérvári Road Market Hall

Fehérvári Road 22.

Local market hall... read more

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Batthyány Square Market Hall

Fő Street 44

Modern market hall... read more

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Bosnyák Square Market Hall

Csömöri út 9-11

Local market hall... read more

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Újpest Market Hall

Szent István Square

Market hall with suburban feel... read more

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Petőfi Hall Flea Market

Zichy Mihály út 14

Weekly flea market... read more

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Józsefváros Open Market

Kőbányai Road 12-20.

Large open-air market... read more
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