For our readers who find Christmas shopping stressful, but still want to surprise and impress their loved ones with a thoughtful gift, BR is on hand to help you navigate the festive retail maze. Here is a selection where you will find our selection of the best places to do your Christmas shopping from local souvenir shops.
Peasant Museum Souvenir Shop
Quality traditional peasant clothes, icons and naïve art, as well as artistically unique tapestries, wooden and glass icons, handmade metallic objects, tiles, vegetable thread knitwear, folklore dolls and souvenirs are all on sale, albeit at relatively high prices.
3 Sos. Kiseleff, near Victoriei Square
The gallery shop sells authentic folk art objects that showcase the values and traditional folklore of the old Romanian regions. Shoppers can admire and buy folk costumes, embroidered blouses (the English for the Romanian “ie”), raw silk headdresses, ceramics, wooden objects, woolen folk weaves, as well as useful handmade objects and interior design pieces, such as embroideries, knitwear, crocheted table cloths, lacy patterned fabrics, crocheted hangings and curtains.
16-20 Calea Victoriei. www.romartizana.com.ro
Located in the Old Town area, this outlet has both Romania and Bucharest branded gifts, from postcards to T-shirts with funny messages, such as “Send more tourists, last ones tasted great” – signed by Dracula. The shop is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00.
13 Smardan Street. www.souvenir-shop.com.ro
In this highly atypical souvenir shop visitors will find everything from furniture and paintings to clocks and decorations, all in a place where you can drink a coffee or a beer from an old chair or sofa.
19 Covaci Street. www.thomas-antiques.ro
Universitate Passage Souvenir Shop
This small souvenir shop is tucked in Universitate Passage, near the TouristInformationCenter. Postcards, mugs, traditional items of clothing and small statuettes are on sale.
In between Nicolae Balcescu Blvd. and Regina Elisabeta Blvd.