Markets in Romania supply the country’s kitchens with seasonal fruit and veg on the short food supply chain, often at better prices than supermarkets do. In Bucharest, Piaţa Obor, the country’s largest, is the best equipped to do just that. Also one of the oldest Romanian markets, it dates back long enough for market goers to have witnessed executions, as it shared the same location with the city’s gallows.
Here you can find anything from wild berries and mushrooms from Romania’s mountains, pine shoots for teas and syrups, handcrafted wooden bowls and wicker baskets to sauerkraut, spices, to countless types of honey, cheese and meat products sold at market stalls and small shops spread over some 26,000 square metres. The terraces selling mititei and cheap beer are a great spot for a quick pit stop as well as for mingling with the locals and asking for tips. If visiting in autumn, you’ll be among the lucky ones to sample fresh must, the sweetest grape juice at a dedicated fair, while in winter you may stumble upon the pickles fair.