From flea markets to fairs and vegetable markets, Bucharest has it all. Here is our list of the biggest and best markets of Bucharest.
Obor Market is the city’s oldest and biggest market. It received its name in the 19th century but has been a market long before that. Known as Piata Targului de afara, it was the place where traders from outside of the city met to do deals. A less known fact about Obor is that the market was also the place where executions took place, until 1823.
The main building of the market, Halele Obor, was built in the 1940s and designed by architects Haralamb Georgescu and Horia Creanga, who also designed the capital’s Patria Cinema. The new building, which looks like a mall, was opened in 2010. Here you can find good quality seasonal produce from all over the country at good prices, so a trip down to Obor Market is always worth the effort.
Rahova Flower Market
Located opposite The Ark, on Uranus street corner with Calea Rahovei, The Rahova Flower Market is a picturesque spot. Here flower shop owners come to pick their merchandise. But a deal or two can always be made for those prepared to negotiate.
Matache Market is a great all-round market. Here you can find fresh produce at great prices, most often from producers from neighbouring counties. Occasionally, you will also find flowers. Make sure not to miss the dairy section, located to the right of the main entrance.
One of the most beautiful buildings in the Romanian capital, this former Bucharest market hosts today a supermarket. The bustling market was replaced by carefully designed isles and shiny shelves. However, the beauty of the building, erected in 1901 and designed by an Italian architect is still intact.
This is a peasant market where you can find plenty of great food cooked on the spot, such as fish soup cooked in a kettle over open fire, sarmale, polenta and more. Usually artisanal beer is also on good supply. This market is open on week-ends until 5 pm.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant Fair
This fair is the place to shop for traditional souvenirs as well as pots, decorative objects, clothes and rugs. Folk artisans from all over Romania come here every week-end to sell their products. Food is also sold here, and you will find plenty of cakes and sweets.
Valea Cascadelor is the largest flea market in Bucharest. Here you will find anything from used books to records and old photographs, alongside antiques, lined on plenty of market stalls.
The key here is to bargain and you never know what treasures you may find!