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    Curtea Sticlarilor/Glassmakers' Court: Unique Glass work

    by monica71 Updated Mar 10, 2008

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    Handmade Fruit Bowl (it has 7 layers of glass)
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    If you are interested in buying unique glasswork, ceramics and crystal make sure you stop by Curtea Sticlarilor (Glassmakers's Court). They are located on Selari Street (close to Lipscani Street).
    Inside the courtyard of a building dating from 1857 is a series of large ovens in which these glassmakers create elaborate pieces for Sticerom, Romania's premier brand.

    The pictures show a sample of my own personal belongings that I have bought from the store.

    What to buy: vases, glasses, table lamps, fruit bowls, ashtrays, etc

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    Souvernir Shops in Bucharest: Old Books, Music and Art

    by Romanian_Bat Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Hanul cu Tei - Paintings on sale
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    If looking for an old book, look up for an Anticariat (there are a few in the underground passage in University Square and there is another great one on Doamnei Street just after the crossing with Bratianu Avenue). The area around Lipscani Street is filled of places selling lots of junk…oh, sorry, souvenirs and artifacts. Good places where one can find interesting things include Amintiri (20 Gabroveni), Craii de Curtea Veche (14 Covaci), as well as the great Hanul cu Tei (63-65 Lipscani). For traditional items check out the Artizanat on the corner made by Selari and Smardan Street, as well as the one on the ground floor of Unirea Shopping Centre. The Village Museum and the Romanian Peasant Museum also have good folk art items on sale; the Romanian Peasant Museum has possibly the best place for traditional stuff in the city. On Selari Street, close to the crossing with Covaci Street, there is Filatelia Zimbrul Carpatin, a very good shop with old stamps and coins; they also have great postcards.

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    Carturesti (R). The Experience.: A Living Space, not a Bookshop

    by Romanian_Bat Updated Jan 5, 2008

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    Most times when travelling, we pop into a bookshop, ask for a map or album of pictures, we are given one, we pay, we are given a receipt, then we are gone and so is the place we have just entered and exited. Well, as always in this life, there are places which give more than they take. Carturesti is one of them. A teahouse more than a bookshop and a bookshop consisting of more than the books sold there. An atmosphere of the Bucharest d'antan well kept however in a realistic and obvious shape. A visible structure, a good bunch of books that will show you that, despite greyness, Romania has got good architects, despite some quasiliterate shoemakers, there are good craftsmen, despite the 'manele' there are fine traditional Bukovinean, Moldavian, Wallachian, Transylvanian, Maramuresan, Dobrudgean or Gipsy songs. An experience and, eventually, a challenging discovery. Allow it an hour of a lifetime.

    What to buy: A book of that heterogenous Romanian cuisine, they have got a couple in English. A book about the Razing of Romania's Past, so that you look with a more apprehensive eye to the rusty package of cities like Bucharest, Bacau or Miercurea Ciuc. A synthesis (or analysis, depending on your profile) of the Balkanic scent or contradictory world in this area; try Andrei Plesu, Horia Roman Patapievici or Countess Waldeck, even though you might only find the latter in English. An album of Bucharest Modernism. A book about Byzance and the Byzantine legacy written by Razvan Theodorescu. A Japanese green tea with some green wallnuts 'dulceata', together with the stillness that comes with them.

    What to pay: As previously said, an hour. One does not have to buy things. But if money is an issue, then full stop.

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    Souvernir Shops in Bucharest: Religious Art and Music

    by Romanian_Bat Updated Jan 5, 2008

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    The Byzantine Bookstore on Regina Maria Avenue
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    For interesting religious books and CDs with excellent religious music (especially the choirs), as well as for some typical artifacts, I would recommend the Librarie Bizantina on Regina Maria Avenue, on the crossing with 11 Iunie Street (close to Unirea Square). For religious books, Vasiliada (on Bratianu Avenue, across the street from Sfantu Gheorghe Nou Church, as well as on Calea Victoriei, across the street from Cantacuzino Palace), or Libraria Sophia (on Bibescu Voda Street just off Unirea Square) are recommended. Many of the churches in the city centre also have small stands selling artifacts and great religious music CDs. There is also a fine religious items store on 45 Calea Victoriei, next to Cretulescu Church and the Royal Palace.

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    Victoria Store: Les Galeries Lafayette

    by Romanian_Bat Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Magazinul Victoria seen from Calea Victoriei
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    This building used to host the Galeries Lafayette; it was built in Parisian Art Nouveau style and it tried to imitate the great store with the same name in the French capital. It was built in the place of the former Socec Bookstore, by the latter's owner, a certain Mr. Schwartz. This used to be the first large department store in Bucharest before WW2. Even though the Bucharest version is far from complying with its Paris counterpart slogan ("il se passe toujours quelque chose aux Galeries Lafayette!"), it is an interesting place to visit, especially given its good location, at the crossing of Lipscani with Calea Victoriei.

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    Unirea Shopping Centre: Central shopping

    by Romanian_Bat Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Unirea Shopping Centre - detail
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    The biggest shopping centre in Bucharest during the communist rule, Unirea Store was built partly on the site of the former 1846 Small Spanish Temple (also known as Ca'al Cadosh Salom Temple). With a few larger and more popular malls in the city nowadays, the Unirea still gets its crowds of customers given its prime location, in Unirea Square. It hosts many fashion boutiques, as well as electronics, computer and children shops. In the basement there is a well stocked La Fourmi supermarket (their selection of Romanian wine, baklava, blue cheese and Lebanese pickles are great). On the ground floor, there also is an excellent, but expensive shop selling traditional artifacts and souvenirs (there is a better and much cheaper selection at the shop on premises of the Romanian Peasant Museum).

    What to buy: A CD of Maria Tanase or Ioana Radu from the third floor, a bottle of Murfatlar (red) wine or Jidvei (white) wine at La Fourmi in the basement, or a glass painted icon at the souvenir shop on the ground floor.

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    Piaţa Amzei Market: fruit, vegetable and flower market

    by iwys Updated Dec 15, 2007

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    For a capital city, Bucharest is not that well endowed with open-air markets. but, if you want to buy fresh fruit from a market stall while you are staying in the city, Piaţa Amzei market is a good place. Most of the fruit is local and in season there is a great selection of berries, including raspberries, bilberries and blackberries. There are both indoor and outdoor sections, including some colourful stalls selling flowers.

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    IDM: shopping with limited budget

    by Lecaro Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Here the prices are lower than in the others shops or malls... this isn't a mall is something like a market place... but some good things... you should be able to choose...

    What to buy: clothes or accessories

    What to pay: not much... depends how much you want to buy...

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    Plaza Mall Bucharest: Plaza Mall

    by Lecaro Written Oct 15, 2007

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    This mall bring all together the best shops and firms from Bucharest and from all the world...

    What to buy: in first place you can buy clothes... but you can buy grocery too because there is a supermarket too
    if you want a fast food to eat you have a whole floor for that (the last floor), where is an multi cinema too...

    What to pay: you can spend a lot or less it depends what you are looking for...

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    None - streets shops: Books from the street

    by WanderingFinn Written Aug 20, 2007

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    Actually this is not a shop; it is a phenomenon; a local habit. Many people sell used or new books in their booths outside in the streets.

    Romanians are on the top of the world what comes to level and amount of reading. They really do read a lot.

    What to buy: Books; if you happen to find a non-Romanian language book.

    What to pay: Cheaper than in traditional "western" countries.

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    Several: Shopping in Bucharest

    by PierreZA Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Wine Shop

    Somewhat disapointing. You can actually find great classical music on DVD and CD.
    Humanitas is an interesting shop selling religious icons.
    The wine-expert stock some interesting Romanian wine. You will find a better selesction at the duty-free shop at the airport.
    You can also find good glass and crystal ware.

    What to pay: No real bargains

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    Feeria Shopping Gallery: Mother of shopping centers

    by codrutz Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Feeria Shopping Gallery

    Feeria Shopping Gallery is one of the favorite shopping place. It is located north of Bucharest, on the road to Otopeni airport. This is a part of a bigger project - www.baneasa.ro - it is known mostly for the shopping gallery but for the big Carrefour hyper market as well. Pretty crowded on the road, in the parking and at the counters in weekends, but if you gotta go you gotta go :)

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    chinese Market - Dagonul Rosa: Chinese market - Dragonul Rosa

    by mvtouring Written Jan 21, 2007

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    The Chinese market is situated in one of the suburbs of Bucharest. This is one massive shopping complex where you can buy just about anything that you can imagine. A busstle with loads of people coming and going.

    What to buy: Shoes, leather jackets etc. in wintertime

    What to pay: low prices

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    General shopping tips

    by codrutz Updated Dec 31, 2006

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    Bucharest is a fairly good place for shopping. If you're shopping for clothes than you might want to check out either the two shopping malls. For the moment there are two of those - Bucharest Mall and Bucharest Plaza - in 2007 there might be four. Also you can try Unirea Shopping Center (seen in the picture at night) or you can go north of Bucharest, between Baneasa Airport and Otopeni Airport, where Baneasa Center is growing, having the Feeria Commercial Center. Then there are the commercial streets like Magheru Blvd., Calea Mosilor or Calea Victoriei.

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    Wagner: ART GIFTS!!

    by anaochiana Written Nov 11, 2006

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    Here u can can find marvelous pieces of art-handmade by artists...teapots, cups,dolls...great gifts!!
    Not always open on the schedule!!

    What to pay: here it depends of the gift..between 10 and 200 euros- it s your choice!

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