Budapest has 8 top-rated large markets that are fun, artistic, and great for exploring

Living in Hungary, you will find that the locals seem to not be interested in large supermarkets but prefer to explore smaller local supermarkets, fruit and vegetable stores, meat stores, bakeries, and other small shops on street corners. If they want to do bulk shopping, local residents are more accustomed to going to the large markets in their districts (some of which are open-air or semi-open-air).

Rákóczi Square Market

Rákóczi Market, also known as "Market Nr. 2" by the local Hungarians, was established following the footsteps of its older sibling, the "Central Market," making it another famous market. Unlike the bustling crowds, crowded and fast-paced transactions, and a continuous stream of tour groups at the Central Market, Rákóczi Market appears more peaceful and niche. People leisurely stroll here, completely forgetting that it is actually a market!

Fehérvári street grand market

Fehérvári Street Grand Market is located next to the famous Allee Shopping Center on one side of Budapest. While its ground floor also sells various fruits, vegetables, and even a few fish stalls, its biggest feature is flowers. In this sense, it would be more accurate to position it as Fehérvári Flower Market.

Hold street market

This market, also known as Belvárosi piac, is located on the back street of the Fifth District US Embassy. It is a prime location and a must-visit for foodies. It is filled with various small eateries, offering a wide range of options. Whether you want to have a meal, indulge in culinary delights, or simply find a delicious place to satisfy your hunger after a tiring stroll, this place has it all.

Lehel Market

The main highlights of going to the Lehel Market are "authentic Lángos pancakes, farm products, and fairy tale-like boat-shaped items". The Lehel Market is a well-known traditional market among Chinese residents, and most visitors there are local Hungarians, with few tourists. So, if you want to truly "blend in with the locals," it's a good idea to go to the most down-to-earth market and buy some fresh produce like a local!

Szimpla Farmers' Market

Szimpla Grand Market is a unique open-air farmer's market with numerous ruin bars, trendy cafes, and food stalls. Many fruit and vegetable farmers come here to sell their produce.