The Great Market Hall in Budapest is something you cannot miss, it is the center of local life in a city, the markets. Hungarian Cuisine is full of ingredients and spices that you cannot leave the country without seeing it.
The building is lovely on the outside, apart from all flavours and smells you will discover on the inside. On Saturdays the market is very lively with locals stocking for all week meals and also tourists. If you prefer a quiet day, go on Monday morning.
I recommed you to save midday around lunch time, so you can go around the area, visit the market and eat something at the food stalls inside the market. Cheap and typical food in there, you can sit down also in shared tables at the upper floor.
On the ground floor there are the local shops with fruit and veggies, meat, spices and also bakeries. Take your time to go around and see things that you did not know that existed.
We found on the ground floor a great place for strudels, salty and sweet. Although the sweet ones are the most common we wanted to try a salty one. So our choices were: cheese strudel and apple and cinammon. Both amazing, my favorite the apple one.
Take the opportunity to buy some local food, nothing better than that so you can cook some hungarian dishes at home. We bought paprika in powder and also the dried fruits (they are great for spicy pasta). You can get saffron for a reasonable price in case you are interested.
There was also a wide variety of cold meat, bread and pastries. You need to look for what is the best match for you.
In the upper floor you can find the food stalls, it is a very touristy area as there are different food shops with typical dishes, you can buy them and take them to a shared table just in front and enjoy your meal in there.
My recommendations are: Lángos, goulash, stuffed cabbage and some sausages that have paprika inside!
In the upper stall there are other things apart from food, there are handycrafts, clothes, bags and souvenirs too, so you can go around and see if you fancy something too.
Opening times: Monday: 06.00-17.00, Tuesday-Friday: 06.00-18.00, Saturday: 06.00-14.00, Sunday & Public Holidays: closed
Address: Fővám tér, Pest end of Liberty Bridge, trams 2, 47, 49 the nearest metro station is at Kálvin tér (M3 blue line)