From Hungarian antiques to farm fresh produce, these markets in Budapest have everything you need and more
When in Budapest, the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture is not at the city’s historic sites, but at its bustling markets and bazaars. As well as offering a window into everyday life as it happens, they’re excellent places to shop, sample local foods and meet interesting people. From Budapest Central Market and Gouba bazaar to Ecseri Flea Market, these colourful markets in Budapest are unmissable.
The largest of all the markets in Budapest, Central Market takes place in the stunning setting of the Grand Market Hall, an architectural icon that’s an attraction in itself. Every day except Sunday, hundreds of traders gather under the impressive glass ceiling, their stalls creating a colourful blanket of Hungarian and seasonal produce. Eat your way through international flavours at the restaurant stands, browse local produce at the farmer’s market-style stalls, and take in Budapest life as you explore the large, bustling hall. On the upper level, visitors can also discover a variety of arts and crafts, Hungarian trinkets and souvenirs.
Taking over the square by St Stephen’s Basilica for the festive season is a charming Advent market, known as Advent Feast at the Basilica. Crafts stands are set up outside the impressive church and food truck vendors present a wide variety of fare for visitors to enjoy. There’s also an ice skating rink and entertainment such as folk dance performances and a laser show against the backdrop of the historic building.
25th November – 2nd January 2017
Along the famous design street of Király Utca, known for its art and design boutiques, is Gozsdu Court (Gozsdu Udvar), a quirky retail and leisure haven that hosts the popular Gouba bazaar every Sunday. During the warmer months of the year, the market brings together stall owners who showcase a wide range of curios from rare antiques and local art to traditional Hungarian trinkets and souvenirs. It’s a prime place to pick up unusual gifts for loved ones back home. Adding to the artistic ambience of the courtyard is a giant street art mural of a young refugee girl watching over shoppers.
An upscale market on the Buda side of town, Fény Street Market is a favourite of local gourmands. It’s open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and specialises in Hungarian produce. Visit to receive a culinary education in local cuisine and discover artisan cheeses, organic fruit and vegetables, local meat, flowers, and much more. Arrive hungry and sample Hungarian delicacies and snacks such as lángos, a tasty deep fried flatbread that’s served warm with a choice of toppings, the most common being sour cream, cheese and ham.
A sprawling flea market with both indoor and outside spaces, Ecseri Flea Market is a must-see whatever the weather. Everything you could imagine is peddled in this intriguing bazaar, including china, instruments, antiques, records, books, art, jewellery clocks, vintage clothing, toys, and much more. Arrive open minded with a treasure hunter attitude and there’s no limit as to what you could leave with. Haggling is common so don’t shy away from making an offer.
Taking place at least once a month throughout the year, WAMP Design Fair brings together Hungary’s most exciting emerging designers. A meeting place for young and creative Hungarians, the community event offers local talents a platform to show off their latest works, while visitors have the opportunity to purchase truly special pieces, from jewellery and accessories to homewares and furniture. Keep an eye on the website for fair dates as they’re released.