Foodie Adventures at Great Market Hall Budapest, Hungary

As a self-proclaimed foodie, visiting new places means trying out local cuisine and delicacies. Every trip would never be complete without exploring the food scene. In Budapest the best place to go is the Great Market Hall.

The Great Market Hall is a three tier indoor market. Located at the Pest side and few steps away from the Danube river. This market will surely impress you with all the items you will find and its grandness.

From the outside you couldn’t tell it is a market because of its beautiful and distinctive architecture that features a Neogothic touch from the roof as well as the main market entrance.

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It was it in time for lunch when our tour group arrived in Budapest. To start our day in this beautiful city, we headed straight to the Great Market Hall to get some Hungarian Forint which is the official currency of Hungary.

The market is equipped with cash machines and money changers for tourist who are traveling with euros. Hungary is one of the Schengen zone countries however they’re not part of Euro zone that’s why they have a different currency.

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Right after we got our Hungarian Forint we immediately surveyed the place to see what we can get for ourselves. I loved how clean and organized the market was. Every item and food ingredient I saw were good quality and fresh local produce. Surely foodies will enjoy shopping from this market.

This is definitely a one stop place where you can buy anything like ingredients for cooking, souvenirs and whatnot. At the basement you can find the butcher shops and fish market. The ground floor houses various stalls of fruits, vegetables, wines, spirits, pastries, candies, spices, meats and cheese.

You can also find few shops that sells locally made items which are good for souvenirs. I even spotted a novelty shops that has a creepy display of dolls and Halloween costumes.

Moving on, it’s time to feed our hungry tummies so we headed to the second floor where all the restaurants are located. There are many restaurants to choose from however I want nothing but authentic Hungarian dishes.

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We found this Hungarian restaurant (I’m sorry I can’t remember the name) just right next to the escalators. The restaurant has a beautiful shabby chic ambiance with a band playing local music to entertain the diners.

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I don’t know how it’s called but the setup was like in a food court that has different stations wherein you can pick the items you like then pay at the end of the counter.

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They offer a variety of Hungarian specialties such as spirits and pickles which are a must-try. However it was too early for us to have some alcoholic drinks so we opted for the Hungarian goulash because it is number one in our foodie-list to try.

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Actually everything looked delicious but having a serving of each was too much for us. Good thing they offered tasting sets which is a combination of dishes with small portions in each plate. The concept is having to try everything without overfeeding yourself which I truly appreciated.

We ordered the Hungarian set and the Goulash tasting set. Each set has soup, salad/pickles and assorted main dishes. I can’t describe some of the ingredients used in the dishes since it was my first time to taste it. Anyway, the first picture above is a stuffed pepper with minced meat, spices and tomato sauce. The others were also Goulash  dish presented in different ways together with carbohydrates to go with it.

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian dish. It is a meat or vegetable stew seasoned with paprika and other spices. In the Philippines, I can compare it with ‘caldereta’ which similar in taste. Perhaps the only difference is the way it was cooked and the preparation. It is actually delicious, the meat was very tender and well seasoned. If you love stew then there’s no reason for you not to love Goulash.

Some Hungarian pastries for desserts. 

Finally, a slice of Hungarian pastry or strudel completes our gastronomic adventure during our first day in Budapest.

How about you? Have you tried any Hungarian dishes before?  Do you know of any other Hungarian dish that you want us to try? Please comment down below and let’s talk.

83 thoughts on “Foodie Adventures at Great Market Hall Budapest, Hungary

  1. Ah the good old days of “its too early to have an alcoholic beverage” days. When we went across Europe for the 1st time, a friendly Bavarian was slightly offended when we were reluctant to have a beer he offered at 11 am. Fast forward a couple of years and I find myself in Scotland distillery tours at 10 AM 😛

    Great post, the food hall looks simply amazing in size & variety. Would love to visit it when we eventually go to Budapest.

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    1. Hello! German beer is so hard to refuse hahaha. It’s better to get used to it. In Europe it is common that they offer wines and beers.

      Thank you for taking time in reading this post! 🙂

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    1. The Goulash we had taste great and that grand market is indeed one of kind. Compared to other cities in Europe, Budapest has one of the lowest cost of living. So the food in this market is relatively cheap if that is the case. However, given that this market is a tourist destination it is a little bit more expensive compared to the other markets in Budapest. For me, though, its OK… 🙂 The place is great and the food scene is quite amazing. Thanks for dropping by Ami… 🙂 Hope you’ll get to visit Budapest again… 🙂

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    1. Same impression my husband and I had when we got there. The place was really clean and the fruits and vegetable produce all looked fresh. If you do get to visit Budapest, try out the Goulash. You’ll not regret it, I promise… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Julianna… 🙂

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  2. We’re heading to Budapest in June and this got me really psyched to try their food! We’ll be there for four days, so we’ll probably keep heading back here to eat for each meal – just so we can try everything!

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    1. That’s great !!! Glad to have given you some form of orientation before your travel. Good that you’ll have four days to enjoy Budapest. It is such a beautiful city. You’ll all surely fall in love with it. Thanks for dropping by Holly… 🙂

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    1. Thanks… 🙂 I hope I’ve given you a nice introduction to the food scene in Budapest and I’ll also be hoping that you’ll get a chance to see this city in the flesh. You’ll love it for sure :-). Thanks for dropping by Leah… 🙂

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  3. I love food, so I would love this market. I am used to Hungarian pastries because there is a Hungarian pastry shop near where I used to live in NYC. But it would be better to eat the pastries in Hungary. I would also love to try the goulash.

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  4. I’ve not been to Budapest but I saw a similar market in Hoi An in Vietnam. From the outside it was just one of the many buildings. On the inside it was a treasure chest of goodies!

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    1. I’ve never been to Vietnam. Not yet though. Quite ironic because its so close to our home country. Hope you’ll get to visit Budapest and maybe even compare this market to the one you visited in Hoi An. Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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  5. Awesome! Foodie here too! But a veggie foodie here. I love to try out local food and street foods wherever I go, though at some places, finding veg gets difficult! Glad to know there’s a veggie version in the traditional goulash! The concept of Tasting sets is really good! I saw it first at an Indian restaurant in London.

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    1. Veggie foodies would love this place. The produce that you’ll get here are simply amazing. You definitely need to try out the veggie version of the Goulash. Not the one in London, but the one in Budapest… 🙂 I’ll be praying you’ll get that opportunity… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. You hit the nail right on the head there Tom. The markets we’ve seen in most of the European cities we’ve been to are quite nice. But this one in Budapest, tops my list. The local produce are great and to top it all its cheaper compared to most of the cities in Europe… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Tom… 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the kind words… 🙂 I’ll strive to continue providing articles like this one… 🙂 Nice to have found people like you who is just as passionate as I am with travel and food… 🙂

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  6. As another foodie reading this post, this is quite interesting!! Never had Hungarian food and it sounds delicious. The stew is perfect for a cool day. Food and travel go hand-in-hand!!

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    1. I definitely agree with you on that. Food and travel do go hand-in-hand. And yes, Hungarian food does not only sounds delicious but they taste great too. You’ll love the Goulash for sure. Thanks for dropping by and hopefully I will be able to continue providing foodies like you more articles like this one. 🙂

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  7. We recently visited Budapest but unfortunately the Market Hall was closed when we got around to seeing it 😢
    All the food there just looks so delicious! We’ll have to come back I guess 🌞

    Jacky

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  8. The Market Hall looks so neat and organized. There is so much to shop as well as window shop in the market. The Pastries look quite tempting. I would love to try Vegetable Goulash and how about the pricing in this market. Is it expensive or at par with the market rates. And are there any operational hours for this market.

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    1. Given that this is a tourist destination, the prices are a bit higher than other markets in Budapest. I’m not sure of the operational hours. Nevertheless, do drop by this place if you’ll get a chance to visit Budapest. Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome Christopher… The place is huge and you’re right it’s not that easy to navigate. Thankfully my husband is a very good navigator. So I just followed him around while taking pictures of the place… 🙂

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  9. well you brought this place alive for me – I love all the details in your description and your photos are wonderful.
    I’m hungry now and their pastries look so delicious.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. If you haven’t visited this city yet, do put it near the top of your travel bucket list. I assure you, you’ll not regret it. And by the way, the pastries taste great… 🙂

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    1. Hi Mira… I think most travelers (and most foodies for that matter) would have fun walking around this market. I enjoyed every minute of our stay there and if you do a get a chance to visit this city and see this place in the flesh, you’ll most probably feel the same way as we did. Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. Hi Megan, felt the same way too while I was writing this article. I really miss this city and I am hoping I’ll get to see it again soon. Hopefully, we both get our wishes come true… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. Hi Kim… 🙂 you definitely need to try Hungarian food. If you like stew, then I have feeling that you’ll enjoy an authentic Hungarian Goulash. And the pastries? It taste as good as it looks… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. Hi Lindsay… well, not being able to see this place in your last visit of Budapest gives you a good enough reason to visit this city again soon… right? 🙂 Hopefully, you’ll get that chance again soon. Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. Hi Sarah… this market is definitely a must-see if you’re in Budapest. Aside from being massive and having tons of food, its also very clean… Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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    1. Hi Angelique… I’ll be wishing that you’ll get a chance to visit this beautiful city soon. As a fellow foodie, I’ll definitely recommend that you try their goulash and native sweets… 🙂 Thanks for dropping by… 🙂

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  10. One major aspect of reading travel blogs is about realizing that I am yet to taste a lot of things in the world. Although I know the world goulash, I don’t think I have ever tasted anything remotely Hungarian. So, this post is again goes to my food related bookmarks.

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