Eminescu Square is one of the spots on the main boulevard of Chisinau that you certainly can’t miss. It is situated between National Theatre Mihai Eminescu and Organ Hall. Both buildings are quite big and are often indicated on tourist maps.
In that square, it is located perhaps the biggest and the most famous souvenir market of Chisinau. “So what is so unusual about this place?” – you might ask.
As a tour guide, I often see how tourists are buying souvenirs in a rush and leaving the square without even walking around. First, this is one of the oldest squares in Chisinau, it is very green and full of interesting things. Second, the souvenir market hides a lot of beautiful pieces. If you put away the Russian ”matryoshkas” and manufactured magnets from China, you can find very colorful Moldovan carpets, caps, and wooden dolls. There’s a big assortment and it’s all handmade, even if prices there are higher than average.
Third, the square itself. It has a lot of benches, so you can enjoy the shade sitting there and look at hundreds of pictures & portraits hanging under the trees. It will be a nice spot to enjoy the silence for a bit. Right in the center of the square, there is a beautiful sculpture of the most famous Romanian writer, Mihai Eminescu. Worth seeing, my friend!
If even hundreds of tourists are crossing by every day – don’t hesitate to stop for a couple of minutes & enjoy the square!