outside the Petőfi Hall
1146 Zichy Mihály út 14
Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Here there are few genuine tradesmen, the majority of the several hundred vendors being ordinary people selling just bits and pieces for a few forints. Some are visibly very poor indeed, and thus a visit to the Market gives an insight into an aspect of Hungary most tourists do not see. Which is not to say that amongst the flotsam and jetsam there are not also sometimes some real bargains to be found. (From: budapestinfo.hu)
The weekend is Flea market time. Everyone, who likes to take a walk in a sunny morning can have a good time in the flea market situated in the area of the Petofi Csarnok. The Flea Market has grown into a small city with a life of its own. Come and explore our colourful alleys and treasure-laden corridors. You’ll find an enormous variety of collectibles… arts, crafts, comic books, belt buckles, jewellery, and more. You’ll see a huge selection of second-hand clothing, walking shoes, fine furniture, and an enormous collection of dolls of any size and colour made out of porcelain, plastic, and rag. You can time travel by walking trough the alleys filled with antique jars, bottles, scales and tin solders. You can also stay in the present and find the most modern kitchen appliances. The market doesn’t only offer used items. The prices vary from one hundred forints to the more pricey items like fancy brand watches, jewelleries and stamp collections. Enjoy freshly prepared Hungarian specialities (“lacipecsenye”) from numerous stands and dozens of snack carts. You will find cold beer in summer and hot, savoured wine in winter. One can spend a glorious morning in this unique spot of Budapest, one of Hungary’s touristic sites. (From: bolhapiac.com)
This is not the biggest flea market in Budapest, but it is the largest in town. The other which is four-acres under one roof is a considerable distance for most to get to unless you have a car. That said, this is a very nice flea market. It is one of the cleanest and quietist that I have been to. Security guards patrol in marked uniforms. It costs about $.50 to get in and is well worth it. Food vendors are limited, as just a few sell corn on the cob and any number of sausages, bread and beer (Hungarian staples). Other vendors sell typical flea market stuff: second hand clothes, music, DVDs, and questionable electronics. You will also find Hungarian trinkets from times gone by, camera equipment, bike supplies (one of the more popular booths), watches, coins, books and stamps. I didn’t buy anything , but was tempted. In my opinion, prices are high, even with bartering. For example, I was looking at a brass art nouveau mirror handle (it was missing the mirror) which was well worn. The vendor started at 4500 HUF and only went down to 4000 HUF, about $20. I was thinking $10.