The Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square and in front of the Szent István Basilica opened on 18 November. Although Christmas markets are extremely popular this time of the year, some might not be able to afford buying anything there. Those who visit the Christmas markets in Budapest should prepare for horror prices!
Inflation is still very high in Hungary. Consumer prices were on average 21.1 percent higher this October than last year, and the rate of food inflation was no less than 40 percent, writes penzcentrum.hu. Therefore, the prices at the Christmas markets have increased, too. Although the previous markets were also known for their expensive goods, now people have to dig even deeper into their pockets. While last year, you could get 3 dl of mulled wine for HUF 900 (EUR 2,22), this year it costs HUF 1,200 (EUR 2,96).
Both dishes and drinks will have horror prices. The price of a main course starts from HUF 4,500 (EUR 11,10) and goes up to HUF 8,500 (EUR 20,96), reports szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu. This means that a family of four, even if they buy the cheapest food and fruit tea, has to pay HUF 22,000 (EUR 54,25). As for the drinks, the beloved mulled wine and the punch cost HUF 1,200/3dl (EUR 2,96), the fruit tea: HUF 1000/3dl (EUR 2,47), brandy and rum punch: HUF 2400/3dl (EUR 5,92), and you can get short drinks for HUF 2300/4cl (EUR 5,67).
As mentioned before, the prices of the main courses range between HUF 4,500 (EUR 11,10) and HUF 8,500 (EUR 20,96). For exmple, visitors have to pay HUF 4800 (EUR 11,84) for stuffed cabbage. In addition, roast pork also costs a fortune, HUF 6900 (EUR 17,01). However, if you would like to have just a bite, you can get strudel for HUF 1,500 (EUR 3,70) or roasted chestnuts for HUF 2,000 (EUR 4,93).
Source: penzcentrum.hu, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu