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"Time to drive a warped russian dolls" Central Market Hall - Nagy Vasarcsarnok Tip by sourbugger

  Budapest central market
by sourbugger

The massive central market hall was built at the end of the 19th century as a wholesale market. These says, following it's 'makeover' about 10 years ago it is purely retail.

On the ground floor it is mainly produce and flowers, whilst the upper gallery has a good number of Hungarian 'fast food' stalls and a vast array of stalls aimed fairly and squarely at the tourist.

Clothes dominate up here, especially those 'gypsy' types clothes of balooning white with embroidery. Wooden toys are also pushed heavily, and these seem good value.

I especially liked the modern and very funny 'Russian dolls', which included one of Saddam Hussain, which inside had a number of dictators - ending up with Hitler. Another had a modern Michael Jackson which progressively got younger (and blacker) as the dolls were pulled apart.

The main attraction is however the market hall itself - a symphony of Ironwork.

Address: 1093 Budapest, Vamhaz korut 1-3
Directions: At the Pest bridgehead of Liberty Bridge, on Fovam ter. Trams #2 2A 47 49, buses #15 City-busz and trolleybus #83, stop Fovam ter.
Phone: +36 (1) 217-0052, 217-6965

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2005
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