Food Prices in Bucharest & Romania

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Every year, I write about the cost of living in Romania and these articles end up as some of the most popular on this blog. This year, however, I have decided to take a slightly different approach and go more in depth with the food prices in Bucharest & Romania (there is very little in terms of price variations throughout Romania) because many people are curious exactly how much does a type of food cost and, also, because the overall cost of living hasn’t changed much compared to last year. So if you are interested solely in the cost of living in Romania, check out this article and you’re all set.

If not, I have some data below with different types of foods and their prices throughout Romania. The prices that I am listing below can be considered low to average prices: you might find products that are a bit lower, but you can also easily find higher priced ones too. However, the numbers below should be enough to give you a general idea of the food prices in Romania & Bucharest (prices are in Lei here, but you have the exact value in USD or EUR).

PLEASE Note: At the moment of writing this, the Romanian LEU is doing horrible against the US Dollar (1 USD is sold for 4 Lei), while the Euro is in its normal range (1 Eur is 4.47 Lei). Usually, though, you would get 3.3 for one US Dollar – but things might just stay as they are now.

We’ll start with groceries:

Chicken legs (lower part & thighs) – 1 Kilo – $2.40 or 2.20 Euros
Chicken breast, skinless – 1 kilo – $5.55 or 4.90 Euros
Whole Chicken – 1 kg – $2.65 or 2.35 Euros
Pork chops, boneless – 1kg – $5.50 or 4.95 Euros
Regular pork meat – 1 kg – $5 or 4.45 Euros
Beef Sirloin – 1kg – $8 or 7.15 Euros
Salami, 1 bar (300 grams) – $5.05 or 4.50 Euros
Sausages, 1kg – $4.50 or 4 Euros

Milk, low fat, 1 liter – $1.10 or 1 Euro
Cottage cheese, 1 can (180 grams) – $1 or 0.90 Euros
Butter, 1 bar (200 grams) – $1.20 or 1.10 Euros
Cheese, 1 kilo – $4.50 or 4 Euros
Cheese (maturated, like Cheddar), 1 kilo – $7.50 or 6.70 Euros
Eggs, 10-pack – $2 or 1.80 Euros

Bread, 1 loaf – $0.45 or 0.40 Euros
Bread, sliced, 500 grams – $0.75 or 0.65 Euros
Nestle Corn Flakes, Plain, 500 grams box – $2.40 or 2.10 Euros
Nestle Muesli & Chocolate, 300 grams box – $1.90 or 1.70 Euros
Coffee, 1 bag of 500 grams – $5 or 4.45 Euros
Sugar, 1 kilo – $0.75 or 0.65 Euros
Brown sugar, 500 grams – $1.45 or 1.30 Euros
Spaghetti, 500 grams, Romanian – $0.75 or 0.65 Euros
White rice, 1 kilo – $1.60 or 1.45 Euros

Tomatoes, 1 kilo – $1.30 or 1.10 Eur (a bit lower during the summer, a bit higher during the winter)
Potatoes, 1 kilo – $0.50 or 0.45 Euros
Mushrooms, 1 kilo – $2.50 or 2.20 Euros
Onions, 1 kilo – $0.50 or 0.45 Euros
Apples, 1 kilo – $0.60 or 0.55 Euros
Oranges, 1 kilo – $0.75 or 0.65 Euros
Bananas, 1 kilo – $1.10 or 1 Euro

1 bottle of Coca Cola, 2.5 liter – $1.45 or 1.30 Euros
1 jug of water, 5 liter – $1 or 0.90 Euros
Beer, 1 bottle, 2 liter – $1.50 or 1.35 Euros
Heineken beer, six-pack – $4.55 or 4 Euros
Cheap Wine, 750ml bottle – $2.55 or 2.25 Euros
More expensive wine, 750ml bottle – $6.30 or 5.60 Euros

Now let’s check out some fast food prices:

Hamburger – $1.25 or 1.10 Euros
Shaorma (this beast here) – $3.55 or 3.10 Euros
Big Mac – $2.30 or 2 Euros
Happy Meal – $2.80 or 2.45 Euros

Prices in restaurants vary a lot and sky’s the limit. However, here are some of the average prices you can get if you don’t visit the fanciest places around:

Breakfast (scrambled eggs and coffee) – $3 or 2.70 Euros
Daily menu (Soup, Main course and dessert, sometimes drink included) – $4.05 or 3.60 Euros
Lunch, low priced restaurant (soup, main course, dessert and one beer) – $10.40 or 9.20 Euros
Lunch, more expensive restaurant – $18.20 or 16.10 Euros
Dinner – similar to the lunch costs

Many people who work prefer, for example, to grab a pretzel as their breakfast and that’s as low as $0.30 or 0.27 Euros, so there are definitely a lot of options for you out there. Usually, bread, pastries, vegetables and local fruits are way cheaper than in most parts in Europe based on my research. Food prices in restaurants and fast food joints are also lower compared to most of Europe – together with alcohol prices. Products that you get in supermarkets or grocery stores have a similar price to those in Europe, sometimes higher, but overall Romania is really a cheap country and once you get used with the prices and you know where and how to take advantage of discounts and special offers, the cost of foods can go really low for you.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Calin: You are quite the “foodie”! Time for stump the foodie: What are the chances for finding other types of food such as Kosher, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, etc.? I think in a perfect world, there’d be only one currency–Euro or Dollar. It would make life so much easier, eh? I hope you are staying warm and cozy. How are Mrs. and Little Romanian doing? Thanks for the latest information. ~Teil (USA)

    • Hello Teil,

      You had me do a google search on Kosher – I had no idea what that means and I doubt there’s any Kosher food in Romania. Organic food is relatively difficult to find in supermarkets in smaller cities, but large ones and Bucharest offer a huge variety and many products can be ordered online – they are really expensive though. We have an ever-growing community of vegan or vegetarian people and they should have no problem here.

      As for us, we’re waiting for the winter to pass 🙂 We had a really good winter so far with just a few days of really bad weather and we hope Spring will come soon with even better weather.

  2. Oooohh.. he beat me this time.. 🙂 . A lot of these off the top of my head are cheaper here in Malaga. The milk is 0.83 cents, Spaghetti is €1.50 for 2 kilos (isn’t that amazing?). The coffee is less than €2 etc..etc.. The Andalusia region is also a big organic farming area. This year, we intend to explore more areas of Spain. I am curious to see if this is everywhere, or if Malaga is just alone in this. I will assume prices in Madrid and Barcelona are more expensive judging from restaurant prices when we visited. We did not go to the grocery stores however, so l can’t say how that compares. I will let you know.. 🙂

    • I did the comparison a while ago and Malaga is indeed cheaper than most of the products here in Romania. Still, I believe that when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits, it’s still a lot cheaper here – but I really hope that I will soon be able to compare both countries on my own and share the results 🙂

  3. Hi! I have been searching for a web portal or any source that would list the prices of Agriculture products in Romania on a daily basis. It’s almost a week into my search and I am yet to find an authentic source. I am specifically looking for government sources. Would you be able to help me on this?

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