Designed by leading architect Samu Pecz in 1896, the Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) is Budapest’s largest and most popular indoor market situated on the Pest side of Liberty Bridge. During World War II the building suffered extensive damage and was only recently restored in the 1990’s along with the completion of its Zsolnay tiled roof.
Today, the three-storey structure contains more than 180 stalls that offer a wide range of foods and local specialties. The stalls on the ground floor sell fruits and vegetables, meats, and breads. Downstairs there is a supermarket, as well as vendors of fresh fish and pickled vegetables. Upstairs is filled with folk-art vendors, souvenir shops, and fast-food kiosks.
View of the Great Market Hall from above. The structure of the market is supported by steel columns and is adorned with large glass windows that allow natural light to illuminate the entire market.
Butcher and a patron. The market features a wide range of meat products including the famous Pick Salami.
Smoked ham, salami, bacon, and other meats. The most commonly consumed meat in Hungary is pork.
Locals sitting on a bench in the market. Despite its popularity with tourists, the market still remains a place for locals to hang out as well.
Peppers and garlic hanging from a stall. Air-drying spices is an old tradition in Hungary.
Fruit and vegetable stand. The ground floor of the market offers a variety of fresh seasonal produce.
Cracklings (teperto) in a bin. The snack is made from deep-fried pork fat.
Cream cakes including dobos torta, esterházy torta, and puncs torta. There are many varieties of cakes and pastries in Hungary.
Lecsó with smoked sausage. The upper floor of the market has several fast-food and snack stands.
Lángos and other pastries in a hot tray. Lángos is typical Hungarian snack that is deep-fried and is most commonly topped with garlic, shredded cheese, and sour cream.
Hungarian folk art such as embroideries, dolls, and decorated eggs are still produced in many rural areas in the country and are sold in the market.
Traditional Hungarian embroidery. Hungary is regarded for its unique and colorful needlework.