Central Market Hall

Central Market Hall (Great Market Hall, or Nagycsarnok in Hungarian) is a monument building in Vámház körút, and this is the biggest market hall in the city.

The floorspace of the building is about 10 000 m2. It was built at the end of the 19th century at the bank of the Danube. At the time, the scows packed with goods swam right under the market place through underground channels. It was built together with the neighboring University of Economics based on the plans of Samu Pecz professor at the university,, and was finished in 1897. It is covered by quite a huge iron roof, which is covered by the colored tiles from the famous Zsolnay factory in Pécs. The building itself is one of the most beautiful examples of historical brick architecture in Hungary, and following its reconstruction it won the most eminent international prize in architecture, the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence in 1999. The market hall offers the most inviting goods and the biggest selection, starting from fresh vegetables through meats to spices and real home-made dried pasta. In addition, there are various programs, such as weeks of different nationalities when their products gain emphasis and you can see singers, dancers and other related programs as well in the course of your shopping on a Saturday morning here.