Shopping malls are no recent news for Bucharest. We had the first shopping mall in 1928 and this was called „Galleries Lafayette”, after the French model (nowadays is Magazinul Victoria). In the communist time is was the only shopping mall around and today it is still a shopping mall, but a bit old fashioned one.
But don’t worry! After ’89, the shopping malls started to pop-up everywhere in the city. We have shopping malls in each neighborhood now and really big ones. Besides the actual shops, in most of them, you will find cinemas, restaurants, cafes, indoor playgrounds, hairdresser, banks and even supermarkets.
The shopping malls are opened every day, except public holidays, usually from 8.00 to 23.00.
The best time for shopping is, of course, in the sales period. In Bucharest there are two important ones: from mid-January to mid-April and from 1st of august to mid-October.
You can find the closest shopping mall below and information on how to get there.
AFI Palace Cotroceni
Indoor ice-skating rink, IMAX cinema, karting lane, climbing wall, a small lake with electrical boats, two casinos, laser tag arena.
Address: Vasile Milea Boulevard no 4
Access: metro to Politehnica station, buses 137, 93 and 71
Baneasa Shopping City
It is called the fashion mall, all big brands have a shop here.
Address: Soseaua Bucuresti-Ploiesti 42D
Access: Buses 335 and 131. You can get them from Piata Romana
Unirea Shopping Center
Initially the community shop during communism, has recently been reshaped to fit modern day needs. You can also find souvenir shops at the ground floor
Address: Piata Unirii no 1
Access: Metro to Piata Unirii
The first ‘real’ mall of Bucharest post ’89
Address: Calea Vitan no 55-59
Access: Buses 123 and 124 from Piata Unirii
Address: Pierre de Coubertin no 3
Access: Metro to Piata Muncii or Piata Iancului and then buses 101, 102, 104, 143, 311, 335.
Address: Calea Floreasca no 246B
Access: Metro to Aurel Vlaicu station
Militari Shopping Center
Address: Iuliu Maniu Boulevard no 303
Access: Buses 62, 137, 138, 236
Address: Calea Vacaresti no 391
Access: Metro to Piata Sudului
Address: Timisoara Boulevard 26Z
Access: Metro to Lujerului Station
Marionaud Mario Plaza
Address: Calea Dorobantilor 172
Access: Buses 131, 301, 330, 331, 335 to Pia?a Dorobantilor