The Best Markets in Chișinău

Maria Menegaki

Do you want to feel the special atmosphere of the city? Then there’s one thing you should definitely do: visit one of its open-air markets. Not only will you find a large range of items to buy, but also you‘ll have a lot of fun just walking around and mixing with the locals. Before going, remember to exchange your money into Moldovan leus.

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1. Central Market

Market, European

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As the name implies, Piata Centrala is located in the center of the city. Since it is a huge open-air market that occupies several blocks, there is no way that you won’t notice it while you’re walking through the city. From fresh fruit and vegetables, dried nuts, raw honey, fish, meat, bread, wine, and brandy to clothing and household items, you can find almost anything you need. Most products are local and the prices are negotiable, so don’t forget to bargain. If you like cheese, stop by the cheese hall and enjoy some of the various types that vendors offer; they always let you taste something prior to your purchase. Always crowded and noisy, Central Market is the perfect place to feel like a local. Opening hours: 7am-5pm Address: Strada Ismail, Chișinău

2. Agricultural Wholesale Market

Market, European

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Vegetabes, fruits, greens, oils, flour, and grains are the reasons people visit this market. Agricultural Wholesale was an idea of supply and demand coming to life in 2006. Whether you want to sell or buy an agricultural product at a reasonable price and outstanding quality, this is the place to go. Opening hours: 7am-5pm Address: Calea Basarabiei 8, Chișinău

3. Flower Market

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One of the most delightful open-air flower markets in Europe runs along the northwestern edge of Parcul Catedralei. The numerous vendors with their rich selection of flowers from all over the world will surely awaken your romantic self. Before leaving the city, do visit Piata de Flori, travel to the past, smell the change of seasons, and experience nature’s most harmonious symphonies. Opening hours: 10am-10pm Address: Str Mitropolitul Gavriil Bănulescu-Bodoni, Chișinău

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