Since food represents one of the major expenses each month – and an important expense if you just travel for a short time to a new country, I have decided to share with you today the food prices in Romania, as well as the price of beer in Romania.
Each year, I update the article regarding the cost of living in the Romania – so make sure to check that out as well.
But today, we have a more in-depth look at food prices here, as well as the price of beer (and wine, why not?)
Romania is still a cheap country when it comes to all food items, with many of them – usually the locally produced ones – being much cheaper than those in Western countries.
However, I did find out that in some cases, food items can be just as expensive as they are in Spain, or even Germany and the likes.
But despite the fact that some are equally priced or more expensive, overall, the total cost of your shopping basket is still very low.
Recently, as it happened all over the world, due to increasing gas and electricity prices, all the other prices went up – including those for food. It’s not uncommon to see products selling for 50% more or even higher nowadays compared to a couple of years ago.
You still have cheap options available, but usually this means that you have to go do for a lesser known brand name (or a supermarket’s brand) or simply buy less if your budget is the same.
I also have to say that, ever since I have created this article, I have updated it on a yearly basis. But this is the first time ever that I am force to update it twice in the same year because of the scary price hikes that we’ve seen, due to inflation.
And most likely, they’re not going to stop too soon…
Food prices throughout Romania
I am writing this article because many people are curious exactly how much does a type of food cost and the bigger picture makes it a lot easier to estimate your budget for groceries and everything food-related.
And, of course, I am sharing the price of beer in Bucharest and everywhere else since many people consider beer food, ha!
Please have in mind that the prices that I am listing below can be considered on the lower to average end: you might find products that are a bit cheaper, but you can also easily find higher priced ones too.
The estimates I am using below are based on my own experience shopping at Carrefour, which is one of the largest hypermarket brands in Romania.
It’s not the cheapest (like Lidl or Kaufland), but not the most expensive, like Mega Image shops and other smaller ones.
The numbers below should be enough to give you at least a general idea regarding the food prices in Romania and Bucharest, as well as living proof that good beer is really cheap here.
Please Note: Prices in Romania are in Lei (the national currency) but I have exchanged that in Euros (at the rate of 5.00 Lei for 1 Euro) to keep things easier to follow.
Now let’s put the long intro aside and let’s check out the prices in Romania.
Basic grocery prices in Romania
Chicken thighs – 1 Kilo – 2.70 Euros
Chicken breast, skinless – 1 kilo – 6.00 Euros
Whole Chicken – 1 kg – 2.5 Euros
Pork leg, boneless – 1kg – 4.2 Euros
Pork meat (minced) – 1 kg – 3.8 Eur
Beef Sirloin – 1kg – 7.50 Euros
Salami, 1 bar (300 grams) – 5.00 Euros
Turkey Ham (sliced, 150 grams) – 1.80 Eur
Bacon (sliced, 150 grams) – 2.00 Eur
Sausages, 1kg – 4.40 Euros
Mackerel (600g, frozen) – 4.20 Eur
Salmon (150g, smoked) – 4.00 Eur
Tuna (canned) – 2.00 Eur
Carp (fresh) – 3.7 Eur
Milk, low fat, 1 liter – 1 Euro
Cottage cheese, 1 can (180 grams) – 0.95 Euros
Butter, 1 bar (200 grams) – 1.90 Euros
White Cheese, 1 kilo – 5.5 Euros
Cheese 1 kilo – 6.90 Euros
Eggs, 10-pack – 1.90 Euros
Sunflower oil (1 liter): 1.80 Eur
Olive oil (1 liter): 9.5 Eur (Extravirgin)
White Vinegar (1 liter): 0.7 Euros
Bread, 1 loaf – 0.95 Euros
Bread, sliced, 500 grams – 1.3 Euros
Corn Flakes, Plain, 500 grams bag – 1.20 Euros
Nestle Chocolate Cornflakes (425g bag): 1.90 Eur
Muesli & Chocolate, 500 grams box – 4.50 Euros
Coffee, 1 bag of 500 grams (decent coffee) – 4.10 Euros
Sugar, 1 kilo – 0.90 Euros
Brown sugar, 500 grams – 1.40 Euros
Spaghetti, 500 grams, Romanian brand – 0.70 Euros
White rice, 1 kilo – 1.10 Euros
White beans (dried), 1kg – 1.90 Eur
Can of beans – 0.9 Eur
Can of sweet corn – 0.9 Eur
White flour (1kg bag) – 0.80 Eur
Tomatoes, 1 kilo – 1.45 Eur
Potatoes, 1 kilo – 0.70 Euros
Mushrooms, 1 kilo – 2.50 Euros
Onions, 1 kilo – 1.00 Euros
Apples, 1 kilo – 1.00 Euros
Oranges, 1 kilo – 1.00 Euros
Bananas, 1 kilo – 1.4 Euro
Avocado (1 piece) – 1.00 Euros
NOTE: The prices for vegetables and fruits are usually higher during the off-season and lower otherwise and you can sometimes find cheaper options in local farmer markets (although that’s not always the case!)
Some products (like bananas) which are not locally grown have a similar price year-long, but you can always expect some impressive discounts or higher prices, depending on the time of shopping.
Price of Beer in Romania (and more)
Have in mind that the prices below are for purchases from a supermarket, not bar or restaurant prices! (We’ll talk about those as well – read on to find them).
Beer, 1 bottle, 2 liter – 1.85 Euros
Local beer (500ml can) – 0.75 Euros
Heineken beer, six-pack – 4.70 Euros
Craft beer (330ml bottle) – 1.5 and above
Cheap Romanian Wine, 750ml bottle – 3.50 Euros
Better Romanian Wine, 750ml bottle – 5.00 Euros
1 bottle of Coca Cola, 2.5 liter – 1.30 Euros
1 jug of water, 5 liter – 1.5 Euro
Now let’s check out some fast food prices and bakery food costs
Hamburger – 2.50 Euros
Shaorma (this beast here) – 4.00 Euros
Big Mac – 2.10 Euros
Happy Meal – 2.25 Euros
One Pizza (Quatro Formaggi) – 5.00 Eur
Pretzel – 0.30 Eur
Merdenea (cheese pastry) – 0.60
Apple Strudel – 0.60
Restaurant food & drinks costs in Romania
Prices in restaurants vary a lot and sky’s the limit. However, here are some of the average prices you can expect if you don’t visit the fanciest places around, but not the cheapest, self-service type of restaurants either.
We’re talking about places where you would feel good, eat good and not overpay. Have in mind that these costs have risen A LOT during 2022.
Breakfast (scrambled eggs and coffee) – 4.00 Euros
Daily menu (Soup, Main course and dessert, sometimes drink included) – 6 Euros
Full Lunch, lower priced restaurant (soup, main course, dessert and one beer) – 12.50 Euros
Full Lunch, more expensive restaurant – 25.00 Euros
Dinner – similar to the lunch costs
Bottle of beer (500ml) – Starting at 1.80 Euros
Soda – 1.80 Eur
Bottle of wine – Starting at 15 Euros
Glass of wine – Starting at 4 Euros
Coffee / Cappuccino – 2.20 Euros
Many people who work prefer, for example, to grab a pretzel as their breakfast and that’s as low as 0.30 Euros, so there are definitely a lot of options for you out there when it comes to eating.
The Romanian culture is generally aimed at optimizing costs, so if you choose to live like a Romanian, you can do so on the cheap.
Usually, bread, pastries, vegetables and local fruits are way cheaper than in most parts in Europe based on my research.
Cold cuts, all sorts of meats, including fish and seafood are similarly priced and sometimes more expensive than other parts of Europe. And, of course, beer is always cheap and tasty!
Food prices in restaurants and fast food joints are also lower compared to most of Europe as you can see above, but it’s not a rule that you will pay less.
I mean, for 10 Euros you can have a daily menu in many European countries… but in Romania, you can have it for half the price in some cases.
And the more time you spend here, the better you will get at keeping the costs low. After all, Romania is a country where you can still live a decent life on 1,000 Euros per month!
Check out my video!
If you prefer watching Youtube videos, we did a quick shopping haul video to show you what you can buy for 50 Euros in Romania. (Please have in mind that the video was shot in 2020 and most things are more expensive now)
We didn’t go to the best shop possible and didn’t really need a lot then, so it doesn’t paint the best picture, but it’s still a useful video:
The prices for food in Romania have been creeping up over the past years. Some of them have even doubled, pushed up by the inflation, but also the increase of salaries in the country and other factors.
Still, despite the higher costs for food and alcohol, Romanian remains a really cheap country overall and you will end spending on the same food a lot less than you would in the more expensive countries – US, UK, Canada, Australia, but also Germany, France and so on.
Even more, as you learn about your shop and the discounts they offer (usually through their dedicated mobile apps), you can plan ahead a little bit and save more money when grocery shopping here.
In stores like Lidl or Kaufland, for example, you will find some of the cheapest products in Romania but without losing much (if anything) in terms of quality.
Now, if you’re planning to travel for a short time here, make sure to also check out my previous guide on how much to budget for a trip to Romania. It will sure help you, especially if the money is tight.
Are there any other specific foods that you’d like to know the prices for? Let me know by sharing your comments bellow and feel free to share all your thoughts with me.