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Romanian-made porcelain and glass objects d'art, are inexpensive by western standards. Bring along an extra bag if you're into traditional handicrafts. Few countries offer such a combination of variety, high-quality workmanship and low prices as Romania. For local folklore arts and crafts watch for the artisan at stores throughout the city, specialising in crafts made by Romanian peasants, including embroidered decorations, dolls, masks and other items.

A traditional countryside shopping is the weekly fair (târg, bâlci or obor). Usually held on Sunday, everything that can be sold or bought is available – from live animals being traded amongst farmers to clothes, vegetables, and sometimes even second hand cars or tractors. Such fairs are hectic, with haggling going on, with music and dancing events, amusement rides and fast food stalls offering sausages, "mititei" and charcoal-grilled steaks amongst the many buyers and sellers. In certain regions, it is tradition to attend after some important religious event, making them huge community events bringing together thousands of people from nearby villages. Such fairs are amazingly colourful – and for many a taste of how life was centuries ago. One such countryside fair (although definitely not in the countryside) is the Obor fair in Bucharest – in an empty space right in the middle of the city, this fair has been going on daily for more than three centuries.

Shopping hours are generally, Monday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm, although this may vary according to season and area.


Major brand-name shops and upscale boutiques are concentrated along the main boulevard from Piaţa Romană to Piaţa Unirii and on the small streets adjacent to this boulevard, but also on Calea Victoriei, on Calea Dorobanţilor (the part between Bulevardul Iancu de Hunedoara and Piaţa Dorobanţilor) or on Calea Moşilor's section between Bulevardul Carol I and Piaţa Obor.

In the past years numerous modern shopping centres have sprung up in the city (and even more are in construction), the best known being Bucharest Mall (Calea Vitan 55-59), Jolie Ville (Erou Iancu Nicolae 103), Plaza Romania (Bulevardul Timişoara 26), Unirea Shopping Center (Piaţa Unirii), City Mall (Sos. Olteniţei 2), Băneasa Shopping City (Sos. Bucureşti-Ploieşti 42D) and Liberty Center in Section 5.

More shopping malls in Bucharest and its surrounding area are being currently constructed or in the planning stages of being constructed.

Book stores with a good supply of English language books are difficult to find in Bucharest but there are a few places mainly situated in the centre. Also, the biggest chain of l




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