It’s nearly Christmas and Bucharest is already panic shopping. But don’t worry, BR is on hand to help you navigate the festive retail maze. Over the following pages, you will find our selection of the best places to do your Christmas shopping, from local designer fashion boutiques, through to traditional Christmas fairs, upmarket delicatessens and multi-language bookshops.
Bucharest Christmas Market
The fair is open until December 27, so visitors will have the chance to find various gifts for their loved ones. The goodies from this winter fair include decorations and ornaments, painted pottery, masks and traditional wooden toys, musical instruments, jewellery, traditional food, jams, honey, sweets. Besides shopping, you can also donate books and toys for children. There will also be a stage where concerts will be performed by well-known artists or carol singers.
ALT.CRACIUN! Christmas fair
Arcub Gabroveni hosts the ALT.CRACIUN! Christmas fair between December 7 and 23. The event aims to celebrate the festive period together with Romanian contemporary artists who express themselves best through clothes, jewellery, design or music. ALT.CHOCOLATE Factory offers visitors mulled wine, hot chocolate and other goodies, while ALT.DESIGN Shop and ALT.GIFT Shop powered by Dizainăr will host unique gifts like clothes, jewellery and interior design objects created by Romanian designers. Every evening, from 7pm, the most popular alternative music bands, brass ensembles and choirs will take the stage on the passage of Gabroveni Inn and will offer visitors some unique musical surprises.
55 Gabroveni Street
Bounty Fair – the Christmas edition
Casa Universitarilor in Bucharest hosts Bounty Fair on December 18 and December 19 and will have for sale jewellery, designer objects, beauty products and art pieces. The entry will cost RON 5, but those aged under 14 can enter for free.
Between December 1 – 31, at Carturesti Verona, there is a fair offering books, games, jams, sweets and home decorations, everything wrapped up in the Christmas spirit. The fair has the same program as the bookstore, from 10am to 10pm.
13 Arthur Verona Street, www.carturesti.ro
Most of the shopping centers organize indoor or outdoor fairs with traditional products and special Christmas products, while the program exceeds the normal hours. Sun Plaza, Mega Mall, Promenada, Baneasa Shopping City, Bucuresti Mall, Plaza Mall, and Unirea Shopping Center have already announced their Christmas fairs.