Great Market Hall (Budapest)
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The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall (Hungarian "Nagycsarnok"), on Fővám Tér in the 9th district, is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. It was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1896.
It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci Utza and on the Pest side of the beautiful Liberty bridge.
The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. A distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colorful Zsolnay tiling.
Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji, túró rudi, and caviar. The second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs. The Lángos stand, which Rick Steves considers to be the best at the market, is located on this floor, serving the deep-fried snack lángos. The basement contains a supermarket, fish market, and pickles. Not only do they have traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic.
During the World Wars it was completely damaged and then closed for some years. Throughout the 1990s restoration works brought back the market to its ancient splendour. The Central Market Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city.
The market is closed on Sunday, opens at 6am on other days, and closes at 5pm Monday, 6pm Tue-Fri and 3pm Saturday.
- Rick Steves; Cameron Hewitt (2011). Budapest (2 ed.). Berkeley, California: Avalon Travel. ISBN 1598807714.
- Lovely Budapest - Tours in and around Budapest
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