The capital of Romania is also its commercial center. It houses major landmarks like the iconic Palatul Parlamentului government building, which dates back to the Soviet era and has about 1,100 rooms. But it’s not all history as there is also the historic Lipscani district, which is the spot for an energetic nighttime scene along with a tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and more. The city is popular and as such attracts a lot of tourists every year who like to shop and take home mementos & souvenirs. So, if you’re a shopaholic, jump for joy because visiting and shopping in Bucharest will be nothing less than a treat for you.
10 Places For Shopping In Bucharest
Here’s a list of the 10 best places where you can shop your heart out and take home the best of everything in Bucharest for your near and dear ones.
1. Carturesti Carusel
This is the most amazing bookshop and it dates from the 19th century. The building actually houses a department store during the Communist period before being neglected for about a quarter of a century until being reopened. The building was gifted life by a team of architects and the design itself is worth seeing even if you aren't particularly fond of books. You can also take as many photos as you like without any fear of the staff telling you not to do that. Apart from the books on sale, there is also a gallery as well as an exhibition area. If you get hungry then there is a bistro on the topmost floor, which serves some delicious food.
Location: Str. Lipscani 55, Old Town
What to buy: Books
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2. Band of Creators
If you are looking to do some branded and designer clothes shopping in Bucharest then this is it. Here you will be able to buy clothes as well as various accessories from over 40 Romanian designers- both established and upcoming ones. If you can't come here on foot, then they also have a website from which you can order. They ship using courier worldwide. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 13:00 hours to 20:00 hours. It’s closed on Monday and Sunday. As for Saturdays, they are open from Saturday 11:00 to 19:00 hours.
Location: Str. Benjamin Franklin 14, Piata Revolutiei
What to buy: Clothes
3. Floraria Florens
Here you can get all the flora that you need. From bouquets to plants and flowers, everything is here in this flower shop. It should suffice to say that it is more than a flower shop, the sensory experience which you will have once you enter through their doors is just mesmerizing. Be prepared to be assaulted by the beautiful smells of a variety of flowers. They have their branches (gettit?) In the promenade and mega shopping malls as well. But if you don't want to make the trek till here, then just order flowers from their online website.
Location: Strada Paris 13, București, Romania
What to buy: Flowers
4. Complex Commercial Rahova
Shopping in Bucharest malls is a luxury affair, but this one is a bit different. This isn't the place for people who don't like crowds or who hate navigating long lines and constantly being in the midst of cacophony. Here you will find about half of China's exports on sale the whole year. So one can imagine the sheer variety on offer for throwaway prices and the resulting crowd this draws. Make sure you keep your money safe and confidence high as you will have to bring your bargaining skills in here.
Location: Calea Rahovei, Further Afield
What to buy: Home decor
5. Unirea Shopping Centre
Shopping in Bucharest old town is an experience in itself. This shopping center is a regular shopping center for all your regular shopping needs. Standing here for years, it has become a part of the old town landscape. This structure may look a bit dated, but it lies in the heart of the city. There is also a huge Mega Image supermarket which can be found in the basement. Apart from this, there are a lot of eateries in here as well, so that you can quench your hunger in peace. If you bring kids then they can enjoy on the kid's playground on the fifth floor. It is open every day from 10:00 hours to 22:00 hours.
Location: Oiata Unirii, Piata Unirii & Centru Civic
What to buy: Clothes
6. Antique/Flea Market
This is street shopping in Bucharest at its finest. Every Sunday over here you can find a huge variety of antique dealers of various qualities. It means that you can either find something amazing, so something rubbish. Both types sit here. So be careful and come with a watchful eye. If you are new and don't know what to start with, then going for old Romanian stamps, banknotes, badges, and medals will surely make for some good souvenirs. The market opens from 10 am on Sundays and stays open till 4 pm.
Location: Parcul Carol/Piata Libertatii
What to buy: Souvenirs
7. AFI Palace Cotroceni
Get your luxury shopping in Bucharest done here. This is definitely one of the biggest malls of Bucharest and quite possibly one of the most famous. If you want to buy something designer or with the top brand names, then this is the place to arrive at. But that's not all this place offers, in terms of entertainment there is an IMAX cinema, a huge ice skating rink which is open throughout the year as well as an indoor roller coaster and children playground to round it all off. You can take the 1, 35 and 11 trams to get here. It is open from 10:00 am to 10 pm from Monday to Thursday. But on the three weekends, it closes at 11:30 pm.
Location: B-due Vasile Milea/B-dual Timisoara, Cotroceni and Eroilor
What to buy: Designer and branded clothes
8. Ethic Wine
Leaving Bucharest without some wine tasting and shopping will be a sin. Visit this wonderful little wine shop which is run by a friendly couple who really know what they are doing. Here you can find a great selection of local wines along with a great collection from Cricova which is in the Republic of Moldova. There is a great tasting room as well where you can sample tonnes of wine accompanied by some amazing food as well. This is a treat which shouldn't be missed. It is open from 10 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday, but on Sundays, it is open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Str. Banu Antonache 55, Aviatorilor
What to buy: Wine
9. Frey Wille
It is an exclusive boutique which has its locations all over the world. Here you can find some street smart styles blended with luxury and style. You can also find some amazing jewelry and other accessories in here for both women and men. The shop is closed on Sundays, but it is open from Monday to Fridays from 10 am to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Location: Calea Victoriei 118, Piata Revolutiei
10. Piata Ramnicu Sarat
Do your local shopping in Bucharest for fruits and vegetables in here. Come here to shop for some fresh fruits and veggies. But this place isn't just a vegetable and fruit market, as you will find here honey being sold as well. You will also find carpets, sheepskin coats being sold here from the back of a van.
Location: B-dul Camil Ressu, Further Afield
What to buy: Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bucharest is a popular tourist attraction with a plethora of exotic things that you can take back home as souvenirs. So, while you’re planning your Europe trip with TravelTriangle, make sure you take a note of these places so that you can stop by there during your holiday.
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