The name of the market says it all. Actually they are many stands for souvenirs, paintings, needlework, wooden crafts, and so on. Traders don’t miss to invite you to take a look at their products and you can really find some interesting and cheap present for your friends.
I’m not sure if this is the name of the trade center or the supermarket but anyway, you’ll see the big number 1 on this building at Puskin Street, just next to the Cathedral Park. It’s a pleasant place to escape from the hot weather in the summer (probably in winter time too) and do some shopping. You can find shoes from 10 to 500 EUR, clothes, souvenirs, bank, telecommunication stores, everything.
Moldovan men are apparently very romantic. That was the only explanation my North American traveling companions could come up with to explain the existence of a twenty-four-hour flower market located in downtown Chisinau. Craving carnations at the crack of dawn? Missing marigolds at noon? The flower market's numerous vendors have got you covered!
I'm a sucker for a good pun, so when I learned that Chisinau was home to a shopping center called MallDova I knew I would have to visit! My first full day in Chisinau was a Monday, and with all the museums and other attractions closed I thought it would be a great day to do some shopping. I hopped on Minibus 154 from the city center and it dropped me off directly in front of the shopping center. Inside, I found a multi-storey shopping center with stores ranging from the predictably cheap to the remarkably upscale. I ended up having great success at Debenhams (which we don't have in my home country), and also saw great clothes at Motivi, Mango, Benneton and Miss Sixty. It seems that lots of Western stores ship their extra sale merchadise to Chisinau, so you can get top brand names at ultra-low prices (a great pair of jeans AND sweater from Debenhams cost me less than $40 after the currency conversion). There is also a cinema and bowling alley inside the mall, as well as a fast food court and proper restaurants.
What to buy:
I would not say that Moldova is famous of their post stamps but they are really nice. As Moldova is a young country the first Moldovian stamp was issued on 23th June 1991. Also the quantities of the issued stamps is not high, so it can make it interesting to collect them. Till 2006 there were issued two catalouges of postage stamps: 1991-2001 and 2001-2006.
If you are an inspired philatelist you should visit to the general post office.
It is in Cricova that the traveller will discover the biggest wine cellar in the world. It is also here that he can take a trip around its underground streets, which stretch for over 100 km. Visitors will pass by one of the most tremendous wine collections of over 30,000,000 litres, and be welcomed into the spacious tasting halls. "Quality has become a tradition" - is what the wine producers say.
When you are visitng Moldova be sure that Cricova wine cellar is open. When I visitned Moldova it was closed. Anyway, you may always buy wines from Cricova in Chisinau. They have their own shop in Stefan cel Mare street. It is open from Monday to Friday (9 am - 7 pm), on Saturday (10 am 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am 4 pm).
From the very opening day modern and comfortable shopping center "GRAND HALL" became popular among the Chisinau citizens and fellow travelers.
Owing to he original center's design, sunlight penetrates deep into the building. Generally, GRAND HALL is planned to create an illusion of a labyrinth, but you won't get lost in the multitude of boutiques. For the visitors' accommodation there are stairs and panoramic elevators installed in the opposite parts of the store.
What to buy: Between the purchases you may take a snack in one of the GRAND HALL's cafes. It can be an open-air terrace, or an internal cafe, where you may taste various salads, hot and cold dishes. For the dessert you will be offered cocktails, ice cream, cakes and freshes. The visitors are always welcome in "Cristina", "Disinia", "Le Grant", "Tari-Bari".
One more advantage of the "GRAND HALL" is the great number of the grocery shops, which are very popular among the customers.
What to buy:
If you look for written music , you should look for specialised shops.
We did look for music in all the book shops, where we went. At one place, where they sell school books, they even had some teachers manuals, on how to introduce children in Moldovan schools to their music.
But best was one book store, where they had a large shelf for second hand music books ! I even found one ethnomusicological book on flute melodies from North Bucovina.
They also had works of composers that are less known, even more or less unknown, in western Europe.
Location: This book store is on Mihai Eminescu str. When you take a walk down from Doina cemetery, you will find it on the right hand side one or two blocks before it crosses Stefan cel Mare blvd. It actually is left of the entrance to La Bunel.
What to buy: You really should stop by the Central Art market. It is between an opera house and some other buildings. You should be able to see it fairly easily in any time of the year except winter. Take a translator if you speak any thing but perfect russian or romanian. You will be charged higher if they realize that you are a foreigner. Don't worry. You can get your stacking dolls for less than $10 if you are careful. Also, there is beautiful lace for just pennies for what you would pay for the same work in England or the Americas. Keep your eyes open. There are some beautiful paintings as well. Noroc!
By the National Theatre on the boulevard Stefan cel Mare there is in a small park a handicraft market. Mostly local painters selling there pictures there. It is opened daily.
I think these make nice little presents to bring back from your travels. This gifts come in all different sizes and they even do little keyrings too.
Rich selection of flowers from all over the world. Every seller is a designer here and every bouquet of flowers is a work of art.
Open 24 hours all year-round