The Bucuresti Mall provides four levels of shopping that you can find in many modern city malls. A center atrium with a glass ceiling and escalators provide the main starting point to begin your shopping travels. The upper floor provides a food court area where they serve some great Italian ice cream!
What to buy: There are numerous clothing and retail stores of many merchandise available.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable and vary throughout the mall. I bought several modern music (from Romania) CDs, the club music type, for about US$5 each. A Romanian movie DVD I bought was about US$26.
Bucharest Mall is a modern shopping mall that opened in 1999. The building in which it is located has a bit of history. It is part of a series built all around the city at Ceausescu order. They were intended to be used as produce markets but I believe only one or two opened before December 1989 which was the end of Ceausescu's era. The rest have been left incomplete and abandoned for a long time. Their official name was "Complex agro-alimentar" but they were known to everyone as "hunger circuses" (the reason being that their dome-shaped design looked a lot like Bucharest's circus building; and hunger because people didn't really expect to find any food there despite the official word). Anyway, the past is in the past :-) the building got a good facial and today it looks a lot like a US mall. It has over 70 (expensive) stores spread over 4 levels, a large supermarket, a food court with over 20 restaurants, a multiplex cinema, a video games arcade and ... I can't think of something else to enumerate but it has almost everything one needs. It even has a big parking lot, a true rarity in Bucharest.
If you want to buy handicrafts made in Romania look for the "Artizanat" stores which can be found throughout the city. There are quite a few of them in downtown Bucharest. These stores sell local artifacts like embroidered clothing and decorations, hand painted Easter eggs, pottery, carpets, carvings, dolls, masks, and other items. Other popular places to buy Romanian goods are the shops located in the Peasant Museum and the Village Museum. Many of the artifacts are top quality and inexpensive.
It was the first modern shopping centrer in Bucharest, opened in 1999.
The Mall is used not only for shopping but also to have fun (10 screen cinema, bowling, amusement center), and for going out with friends to some cafes or restaurant.
What to buy: The Mall has a wide rage of stores:
Fashion - Mango, benetton, Marks&Spencer ...
Sports - Nike, Adidas, Lotto...
Electronics - Domo, Altex
Cosmetics - Beauty shop, The body shop...
There are also stores for children, music, shoes, home decoration, a big supermarket and more.
What to pay: Higher then the avarage because after all its a new complex with a lot of reputation but much less in other big cities around Europe.
The mall has a lot of chill stores, such as Mango, Morgan de Toi, Christian Dior Cosmetics, and a few department store. Also, there's a supermarket that is relatively cheap and which carries all kinds of local wines and has a delicious pastry and cake shop. Also, on the top level, there's a cheaply priced food court where you can find American food as well as local favorites.
What to buy: There are a couple of shoe stores (that I don't remember tyhe name of) where I bought some stillettos which were comfortable(!!!) and really high quality for about $30.
What to pay: Expect to spend about 30-50 for shoes. 10-100 for tops, pants and dresses. Cosmetics are REALLY cheap, for example I bought a Christian Dior 5eyeshadow pan for 25 bucks, in the US they're 50.
They got it all in Bucharest.
What to buy: No need to pack food or bottled water - you can buy it in several modern shopping markets "Bella" - plenty of well stocked small markets.
There are several small "American style malls" and even some large "warehouse style stores" (Carefour).
Nice Romanian Wines make a nice gift to bring home ($4-5/bottle)
What to pay: Romanian souveniers were more expensive in the City, then out at the touriest sites.
Food is very-very reasonably priced.
Clothing is more expensive in Romania - then in the US.
Inaugurated on the 27th of June in 2001, the first Carrefour hypermarket opened in Romania, on a 50 percent partnership with Hyparlo Group, the franchisor of Carrefour Group. It put the basis of a long train of success on the Romanian market, where the financial results are superior to the foresighted.
Carrefour is the first European distribution group and the second on the international market, having over 9,483 locations in 30 countries, out of which 700 are hypermarkets. Hyparlo is a familial distribution group, a franchise of Carrefour group. It is also both a regional and an international group, with 12 hypermarkets in France and one in Romania, all under the brand of Carrefour.
What to buy: It is a Latin country, the consumers enjoy eating, like any Mediterranean, loving the concept of the hypermarket: very good prices, many products (it has here about 50,000 products).
What to pay: Very good prices.
All tourists like shopping and you will find department stores around Piata Unirii and on the main boulevards. Alternatively you can take a walk in a bazaar district of small traders on the narrow streets around Strada Lipscani, close to Curtea Veche. Specialities to look for include local pottery, glassware, linen and woodcarvings. As an alternative, you may go to the thronging Talcioc Sunday morning flea market along the Dambovita river for a memorable experience.
Piata Europa is a very large market on the outskirts of the city. Prices here are much lower than in any department store or other market nearer the centre. To get there take the no. 21 tram from Bulevard I.C. Bratiancu (on the right some 150m up from piata unirii) right to the end of the line (approx 40 mins). Piata Europa is about 200m up on the right.
What to buy: In piata Europa you can find all kinds of clothes and household goods at very low prices. The goods are generally of the same quality that you'll find in other markets and shops around Bucharest at the lower end of the price scale.
There are a lot of flower markets/stands in Bucharest. Stop by, admire the variety and buy a flower.