The Szimpla Farmers Market in Budapest

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The market at Szimpla

The Szimpla Bar in Budapest is an experience no one visiting Budapest should miss. Housed in the ruins of a historic building in the heart of Pest, the bar consists of various sections, including a shisha lounge and a large courtyard where concerts are regularly held. What makes Szimpla so special is the wondrous interior and unique atmosphere. I don’t know any other bar quite like it anywhere in the world (aside, perhaps, from its sister bars in Berlin and Balaton). When I visited the bar for the first time, I was immediately seduced by the atmosphere and I was drawn to explore more of the bar. Colourful Arabic lamps, quirky furniture (like sofas made from bath-tubs!), walls adorned with ornaments you would normally find at flea markets and a cave-like setting combine to create an eccentric and intriguing ambiance. Wherever I looked, there was always something that caught my eye. Everyone was having a good time chatting and laughing. I couldn’t help but smile. When I found out that a Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 9am – 2pm (in the summer months), I knew I had to return to experience the bar by day… and what an experience it was!

A Farmers Market like no other

The Farmers Market is an initiative by Szimpla Bar to showcase local products and attract families (who probably grew up spending most of their time at the bar).

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The entrance of Szimpla Bar

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The Farmers Market in the courtyard

There were stalls selling jams, organic vegetables and fruits, juices, meats and flowers. The atmosphere was very relaxing: young families and tourists strolled around the stalls, tasting products or buying their groceries, or crowded around the tall tables for a quick bite or a drink. In a corner of the courtyard, a band played a jazzy repertoire.

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A car becomes a lounge!

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A band plays jazzy songs

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Stalls with all sorts of fresh produce

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The quirky furniture – in this photo, a bath-tub and one half of a car!

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A selection of rickety chairs and another bath-tub

I tasted some jams, bread, fruits and wine, then settled into a comfortable antique dentist’s chair (!!) and enjoyed a freshly grilled kebab. Here’s a video of my stroll through the bar:

Budapest can boast of having the ‘most beautiful café in the world‘. I’m certain the city can also boast of having one of the coolest bars! If you’re visiting Budapest, I highly recommend dropping by the Szimpla Bar in the early evenings for a drink. If you’re there in the summer months, you have to visit the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. It simply is too cool to miss!

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10 Responses to “The Szimpla Farmers Market in Budapest”

  1. Locksmith in San francisco 01/06/2013 9:33 am
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    This is really a nice experience of eating things in cars instead of tables.

  2. Wends of Journeys and Travels 28/09/2012 1:35 am
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    This is a wonderful market and one which evokes an artsy approach to the mundanes we see in any market around the world. I would love to lounge around here abit. :)

  3. Carol 27/09/2012 4:23 pm
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    Nice pics! I love the smell of a fresh farmers market

  4. Dean 27/09/2012 1:47 am
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    I love exploring markets when I travel – particularly fresh food markets. This one looks really interesting!

  5. Celina 27/09/2012 12:03 am
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    Hello Keith! Nice and really colorful post! And perfect for me! Maybe I’ll be going there!

  6. rob hermans 26/09/2012 8:42 pm
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    Lovely, Szimpla lovely keith. I love the article and of course love Szimpla, too!

  7. Claudia 26/09/2012 7:20 pm
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    Wow, cool pics! I love farmer’s markets and this one looks so cool!

  8. velvet 26/09/2012 2:26 pm
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    Colourful and fun indeed! :-)

  9. ciki 26/09/2012 2:23 pm
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    so colorful so fun !

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