‘Shopping’ is a word that resonates with everyone, especially travelers. Whenever we visit any new place, besides the places that we visit, we also pick up souvenirs and do a lot of shopping, unique to that region to take back home with us. These are pieces of memory, which when we see even years later, reminds us of that place. Shopping in Montenegro is a unique experience. There are things that are unique to this ‘young’ country, which you really should buy when you are there.
Best Places For Shopping In Montenegro
Here is your Montenegro shopping guide on what to buy and where to buy. You definitely cannot come home without buying them.
1. Virpazar Market
This is a small fishermen village on Lake Skardar in Montenegro. It is a stunning little place and offers one of the most beautiful views you would ever see. What attracts tourists to this place is the unique Friday market that takes place here at the main square. Every Friday, during late spring and summer, they sell local merchandise including the locally-produced honey, rakija, and the wine from this region, which is called Crmnica. They also sell grape brandy called Loza. Shopping is not just limited to only alcohol; they also sell plenty of handicrafts too.
Location: village in the Bar Municipality, Montenegro
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2. Kotor Bazaar
The bazaar in the vicinity of the stunning Old Town of Kotor. It has plenty of shopping for people of all ages. Boutiques and shops dot the walled alleys. It is lively and this is where you will see most of the locals hanging out too. You could shop for footwear or for clothes and even here, you have two choices. You could either shop off the streets where it is not that expensive or in one of those expensive boutiques, which houses stuff mainly of Italian fashion designing firms. Up-to-date fashionable clothes and footwear are yours for the taking at these boutiques which exhibit fine craftsmanship. The bazaar also has a host of other shops – souvenirs, jewelry, books, antique, local wines – you name it and they have it all. Since it is a local market, they also offer fresh produce of fruits and vegetables, which you might not be able to carry home, but can certainly stroll through. Of course, the bazaar also houses a host of restaurants and pastry shops, where you can grab a bite when you need a break from all that shopping.
Location: Kotor, Montenegro
3. Mall of Montenegro
The mall, in the city of Podgorica, is in the centre of the city and has two aspects to it – the Green Bazaar and a shopping mall. This mall is a blend of traditional and modern-day shopping and is huge. It is so huge that the mall houses even a hotel within the premises. It has the best of everything and has some amazing fashion stores, a hypermarket, a bank, restaurants and cafes. For the young crowd, apart from all the shopping and dining, they also have a 12-lane bowling alley. There is nothing unique as such about this place, apart from the Green Bazaar. But if you are the one, who enjoys and outing to the mall, do visit this one.
Location: 74 Bulevar Save Kovačevića, Podgorica, Montenegro
Timings: 9 AM - 10 PM
4. Antiques Stanković
If you are a fan of all things old and antique, then this shop is a wonderland for you. Located right next to the Maritime Museum in Kotor, this old antique shop is a treasure trove of items that are rare and beautiful. Roman coins and fibulas, original Montenegrin national costumes, Balkan silver, Russian Brass icons and the likes are all at display at this antique shop and is yours for the taking.
Location: Maritime Museum of Montenegro, Old Town Kotor
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This is Montenegro's largest wine company. So, if you want to pick up the local varieties, be it the Vranac or the Merlot or the Cabernet, this is the place to buy from, right from the source, their beautiful and well-maintained vineyards. Built in the shape of a cave, the shop offers all these wines and more and also different varieties of local brandy.
Location: Podgorica, Montenegro
6. Efesya Souvenir
Whatever souvenirs you are looking for, you will find it here in this shop. In fact, this is a one-stop shop for all the gifts you want to buy for back home. The Turkish feel to the place makes it even more interesting for you to shop. It’s a small shop in one of the alleys of Kotor but is filled to the brim – from the ceiling to the floor – with artifacts that are amazing and would make great gifts too. Ceramics, bright and colorful glass lamps, scarves – you will find everything here and the designs are captivating too.
Location: Stari Grad 409, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330, Montenegro
7. TQ Plaza
TQ Plaza is just a one-minute walk from the coast and not only is a mall, but it also houses a residential complex, an office space, and a 4-star apartment-hotel. The shopping center part of it is of course, the most exciting. It has all the brands of the world and you can shop for the best cosmetics, accessories, toys and the like. Apart from that, the shopping center also houses a grocery store and a pharmacy. If you want to grab a bite, there are a number of restaurants and cafes. If you have kids and worrying about how you will shop, fret not. They have a playroom with all the latest toys. Sounds like absolute fun...isn't it! If you want to rejuvenate, there are facilities for you too...they have a salon and a spa. For a day of fun and relaxation, head to this shopping center.
Location: 85310, 53 Mediteranska, Budva, Montenegro
Timings: 8 AM - 11 PM
If you are a fashion buff and like to keep up the latest in fashion trends, then Paradiso will prove to be a haven for you. The latest of fashion – clothes, handbags, accessories – they have it all, under one roof and only the best and those that are in trend right now. It is a ‘mall’ of just everything to do with fashion and you will go crazy here. Ever heard of ‘Shop till you Drop’? Well, this might happen once you step into Paradiso, where you will be spoilt for choice of everything fashionable.
Location: 5, Oktobarske Revolucije, Podgorica, Montenegro
Timings: 9 AM - 9 PM
9. Budva Leather
Well, this is one of the things that Budva is famous for, apart from the stunning coastline that it is located on. Budva Leather is a store that is frequented by tourists and locals alike and the leather clothing that you find here, is of top-notch quality. Leather jackets, skirts and trousers, are among other clothing items that they sell. The leather used is authentic Turkish leather and the store also offers made-to-order designs to its customers. They offer unique designs and great service too.
Location: Slovenska Obala, PALAZZO, Stara Autobuska stanica, Budva 85310, Montenegro
Timings: 9 AM - 11 PM
10. Tržni Centar FORUM
This is one of the recent shopping centre, which has opened in the town of Podgorica. It is 3000 square meters of utmost entertainment and shopping and is one of the best in the neighbourhood. The shopping centre houses a hypermarket, a pharmacy, toy shop, book shop, top retail brands, home décor shops and the like. Of course, like any other shopping centre, it also has an array of restaurants and cafes. There is also a green market located in the shopping centre, that only adds to the amazing shopping experience of this place.
Location: Podgorica, Montenegro
Timings: 8 AM - 9 PM
Shopping in Montenegro is a unique experience. This is just a gist of how much more shopping you can do in this charming little country. There are shops just for wines and there are shops just for jewellery too. Plan a Europe trip to explore this very young Balkan country in its entirety.
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