Upon your arrival in Bucharest, you may be hoping to take advantage of this European city and the offers brings. And, indeed, you can! But it’s not that simple. Finding something that fits can be a challenge, even to the bravest shopper. So here’s a quick guide to size conversions and a few suggestions for good shopping locations to get you started!
Clothing and Shoe Sizes
Although clothing sizes vary from shop-to-shop, most stores either stick to the standard system of S,M,L.XL but you can also find 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and so on. Since sizes are not standardized here, there is no set conversion chart. You’re just going to have to try things on and see what happens.
Shoe sizes conversion. Follow this chart:
As is the case with clothing, however, you may have to try on a couple different pairs before finding the right fit.
Where to go?
If you fancy yourself a fashionista, go to Calea Victoriei or Calea Dorobanti. There, you’ll find boutique shops with well constructed, more distinctive items. Prices will be higher on these two boulevards, but what you will find there will be better crafted and better looking.
If bargains are what you desire, go to Dragonul Rosu in Colentina neighborhood. This is the Chinese center, so many replica’s of famous brands can be found here. Be there in the morning, they close at 2 PM. Not the best or safest place in town
Also, you may want to try wandering around Magheru, Balcescu. (start at the intersection of Magheru and Ana Ipatescu and walk for several blocks in Universitate direction). You will find more chain stores there, but can still find some really nice things.
Also, Centrul Vechi ( the Old Town) has several boutique shops to consider for all types of budget. Here you can also find some souvenir shops.
For shopping malls, go here: Bucharest Shopping Malls.