Lehel is one of Budapest’s busiest and most popular markets. Far from the glitter of the central-market, by Liberty bridge, where everyone will tell you to go (I admit it’s worth it, I even shop there!), Lehel is informal and 100% authentic.
Everything (or almost) here is fresh and Hungarian. No surprise actually since the market is located in the 13th district, a lively Magyar neighborhood. Lehel is however easily reachable from the city-centre by metro 3 or on foot from Nyugati railway station.
The market hall’s architecture is pretty hard to define, a crossing between a boat and a Greek temple in kitsch yellowish colors, with some plants for the green touch!
At Lehel, you’ll find all sorts of kolbász (sausages), salamis, meat, libamaj (Hungarian goose liver) but also honey, dairies, some wines, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Further on, as you enter, in the middle of the market hall, you’ll find nénis (aunties) selling nice goodies: you can bet that’s all quite organic!
Once you’re done shopping, go to the upper level, that’s where the büfés (cafeterias) and bars are located. There’s also a post office (for those who might have some postcards to drop on the way). You can have a Hungarian lunch at Lehel ize büfé by the entrance.
For the latecomers, go there at least an hour before the official closing time, the guards are pretty unfriendly! Ah and it’s open on Sunday, which only Szimpla’s market (check the article Szimpla Sunday Market) does in Budapest.