With this new travelling destination on the map, I started getting questions on where to go, what to visit and especially how many days should I stay in Bucharest?
It is always hard to pick some places when the country has so many beautiful places to see, so I was always answering "if you don't have the time just spend the night in Bucharest to enjoy the nightlife and then head on towards..."
In a strange way although we are talking here about my hometown, and the place I lived for 22 years I never considered Bucharest as a beautiful city.
But now after hearing the enthusiasm from most of the people that have been visiting the city I actually realize that Bucharest can have some awesomely cool place to see, do and experience, some of which I have listed below
Address: Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucuresti
Ceausescu was the leader of Romania during communistic times, his influence is still strongly felt today in the architecture of the city (and the culture).
One of his dreams was to build a massive Building of the Parliament (Casa Poporului) which is still the 2nd biggest buidling in the world after the Pentagon in the US. What you see in the picture is nothing compared with what is underground. Top Gear made an episode (Romanian Road Trip) driving in the tunnels under the building. You can find the video on YouTube.
Address: Strada Lipscani 55, Bucuresti.
In the Old Center of the city a new "magical" place has recently opened, this is the Carturesti Carusel Bookstore also known as the "Carusel of Lights".
This is not just a library, but also a place for socializing or for just having a cup of coffee.
Bucharest was known in 1930's as the "Little Paris" due to its artistic life, broad boulevards and "fin de siecle" architecture. (Source)
Address: Piata Arcul de Triumf, Bucuresti
Initially built of wood in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I, Bucharest's very own Arc de Triumph was finished in Deva granite in 1936. Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arc stands 85 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. (Source)
The Peasant Museum (Museul Taranului).
Address: Soseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 3, Bucuresti 011341, Romania
The museum is very nicely organized and maintained and as its name says is providing a deeper understanding about the Romanian Peasant. Different national customs or traditions from the several regions of the country are presented.
Address: Soseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 28-30, Bucuresti 011347, Romania
offers a trip in the past of the houses that could be found (and some places still found) around the country and much more. Especially in spring and early autumn the view is spectacular.
The Romanian Atheneaum
Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, Bucuresti
Address: Strada Stavropoleos, Bucuresti
Stylistically, Stavropoleos ensemble belongs to Brancovan epoch. Its stone decoration, furniture, interior and exterior murals make it the epitome of that period in the history of Romanian art. Although small in size, the church has monumental appearance, as an architectural space specific to Byzantine tradition. By its sculpted decorative and ornamental motifs, the church expresses both a baroque sensibility and an oriental taste.
Address: Strada Stirbei VodÄ
Repaired in 1862 and fully finished in 1902, the Kretzulescu Palace is another fine example of eclectic architecture, heavily inspired by French architectural ideas at the end of the 20th century. (Source)
Address: Strada Blanari, Bucuresti, Romania
This beautiful Russian church- now called Saint Nicholas church was built at the wish of Russian ambassador to Romanian Kingdom Ghiers, with the goal to become the official chapel of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest. It was also a symbol of prestige of the Russian imperialism. (Source)
You can find a perfect place for you as well. It does not matter if you like old music or house music, if you love to go out in sneakers and dance on tables or wear incredible high heels/elegant shoes with elegant cloths or if you just want to spend the time in a bar, Bucharest has all of that and it is cheap and lasts till the morning hours.
Bamboo - Posh Style
Address: Strada Tuzla 50, Bucuresti
Address: Strada Lipscani 43, Bucuresti
10. Loads of Cafe's, Tea Places, Restaurants or Bars for a lovely time at any time of the day.
We enjoy spending time with friends, going out, hanging out, basically being always out...and on top of this we are creative, very creative. You can find some names with pictures and address information Here & Here
Address: Strada George Enescu 25, Bucuresti, Romania
Address: Strada Ion Campineanu, Bucuresti, Romania
Address: 030081, Strada Stavropoleos 5, Bucuresti, Romania
Built in 1879, with the current establishment finished in 1899, the Caru' cu Bere (literally Beer Wagon) is one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest. The building is a combination of styles and ever since it opened its doors, the flow of guests has been uninterrupted. (Source)
Address: Strada Franceza 62-64, Bucuresti 030106, Romania
Across the street from Curtea Veche Church there is Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn, at the end of Franceza Street), the only typical Turkish caravanserai which has survived in Bucharest with its original purpose. Manuc Bei, an important merchant of the time, raised, in the first decade of the 19th century, this famous inn on an area that had used to belong to the Princely Court. The building has one floor and a column way on the inside. In 1812 the peace agreement between Russia and Turkey was signed here. Nowadays the inn still serves for its original purpose, hosting a small hotel, a restaurant, a wine cellar and several bars along the first floor column way. The restaurants (a Romanian and a Lebanese one), respectively the cafeterias (one of which has a beautiful terrace overlooking the patio) have been reopened and are a pleasant place to drop by in the evening for the atmosphere, while the hotel is still under restoration. (Source)
Address: several streets: Doamnei, Franceza sau Selari
The old city center is the perfect place for a drink, being it morning, midday or evening you will always find a nice place to spend a couple of hours over a coffee, juice or beer.
You can find them at every single corner. They are called Patiserie (pastry shops) and Covrigarie (brezel shop). In the picture you can see
Merdenele: pastry with white salty cheese
Covrigi: brezels you can find them mainly with sesame & poppy seeds
Strudel cu mere: apple strudel
Covrigi Polonezi: hard to explain .. you need to try them