“What is all the commotion about Bucharest?” many travelers would ask before setting foot in Romania’s capital.
Grey, off the touristy tourist maps, all everyone knows about it is that not so long ago we were a poor communist country cut off from the world. But if you are expecting horse & buggies roaming the boulevards of our city, well then, I am not at all sorry that I would have to disappoint you.
Romania’s capital is a bustling European metropolis with a character of its own and a spirit that will stay with you long after you depart.
First of all, for a comprehensive look at the history of our city, start your trip with one of our Walkabout free tours: Story of Bucharest and Royal Century.
Regarding food and drinks, it is a well known fact that Eastern European countries are keen on that. We have our traditional eateries but fusion and vegan cuisine is up and coming as well. Here are our top recommendations:
- Start traditional: Go to the market to try some of the best vegetables you have had in your entire life grown with love, by traditional methods by our local peasants. The largest and oldest market in Bucharest is OBOR market – legend has it, you can find almost anything you might be looking for here. After basking in all the smells, colors, energy of this 400 year old fair, stop by Terasa obor to try the legendary mici – best in the country they say. Wash them down with an ice cold beer (regardless of the season)
Obor program & address:
Ziduri Moși Street, no. 4
Monday – Friday 07:00 – 20:00
Saturday 07:00 – 18:00
Sunday 07:00 – 16:00
- Move on to more contemporary cuisine in one of the many picturesque boutique restaurants … romanian food with a twist & local artisan beers – yes it is a thing. Our suggestions are: Simbio, Dianei 4, Zaganu craft beer bar, Cafe Verona & street art district combining local businesses with alternative art and amazing food wrapped up in the former glamorous coat of belle epoque architecture
Simbio: Negustori Street, no.2 / Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 24:00
Dianei 4: Dianei Street / Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 24:00
Romanian Craft Beer Bar: Calea Victoriei, no.91 / Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 24:00
Cafe Verona: Pictor Arthur Verona Street, no.13-15 / Monday Sunday 10:00 – 24:00
- Since we got around to talking about Romanian craft beers – yes I know you heard Bucharest is one of the cheapest and most fun cities to party and drink in Europe (our friends from Bucharest2night will make sure you feel the energy of nightlife in the old town) – try your hand at one of the 170 varieties of local Romanian microbrews in the Beer Institute ( Beer Institute: Calea Dorobanti / Monday – Friday 13:00 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday closed)
Looking forward to bumping into you on the streets of our city, whether you will come for the food, the culture or the parties!