Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Money & Shopping in North Macedonia

EuropeNorth MacedoniaMoney & Shopping in North Macedonia

Macedonia has a plethora of marketplaces and bazaars that are well worth a visit. The biggest bazaars are in Skopje, Tetovo, Ohrid, and Bitola, and they offer everything from dried peppers to imitation designer eyeglasses. While most of the goods may not be worth purchasing, there is usually a decent variety of high-quality shoes, fruit, and vegetables, depending on the season. Merchants are usually kind and cordial, particularly to westerners, who are still uncommon outside of Skopje and Ohrid.

Ohrid is renowned for its pearls, and there are hundreds of jewellers in the old town that will sell you high-quality items at reasonable rates. Old Ohrid’s Macedonian Orthodox paintings are well worth seeing.

Tipping is not required, but it is usually appreciated.

Currency

The denar (abbreviated дeн den in the country; international code: MKD) is Macedonia’s official currency, although many Macedonians list prices in euro (€). Most cities offer ATMs with low commission rates where you may withdraw money, but there are also lots of banks and exchange booths where you can quickly convert money. While banks often provide somewhat higher rates, you must register with your passport, which may take up to ten minutes. Changing money at exchange offices, on the other hand, is simple, painless, and fast. Never exchange money on the street. Although shops may take euro, it is legally illegal for them to do so.