Central Vörösmarty tér is flooded with crowded café terraces and dominated by the Gerbeaud patisserie, a belle époque high-society haunt, now sadly partly converted to a bistro and a cocktail bar. By Gerbeaud’s terrace is the entrance to Budapest's underground Line 1, continental Europe’s first metro line and the second in the world after London’s, when it opened in 1896. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Váci utca, a mix of chic shops and tourist tat stalls, runs south from Vörösmarty tér. Past the Pesti Theatre, where the twelve-year-old Frank (Ferenc) Liszt made his concert debut. It then continues south to the Central Market hall (Mon 6am–5pm, Tues–Fri 6am–6pm, Sat 6am–3pm), a grand high-roofed hall whose stalls are laden with Hungarian products and pricey street food. Halfway along the central aisle stands the Kmetty & Kmetty stall with a picture of Margaret Thatcher who famously shopped there during her 1984 visit.