Combine a morning tour of the Central Market Hall with an afternoon wine tour and get an education in both Hungarian food and wine.
There’s no better introduction to the culture of Hungarian food than visiting Budapest’s bustling markets. The 19th-century Central Market Hall is Budapest’s cathedral of food, and one of Europe’s finest market halls. It is an essential daily shopping stop for many locals, as are Budapest’s many other markets. Wandering its aisles reveals how intensely important food and cooking are in Hungary. Seasonal produce still rules, and the full bounty of the Hungarian countryside is on display. Along the way we will talk about seasonal produce and eating habits; local traditions and specialties; recipes and the Hungarian eating style; and the culture of food in Hungary. We will talk about how food and wine fit into the lifestyle of Budapesters and how eating in Budapest is different than in the rest of the country. Best of all, we will get a taste of local life by experiencing how Hungarians do their day-to-day shopping, and tasting market staples along the way.
We will then travel by car to Etyek, an up-and-coming region which is the closest wine region to Budapest (just a 40 minute drive), arriving in time for lunch with wine pairings. After lunch we will explore this gorgeous little village, which holds many small top-notch wineries and old rows of cellars, and visit one more winery for a tour and tasting. Etyek’s limestone soil produces mainly white wines characterized by their crisp acidity, as well as pinot noir, the region’s red wine specialty. You’ll be back in Budapest in time for dinner. Because the markets are closed, this tour is not available on Sundays.
What Is Included In Our Market+Wine Tour?
- Market tour with several food tastings
- Drop-off from your hotel/apartment (and pick-up, if requested, otherwise we meet at the Central Market Hall)
- One winery tour and two generous tastings (5-8 wines per tasting) of good wines
- Bottles of mineral water for the car rides
- Tasting sheets for you to take wine notes to keep for your memories/records
- English-speaking, knowledgeable, wine-specialized tour guide
How Much Does A Market+Wine Tour Cost?
1 person 64,000 HUF
2 people 38,000 HUF per person
3-4 people 35,000 HUF per person
5-6 people 33,000 HUF per person
The price of lunch is not included in the tour price.
In order to book a day trip we require a 25 percent non-refundable booking deposit paid through paypal or bank transfer. The remainder of the tour fee must be paid for in cash on the day of the tour, or in advance of the tour through paypal or bank transfer. We accept euros or the equivalent amount in Hungarian forints.