Shop like a local for fresh fruit and veg, flowers, clothes and bric-a-brac at the indoor and outdoor markets before heading to the shopping malls where you’ll find enough designer brands, high street brands and indie shops to keep you busy!
Here are the spots that made our list:
Central Market Hall – This beautiful and historic indoor market covers 2 floors and is half traditional working market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat and half tourist attraction selling souvenirs and traditional products such as wine and chocolate. The further back you walk, the cheaper the prices become, it’s well worth a visit, even if just for the Hungarian lángos!
Lehel Market – Visit this authentic Hungarian farmers market for all your local and seasonal produce needs whether you want to buy cheese, meat, fish, fruit, veg, or fresh herbs… there are also pastries and strudels to tempt you as you browse! It gets busy with locals so arrive early (9am at the latest) if you want to enjoy looking around without the scrum!
Address: Budapest, Váci út 9-15, 1134 Hungary
Csepel Market – A wide range of products are available here from potted plants to pork meat and just about everything in between. The meat hangs from hooks so it’s not the best place to visit if you’re vegan or vegetarian. Food vans surround the market so you can enjoy a snack as you walk around admiring the colorful and tasty displays.
Fehérvári Street Market – Breath in the fragrance of the fresh flowers and buy some fresh produce at this covered local market. Be sure to go upstairs too where you’ll find the restaurants, it’s a good place to stop for a traditional Hungarian lunch or just a cup of coffee!
Address: Budapest Kőrösi J. u. 7-9. (Bocskai út) 1117
Hold Street Market and Downtown Market – A redeveloped farmers market selling some of the best local produce ranging from fresh fruit and veg to meat, fish, and cheese in a modern environment. You’ll find some good food in the restaurant oriented food hall. Visit at night for a whole different vibe, the market becomes a place for events, coming alive with music and a party atmosphere.
Kispesti Piac – Everyday life happens at this outdoor Hungarian market, enjoy the people watching as much as the buying and browsing of fresh produce. Fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, baked goods and so much more can be found here.
Újpest Szent István Market Square and Market Hall – A new indoor modern market selling all the fresh produce you’d expect in a market. A good place to people watch and pick all the fresh grocery items you need whether creating a simple picnic lunch or purchasing products for an evening meal.
Tátra téri piac – A small local farmers market with covered stalls taking place 5 days a week for all your fresh produce needs. As well as seasonal fruit and vegetables you’ll find some tempting tasty treats to nibble on whilst walking through.
Rákóczi Market Hall – A small authentic neighborhood farmers market held indoors selling fresh local produce. Easily accessible and not overpriced this is a ‘proper’ Hungarian local market, no souvenirs in sight! Shop for cheeses, meats, fruit, vegetables, and ‘real’ milk.
Address: Budapest, Rákóczi tér, 1084 Hungary
Neighbours’ Market Budafok – A friendly neighborhood market, small in size, with just over 30 stalls, but selling everything you’re likely to want or expect from fresh produce stalls. In the Summer kids can play in the fountains and in Winter, a trip to the Christmas markets cannot be missed.
Hunyadi Square Market – A nice outdoor market selling fresh seasonal produce as well as meat, cheese, cream and other items. Local life happens in this marketplace, a good place to visit if you want to see a ‘real’ neighborhood market and not a touristic place. Stop in for coffee, breakfast, lunch or a snack before/after your shopping.
Fény Street Market – One of the higher end markets on the Buda side of Budapest with prices to reflect this but still a good assortment of fresh produce, organic good, and protected-origin products. Another good place for trying the traditional lángos!
Fehérvári Street Market – An indoor marketplace is combined with an outdoor street market with a variety of stalls ranging from fruits and vegetables to baked goods, meats, cheese, herbs, and many organic products. If you want to shop the best produce, beat the crowds and arrive before 9am.
Sashalmi Piac – A modern market that still retains a cozy neighborhood atmosphere with friendly sellers and lots of selection of fresh produce. Arrive before 9am, or 10am at the very latest, to ensure you get the best of what’s on offer!
Szimpla Farmers’ Market – A bustling farmers market located in a ruined building selling snacks (sandwiches and other dishes) along with local produce in the form of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, bread, honey, and pastries. Live music is often played at the entrance and children’s puppet shows also take place creating a great lively and fun atmosphere.
Pancs-Gasztroplacc – Create your own brunch or picnic using the freshly baked bread, fresh fruits and vegetables and cold cuts available to purchase in this friendly, cozy, neighborhood market that sells top quality produce. It’s not just a produce market though, there are also craft stalls and an all-round family-friendly atmosphere.
Tal Gur is a world traveler and personal development enthusiast. An adventurer at heart, after trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, Tal spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey continues as a location-independent blogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and coach. Tal’s published two books: One Year to Freedom, a 1-Year Roadmap to Living Life on Your Own Terms; and, his most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living – 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World.