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Good buys are the vividly-coloured costumes, handmade carpets and locally-produced wines and brandies. The main open-air market (tolchok) is on Calea Mosilor, about 10 minutes’ drive away from central Chisinau. Although crowded, it sells everything and is a good place for bargains. There are several craft centres where trades include woodcarving, enamel painting, embroidery, weaving and the making of musical instruments.

Moldova is considered ‘inexpensive’ for a European country. According to the UN data for 2008, Chisinau was the least expensive city in Europe and therefore, very attractive for tourists and shopping fans. Chisinau is not exactly a paradise for shopping addicts, however you can still enjoy yourselves very much, spending your shopping budget in the local shopping malls, buying souvenirs and leaving Moldova with a couple of new acquisitions.

Shopping hours for larger shops are generally Monday to Friday, 8 am-8 pm; other shops 9 am-5 pm. Grocery stores are generally open seven days a week.


Chisinau is very compact-sized but your walk through its central part will be longer and more fun due to multiple shops located in its streets. Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare and Strada Mihai Eminescu are abundant in shops offering diverse clothing brands – Benetton, Mango, Hugo Boss, Eugen Klein, Mexx, NafNaf, Celio, Motivi, Zara, Sinequanone and other popular brands.

Moldova’s first large-scale shopping mall and entertainment centre, Shopping MallDova, opened in 2008 on the viaduct bridge connecting Botanica and the central part of the city. Shopping MallDova ranks among Moldova’s most beautiful buildings owing to the unusual layout of its interior and modern-looking glass front. Shopping MallDova is a one-stop place to shop for many popular brands, including a number of brands offered in Chisinau for the first time such as Debenhams, Rock&Roll Bowling, Diverta, Forever 18, Kotton, Lacoste, Pennyblack, Irina Schrotter, Fox, Samsonite, Mothercare, Olsen, Sacoor Brothers, Polo Garage, House of Art, Kenvelo, Otter, Bigotti, Swarovski, BSB, Nara Camicie, Calvin Klein, Pepe Jeans, Little Big, Swatch etc.

Chisinau has a number of other smaller-sized shopping malls, such as Sun City in Strada Pushkin and Jumbo on Strada Decebal. New shopping malls and shops appear throughout the city every year so you will find an opportunity to buy something new no matter where you go. Shopping malls are continuously improving and expanding their infrastructure, thus making any shopping spree a true pleasure and a very enjoyable pastime. Convenient parking lots, children’s playgrounds, beauty parlours, fitness centres, dress-making shops contribute to the enjoyment of shopping.

Our Arts Square (the Chisinau open-air arts market) on Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare is full of small souvenir counters and stalls with lots of curios. A somewhat larger souvenir shop Fantezia located nearby is also extremely popular among tourists. It is the best place to shop for souvenirs.




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