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Budapest Paleo - what shops / markets can you recommend?

Answered on April 22, 2013
Created April 09, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I am a foreign student living in Budapest, looking for paleo in Budapest. Specifically some nuts to buy in bulk 1-2kg (not the tiny overpriced packages in the supermarket).

Anywhere I can find coconut butter?

Other food product recommendations are appreciated, too :)

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on April 10, 2013
at 07:50 PM

:-) Unfortunately the nuts are expensive everywhere. :-( Anyway the Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok), what elf27 mentioned in the previous post, is in Pest at the Szabadság bridge.

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:14 AM

Thank you!!! All the places you mentioned are new for me. Only was familiar with the bio-abc in Muzeum Krt (quite pricey!) Will definitely check these out.

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:13 AM

WOW! Great answer! Thank you so much!!! :)

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on April 22, 2013
at 07:02 PM

Exciting times! :) For those visiting/living in Budapest... Few days ago I stumbled upon an amazing place! Following the recommendations I got here, I went the great market hall. Right next to the great market hall on Vámház körút there is azsia shop - http://www.azsiabt.hu/ I found there many spices, almond flour, nuts, coconut chips... definitely worth checking out :)

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on April 09, 2013
at 08:57 PM

You can buy nuts in the Fény street market. The nut-shop is on the left side, you can find it if you enter the market at the main entrance, from Retek street. This market is located in Buda, behind the Mammut 1. shopping center. There is also a Paleo shop below the market, on the lower lever. (Unfortunately quite expensive, but the paleo muffins are delicious.)

And I recommend you my favorite shop: Bio-barát, it is in Buda, at Margit körút 60. This is not paleo shop, but they have a lot of paleo-friendly products, (good price) and probably they sell coconut butter, but I am not sure.

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:14 AM

Thank you!!! All the places you mentioned are new for me. Only was familiar with the bio-abc in Muzeum Krt (quite pricey!) Will definitely check these out.

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on April 10, 2013
at 07:50 PM

:-) Unfortunately the nuts are expensive everywhere. :-( Anyway the Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok), what elf27 mentioned in the previous post, is in Pest at the Szabadság bridge.

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on April 09, 2013
at 03:41 PM

oh wow! you are lucky! I recommend the following:

1) Great Market Hall and the supermarket in the bottom for everything

(near one of the bridges, I think this one: Széchenyi Chain Bridge? but I could be wrong) But I can't remember if it's in Buda or Pest. Pest is more alternative scene, so I think it's Buda side.

They sell there (Great Market Hall): traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic (I think I found these on the bottom floor of the great market hall. Delicious! Buy a ton.)

Fermented foods= very important part of paleo/any diet.

2) Great sausages, people seem to love Pick (dried saucisson type thing, which I've had in the US) but wandering around the market they had a lot of other types of cured meats/sausages to try, especially kolbacz (or kielbasa)

Also, the mangalitsa pig is the historical pig there, something to keep in mind (buying local is better). I think pork and goose fat are very important parts of the traditional food culture in Hungary and they seem to use them a lot for cooking. I found it hard to get good butter, but easy to get good chicken or goose fat.

They also sell goose liver pate that I've heard is good but didn't get to try.

We also bought different kinds of paprika - sweet, mild, hot, and spicy hot. you'd be surprised how different paprika can taste than what's here.

the base for a lot of cheap dishes is:

fat (pork, chicken, goose, duck), onions and paprika.

and finally, the great market hall or the store in its basement definitely will have nuts, dried fruits, etc.. it'll just be cheaper to get the stuff I mentioned above since that's local. Enjoy!

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:13 AM

WOW! Great answer! Thank you so much!!! :)

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on April 09, 2013
at 03:03 PM

Go to DM Drogerie Markt. They have coconut chips and lots of organic nuts. :) I lived in Europe for a while (German) and coconut oil/coconut butter are not easy to find there. Instead, I used lots of grass-fed butter. :)

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