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Vásárcsarnok Market Budapest Reviews
Budapest's Central Market Hall Sep 29, 2011
The Central Market Hall, or Vásárcsarnok, is the largest public market of Budapest. The Central Market opened in 1897, along with four other public enclosed markets to replace the traditional outdoor markets. The building presents a beautiful tiled exterior and an airy iron and glass interior. (The interior, with its iron pillars and transom windows, reminds me a bit of the Pension Building in Washington, though without the supporting brick columns.)
The market consists of three levels, a main floor, an upper floor arcade (on ironwork supports), and a basement. The upper level gallery is primarily vendors with Hungarian souvenirs. These run the gamut from magnets, postcards, and T-shirts to embroidery and ceramics. Definitely a shopping stop for things to bring back!
The main level has the food vendor stalls. This is a real market, so you will see everyday people doing their food shopping here. It's great to wander the aisles to see the meats, produce, peppers, sausages, and especially the many varieties of paprika on sale. Vendors have souvenir packages of paprika to take home for your own use or as gifts. We bought several.
There is also a lower level that is more of a supermarket, but we did not go there.
I definitely recommend spending some time here to look around and have a taste of Budapest!
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