One of the most often asked questions by our travelers is : “where can I find a local market?” While there are many small shops and grocery stores, I do agree nothing gives the pulse of a city like the local market.
Luckily Bucharest is like 6 cities all merged into one and of course, this comes with a wide variety of markets. below a picture to show you the approximate location of these markets.
the busiest and also oldest markets in Bucharest would be OBOR (descriere cum se ajunge); Matache, Rahova, 1 Mai, Norilor, Moghioros . here you will find the tastiest vegetables dairy and local breads.
Welcome, welcome to OBOR. It’s recommended as the best market in Bucharest. Why? Well simply because of the low prices and good quality fruits & vegetables that are brought everyday by local producers. And because we are talking about food, this is the place were the best “mici” in town are served. They are grilled meat made from different types of meat served on a bit of card with fries and bread. That’s the street romanian way to eat them :). You’re already drulling on the thought of it right? Well go and try it then.
where: Ziduri Mosi Street, no. 4, (OBOR Metro station)
when: M – F 07:00-19:00 / Saturday – 07:00-18:00 / Sunday – 07:00-16:00
If you are into flea markets and yard sales we also have good news for you:
Yard Sale is an initiative aiming to promote the prolongation of the life cycle of clothes, shoes, household items. they encourage swapping not only buying items thus encouraging a more ecologically friendly approach to consumerism.
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The Antiquities Collectors Market
Right in the center of Bucharest, at University Square, you can visit The Antiquities Collectors Market (Târgul Colecționarilor de Antichități). This flea market takes place every second and fourth weekend of the month, in the front yard of the neogothic Suțu Palace, which hosts the Museum of Bucharest. Both the antiquities market and the Museum are a must see in the Romanian capital, so make sure you attend this flea market from the early morning.
It is a rather small flea market with approximately 25 to 30 exhibitors, but you may take quite a while to explore all the little treasures. At the The Antiquities Collectors Market, visitors can find old coins and banknotes, vintage postcards and photographs, books, badges, analogue cameras, antique silver jewellery, vinyls, ceramics and occasionally painted furniture pieces.
Where: Bulevardul Ion C. Brătianu, București, Romania
When: Every second and fourth weekend of the month
Website of the Suțu Palace is: http://www.muzeulbucurestiului.ro/
The Memories Bazaar (Bazarul cu Amintiri) is a flea market which takes place three times a week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 am till 1 pm (just perfect for early birds). The Memories Bazaar has an entry fee of 0.50 cents for visitors and 0.75 cents for sellers. This flea market hosts over 500 sellers over a surface of 5,000 square meters, so make sure you bring comfortable shoes. Unlike the Antiquities Collectors Market, The Memories Bazaar features a mix of new and old products, vintage objects as it is in fact more common with flea markets in Bucharest.
Visitors can therefore come across a bric-a-brac of old furniture, ceramics, jewellery, paintings, old coins and clothes sitting next to scooters, new sport shoes, mobile phones and a variety of home appliances. The trick to make the most of a trip to the Memories Bazaar, is to look around carefully as there are plenty of interesting objects to dig out.
Where: Bd. Timișoara 101/Valea Cascadelor, sector 6, București, Romania
When: Three times a week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 am till 1 pm
The Bazaar in the Stock Market Palace
In the old town, right across from the national bank of Romania in the building of one of the most imposing turn of the century buildings in Bucharest, former stock market Romanian designers, painters, and antique market.
Here you will find anything from china puppets, old cameras, old currency, paintings, vintage jewelry, silverware and so much more. For a good bargain negotiating is a must 😉
Where: Doamnei street intersection with Smardan street
When: every day 12.00-22.00
The Vitan Flea Market
The Vitan Market (Târgul Vitan) is one of the largest markets in Bucharest and it takes place every Sunday from 7 am till 2:30 pm, so make sure you go there early enough to avoid the lunchtime busyness. It is a fairly large market, with over 5,000 sellers and 30,000 visitors each Sunday. The Vitan Market features a mix of vintage objects and antiquities and new products. Therefore it is advised to take a good look around; it may first seem like a regular market, as there is no specific division between the new and the vintage objects exhibitors.
But the Vitan Market provides an interesting selection of musical instruments, old jewellery, postcards and videotapes, home décor objects, silver cutlery, second hand photo and video cameras and many other things. One last piece of advice before hitting the road: bring good shoes and be ready to bargain!
Where: Splaiul Unirii 450, București
When: Every Sunday from 7 am till 2:30 pm