Tag: Romania Shopping Guide
Traditional handicrafts and locally made merchandise are what you must buy while shopping in Transylvania. Craft shops are found near popular tourist sites in most large cities. Travellers can also purchase handicrafts made by local artisans at gift shops outside most museums. Most large cities in Romania also have shopping malls.
If what you’re looking for is a glimpse of local traditions, don’t miss out on târg, bâlci or obor – the traditional weekly country fair, usually held on Sunday. Originally, these fairs were primarily for livestock trading among farmers. Today, the variety of goods has expanded to include fresh produce, clothes and even second-hand automobiles and tractors.
Food and transport in Romania are relatively cheap and shopping in traditional markets is even less expensive. Buying things outside Bucharest, the capital, is also more economical. As in many other capital cities, prices in Bucharest are slightly higher, particularly in the city centre. You can buy some pretty lace, thread work like macramé tablecloths and doilies, point lace and embroidered tablecloths.
Romania’s regional crafts include ceramics and pottery, wooden carvings and glass paintings.
If you’re looking to pick up specialised craftwork, the choice is wide – porcelain, ceramics, silverware, crystal, glassware, woodcarvings, metal craft and leather goods. Traditional rugs, woollens and silk garments are also worth picking up. The Artizanat showrooms are a good place to pick up quaint, charming mementoes and gifts like exquisite handmade lacework, embroidery and painted eggs.