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Flea markets in Budapest (Hungary)

Ecseri Flea Market (Ecseri Bolhapiac)

The “Ecseri” Flea Market is quite well-known among locals and tourists (you might be already familiar with it even without having visited Budapest yet, as many tourist sites recommend it). It is located a little bit outside of the city center and can be reached in approximately 40 minutes with public transportation from the Central Market Hall. But the visit is worth the ride! Like most large flea markets and antique fairs, you never know what you will find if you look. Sunday is less crowded than Saturday and many vendors are happy to talk with customers about where something came from, or even what it says.

Everyone speaks enough English to haggle (Haggling is kind of expected but it’s all so much cheaper than you will get at home anyway so I wouldn’t push it; if you get 10% off I’m sure both sides will be very happy). Even if you’re not an early bird like many die-hard antique dealers who show up there at dawn, there is still enough time to see everything (the whole tour generally takes around 2 hours). The Ecseri market is a big Antique-market: there are boothes both outside and inside the place.Ecseri Flea Market Budapest - (c) Sybren Lempsink

The Ecseri Flea Market has much to offer: paintings, furniture, porcelain figure, militaria, old photographs, cameras, vinyls, a lot of jewelery and plenty of things from the last century (too much to list). A real dream for every Vintage-fan.

“An eclectic collection of true antiques, vintage (and not so vintage) collectibles, and second-hand books, baubles, linens, and clothes. You need patience for this market: many of the stalls are piled high with boxes and junk, and it can be difficult to get to the good stuff, but there are gems, depending on what you looking for.
This is the place to find vintage traditional Hungarian embroidered linens (especially tablecloths, napkins, lacework, and the like) and blouses, as well as a wide assortment of the main Hungarian porcelain brands: Herend, Zsolnay, and Holloháza (among others).

There are many stalls offering (mainly Hungarian) books, postcards, stamps, and other ephemera, from maps to wallpaper. LOTS of jewelry, medals, pins, keys, and other small metal bits and bobs. LOTS of artwork – paintings, drawings, prints – framed and no, some of which is very good. Lots of old wooden frames to pick through as well.

A fair bit of war paraphernalia, from helmets, backpacks, and weapons to insignia and various uniform parts. Plenty of old wood furniture (chairs, armoires, sideboards, etc.), many needing work but showing lots of promise. Some great lighting fixtures (though condition of electrical workings may be unclear).

Because of the disorderliness of many of the stalls and the lack of any curation, it may be better and more productive/rewarding to go with either a sense of adventure or an idea of something to hunt for. You can easily get overwhelmed or frustrated if you try to look at everything.
Generally, I found the prices to be good, compared to Canadian flea markets. Most sellers spoke enough English to make a deal.”

Celesa H – Pincher Creek, Canada

Where: Ecseri Market (Ecseri Bolhapiac), Nagykőrösi út 156 1194 Budapest
When: Weekdays: 08:00-16:00, Saturday: 08:00-15:00, Sunday: 08:00-13:00

15 comments

  1. Anton Wax

    The second point is not existing anymore, Erzsebet Ter Fleamarket is a thing of the past, but there is a Flea Market Shop in the city center instead, its called “Bolhapalota”, which means Flea-Palace , check it on the internet to see if it would fit in the article…

    • Hi Anton, thanks for sharing this info! I will update the review (feature Erzebet as discontinued) and investigate the Bolhapalota flea market. I’m sure it could fit in the article :) thanks again!

    • Hi Hajnalka, thanks for sharing! We’d love to add the Antik PLACC to our list of flea markets in Budapest. Have you been there? How is it like? If you wish to write a quick review of this flea market, we’d be more than happy to feature it in our article “Flea markets in Budapest”, together with your name/website. See you around!

      • Hey, I’m actually the founder of Budapest Local, so the short article was written by us. I’ve been to Antik Placc; it’s really great and getting very popular in Budapest. I haven’t been to the one at Iskola yet, but I’m planning to check it out this week or next week. I’ll let you know if we have more material on flea markets in Budapest. Have a great week!

  2. Michael

    Is there a way to find vendors who have old bottles for sale? Especially Warner’s Safe Cure from the 1890s or Warner’s Safe Pills? Also Almanacs and advertising?

      • Michael

        Thanks. I already scour the ebay markets. I’m looking for someone who routinely goes to markets and I want to connect with them to find these items. I have a large collection of Warner patent medicines and he was active in Europe (Frankfurt, Pressburg, Krueslingen, Paris). These are not actual antiques they are only from 1880 -1910 but are starting to turn up. Colorful bottles.

    • Tibor

      Hi Michael, I am not a vendor, but I have 2 old Warner’s Safe Cure bottles Pressburg and Frankfurt, and many others bottles. I am from Slovakia.

  3. Jani bácsi, sztárkommenter

    When: Weekdays: 08:00-16:00, Saturday: 08:00-15:00, Sunday: 08:00-13:00

    real:
    When: Weekdays: 09:30-14:00, Saturday: 05:00*-14:00, Sunday: 09:00-13:00
    *:04:00 parking

  4. Urgyen Lhawong

    Hi Everyone

    lately i am getting the bug of Flea or Antique Markets. I am wondering if any of you have suggestions in Europe where possibilities of finding asian antiques lies, particularly himalayan or chinese antiques..

    Greetings

    Urgyen

  5. dorien cooreman

    Hello

    I’m making plans to go to Hungary.
    Does anyone have some suggestion of where I could find ancient textiles (grains sacks, table cloths
    kitchen towels ?

    Grz

    Dorien

  6. Nadeem

    Hi
    Just want to know if we can sale our sports wear in a free market in Budapest?

    if yes, then advise us the rates n the time of market if it goes daily or with the time period.

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