The Great Market Hall and Food

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This is my last post about Budapest so I figured I'd better say something about the Great Market Hall which I loved and the food which was okay.  I know taste is subjective, so feel free to take my words with a grain of salt. 
Everything in Budapest has paprika in it.  Do you even know what paprika is?  It's nothing more than dried peppers.  On the gourmet food channel they tell you where to buy fancy, authentic Hungarian paprika so I took the opportunity to buy some straight from the source. To do that we headed over to The Great Market Hall.

I loved this place, it reminded me of a cleaner version of the Bazaar in Istanbul.  There were all sorts of  specialty foods, toys, leather goods and local crafts.  I found that prices vary from stall to stall, so don't buy from the first stall you see.

The Details
Address1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1-3.
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm, Sat 6am-3pm, closed Sunday

 Jars and jars of honey
 I am not a big fan of their linens, but they are everywhere so I had to photograph them.

 Ginger Ale where you could actually taste the ginger.
 The most unique Cesar Salad we've ever eaten--it was good, but the dressing was anything but Cesar.
 Gulosh--I know it's the Hungarian specialty, but we weren't big fans of all the gravy found in the meat dishes.  Hungarian Food, at least the food we purchased is very heavy.  
 Pork with paprika sauce
Steak with paprika sauce
Next week I will be writing about our road trip through Greece.  I'll tell you what I did to prepare my kids beforehand, share our favorite hotels, food and ancient sites.     


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