Fovam Ter, Budapest, Hungary
Nagycsarnok Market Budapest Reviews
A foodie's Walhalla in Budapest Sep 01, 2008
We hadn't been prepared for this. The Nagycsarnok or Central Market Hall on Fovam Ter, at the southern end of Vaci Ut. is already an amazing building from the outside. Designed and built by Samu Pecz at presumably the end of the 19th century, this is an imposing construction of steel and glass, with Zsolnay tiling on the roof.
But, when you enter the market hall, you will stand perplexed by its sheer size.
And then you look at the stalls and let the sights and smells assault you.
The left corridor mainly sells vegetables and fruit. We were especially interested in the long pale yellow peppers, which we had never seen before. On our second visit we also bought some delicious blackberries.
The center row has everything from cheese and sausages to yummie pastries.
The right corridor mainly sells spices, including the inevitable paprika. Note that they all sell the souvenir bags of paprika powder at basically half the price of the shops in the city.
Also noteworthy are the glass display cases at the back of the market which show all the mushrooms you can find in Hungary and tell you if they're edible or not.
The upper level of the market hall has a few eateries and stalls that mainly cater to tourists.
We also noticed there was an escalator going down. It came a bit as a disappointment that when we went down there, we found a modern supermarket. Nothing of the charm of the stalls one floor up, but probably convenient for shoppers.
Believe me when I tell you you can spend a couple of hours exploring this market. It made us wish we had booked an apartment with kitchen instead of a hotel room.
Part of the Going East, summer 2008 travel blog
Part of the list My favorite markets around the world...
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