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Old August 11th, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Has anyone shopped at the open market and, if so, did you have to pay with Hungarian out or I'd they take euros??

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Old August 12th, 2013, 12:51 AM
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Has anyone shopped at the open market and, if so, did you have to pay with Hungarian out or I'd they take euros??

We did in august last year, we paid in Hungarian forints, I dont remember seeing places that took euros, but there could have been. I know most places seem to only take forints.
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We used Hungarian currency since we had it with us but many places both inside the market and outside also too euros. You will need local currency coins if you plan to use any public restrooms, including McDonald's. there were a few places we saw that only took the local florint
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Thank you for the info. I am surprised you could even understand my post! I am embarrassed! I obviously didn't re-read it before posting. I am still getting use to typing on my iPad!
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Also, is it worth going to the market? We will be staying at the Marriott on the pest side.
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The main shopping street starts around the Marriott and goes to the market. Wonderful shopping. I did find that the farther away from the market you are (i.e. closer to the Marriott), the cheaper the things were. Many of the shops sell the same stuff. Absolutely the market is worth going to. Do go up to the second floor.
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You need Hungarian to really enjoy the market. Is fabulous! We had a guided tour that took us to various foodie venues around Budapest after our tour of the market. Have fun!
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Also, is it worth going to the market? We will be staying at the Marriott on the pest side.

Loved the market, all the local food, the atmosphere ...go up stairs and try a langos..we had one warm with sour cream and cheese for breakfast, they are like maybe a pizza, bit messy to eat but delicious.

Dont know if the souvenirs and crafts are any cheaper than shops in the vicinity but its definitely worth a visit just for the architecture of this old building.

Theres plenty of eating places on the upper level along with a cheap bar, just seeing the way the produce and spices are displayed on the ground floor is worth a look. Paprika...salamis...fantastic colour and smells everywhere!!!

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Thanks for your comments about the market. We will be in Budapest in 3 weeks. We LOVE markets. We are really looking forward to going there. I'll add my comments when I return.
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You need Hungarian to really enjoy the market. Is fabulous! We had a guided tour that took us to various foodie venues around Budapest after our tour of the market. Have fun!
Knit1bike2 - your tour sounds great - can you provide details on the guide for that tour? Thanks!
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Hi, we were there 3 weeks ago and used Euro only with no problems. Many places had both prices listed, and if not, they would convert for you. Make sure to buy your paprika (hot, smoked, and sweet) there, as it is much cheaper and the selection is great. It makes a great gift for any cooks in the family.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 08:56 PM
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I agree it is the place to buy Paprika. We used the local currency but I saw things priced in Euros. It is a local as well as tourist market. At some booths we had issues communicating with the people in some of the food booths. We went there twice. The first time with our private guide who got us food samples as a part of our tour. We tried the local sauerkraut (nothing like what you get here), picked cukes and picked peppers. Then we went back on our own to purchase things we could take home. We bought paprika, goose liver pate (basically fois gras), and some wooden Christmas ornaments. It is a great place to explore and shop.
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A lot of the places will take euros or even US dollars, but you will get your change in florints and the merchant gets to pick the exchange rate. So beware.
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Agreed - if you do the math, it's almost always best to pay in forints vs euros or USD. The vendors in the Great Market Hall took credit cards.
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Agreed - if you do the math, it's almost always best to pay in forints vs euros or USD. The vendors in the Great Market Hall took credit cards.
The booth where we bought our paprika, palinka, and canned goose liver had very good prices, but did not take credit cards. Used up most of the HUF I brought with me at that booth. In general, you get the best deals on things with HUF. Outside of the Market we were offered discounts in several other stores, usually 10%, for paying with HUF.
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