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Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)
Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)

Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)

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Vámház krt. 1-3, Budapest, Hungary

The Basics

A popular choice for lunch and souvenir shopping, many Budapest tours stop at the Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok). Join a guided market tour or tasting tour, with a local guide pointing out the best stalls and talking you through the many products on offer. The market hall is also a top destination for foodies, and Budapest food tours and cooking classes often visit the market to shop for fresh ingredients or sample traditional Hungarian dishes.

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Budapest Central Market Hall Walk with Tastings
Budapest Central Market Hall Walk with Tastings
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$33.88 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must do BudaPest Walk
What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon in beautiful Budapest - a very knowledgeable guide (thank you so much Kristi), wonderful tastes in the market and then coffee and cake and finally a wine tasting. All Hungarian and all worth every penny - great value for money.
chrisX7738AZ, Oct 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Budapest

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Cooking and Eating.
Michael_T, Oct 2021
Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class
Everything done well. Great tour of market. Real fun cooking class. We had to do everything, so we learned a lot. Then ate what we had prepared and we were proud what we had done.
star-5
WOW, just WOW! 10 thumbs up!
Pam_W, Aug 2021
Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class
If I could give this more that 5 stars, I would. Our excursion with Viking was canceled, so I signed up for the class the night before and they were ready to go in the morning. It was just my mom and I and the instructor, Balazs. He was AWESOME! We made Gulyasleves (Goulash Soup), Csirkepaprikas, nokedli (Chicken Paprikash & Gnocchi) and Almas Retes (Apple Strudel). He had us do all the work, from chopping, measuring, seasoning, tasting and preparing. Then we all sat down to a lovely meal. Drinks were included. We had a lot of leftovers, so we gave the soup and chicken to Balazs and we took the apple strudel to share with our friends from our Viking River cruise. I HIGHLY recommend this class. We had been at the market the day before, so we didn't sign up for that. Another highlight... no dishes to wash. The kitchen/school was outfitted with everything you could need in a kitchen. Well done! I hope that when I try the recipes at home they come out half as good.
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Enjoyable tour
Sue_S, Feb 2020
Budapest Central Market Hall Walk with Tastings
An inesting tour with friendly and humouous guide around lively market. Lovely tasters along the way.
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Best Tour ever
Adventurer487480, Aug 2019
Budapest: The Best Of Pest From Central Market Hall To Hosok Tere
My guide was so great, he knows more history of Hungary than most teachers. He was kind, considerate & caring on a hot day in August,20019. I would do it all over again in a heart beat ! Thanks to you
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Never received the recipes as promised
Navigator585216, Jun 2019
Hungarian Cooking Class with Central Market Hall Visit
Awesome experience, got to meet people, but never received the recipes after the session as promised. This is one reason I'm giving it a 4 star rating only.
star-5
Awesome!
kimba881, Sep 2018
Hungarian Cooking Class with Central Market Hall Visit
Had a fantastic time with Brigit. She acted as sous chef and let all of us experience the cooking first hand. The menu was just as we expected. Had tons of food to eat! All delicious! Would recommend to all.
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It was amazing, we really enjoyed...
Amanda, Sep 2017
Budapest Central Market Hall Walk with Tastings
It was amazing, we really enjoyed trying a broad range of food and learning about the cultural style of eating in Hungary. We especially enjoyed finishing off with the wine tasting. Our guide was very informative and was able to share lots of other information about the city of Budapest with us.
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Cooking with Anna
JenieB2, Aug 2019
Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class
Thanks Anna. Super friendly with great knowledge of Hungarian traditional goods as well as the actual cooking. It was great to cook ourselves with the guidance to get that perfect authentic flavour and some group interactions included 😊
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Great cooking class!
foodiewlltravel, Jul 2018
Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class
We had an hour tour of the market then spent the rest of the morning preparing a three-course lunch. Chef Peter was informative and helpful. He also shared some tips from his family recipes. Great experience that I highly recommend if you want to learn about Hungarian cuisine.
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Authentic Hungarian Cooking
reneegerber, Jul 2018
Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of the Market Hall and the cooking class. Peter, our chef/guide was charming, knowledgeable, and skilled.
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Great tour of Budapest, our tour...
Norman B, Jul 2017
Budapest Central Market Hall Walk with Tastings
Great tour of Budapest, our tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledge about the city. I recommend this as a wonderful half day activity to learn more about Hungarian food and people.
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This was OUTSTANDING! Great...
Terri L, Aug 2017
Hungarian Cooking Class with Central Market Hall Visit
This was OUTSTANDING! Great shopping tour of the market, a cozy professional kitchen to make Chicken Paprikash and Goulyash soup. Highlight of the trip...would do it again and again. HIGHLY recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Paid restrooms are located on the upper floor.

  • Plan at least an hour to explore the market, more if you want to stay for lunch.

  • The Central Market Hall is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and there’s elevator access.

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How to Get There

The Central Market Hall is located in Pest, close to the Liberty Bridge and at the southern end of Vaci Street. It’s about a 20-minute walk along Vaci Street to Vorosmarty square (Vorosmarty ter). The closest metro stations are Calvin Square (Kalvin ter; M3 line) and Fovam square (Fovam ter; M4 line), while trams 2, 47, 48, and 49 stop nearby.

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When to Get There

The market is open daily, except Sunday. The quietest time to visit is on weekday afternoons, while the crowds start arriving 9am Saturdays. For your pick of fresh produce, come as early as possible (the market opens at 6am), but if you’re hoping to sample the local cuisine, arrive just before midday for the best selection and a good chance of finding a seat.

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Shopping and Dining at the Central Market Hall

Fresh produce is on the ground floor; Hungarian paprika, salami, Hungarian wines, regional cheeses, and pálinka (fruit brandy) are top buys. Painted eggs, hand-carved wooden ornaments, and other souvenirs are upstairs. The fish market and an Asian supermarket are in the basement. For lunch, mezzanine food stalls offer favorites, including goulash, stuffed cabbage, and lángos (fried dough with different toppings), while ground-floor bakeries sell the famous “Chimney Cake” (spiral-shaped pastry dipped in sugar or cinnamon).

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