Lehel Piac or Lehel Market Hall is one of the most visited indoor food and fruit markets in Budapest – by locals.
As the market hall is not as attractive as the beautiful Central Market Hall (Vasarcsarnok) at the Liberty Bridge, Lehel Market Hall is less for the tourists and more for the locals. Prices are lower here than at the more touristy Central Market Hall, so if you are on a budget tour in Budapest, it may be your place. Also, many of the locals think that produces at the Lehel Market Hall are better.
And here is the kitschy exterior of the ship shaped Lehel Market Hall. “Lehel Csarnok is housed in a hideous boat-like structure designed by László Rajk, son of the Communist minister of the interior executed for ‘Titoism’ in 1949. Apparently this is his revenge.” (Steve Fallon, Lonely Planet):
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 6am-1pm. The metro level of the Market Hall has longer opening hours, as follows: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat 6am-4pm, Sun 6am-4pm
Address: Váci út 9-15., Budapest H-: 1134
Getting here is super easy, as there is a metro station called Lehel Piac on the blue line, the third stop from Deak square, right after Nyugati Railway Station.
Website: Lehel Csarnok
Email: lehel.csarnok [at] chello.hu