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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.
Ten minutes away from the city centre, you will find Calea Mosilor, or Tolcioc as it is usually called by Moldovans. Fresh products, homemade wines and brandies, handicrafts, and delicious sweets are just some of the things you can find there. Do not go if you don’t like noisy places; people can get too excited when bargaining.
Opening hours: 7am-5pm
Address: Strada Calea Moşilor, Chișinău
Located on the Stefan cel Mare Boulevard, between National Drama Theatre Mihai Eminescu and Organ Hall, the Arts Square is an open-air market selling souvenirs for visitors. If you want to take home a part of Moldovan culture, there you will find the best authentic local crafts. Although it may seem small at first sight, it is filled with stands selling homemade goods ranging from clothes, pottery, jewelry, antiques, carpets, handicrafts, and paintings to traditional musical instruments and relics from the Soviet days. Although most sellers do not speak English, they are always willing to help and even negotiate with you. If you appreciate art, you should definitely pay a visit to Chișinău’s main artisan market.
By Maria Menegaki