Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest - in Budapest - LikeALocal Guide

Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest


106 EUR

Sample the gastronomic delights of Hungary during a 2-hour market and food tour with a local guide at Budapest’s largest and oldest indoor market. After the tour head to our lovely apartment on the Buda side for your private hands-on cooking class.

Duration: 6 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Agnes

I was born and raised in the Hungarian countryside until I moved to Budapest when I was 21 to study. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in tourism, catering and restaurant. After my degree, I became a cooking class instructor at a cooking school in Budapest and discovered my passion about sharing food and stories with travelers. Therefore, I decided to open my Culinary Hungary Home Cooking Class and have been giving Hungarian cooking classes for 8 years now.

What I offer is something different than a cooking school. All events take place in our own home kitchen not a “fancy” commercial-style kitchen. I want you to feel like you at home and that the dishes can be easily recreated. I believe in authentic cooking and comfort food. I learnt the traditional Hungarian dishes and cooking from my parents, who taught me a lot of secrets of the Hungarian Cuisine and Gastronomy. Many of my recipes are family secrets and make part of my family’s heritage.

I am a Mom of 2, I have a 6 year old son and a 3 year old daughter.

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  • Explore Budapest Central Market Hall with a local foodie
  • Enjoy a relaxed cooking class in a private home kitchen
  • Gain insight into traditional Hungarian cooking techniques
  • Find out how to use Hungarian paprika properly
  • Savour a delicious home-cooked meal
  • Sample the gastronomic delights of Hungary
  • Drink delicious Hungarian wine and fruit brandy


Sample the gastronomic delights of Hungary during this 2-hour market and food tour with a local guide at Budapest’s largest and oldest indoor market.

Taste a mouth-watering array of foods such as lángos, stew, potato paparikash, chocolate, strudel and much more, picking up fresh ingredients for your cooking class and enjoying the visual feast of goods laid out for sale.

After the tour we head to our lovely apartment on the Buda side for your private hands-on cooking class.

No cooking skills are required. Meals will be prepared with the careful guidance of your chef.

Your program goes like this:

9:00 – 11:00 Market and food tour at the Central Market Hall, we select fresh ingredients needed for the cooking class. Also, we sample Hungarian specialties.

11:15 We arrive at our apartment. While we review the recipes you are served some Hungarian home-made fruit brandy.

11:30-13:30 Cooking time. Under our careful eye you prepare the dishes you chose. Soup, main course, dessert.

13:30–15:00 After cooking we eat the meals together and informally explore Hungarian culture, folklore, customs and traditions.

We need a minimum of 2 people to do the cooking program.

What’s included & not included

  • 6-hour guided culinary and cultural adventure
  • Tour of the Central Market Hall including sampling Hungarian specialities
  • All ingredients required for the cooking class
  • Transport from the market to our home
  • 3-course meal
  • Wine
  • Palinka (Hungarian fruit brandy)
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Transport from our apartment to your hotel

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Meeting point

Outside at the main entrance to the Market Hall

Reviews from travellers (8)


Awesome Experience
This was entertaining and delicious. It was well worth the time to learn and prepare for ourselves with the guidance of Andrew, the guide and chef.

If you are looking for a more personal food experience in Budapest, we highly recommend this tour/cooking class.
A great Hungarian experience!
Agnes was an exceptional guide. We started the day at the Central Market where we explored local foods and treats and then visited many of the stalls to learn about Hungarian crafts and products. We then returned to the first floor to gather ingredients for our cooking class as well as sampling some additional treats - from cherry bon-bons, to cottage cheese candy bars to savory strudels. Agnes also explained about the mushroom examiner at the market which was truly fascinating. We then returned to the flat where Agnes provided us with a wonderful atmosphere to cook. Agnes adjusted the menu to accommodate my sister's vegetarian requirements and still created a tasty and traditional menu. Throughout the afternoon, Agnes provided us with insights into Hungarian traditions from explaining the local liqueurs to names days. It was a fabulous way to spend a day in Budapest! I would highly recommend this tour and would do it again when I return to Hungary.
5 star plus food adventure
Our trip to Budapest was an extended weekend spa hotel visit to the Hotel Gellert, not our first visit to this exciting city and on a previous visit we had seen that there was a Hungarian cookery class course, with a visit to the food market
Our spec from from Agnes was that we should meet up at the market at 09:00, where Andrew would meet us and guide us through the market while we bought all the ingredients for our pre-chosen courses, the cookery glass offers a large selection of traditional Hungarian dishes, all which are possible to make on the day course
We know the markert well, but shopping together with Andrew was a whole new market experience, learning about the traditional Hungarian ingredients, buying local and not foreign vegtables, what cuts of meat to get for the dishes that we had chosen, tastings with the stall holders, local cheeses and good advice on where to buy Hungarien salami and sausage, which evolved into a salami hunt through the market until we found Andrew’s recommended salami choice
After our market breakfast (don’t eat any breakfast before you go, the stallholders are very generous) we headed for the kitchen
After a short taxi trip we arrived across town where we would spend the rest of the day preparing our meals, the prepping started with a plum palinka...a good start...
We enjoy cooking and it was hands on from the start, with professional guidance from Andrew on how to prep, how much paprika to add to get the correct flavour and loads of good tips passed on from his grandfathers ‘tried and tested’ recipes
Our choice was, Goulash, chicken paprika, and cottage cheese pancakes, we prepped all the veg and meat and slowly started to prepare the courses, helped along with a glass or two of wine, lots of interesting chat and insider info on Budapest and Hungary
Andrew had check on everything and in no time the first two courses were ready, soft silky Goulash soup, with just the right bite, suculent chicken paprika in a rich sauce, we retired to the table to enjoy the results. For our pancake finish, we cooked crepes, with local cottage cheese, lemon and double cream
Old style cooking with old style flavour, which you can only learn from a professional cooking from the heart
We had an awesome day and returned to our hotel, together with our present of a Speatzie noodle maker, which we will have great use for after our fantastic day learning how to make the real thing, an absolute must for all foodies

Fun day touring the Central market and cooking Hungarian
We had a wonderful day with Agnes, our guide and chef. After meeting at the Central Market, she toured us through this huge market, showing us many things in the vendor's stalls that are not typical in the USA where we are from. She also bought us several prepared food items there, so definitely do NOT have breakfast before meeting with her. There was so much good street food there. Afterwards, we took a taxi to her apartment, where we prepared a full course Hungarian menu. She is a very good cook, and we had fantastic goulash soup, chicken paprika and apple cake. We learned also how to make spaetzle. Definitely would recommend this experience.
Learning how to properly use and cook with paprika was only one if the many highlights of the class. Our walk thru the market was interesting and informative. Agi was wonderful at leading us thru several traditional dishes. It was one if the best cooking classes I've taken on a vacation.
My sister and I took this cooking class together and it was our favorite thing we did the whole trip. Agi was very nice and explained things thoroughly as we went along. She was able to put together a delicious vegetarian menu for us of vegetable ragu, potato paprika and cottage cheese calls for dessert. Everything was so delicious! We even had hungarian wine and some brandy along the way. Highly recommend!
We had a short time in Budapest, but read so many wonderful things about the cooking class wee decided it was a "must do." We were not disappointed. Agi and Andrew took us on a wonderful tour of the market and introduced us to many of the items we would be using in the dishes. We noshed on items from the upstairs food vendors and shopped for groceries to complete our meals. This was wonderful because it gave us an opportunity to discuss items that could be substituted for ingredients not available for us at home. Once back at the apartment the fun began. Agi and Andrew were patient in their teaching allowing us to be fully hands on. We talked, laughed, cooked and then enjoyed a fabulous lunch together. Eat light before you meet at the market. If we have the opportunity to return to Budapest we will definitely take another class.
Now we're talking!! Tired of the excessively "touristic" spots? Take the class! I've been travelling around and was a little bit tired of castles, monuments, walls, churches, etc. and decided to take a break from all that and do something really "local". It was quite a surprise to get inside someone else's home, take a chair, chat and cook! It was worthy! They spoke good English (just in case you are like me, speaking one or maybe two words in hungarian). Now I will take back to Brazil what I've learned from Andrew and will try this at home...
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