21 Sep Unique markets in Budapest
Let’s face it, wandering through street markets is the staple of any holiday. It’s often the best place to get a feel for both the local atmosphere and an idea of what people like to eat, drink and enjoy.
If you find yourself on holiday in Budapest a visit to the Grand Market is a must, but as great as it is, thanks to its popularity it’s lost a little of its charm. So, if you want to get a little off the beaten track, we recommend you try these places.
Sunday Farmer’s Market @ Szimpla ruin bar
Szimpla, you’ve probably read about it, it’s the most famous ruin bar in Budapest, guaranteed to be filled with a fun mix of locals and tourists every night of the week. But, come Sunday, drinking isn’t the main focus as a farmer’s market sets up shop for the day.
With 30-40 sellers on-site, expect a fine array of cheese, veg, meats, mushrooms, spices and honey – all sourced locally chemical free. What’s more, there’s musical entertainment laid on each week if you want to stick around and enjoy your purchases.
Date: every Sunday 9 am – 2 pm.
Location: Szimpla kert ruin bar, 7 th district, Kazinczy street 14.
Gastro Market @ Élesztő
Held at another ruin pub – one that’s made a name for itself as one of the best craft beer joints in town – this gastro-market boats the usual delicious foods, but with a focus on producers that “maintain harmony with nature”.
Plus, to give the event more of a participatory feel, every week, chefs from the local gastronomy scene are invited to host an outdoor cook-along, and a community table is held to give people the chance to gather for breakfast and lunch, get to know each other and share stories and purchases.
Date: every Sunday 9 am – 2 pm.
Location: Élesztő ruin bar, 9 th district, Tűzoltó street 22.
Antique Market @ Klauzál Square
If hunting for rare gems is your thing, be sure to check out the antique market held at the newly renovated Klauzál Square. It’s antiquing with a twist and promises you the chance to “rediscover antiquities from a brand new point of view: renovated, redesigned, and modified”.
Trying to bring a little of the local area’s bohemian artistic flair to all things old, the market is a great place to spend the afternoon, even if you don’t intend to buy anything – and cultural programs are held there so you can learn a little while you browse.
Date: every Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Location: Klauzál square market, 7 th district, Klauzál square 11.
PeCsa Flea Market @ City Park
On the other end of the spectrum is the humble flea market – the place to entertain your nostalgic side rummaging through other people’s junk. The PeCsa Flea Market, located in City Park near the baths, is one of the city’s most active flea markets and is refreshingly free of tourists.
It’s a truly Budapest experience, a great place to meet some locals, pick up some cool souvenirs (think old Hungarian coins and money aplenty), and stop for a cheap, delicious chicken schnitzel or sausage after.
Date: every Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 2 pm.
Location: Petőfi Csarnok, 14 th district, Zichy Mihály street 14.
Farmer’s Market @ Margitutcakilenc
If flea markets are your thing, but you want a little trendier, then head over the Margit Bridge to the Buda side and check out Margitutcakilenc on a Sunday. Given its removed proximity from the downtown, you can expect fewer tourists, more locals and better prices.
As well as being one of the most relaxed ruin pubs in the city – “a piece of the countryside” as one online reviewer described it – it also has great food, drink and plenty of entertainment if you decide to stay later into the evening.
Date: every Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.
Location: Margitutca9, 1 st district, Margit street 9.