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Feb 22, 2008 07:22 AM

Central Market, Budapest question

Is it large/modern enough to have an ATM inside, even if (I assume) most stalls are cash?

Thank you!

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  1. Think I found my own answer: sounds like ground floor food stalls cash only; some of the second floor shops may take CCs, as may the basement supermarket, which also has an ATM. But if anyone who's been can confirm that'd be dandy.

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      It's certainly large enough, but I spent my time browsing the small stalls on the upper levels, not in the supermarket below, so I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the ATM.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        I don't recall if there is an ATM inside the market. I'd bet heavily that there is. But if not there certainly is one within a half block, or less. The market is in a bustling part of the city.

      2. I am almost positive there's an ATM on the main floor, near the front entrance and possibly near the back wall as well. I do know for an absolute fact that there's a currency exchange - more than one, actually - which I did use.

        1. There's an ATM directly across the street, either right next to, or maybe even attached to the McDonald's...or maybe it's a Burger King. Anyway, it's across the street, to the North, on the corner of Vamhaz Korut (the little ring, just as it comes off of Szabadsag bridge) and Vaci utca.

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          1. re: Michael Juhasz

            It's a horrid Burger King. I know this because I remember standing, dumbstruck, in front of the place thinking - what would make a person eat here when you're right across the street from such wonderful food?

            By the way: go to the strudel stall on the first floor and get the cabbage strudel. I've said too much already.

            1. re: Nyleve

              Only three things would make one want to eat in the Burger King across from the Central Market: 1) its air conditioning on hot summer days, undoubtedly the only relatively cool spot in a 2 mile radius; 2) the strangely addictive Burger King ice cream with crunchy chocolate mix-ins that have a certain integrity of their own (though the lemon ices at the nearby but hidden Bulldog Cukraszda are worth a detour); and 3) the really pleasant kids who work behind the counter there...oh, and 4) the easily accessed public toilets between the Burger King and the adjacvent Anna (same ownership) and clean ... the ones in the Central Market are ok but cost 100 Forint i believe

          2. While you are there, you might also want to try the lángos place upstairs on the right side. Although, it is not known as one of the best --- a sajtos-tejfölös lángos with a cold beer is a fine thing.

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            1. re: vlad

              I'm partial to the adjacent steam tables...the very long ones...myself for wursts and stews; and I have to post a dissent to the retes place downstairs, which seems kind of 3rd-rate to me (though that's true of most if not all downtown retes places); for really astonishing chowhound class strudel you must go to Lehel ut, all the way out to Robert Karoly krt...see my description at:


              and for a longer take on the Central Market:


              1. re: farago

                Next time the first class retes! Only had time for a central one and it was pretty darn delicious. Like I think I said - they had me at the cabbage strudel.