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Hunt for the Hungarian Delicacies at the Great Market Hall
1. Experience the Hungarian Culinary and Cuisine
On the second floor of the market, there are plenty of places where you can have ready-to-eat meals or snacks that are signature dishes of the Hungarian culinary world. For starters, there is Lagos, which is a fried dough commonly served with cheese, for you to try. A warm bowl of Goulash will certainly makes you hearty and warm during the cold days. As for the dessert, thereâ€™s an artisan chocolate shop that you can visit to cleanse your palate with the sweet delicacies.
2. Purchase the Fresh Produce of Hungary's finest Fruits and Vegetables
One of the most interesting goods in the Great Market Hall is obviously the fresh produce. You can easily find the finest fruits from all around Budapest in here, with peaches, apricots, and sweet watermelons being the top seasonal products during the summer. The raw vegetables are a nice pick as well as their pickled varieties that were sold in the basement. If you want to cook some Hungarian delicacies by yourself, this market is definitely the number one spot to obtain all of the ingredients.
3. Partake in the Scrumptious Selection of Salamis
Are you a meat lover? Then a trip to the Great Market Hall to purchase some high-quality salamis is just the perfect choice for you! You can find various cuts of meat from the butcher shops in the basement, or browse through the mouth-watering meat-based delicacies in the delicatessens and meat shops on the ground floor. Donâ€™t forget to try the ever-famous Mangalitsa salamis that were specially made from the mangalica (furry pig meat). It was so scrumptious that lots of foreign visitors keep coming back to buy more!
4. The Great Lake
True to its name, this zone is home to many Australian-based animals, such as koala, kangaroo, cassowary, and others. Pretty interesting if you never see them up-close and personal, but since they can be found on most zoos in the world, you might probably want to skip this one.
5. Join the Wine Tasting Event of the Popular Tokaji
Tokaji is the name for wine that originated in the Tokaj Wine Region. It is very famous in Hungary as it offers a distinct sweetness and wonderful aroma that came from the grapes affected by the noble rot. Some stalls in the Great Market Hall sometimes held a wine-tasting event free for the public. Check out their dates so you can attend to try these delectable drinks. Thereâ€™s also a wine tour that will take you to the rural area of Budapest to see the wine-making process first-hand.
6. Browse Through the Folk Arts and Collectible Items to Bring Home As A Memento
The second floor area in the Great Market Hall is home to many shops that mainly sells souvenirs, Hungarian folk arts, jewelry, and other collectibles. It is definitely the one place that you must visit to buy some stuff before you came back from your trip, as the items will serve as either a souvenir to give your friends back at home or a memento to remember the whole journey in Budapest or Hungary as a whole. There are plenty of choices here to shop, so you can take your time and browse leisurely.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no need to buy any tickets to enter this place. What do you expect, it is a market after all.
How To Get Around?
All of the market is easily reachable by foot and the aisles are pretty wide so you don't have to worry about it being too cramped. However, it can get very crowded during certain times so you better be prepared.
What Should I Wear?
No specific dress code is required. However, you should wear proper attire according to the season and avoid wearing anything that is too fancy or made you look like a tourist so you can mingle easily and shop like a local.
Best Time to Visit
The Great Market Hall is closed on Sunday so Saturday is going to be the busiest and most crowded day of the week because most local would buy their groceries by then. Because of that, you should probably visit the Great Market Hall on the weekdays, unless you have a compelling reason to visit it during Saturday. The market is the busiest in the morning, but it is also the best time to obtain the freshest produce so plan your visit accordingly.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, considering it is a public market, you donâ€™t need any guide here. However, several tours are available if you really want an in-depth explanation about the history of the market or the gastronomy of the Hungarian cuisine.
How To Get There?
You can take any bus that stops at the Kalvin Ter bus stop. Bus number 100E goes through here from the airport. Alternatively, you can walk as it is near the central Budapest area or you can take a taxi if you can afford it.
The Great Market Hall is closed on Sundays and opened from 6 AM to 6 PM during the weekdays except Mondays where it will be closed at 5 PM. On Saturdays, the closing time is at 3 PM.