Great Market Hall Budapest

The Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) built in 1897 is the most beautiful of all Budapest market halls (yes, there are more historical market halls in Budapest!).

Vasarcsarnok Budapest

Great Market Hall (Vasarcsarnok) Budapest – Dennis Jarvis Photography

And the market is not only ‘Great’ in its size, but is also great in other aspects. Most importantly the market is also central, no wonder it is also called the Central Market Hall, for both of its location (5 min walk from the city center), and the volume of trade taking place here on a daily basis. See the Opening Hours of the Great Market Hall here.

If you love fresh goods, people watching, shopping, or just sightseeing in amazing places, we trust you will love our beloved Great Market Hall. No matter if it shines or rains, the Great Market Hall is a great option, and definitely one of the top Budapest attractions according to many Budapest guides.

You can get all sorts of goods on the 3 floors of the Great Market Hall of Budapest: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fantastic salamis, pickles, fresh fish, Hungarian paprika, Tokaj wines, various souvenirs, and even home style meals, or Hungarian snacks like Langos at the upper floor food stands and eateries.

Here is a short Budapest Market Hall video made by Rick Steves, the American travel guide writer for his Budapest travel guide book:

Best Time to Visit the Great Market Hall

You may wonder when it is the best time to visit the Great Market Hall. We often get this question, and the answer is, it depends.

Great Market Hall Budapest Hungarian Paprika Vendor dpotera

Market Hall Budapest: Paprika / Dpotera Photography

Definitely not on a Sunday, as, in contrast to shopping malls in Budapest, the modern markets of consumerism, Budapest market halls are not open on Sundays. The market is open from Monday to Saturday, so schedule your market tour by taking into consideration the current opening hours.

If you want to avoid the crowds, do not get up early to get to the market. Housewives, and market goer locals in general do their early morning shopping until about 8-9am from Monday to Friday. It is especially true of Saturday mornings when many buyers have a bit more time to browse the markets on their free days. Moreover, Budapest weekend getaways are quite popular among tourists (local and foreign tourists alike), so Saturdays in general are busier.

Unless you want to take photos of the busy market, you had better come late morning or early afternoon during the weekdays. Lunch time is the midday peak hours as many locals and tourists pop in for a quick, cheap lunch between 12 pm and 2 pm.

We advise tourists to visit the Budapest Market Hall between 10 am and 12 pm or 2 pm and 4 pm as the best time to get the most out of your visit.

Budapest Great Market Hall with Kids

Those who are visiting the Budapest Great Market Hall with children will find our tips useful: Budapest Market Hall with a Child


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