I really love flea markets- walking around and looking at the numerous little treasures from any period of time. You can discover so much when you take your time and look carefully. You can also just walk around enjoying the special atmosphere, and maybe something just catches your eyes. Anyway flea markets are always a nice Sunday-forenoon activity.
In Budapest there are a few flea markets and I decided to visit three of them. The first flea market is called “Ecseri” and it seems to be quite well-known, since I read about it in a lot of tourist sites. It is located a little bit outside of the city center and takes about 40 minutes with the public transport from the Central Market Hall. But it is definetely worth going! We arrived at about 10:30h and there was still enough time to see everything (you should plan about 2 hours for it, even more if you want to). The Ecseri market is a big Antique-market. There are boothes outside as well as inside. Ecseri is full of paintings, furniture, porcelain and big and little figures- a dream for every Vintage-fan. But if you can´t carry so much or don´t want to spend too much money you can also find small things, like old photographs, cameras, vinyls, a lot of jewelery and plenty of things from the last century (too much to list). I would say this market is special for the many remnands especially from the communist time, but also from the Nazi regime. When I entered one hall one thing really shocked me: A Hitler painting one guy was selling- seriously?! For me- especially as a German-unbelievable! Unbelievable, but also interesting that it seems to be possible here in Budapest. I could never imagine this happening at a flea market in Germany. If you want to see it for yourself, check out Ecseri!
My Ecseri purchases: four old photographs and a pair of earrings- altogether 1700 HUF
Ecseri Market (Ecseri Bolhapiac)
Nagykőrösi út 156
Openinghours: weekdays: 08:00-16:00, Saturday: 08:00-15:00, Sunday: 08:00-13:00
The next flea market I visited was at Erzsébet tér near Deák Ferenc tér, so it is quite central. The market is organized every last Sunday of the month by the Akvárium Klub which is a cultural center. It is smaller than Ecseri, but there is also a lot of nice stuff. You should calculate at least one hour to see every booth. Contrary to Ecseri there is less Antique furniture and paintings, but there is everything else which is typical for flea markets, especially vinyls (you can even find very good music like The Beatles or The Stones). Next to old jewelery you can find boothes with new jewelery. So it is not only a market with old stuff. This market is also worth going to, especially because it is really central. Actually I liked it a bit more than Ecseri, because there were a few more things that interested me.
My achievements: an old Russian camera and a brooch- altogether 1200 HUF
Openinghours: every last Sunday/month: 08:00-?
The third market is located at the City Park (near Heroes square). There is not a big difference if you get out at Hősök tere or at Széchenyi Fürdő (both M1) and then walk a little bit through the park until you reach the market. This market is in a kind of court which is enclosed with fences. Something which was a little bit surprising: This flea market was the first one we had to pay entrance. But it is only 150 HUF, so not a big deal. The City Park flee market seemed to be small on the first sight, but when we entered the market we discovered that it is quite big. We spend about 2 hours there and there was still a lot to see. This market had a lot of clothes, compaired to the other flea markets I had visited. All in all we saw less furniture and more of the small things, like jewelery and cameras (like at the flee market at Erzsébet tér). This market also had a lot of boothes which offered chocolate and drinks, so it has a mix of old and new stuff and food at the market. Worth going? Yes, definetely! The only thing I could complain about that there is not enough space to walk around comfortably.
My achievements: a ring and a bracelet- altogether 2200 HUF
Zichy Mihály út 14 (don´t be confused, there is also a Zichy Mihály utca)
Openinghours: Saturday and Sunday: 07:00-14:00
Of course, this perception of the 3 flee markets is a very personal one. At every market I mainly noticed (and mentioned) the things I am interested in. Furthermore maybe the flea markets differ every time, because there are always different people selling stuff (at the market at the City Park I noticed two sellers I had seen at the other two markets). But all in all I saw interesting things at every market, as well as that I saw that every market was a little bit different. My personal favourite was the flea market at Erzsébet tér- there was enough space, it has a nice surrounding and, for me, they had the most interesting things.
But in my opinion it is worth visiting every market, you will definetely find something you like.
Have a nice Sunday! 🙂
By Ann-Kathrin Hennig