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This busy central market is where locals shop for all manner of produce sourced from around the country, with some cheap knick knack imports thrown into the mix. If you're lucky, you might come across a few vendors peddling original Soviet memorabilia. In the souvenir department, hand-made socks, scarves and other accessories are good purchases.
Shopping is an enjoyable affair in Chisinau, with plenty of local products on offer to suit any budget. Apart from a couple of bottles of wine that every visitor simply must make room in their suitcase for (if in doubt, go for Cricova, Mileştii Mici or Purcari), there are Moldovan art and traditional crafts, which span knit accessories and embroidery, wood and stone carvings, pottery, woven rugs and intricately painted souvenir eggs.