Budapest boasts not one but several historical market halls, most of which are in, or close to the city centre, like the Central Market Hall also known as the Budapest Great Market Hall , which is the most well known of them. It has been the belly of Budapest since the 19th century, a central fresh food market nowadays with gift, clothes, bag etc. stalls and lots of street food vendors. Visit the hall on your own, or book a food tour to have some guided tastings in a Budapest Market & Food Tour, learn about the history of the Market Halls, and Hungarian traditional foods, tips for recipes.
Free Entry to the Historical Market Halls in Budapest
You can visit the market halls in Budapest free of charge as all of them are functioning as lively market places. There is no extra admission, you can browse the goods of the food / drink / craft stalls like at any other market in a city.
How to Get to City Central Market Halls in Budapest?
Great Market Hall – by the river Danube on the Pest side of Budapest near the green historical bridge (Liberty Bridge), overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage (the Danube embankment with major sights like the Buda Castle, Gellert Hill, etc.), and more architectural attractions like the green Liberty Bridge or Gellert Spa.
Downtown Market Hall (Hold Street) – within walking distance to the Hungarian Parliament building in a less touristy Hold Street. Its interior is very similar to the Great Market Hall (as the photo shows) but on a less grand scale. That said, one of the favourite markets of locals in Budapest.
Perfect Rainy Day Programme
As the hall is covered with a beautiful roof, you can plan your visit for rainy days.
Other Market Halls in Budapest
Other market halls worth visiting include
- the Rakoczi Market Hall near the tram 4/6 – Pest side of Budapest
- the Klauzal Square Market Hall in the old Jewish District (not at its best, waiting for restoration) – – Pest side of Budapest
- Lehel Market Hall – colourful and kitschy modern building withing walking distance from WestEnd Shopping Mall – Pest side of Budapest
- the Batthyany Square Market Hall on the Buda side (nowadays with groceries and offices, no food stalls) – Buda side of Budapest
- Feny Street Market – contemporary building next to Mammut Shopping Mall – Buda side of Budapest