The biggest of Budapest's classic covered markets
To Market, to Market…
Traditional indoor public markets are a great way to rub shoulders with the locals and of the five still existing in Budapest, the neo-Gothic, colourful-tile-roofed Great Market Hall (aka Central Market) is the biggest. It was established like the others around the end of the 19th century to standardise the quality of foodstuffs offered for public sale (though some of said public weren't completely sold at first, because this also entailed a bump in prices). Severely damaged in World War II and consequently closed for decades, this three-storey market was renovated and reopened in the 1990s. It is a fabulous place to explore and taste Hungarian specialities such as paprika, Tokaj wines and lángos fried-dough treats; There is an especially lively scene on Saturdays and there are also special programmes and events that can be booked. Open 06:00 to 18:00 (Mondays to 17:00, Saturdays to 15:00; closed Sundays).
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