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    AFI Palace Cotroceni in Bucharest: A great shopping entertainment centre in the city

    by hopang Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    AFI Palace Mega Mall is the largest and the most beautiful shopping mall in the city of Bucharest. Many visitors come here not only for shopping but also for entertainment and food outlets. There are a total of at least 300 stores, services and eateries with at least 2,500 parking spaces at the basement. The total area of this mega mall is approximately 76,000 square metres spread over two floors.

    We were looking for 6-D XD theatre that is still advertised on the following link: XD theatre but unfortunately could not find the theatre when we were at AFI Palace. We actually found out that many of the websites in Bucharest and Romania are not updated or deleted. They give you false information and certainly mislead you!

    Lots of shops are available in this mega mall. We especially interested in clothings and we were not disappointed. We bought quite a lot of clothings from H & M and C & A., our favourite stores in Europe.

    There is even a hypermarket in the mega mall, viz. Auchan, one of the largest hypermarkets in Romania. You can actually spend the whole day doing shopping, enjoying its various entertainment outlets and patronizing its eateries.

    What to buy: Clothings and textiles in particular.

    What to pay: The prices of clothings at the stores in Bucharest in particular and Romania in general are really reasonable. Its prices are among the cheapest you can ever find among large cities in Europe. We paid for clothings almost half the price here than back in Sweden.

    AFI Palace Cotroceni in Bucharest AFI Palace Cotroceni in Bucharest AFI Palace Cotroceni in Bucharest .....with a casino and IMAX cinema ....and a large ice skating ring
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    Fur: Fur

    by ATLC Written Oct 23, 2002

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    I know it's a tricky subject but I must say: the fur on sale as coats and hats is simply incredible. Of course you wouldn't buy and one would certainly not be able to import it to their own country but still...... it is very very impressive.

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    Sun Plaza in Bucharest: Only mega mall in the city linked to metro station

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    Sun Plaza is one of the most beautiful shopping malls in the city of Bucharest. It has more than 150 stores, services and eateries occupying a total floor area of approximately 80,000 square metres. It has 15 screen cineplex with more than 2,000 car parking spaces at the basement. This shopping mall as with many other mega malls in the city are quite new to the city of Bucharest. This one opened to the public in 2010 just several years ago. It was designed by architect Chapman Taylor, developed by Sparkassen Immobilien AG and managed by CBRE Romania. It has a hypermarket on the ground floor known as Cora as its anchor tenant.

    Sun Plaza is the only mega mall in the city with a direct link by a walkway to the metro station at Piata Sudului. Metro station Piata Sudului together with another metro station Politechnica (where AFI Palace is located) are quite unique with their red limestone marble fossil floors. Many locals are certainly not aware that these fossil floors are at least 65 millions years old dating back to the Gretaceous era. You may observe that the fossil floor resembles those of marine creatures living in the ocean millions of years ago such as seashells, algae and corals etc. These red limestones were actually extracted from Apuseni mountains in the western part of Romania when the area then was covered with sea water. Unfortunately we did not have any photographs of these fossil floors as photography and video recording are not permitted inside the metro stations in Bucharest.

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    Liberty Center in Bucharest: Yet another mega mall in the city

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    Liberty Center is the smallest of the four mega malls we have visited in the city of Bucharest but has quite impressive glass facade on its main entrance as depicted on our first two photographs above. It is located at the intersection of Calea Rahovei and Sos Progresului. We had actually planned to visit the fifth mega mall known as Bucharest Mall which is also the oldest in the city but did not make it due to lack of time. Liberty Center opened to the public in the year 2008, so it is one of the earliest new modern mega malls built in the city after the Communist era.

    It has approximately 100 stores, service and eateries arranged in three levels including a seven screen 3D cinema known as the Light Cinema (depicted on our last photograph). Its anchor tenant is a supermarket known as Bilia. The shopping mall has approximately 700 parking lots. It is said to have an indoor ice skating rink but we did not visit the ice skating rink when we were there. It was quite deserted when we were there probably because it was a Monday or may be due to too many larger mega malls being opened in the city. Opening hours to Liberty Center are between 10.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. daily.

    What to buy: Some of our favourite clothing outlets at Liberty Center were Marks & Spencer and Reserved. They have outlets in all the large mega malls in the city that we have visited.

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    Baneasa Shopping City in Bucharest: Shop till you drop!

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    Baneasa Shopping City located 8 kilometers north of the city of Bucharest is really a large mega mall. It has more than 250 stores and eateries including a large hypermarket known as Carrefour. This mega mall was our first shopping center that we visited in Bucharest. We spent six hours shopping for clothing and other items especially electrical and electronic products which are generally much cheaper compared to those in Sweden. Many of the stores deal in clothing, textiles, watches, shoes, cosmetics and even furniture. Branches of local banks have offices in the shopping mall as well.

    Baneasa Shopping City opened to the public in 2008. So it is quite a new mega mall. Total area of shopping and other outlets is approximately 55,000 square metres. Generally shops and stores open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Food outlets open until 11.00 p.m. and cineplex until 2.00 a.m. Swedish furniture giant Ikea has a mega store located just west of the shopping mall.

    Visitors can travel to Baneasa Shopping City by bus #131 from Piata Romana in the city of Bucharest. Bus fare costs just 1.30 lei per adult. You may e-mail to the following address for more information about this mega mall:- office@baneasashoppingcity.ro

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    open-air markets: Local craft

    by zaffaran Written Feb 23, 2006

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    As I usually stop by local crafts, I did so in Romania and I got enchanted with colours and patterns i saw- my favourite stuff are traditional colours and patterns of carpets.

    What to pay: As you are buying -don't forget to haggle-the beginning price of the carpet I wanted to buy was 3600000 leu (approx.100 euro then) and it ended at 1200000 which was also touristy I think.

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    Sighisoara Tourist Shops: Shopping, Vampire Style

    by Shockgirl Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    Yes it's a kitschy tourist trap, but you have to appreciate the variety of swords, wood-carved scary-masks and Dracula t-shirts the vendors at Bran Castle offer. Upstairs in the Dracula Club (I don't know if it's really called that) there's lots of weapon replicas, hand-painted stemware (which I don't think is local, but may be) and less traditional crafts, but these are higher priced.

    What to buy: This is a great place to buy keychains, t-shirts and small souvenirs to bring home for friends and family. You don't have to tell them your rich experience visiting a centuries-old fortress complete with an original village had nothing to do with Dracula.

    What to pay: The local crafts are inexpensive, but inside the bar the prices escalate considerably. But it's a different quality and type of souvenir.

    Souvenirs inside the Dracula Bar at Bran Castle
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    CARREFOUR: SHOPPPING CENTRES

    by balhannah Written Feb 28, 2014

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    I must admit I was quite surprised to see many large Carrefour shopping centres in Romania.

    Our reason for stopping at one, was to take a break from driving. We went inside and found a place that sold coffee and cake, so this is where we had our rest. Afterwards, we had a look around the centre and were quite impressed with the array of shops.
    I think you could come to one of these centres and find anything that you wanted.

    The website has a map of their locations.

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    The row of shops heading into town: Ceramics in Herzei

    by Shockgirl Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    Coming into Herzei, one of the towns known for its ceramics, you'll drive past a group of about six or seven little roadside shops selling ceramics. One actually makes the pieces on-site and are happy to share their craft with visitors.
    Each shop bears the work of an artist, each with their own designs and unique brand of art. Most have some version of a rooster painted on some dishes, which is considered this area's sign for the edge of town. (at least, that's what we were told. We were also told the polizia directing traffic was Prince Charles :)

    What to buy: In this area, ceramic items range from dishes and bowls to decorative items suitable for hanging or dressing a table. Hand-painted vases and planters sold there will be hard to ship home, but there's a FedEx at the Otopeni Airport. Get a receipt if you want insurance when shipping.

    What to pay: You'll find the exact same ceramics in Bucharest at five times the price you pay in the regions where the products are made. In Herzei, I loaded up two big boxes stuffed full of souvenirs, plates, tiny cups, whistling birds and vases and spent about $60 usd. We also got a great deal on an antique clock in the shop where you can watch the ceramics being made.

    Ceramics made in Herzei
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    SHOPS & MARKET STALLS: RUGS

    by balhannah Written Feb 22, 2014

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    I guess extra money is brought into the house by the women making rugs and then displaying them on their fences, hoping somebody will stop to buy one.
    Most are hand woven in a mix of traditional vegetable-dyed yarns combined with commercial dyed yarns to make traditional patterns and colors. Rugs from Oltenia reflect nature, with flowers, trees and birds. Those of Moldavia have patterns of little branches repeated in rows to create a tree of life. Rugs from Maramures are mainly geometric shapes, resembling those from Turkey and the Caucasian mountains.

    Local Markets and tourist attractions are where else you will find these rugs for sale.

    Romanian rugs
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  • Bucovina Monasteries or Peasant Museum, Bucharest: Handcrafted Easter Eggs -- and more

    by PaulinSF Updated Oct 9, 2006

    The Gift Shop at the Peasant Museum in Bucharest has a lot of great things to bring back home: check out the handpainted folk tiles, and the genuine high quality (secondhand donated, I assume) folk costume articles.

    Near the cash register is a big basket of intricately hand decorated Easter eggs in great designs (a bit more $ than at the painted monasteries - see below)

    What to buy: You can buy packages of a dozen intricately decorated Easter eggs (Ukranian-style) very reasonably at the gift shops at the painted monasteries in Bucovina. I think I paid 20 RON for a dozen, and considering the careful craftwork involved, these are little gems.

    Pack them carefully, & you'll get them back home unbroken -- I brought back 18 of them without too much worry.

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    Street stalls: Romanian souvenirs

    by hydronetta Written Jun 26, 2007

    I can't say I was thrilled with the variety and quality of souvenirs in Romania. This was a bit surprising for a country with such rich folklore. Wooden crafts (but unfortunately not in the artistic perfection found in Maramures), painted icons (if you like naive iconography this can be great), carpets, tableclothes etc. I wouldn't like to mention the Drakula parafrenalia which were all very kitsch!
    The only exclusion was a young artist I found in Sighisoara whose woodcarving work was perfect but alas a bit expensive

    wanna buy?!?!?!

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    Prices

    by dracul_wamphyri Written Nov 15, 2005

    What to buy: Prices are quite cheap in Romania, it's about £1 for 20 cigarettes, less than £2 for a bottle of wine and, the food is also excellent value. Imported goods, on the other hand, are not so cheap, expect to pay western prices for these. It also pays to haggle if you're buying from the markets.

    Romanian wine is excellent, you must buy some!

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    unusual souvenirs

    by Tom1971 Written Mar 25, 2005

    What to buy: look around in rural areas for carved wooden objects and pottery, also wild boar skins make an unusual souvenir that can legally be taken out of the country.

    What to pay: A wild boar skin shouldn't be much more than €40 - 60

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    Been there, bought the tee-shirt

    by CliffClaven Updated Aug 11, 2003

    Don't laugh - there used to be a Dracula listed in the New York telephone book. He probably moved there because he wouldn't look out of place in a crowd of New Yorkers. Nowadays, Dracula tours are big business in Romania. They take you around the spooky Transylvanian countryside and show you castles supposedly associated with Vlad the Impaler, whose reputation makes poor Dracula quite angelic by comparison. If you are stuck for souvenirs to take home, they sell Dracula tee-shirts at Bucharest Airport.
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