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June - July 2013

The Great Outdoors
Bucharest is a far greener city than most people realise

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The finest exhibition Bucharest has seen in years

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The Great Outdoors
Green and pleasant Bucharest

Everything you need including foreign embassies, pharmacies and dentists.


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Bucharest’s finest exhibition for many a year

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From palaces of gold to bargain sleeps

One of the impressive greenhouses at Bucharest’s Botanical Garden. We have a full guide to Bucharest’s green and outdoor attractions starting on page 22.

June - July 2013

except brief extracts for the purpose of its review. In Your Pocket comes to the city’s rescue. which . We even tell you where to rent a bike so you can explore the city on two wheels. all that’s green and good in this fine town. well-written and downright indispensable In Your Pocket guides published each year is approaching five million. 21E.000 copies produced each issue. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. Search for ‘IYP Guides’ by name.4 Foreword Bucharest. Copyright notice Text. we list it all. (+4) 021 321 44 18 Bucharest In Your Pocket is a member of the Romanian Audit Bureau of Circulation (BRAT). Vilnius. It would be an understatement to say that the city has a bit of a reputation as being something of a concrete wasteland. (+4) 021 461 08 08/09). To keep up to date with all that’s new at In Your Pocket. Well. up to 20. which can be downloaded for free from the AppStore. or call our office and ask for the sales department. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors. Ap. Printed at MEGAPress SA. or maybe you think we have left out a venue or attraction that really should be included. The trademark In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Bernadinu g. without written permission from the copyright owner. (+370-5) 212 29 76). in Georgia. like us on Facebook ( faceb ook. Cover photo © Craig Turp Metro map by Maximilian Turp-Balazs Sales To contact our sales team send an email to bucharest@inyourpocket.during the long hot summer especially .to Vilnius in Lithuania . Bucharest In Your Pocket Str. the latest city to be pocketed ) and the number of concise. including more than 40 guides. We love to hear from our readers: maybe you disagree with us. photos and maps copyright IYP Romania Srl 19992013 unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved. We now cover more than 75 cities across the continent (with Tbilisi. We also publish an iPhone app.inyourpocket. 1. drop us a line at: E S S E N T I A L C I TY G U I D E S ISSN 1454-5276 © IYP Romania Srl. Cover story A central part of our Bucharest’s Great Outdoors feature. Europe In Your Pocket Northern Ireland Ireland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Belarus Netherlands Poland Germany Belgium Czech Republic Ukraine Russia Austria Switzerland Slovenia Romania Croatia Italy Bosnia Serbia Bulgaria Montenegro Kosovo Albania Greece Georgia FYR Macedonia It’s now 21 years since we published the first In Your Pocket guide . This issue we feature. Stefan Burileanu 1-3 inyourpocket) or follow us on Twitter ( which time we have grown to become the largest publisher of locally produced city guides in . what we’ve called Bucharest’s Great Outdoors. witty. See page 23. Lithuania tel. 8 014191 Bucuresti. Romania Tel. so from parks and botanical gardens to historical cemeteries and water parks. Bucharest is a much greener city than it gets credit for. the incomparable Village Museum takes the front cover honours. Whatever you think. Photo by Craig Turp Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for Sc. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form. Bucharest (tel. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. in keeping with our long-standing commitment to bust as many myths about Bucharest as possible. Published six times per year. Editorial Editor Craig Turp Photography © IYP Romania Srl unless otherwise stated.becomes an awful place good for nothing except escaping from. over six pages.


unfettered movement of goods between member . when it became the preferred site of the Wallachian court. You do not need to use the city code. the Turks instead appointed a long line of Greek administrators to rule the principality. as one of the residences of Vlad III (the Impaler). More details in the Health box on page 8. Bucharest was all but destroyed in heavy fighting. Lascar Cartagiu 22. No longer trusting local Wallachian princes to serve their interests. built schools and hospitals and centralised the city’s chaotic fire-fighting service. many problems. Brancoveanu negotiated alliances with the Hapsburgs and Russians . and the princely court rebuilt. paved many roads. but a more likely candidate is Radu Voda (also known as Radu Negru). A brief history of Bucharest (1) While there are traces of settlements around Bucharest dating back to the Paleolithic period. Alcohol is likewise unrestricted. There is a list on page 90. around the Curtea Veche. although any reputable antiques store or dealer will be able to take care of this for you. despite regular disasters: both natural and man-made. petty thieves are by and large a cowardly lot in Romania and will run a mile at the first sign of any resistance.keeping the Turks at bay while overseeing a cultural renaissance at home. there are no limits on the amount of cigarettes you can bring home from Romania. (C-3) Calea Floreasca 8. and always watch your bag in busy pubs and clubs). Sos. did the city’s first proper census. demand to call your embassy. the Peace of Adrianople which ended the Russo-Turkish war of 1828-9 left Wallachia (and Bucharest with it) under Russian occupation.. however. Sacked again in 1655 (by the Transylvanians) Bucharest suffered plague and famine for much of the rest of the 1600s. you should check the import limits on fags and booze with your destination country before travelling.6 Bucharest Basics Crime & Safety We do not exaggerate when we say that Bucharest is one of the safest capital cities in Europe. Folklore has it that a shepherd. by the Moldavian ruler Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare). For those of you travelling outside of the EU when leaving Romania. The Turks finally got the better of Brancoveanu in 1714: ordered to Constantinople to account for himself he was beheaded by Sultan Ahmed III. the general the Russians appointed to govern Bucharest. Bucur.000 people died in Wallachia during the plague. which should facilitate the complete. Ask when buying if you are not sure. There is a list of Pharmacies on page 93. there were major earthquakes in 1802. Emergency call centre operators should speak English or French but in our experience they do not always do so. Fortunately. was an enlightened man and a moderniser who during his 14 years in charge of the city (1829-1843) oversaw sweeping changes. whether calling from a landline or a mobile. Violent crime is rare and almost always carried out exclusively between rival gangs fighting for the control of territory in the city’s less-salubrious areas. today carries his name). while plague returned in 1813-14. While pickpockets are everywhere (you should be particularly careful on crowded buses. apply common sense and all will be well. Known as the Phanariots (they came from the Greek district of Constantinople. The exact origins of the city are therefore unknown. Customs Regulations While Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007. The city was sacked for the first time in 1476. Kiseleff. The Romanian police force is also far better and less corrupt than it used to be and keeps a visual presence on the city’s streets. The Austrian army occupied the city from 1789-91. next to Dinamo Stadium. Knife-crime is unheard of. United Kingdom customs officers appear not to have noticed. founded the city. The best Casualty Unit (Emergency Room) in the city is at Spitalul de Urgente. 1290-1300. halfway between Piata Romana and Piata Victoriei. The export of some antiques purchased in Romania (especially old religious icons) is subject to the completion of tedious paperwork. and again by the Turks in 1554. If you are travelling elsewhere in the EU. Of all Bucharest’s many. It was during his reign that the Brancovenesc-style (a mix of the Renaissance and the Byzantine) so popular with the city’s architects for centuries after first appeared. You wll be asked which service you require (Politia/Police. (+4) 021 212 56 84. Pavel Kiseleff. It was under Vlad the Impaler that the city grew to any real size.. and an English speaking Dentist on page 90. It was not until the reign of Wallachian prince Matei Basarab in the 1640s that the city fully recovered. that you will be passing through the blue channel on arrival in the UK and the chances of being stopped are almost zero. Ambulanta/Ambulance or Pompierii/Firemen). crime really is one of the least of them. especially in busy areas such as Old Town at night. At least make sure you know the name of the street you are calling from. and even women can walk the city’s streets alone at night in relative safety. tel. The main police station in Bucharest is on B-dul Lascar Cartagiu (B-4). do not worry. This was based in what is today known as the Old Town. In a nutshell though.inyourpocket. If you do not go looking for trouble. the city itself is in fact relatively new: mention of it is not made until 1459. When Things Go Wrong In an emergency call 112. While still nominally a Turkish province. During Mihai Bravu’s uprising against the Turks in 1594. As many as 40. ruler of Wallachia. Just keep your wits about you. The city‘s main police station is the new building at (B-4) Str. Phanar) they would rule over Bucharest until 1821. If you get into trouble with the Police. During this time the city grew in size and importance. As such you are only permitted to take 200 cheap cigarettes purchased in Romania to the UK with you (we feel obliged to point out. ruler of Wallachia from c. 1804 and 1812. He carved out new boulevards (one of which. introduced running water and a sewerage system. It was the accession to the Wallachian throne of Constantin Brancoveanu in 1688 which changed Bucharest’s fortunes.). the chances of you getting into any are tiny. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.

In an emergency you should call tel. 10:00 in London and 05:00 in New York. Given that the Moldovian parliament had elected the same man to be their leader a few days before. there appears to be little real urgency about any of the efforts being made to eradicate the problem. Note that the office keeps irregular hours (with staff taking breaks seemingly willy-nilly). and some parts remain incomplete today. in 1906. is as much the product of the communist period. the city was relatively unscathed.8 million by 1980. Electricity was introduced in 1882. Left Luggage Time & People Romania is in the Eastern European Time Zone: GMT + 2 hours. Romania in the World. at the Hotel Concordia on Strada Smardan. The country’s best-loved actor. In 1977 the biggest earthquake in the city’s history killed more than 1. you should take him or her to the excellent children’s emergency hospital. but no luggage lockers.704 to be precise). and the city hosted a grand exhibition. Despite this. Add in the fact that a large and vociferous minority of Bucharest’s citizens actually want the dogs to remain on the streets and it becomes clear that the problem will not be dealt with anytime soon. The Bucharest we know today. Hospitals do suffer from a lack of funds.9 million (2011 census). and architecturally one of its most avant-garde. at 2. tel. Gara de Nord offers left luggage facilities. Republica and IMGB. the TVR building and Otopeni Airport.during the reign of Carol I (1866-1914).3 million: it is officially now down to 1. When it is 12:00 in Bucharest it is 11:00 in Berlin. The population of the city proper in fact peaked in 2000. Calea Floreasca 8. 7 lei for a bigger bag. According to a census carried out by the city council last year there are still more than 64. Dr. in 1878. the number of people being bitten each year in the city is rising.bucharest Basics A brief history of Bucharest (2) In January 1859. (+4) 021 212 93 64/66. 112 or tel. Nevertheless. as anything. The wound will be cleaned up. The first major project was the district of Bucurestii Noi. was amongst those killed. some 14 years ago) and it remains true . (+4) 021 9731 for an ambulance.000 at the end of World War II to 1. The enormous Casa Radio (A-5) on Strada Stirbei Voda is one such building. designed to show how much progress the country was making. if not perfect.7 million according to figures from the 2011 census. to all intents and purposes the city council has washed its hands of the issue.inyourpocket. and Romania’s leader Nicolae Ceausescu took the opportunity to remodel the city in his own vision. however. it would be another 19 years (and require another Russo-Turkish War) before Romania was officially able to declare itself independent of Turkey. During the 1920s and 1930s Bucharest was one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. There are still some packs of dogs in the city centre (Old Town has its fair share of strays) but these tend to be less aggressive than those which live in the city’s suburbs. constructed at the beginning of the 1950s. 7 Dogs It was once written that you couldn’t swing a cat in Bucharest without hitting a dog (by us. (+4) 021 318 60 90.042.000 stray dogs on Bucharest’s streets (64. bucharest. Should the worst come to the worst and you are bitten during your time in Bucharest. Bucharest was the scene of the heaviest fighting during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Since the revolution Bucharest has continued to grow. The Carol Park in southern Bucharest was built to host the fair. However. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. was one victim of this bombing) but in comparison with much of Europe. The best state emergency hospital is Spitalul de Urgenta. The communist authorities therefore initially made their mark on the city not by changing it but by greatly extending it. Bucharest was heavily bombed during the latter part of World War II (the old national theatre. (+4) 021 599 23 00. If your child becomes ill. Indeed. (D-3) Str. a short walk from the platforms. The Lido and Ambassador hotels on Bulevardul Magheru.936. Romania’s first king. Calistrat Grozovici 1. Wallachia’s nascent parliament elected Alexandru Ioan Cuza as the principality’s new ruler. opposite the Wasteels office. huge dormitories for workers shipped in from the countryside to staff the newly created industrial platforms of Industriilor. which stood on Calea Victoriei. the vote at the Concordia in effect created the first state of Romania.000 people were bitten by Bucharest’s strays. C-3. You will find the left luggage counter next to the Relay press store. and you will be administered both an anti-tetanus and an anti-rabies vaccine (the anti-rabies injection is the first of a course three: the others must be done seven and then 21 days afterwards).July 2013 . Piata Universitatii. the local health service is more than adequate. present yourself at once to the casualty unit (Camera de Garda) at the Institutul Matei Bals. tel. in fact. from 1944 to 1989. although much of that growth has been outside the city limits. In 2012 more than 16. today known as Palatul Parlamentului. the centrepiece of which was Casa Poporului. Health Should you fall ill. There are also a number of well-funded animal-rights NGOs which reject any proposal to rid the city of its dogs. tel. The population of Romania is 19. It was followed by the vast housing estates of Militari and Titan. B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara 30-32. You will also get a prescription for a course of antibiotics. The city’s population doubled from 900. Large numbers of art deco buildings were constructed around the city. Construction on the Centru Civic began in 1984. lost in limbo.up to a point. A list of 24 hour pharmacies can be found on page 93. and the frequent handing over of 10 lei notes to everyone from the receptionist to the cleaner is recommended. and of Bucharest 1.500 people. most of which centred on Piata Revolutiei. Bucharest grew .com June . as well as the Telephone Palace on Calea Victoriei are just three examples of this new wave. although the vast majority are found outside of the city centre. By 1989 almost a third of Bucharest had been destroyed to make way for the new Centru Civic. found at (B-4). The charge is cursory: 4 lei per small bag per 24 hours. in our first issue. an increase of more than 30 per cent on 2011.and flourished . Toma Caragiu.

Romanian women in general drive far better.20 lei (€0.94 lei (€1. 5 and 1. American Express and Diners Club cards are less widely accepted. and experienced romance while wandering in Herastrau Park or admiring the city by night. wait until you see them park: anywhere and everywhere is a parking space in Bucharest. For what they are worth. even if the priority is theirs.95 lei for a litre of diesel. as the Mayor of Bucharest. so always make sure there will be someone on hand to give you back your bag when you want to pick it up. Mayor of Bucharest Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Credit and debit cards (MasterCard and Visa at least) are accepted almost everywhere. The legal driving age is 18 (16 for mopeds).29). If you really do have to change for a rogues’ gallery of idiots who have left their cars in often bizarre places. it is a good idea to carry at least a photocopy of your passport and driving license.30 lei (€0. are purely for decoration. 5. then please ensure that you do it inside a bank.28). It generates more than 20 per cent of the country’s GDP and is inhabited by more than 10 per cent of the Romanian population. Bucharest is eager to share its cultural heritage with the community and the whole world. less aggresively and more carefully. while a loaf of plain bread in a local store is 1. A onetrip ticket for public transport ticket costs 1. In Romania. divided into 100 bani. for example. 100. A packet of 20 international brand cigarettes costs 14. Romania’s currency is the leu (plural lei). Drinking in public (except in designated areas) leaves you open to a fine. 50.34). 10 and 5 bani coins. I know both the bright and dark sides of every nook and cranny. Bucharest is Romania’s most important cultural. Our editor even has a website devoted to such things: visit bucharestlife.Pedestrians are not taken into consideration when they are crossing the road. including not wearing a seatbelt (obligatory for all passengers). People in Bucharest ignore them if they are inconvenient. All major financial and political institutions are based here. Notes come in denominations of 500. she can expect to be aggressively hounded. but I have always come back home with infinite joy in order to discover my Bucharest over and over again. If a frail old lady is crossing too slowly. If driving in Romania . not just a place to dwell in. and bags of patience. Though you can in theory have your car towed away for illegal parking. to discover its mystery and take its pulse: Bucharest is always ready to surprise and impress its guests with its eternal and motley poetry. economic. These are supplemented by 50. There are on-the-spot fines for a number of offences. 200. so don’t take any risks.inyourpocket.49). Money A Word From Bucharest’s Mayor I am one of the over two million inhabitants of Bucharest. I therefore invite you to explore this wonderful city. That is why now. Local laws & Police If you are driving.8 bucharest Basics Market Values One €1 is currently worth 4. Yet I understood that for everything you get in this life you have to give something back. The best place to get your hands on Romanian money is at an ATM. while on national roads outside of built-up areas the limit is 100kph. financial and political . the fewer rules of the road the driver has to obey. As one of 27 . though the fiţe crowd (blonde tarts in sunglasses who drive jeeps bought for them by their sponsors) are an exception.soon to be 28 . Quite what happens to the usually placid Romanian male when he gets behind the wheel is anyone’s business. Sorin Oprescu. And if you think the people of Bucharest drive will need to have nerves of steel. I have learned the history of each stone. with all the professional and academic opportunities that a capital city like Bucharest can offer. then you already know that you are not dealing with the most thoughtful and considerate drivers on the planet. I commit myself to giving the people of this city a place to live in. and 130kph on the country’s few motorways. so quite why they think that vast queues of traffic can magically disappear at the prolonged sound of their horn is a mystery. and where I grew up. One-way signs.27). I have traveled a lot. I am sure that there would have been no better place in Romania to build my medical career. There is a list on page 90. drivers will disregard anyone crossing the street. Driving in Bucharest Even if your experience of Romania’s roads has so far been limited to a taxi ride from the airport into town.80). Fuel is relatively expensive: around 6.41 lei. the rules of the road in Romania are as follow: in towns and cities the speed limit is 50kph. and one litre of standard unleaded petrol 5.20 lei for a litre of premium petrol. Drinking and driving is strictly against the law. This is where I was born. There are not currently any left luggage facilities at Otopeni airport. Romanians are by and large an intelligent bunch. a good rule of thumb is that the bigger and more expensive the car.especially in Bucharest . and the alcohol limit is little more than zero: one beer could easily put you over the limit. Even at pedestrian crossings. 10.50 lei (€3. A pint of local beer in a central Bucharest bar or pub will cost you around 8 lei (€1. prostitution is illegal. A McDonald’s Big Mac costs 11 lei (€2. If you are arrested ask to speak to your embassy. and despite appearances to the contrary.European capitals. or are out late at night. people rarely do. The rules of the road as you know them simply do not apply.


here is a rundown of the fastest and cheapest ways of getting from capital to capital. Secondly. There are two reasons for this. and he cannot run for a third. To avoid any problems. together called the Social Liberal Union. it was always likely to be so. 1 leu). There are three flights from Bucharest to Budapest each day. Unless the USL splits (not out of the question but unlikely) we expect the political scene to remain steady until campaigning begins for the presidential election (the first round of which is to be held next November). foreigners. The best way to avoid being ripped off however is to pay careful attention to the tariffs. female: anyone who steps in the wrong kind of taxi can expect to be well and truly buggered. they view anyone as fair . The important thing to remember when getting into a taxi in this city is that there are two kinds: those which are operated by a tried and trusted taxi company (usually good) and independents (usually bad). often via Amsterdam. alongside copy-cat logos that look cunningly like those of decent taxi companies. male.69 lei per kilometre should start alarm bells ringing. around €144 return. The train to Kyiv takes a whopping 27 hours. To Sofia. Cobalcescu 021 9451. Air Moldova also fly the same route. Tickets cost from around €63 (single). Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Mondial 021 9423.10 bucharest Basics Politics The Romanian political scene has been relatively sensible this year. all operated by T arom. or USL) and led by Victor Ponta. Anyway. Leone 021 9425. Belgrade and Kyiv there is currently no direct train service from Bucharest. you can now find return flights for around €220. Moldova and Bulgaria) is not as easy. and if bought far enough in advance return plane tickets with T arom can cost as little as around €122. however. Hungary. By and large. arriving in Kyiv at 09:18 the following morning. Given the lack of good road connections you would think that there might be high-speed train connections instead. Toilets Bucharest . If you are in a hotel or restaurant. T arom flies to Belgrade once a day. Firstly.Budapest Taxi Tactics Bucharest’s dodgy taxi drivers have a refreshingly liberal sense of equal opportunities: basically. there is currently no train service between Bucharest and Belgrade. There are in fact direct trains to just two of the five neighbouring capitals (Budapest and Chisinau) both services painfully slow. the president Traian Basescu. There are two or three flights per day depending on the day of the week.inyourpocket. at Gara de Nord. think again. Piata Unirii and in Old Town. young. The government. old. Piata Universitatii. but then given how last year saw local elections. however. Tickets cost from around €41 (single).Chisinau There are four flights a day between Bucharest and Chisinau. Cristaxi 021 9461. The overnight train to Chisinau departs Bucharest at 19:40. Bucharest .. and anything higher than 1. The price for a berth in a sleeping wagon is around €90 (one way). Speed Taxi 021 9477. quick or inexpensive as you would expect. Ukraine. when it comes to ripping people off.Kyiv Getting to Kyiv from Bucharest takes plenty of patience. tickets costing slightly more. Much cheaper is the daily coach linking Bucharest and Sofia. although you can often find cheaper tickets if you book far enough in advance. Note. To counter this. while a bed in a cuseta (sharing with up to five others) costs around €53. trustworthy taxis are easy to spot as they are emblazoned with the name and phone number of the company they are associated with. find the nearest McDonald’s and make use of their loos. There are also three direct trains connecting the two cities: the fastest daytime leaves at 05:45 (arriving in Budapest at 18:50) while the night train leaves at 17:40 and arrives at 08:50. The only decent public toilets in town are those at Gara de Nord (for which you have to pay. and arrives in the Moldovan capital at 08:52 the next morning. Moving On Getting from Bucharest to the capitals of neighbouring countries (Serbia. Bucharest .Belgrade Bucharest . There should just now be one single tarif You will find free portaloo’s around the city but these should be used only by the very desperate. however. with either T arom or Bulgaria Air. the independents have also started to plaster phone numbers over their cars. which you will get when you buy something. Otherwise. note down the driver’s number and call his company to report him. If you feel something is a bit suspect in any taxi. Taxi As 021 9435. Confort 021 9455. Again. Incredibly. Flying to Sofia from Bucharest costs around €180. has managed to so far peacefully coexist with its erstwhile foe. It leaves the Gara Filaret coach station next to Parcul Carol (B-7) each day at 16:00. Most of these companies have at least one operator who speaks English. Using a flight search-engine such as skyscanner. with prices from around €166 return. The problem is spotting the difference. the USL has more than 65 per cent of seats in parliament and can pretty much do what it wants. Standard return prices start at around €172. There are not currently any direct trains from Bucharest to Sofia. Well. Tickets cost €18 single (€35 return) and can be bought direct form the driver. Bucuresti Mall. the best place to buy international train tickets in Bucharest is Wasteels. arriving in Sofia just under seven hours later. Basescu’s second term ends next year. Bucharest . ask your concierge or waiter/waitress to call a taxi for you. Taxi Total 021 9424.Sofia Some trusted taxi companies: Autogeneral 021 9401. a presidential impeachment referendum and a general election. at the National Bank. unless you fancy a 40 hour trip via Budapest which includes no fewer than four changes. Mavi 021 9450 Meridian 021 9444. leaving Bucharest at 06:12.. Locals. call one of the taxi companies listed below. displayed on the driver and passenger door of all taxis. Be extra careful around Gara de Nord. made up of an alliance of the Social Democrats (PSD) and the Liberals (PNL. that entrance to some McDonald’s toilets in Bucharest is protected with a four-digit code.

Look out for the Bilete CFR sign.70 lei for the card itself. and to get to the airport’s station you need to take a June . After getting off the plane and easing your way through passport control. and then every 40 minutes throughout the night. you simply go outside to wait for your taxi. however.July 2013 . grab your luggage. Gara de Nord. where staff will help you find out where it might have gone). Once the taxi company of your choice has informed you (via the screen) how long the taxi will take to arrive. These cards cannot be bought on board. 11 bucharest. trams and the metro. The full timetable of the 783 bus is online at ratb. Instead.closed its doors to airlines in March 2012. in front of internal arrivals and leaves for the city centre (stopping at Piata Victoriei. which stops underneath the arrivals hall. You also need to pay 3. We do not recommend it. There is also a train which connects the airport to the main railway station. the 780. you’ll find yourself in the baggage reclaim area. including a chemist. Another bus. a press shop and a small cafe.inyourpocket.ARRIVAL & TRANSPORT Arrival 1: Otopeni Bucharest’s only commercial airport is now Otopeni (officially Henri Coanda). and what ID number the taxi has. it is a spacious. with as much credit as you wish. efficient airport. Just make sure you get into the correct taxi: check the company name and ID number.until recently the city’s low-cost hub .ro. there are still sometimes touts hassling visitors inside the arrivals hall: ignore them. They are fully automated and very easy to use (and offer multiple-language options). which usually arrives promptly (if it fails to arrive head for the small office on the right hand of side of the exit. and used on all Bucharest buses. but it can be recharged as often as you like at any ticket kiosk in Bucharest. To the right is a passage leading to the departures terminal: the passage is lined with car hire desks and a few shops. You should especially ignore the currency exchange desks: they do not offer decent rates. and then it’s off through customs to the arrivals area. To order a taxi. While most of the rip-off taxis of yore have now gone. runs from the airport to Gara de Nord from 05:15 to 23:00 roughly every 30 minutes. and you can choose a taxi from just about the full range of Bucharest taxi companies: all have their tariffs clearly displayed. Timetables and tickets are available from a counter in the Arrivals hall. You need to purchase an Activ Card before boarding (get it from the little booth which you’ll find on your right hand side as you exit). look for the touchscreens in the arrivals hall. 17km north of the city on the DN1. but there is no time limit on using the return). The train departs at irregular and infrequent intervals. Baneasa Airport . Here there are loads of ATMs. You can also get to town by taking bus 783. Ignore all of the services on offer here. A return journey into the city and back costs 7 lei (no singles are available. Piata Romana and Piata Universitatii) every 30 minutes during the day. Opened in 1970 and recently extended.


Public transport
Even the most remote corners of Bucharest are served by bus, trolleybus or tram, and most main roads in the city centre benefit from three or four different bus routes. Most buses are overcrowded, however, and travelling on them is a less than pleasant experience. Buses, trolleybuses and trams run from very early in the morning (around 04:30) to around 23:00 (earlier at weekends), after which the night buses take over. The night bus network is extensive, and operates an hourly service throughout the night. All night buses depart from Piata Unirii.

Arrival 2: Gara de Nord
If you arrive in Bucharest by train you will arrive at Gara de Nord. It is OK, but has the usual collection of rogues, tramps and thieves to contend with. There are ATMs, shops, kiosks and a McDonalds. To get to town take an honest taxi from outside (beware sharks) or take the metro: you are just one stop away from Piata Victoriei. To get to the airport from Gara de Nord, take bus 780. WARNING: None of Bucharest’s reputable hostels send people to Gara de Nord to speculatively meet trains. Anyone who approaches you (and if you have just got off the Budapest train and have a backpack, you will be approached) is trying to scam you: they will try and divert you from your intended destination (often by saying that the place you want to go to is closed) towards another hostel or hotel that they will recommend to you. Just ignore anything they say and wave them away. complete your journey without being fined. On all forms of public transport children under the age of seven travel free. After that age they need a full-price ticket. Bucharest’s metro was primarily built to ship workers from the vast housing estates of Titan, Berceni and Militari out to the huge industrial plants at Pipera, IMGB, Republica and Industriilor. That’s all very well if you are resident of Titan working at IMGB, but useless to almost everybody else. The city centre is poorly served by the metro and only the north-south M2 line, from Pipera to IMGB, which passes through Piatas Victoriei, Romana and Unirii, and the M1 branch to the Gara de

Public Transport Tickets

To use a bus, trolleybus or tram you will need to buy an Activ Card before climbing aboard. These cards cost 3.70 lei, are valid on all forms of public transport (including the metro) and can be bought from the little kiosks next to major stops. They need to be loaded with credit (minimum 5 lei, maximum 50 lei) and are reusable: you can reload them as many times as needs be. The card is then debited each time you validate it at one of the orange devices located on buses, trams and trolleybuses, or at the entrance to the metro. One trip by surface transport costs 1.30 lei, a metro trip costs 2.00 lei. You can now also buy joint bus and metro tickets, valid not just for one or two journeys but for an unlimited number of journeys over a designated period of time. A 60-minute RATB (bus, tram, trolleybus) and metro ticket costs 5 lei, while a 24-hour ticket (abonament de o zi ) costs 16 lei. Tickets are valid from the moment they are electronically franked on a bus or at a metro station, and must be franked at the start of each journey. Also - and this is a bonus - they are valid until the end of the last journey you make. So if you get on a bus or metro one minute before your ticket expires, you can still


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Train Schedule
From Bucharest To Bucharest Dep Arr. Dep. Arr. IR 23:45 10:39 ARAD IR 18:53 05:43 IR 05:45 08:28 BRASOV IR 06:01 08:47 IC 13:10 15:36 BRASOV IR 09:23 12:00 IC 15:30 18:08 BRASOV ICN 09:40 12:10 ICN 17:40 20:09 BRASOV IR 17:10 19:48 IR 18:30 21:09 BRASOV IC 20:40 23:05 IR 20:30 06:07 CLUJ-NAPOCA IR 23:28 08:47 IR 08:30 11:25 CONSTANTA IR 13:30 16:10 IR 14:00 16:35 CONSTANTA IR 17:20 20:00 IR 12:45 15:43 CRAIOVA IR 19:32 22:27 IR 13:40 17:34 GALATI IR 09:25 13:18 IR 12:00 18:58 IASI IR 14:20 21:30 IR 23:00 05:53 IASI IR 23:30 06:30 IC 13:10 01:05 ORADEA IC 11:30 23:05 IR 21:20 11:13 SATU MARE IR 16:37 06:13 IR 15:30 21:04 SIBIU IR 15:30 21:14 IC 13:10 18:01 SIGHISOARA IC 18:22 23:05 IR 11:10 19:25 TIRGU MURES IR 13:12 21:40 IR 10:45 19:15 TIMISOARA IR 07:15 16:30 IR 12:45 21:11 TIMISOARA IR 14:10 22:27
Schedule checked May 29, 2013. The full Romanian railway timetable is online at

Nord, is likely to be of any use to visitors. Tickets are almost as cheap as for the trams and buses: they cost either 4 lei (valid for two trips; doua calatorii) or 15 lei (ten trips; zece calatorii) and can be bought from any metro station. You can also buy tickets valid for one day (abonament de o zi), costing 6 lei. The metro runs from around 05:00 to 23:00.

Given that Romania‘s roads are so bad, it‘s comforting to know that the country‘s railways are equally crap. Having said that, many long years of line upgrades on the Bucharest - Brasov and Bucharest - Constanta routes are now approaching completion, and journey times are more or less back to something approaching 1989 levels: two and a half hours to Brasov, slightly more to Constanta. Always try to get an InterCity (IC) or InterRegio (IR) train as they are the fastest and usually have the most modern rolling stock. Regio (R-) trains (which until recently were known as Personal), are slow and use much older rolling stock. You will also see trains designated as ICN: these are InterCity trains which stop at more stations than usual, and are more like InterRegios. Prices on all types of train are relatively cheap, but are rising fast. An InterCity adult single from Bucharest to Brasov costs 78.50 lei.

Bucharest is well linked to Budapest by train (there are two per day) but poorly to Belgrade, Sofia, Chisinau and Kyiv. To buy train tickets, visit either the station, the CFR agency we list below or buy online at Your best bet for the purchase of international tickets is Wasteels at the station. In all cases, do not leave buying tickets to the last minute: long queues could mean you miss your train. Tickets cannot be purchased on the train, though in the worst case scenario you can try bribing the guard. Many locals do this habitually. Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR B-5, Str. Domnita Anastasia 1014, tel. (+4) 021 313 26 42, CFR’s advance booking office. Reservations for all kinds of trains. Q Open 07:30 - 19:30, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Wasteels A-4, Gara de Nord, tel. (+4) 021 317 03 70/021 300 27 30, Advance reservations for all types of trains, national and international. Helpful staff, western currencies accepted. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

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Str. QOpen 09:00 . Closed the service is on request. tel.13:00. Piata Montreal 10. (+4) 0730 33 37 05. reservations@avis. ro. Sat 08:00-20:00. (+4) 0372 37 20 05. Open 08:00 .ARRIVAL & TRANSPORT Tourist Information Info Tourist Center C-5. tel. fax (+4) 021 210 29 95. Str. fax (+4) 021 352 87 16. Compact Rent-a-Car A-4.inyourpocket. QOpen 09:00 . tel.hertz. (+4) 0723 612 011. 16. Hertz A-1. Also at Otopeni Airport. Large. B-dul N. office@cars4rent. (+4) 0723 34 71 92/(+4) 0372 99 99 99. fax (+4) 021 210 69 12. www. Sibiu. tel. Open 08:00 . Open 07:00 . fax (+4) 021 310 17 96. reservations@hertz. Grigore Mora 17. Also at (C-5) InterContinental. www. Sun.18:00. (+4) 021 310 17 97. QOpen 09:00 . (+4) 021 210 43 44. reservations@europcar. Usually stocks copies of our guide.22:00. and to have held a license for at least couple of years. ap. or mini-guide. QOpen 09:00 . Closed Sun. QOpen 09:00 .July 2013 . Also at Otopeni Airport tel. reservation@sixt. Constanta.7 (Howard Johnson Hotel). MUniversitate. Open 09:00 . Open 08:00 .ro. 15 Budget B-4. Open 08:00-02:00. Service also available in Cluj. tel.17:30.compact-rentacar. *AVIS (*2847) . Closed Sat.18:00.sixt. Avis B-dul Theodor Pallady 51. Titulescu 1. Henri Coanda International Airport.02:00 and Avis Porsche Bucharest North. (+4) bucharest. Mihail Moxa 9. (+4) 021 407 82 00. (One Star Smart Number). sc. (+4) 0744 58 67 24. Closed Sat.OSSN Bavaria Rent Drumul Garii Otopeni tel. fax (+4) 021 312 99 82. (+4) 021 204 16 67. Q Open 24 hrs. tel. Cars4Rent Str. reservations@budgetro. (+4) 021 312 98 57. 1st Floor. (+4) 0730 Sixt New Kopel Calea Bucurestilor 201-203. www.europcar. You usually need to be over 21 to hire a car in Romania. Sun. Closed Sun. www.20:00. office@compactrentacar. tel. office@bavariarent.avis. Europcar D-6. Q Also at Henri Coanda Q Prices from €18/day. www. www. Open 07:00 . (+4) 021 204 12 78. (+4) 0746 25 29 22. Good car hire from the people behind the Charter Hotel. tel. and it depends on the availability of the Avis rental office. 33 37 07. (+4) 021 201 45 34. tel.20. QOpen 09:00 .20:00. Car Rental All of the major international car hire firms are present in Bucharest. Open 08:00 .ro. Sun and Henri Coanda International Airport. (+4) 021 210 28 www. (+4) 021 204 19 office fax (+4) 031 802 22 28. P-ta Universitatii Underpass. tel. (+4) 031 802 22 22.18:00. Sun. tel.17:30. Sat 09:00 . (+4) 0374 00 40. 6.15:00. tel. spacious tourist information centre. Timisoara.18:00. alongside a number of local outfits. et. Sat 10:00 . A delivery and collection service is available free of charge within the city limits. tel. entrance F.19:00. bl June . tel. Drumul Odaii 1D (Hotel Charter). Closed (+4) 021 201 50 Also at (B-3) Calea Dorobanti 5 . 021 9400. (+4) 021 314 18 37. (+4) 0747 28 06 49.

planes and such like. to which access is free: do arrive early though. and it is a good half-day out for kids. Patricia Kaas Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Bucharest With Children Bucharest is not the greatest city in the world to visit with children. see page 66.06 Tuesday B-7. While very old fashioned and a bit dusty. you can do so here: absolutely free. You will find details of its performances at the website www.inyourpocket.06 Friday B-7. arcade games and plenty of space for Mums and Dads to relax and have coffee in. Expect a sell out. Rock & Pop Concerts 11. which children love. Seminal English rock band formed in London in 1969. An excellent indoor playground can be found at Funland Romania: a cracking place to take the kids on days when it rains. especially those who know a little Romanian history (and note that the Clubul Taranului. billiards. as space will be limited. bowling. as they can scurry around the houses. all of which have a great kids’ menu: some offer kids’ activities at weekend lunchtimes.are dull. And then of course there are the parks. even if the amount of smoke in some of them means that you will probably not want to enter with kids. The Circus Globus ( . Parcul Circului) has performances most weekends ( com. Rock in the Park 23.16 CULTURE & Events Bucharest In Your Pocket welcomes submissions to this section. but Tineretului (take the metro to Tineretului). Q Starts 20:00. Q Starts 19:00. however big or small. where under fives swim for free. Salt.circulglobus. Sala Palatului. Uriah Heep 13. Featuring the biggest indoor playground we have seen (15 lei). Tickets 100-350 lei from eventim.uriah-heep. The Animals and The Troggs headline a two-day festival of classic rock. French singer and actress Patricia Kaas returns to Bucharest as part of her 45-country world tour to promote her new album: Kaas Chante Piaf. Send details of your event to bucharest@inyourpocket. Arenele Romane. is another potential destination. Red Angus. Oh. with its fabulous playgrounds.50 lei for kids.06 Thursday .all of which have kids’ entertainers during their fabulous brunches . We recently took the In Your Pocket kids to the curious little place that is the National Technical Museum at the entrance to Parcul Carol. Entrance costs 13 lei for and biletoo. is also worth exploring. but ice skating is also an option: there is a good. it is a weekend-must.the Hard Rock Cafe: always happy to see kids. Arenele Romane.06 Sunday B-5. Those deserving a special mention include the big hotels . cars.14. a tribute to Edith Piaf. For kids who want to swim there is Daimon. 6. The exceptions are the outstanding Village Museum (see page 23). afternoon and evening) and is always a hit with kids. The zoo is open daily from 09:00-17:00. Most restaurants in Bucharest are child-friendly. has puppet shows most weekend mornings at 10:30am and 12pm). For more on Swimming pools and water parks in Bucharest see the box on page 24. The Peasant Museum (see page 67) will please older children. This is their umpteenth visit to Romania: they are always given a warm welcome by legions of local fans. The major problem is that the vast majority of the city’s museums – with a few honourable and notable exceptions . Find it on the fourth floor of the Unirea Shopping Centre in (C-6) Piata Unirii. Meat Factory and Vacamuu. Osho. indoor rink at the AFI Palace shopping centre. Free. Golf Planet. as it is packed with models and exhibits of things which are right up their street: trains. Q Starts 20:00. Cismigiu (B-5) and Herastrau (A/B-2) are the best and most central. while the Geology Museum (see page 72) across the road is a must for families: it is one of only two museums in Bucharest that puts on exhibitions specifically for kids. The other is the excellent Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum. and one of the most influential hard rock acts of the early 1970s. They have a fine collection of exotic birds. a good sports club in Parcul offer no real inter-activity and little to captivate young kids. The confectionery stand at the entrance selling tasty Romanian sweets helps too. Malagamba. There are also pools open to the public at the InterContinental and Hilton hotels. jet packs. an indoor crazy golf course on Piata Unirii. www. around the back of the so if you have an event you want to publicise. the kids loved Tickets from 50-100 lei from vreaubilet. Bucharest’s Zoo on Aleea Priveghetorilor (turn right at the Academia de Politie) is better than it has been for years. and it might be mid-summer. as well as two water parks. or the Vreau Bilet kiosk in Unirea Shopping Centre. explore and generally be kids without worrying too much about grump security guards telling them off. engines.


ro. Biohazard. and Spineshank. Club 09. we think.07 Tuesday B-7. C-5. Q Starts 20:00. Soilwork and Chase & Status (Day 3). Besides the music there are loads of other activities at the festival site. Tickets 75-300 lei from eventim.better known of course as Elvis Costello. T rivium.07 Wednesday 30. Breathelast and Deadeye Dick. sports. Tiemat and Joker (Day 1). and a Turkish DJ. Tickets 25 lei in advance from iabilet. which takes in most of Europe. Anthrax and Voodoo Six are the opening acts. Enslaved Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. a few kilometres north-east of Bucharest.especially at the weekend .inyourpocket. possibly the best AOR band of the past two decades. departing every 15 minutes from Aviatorilor metro station. 31.28. Q Starts 12:00.18 Culture & Events More Live Music Finding good live music is no longer the problem in Bucharest it once was. from 17:00 on June 5 and from 12:00 on June’ Buses back to Bucharest will run until 02:00. Q Starts 18:00. Tickets valid for both days cost from 144-479 lei and are available from eventim. Texas. 199 lei on the door). Piata Unirii. 7. This is. while Publika and Cvartet Hyptonique will do the opening honours. Tickets 50-200 lei from eventim.07 Sunday B’estFest Tunari. and even a book corner for some serious chilling out between acts.07 Sunday Rock the City 2013 Romexpo. see page 80) there is live oriental music and dancing. There is plenty of parking at the festival site if you want to drive. Sankt Petersburg (page 86) opposite also has live music a couple of times per week.06 Tuesday Buena Vista Social Club and Eventim partner shops (including Humanitas. Nas. Nneka and Noisia (Day 2). Sting / Mike & the Mechanics Diana Krall Romexpo. Bucharest Metal Nights XI 24. With tickets starting at 144 lei it’s a bargain night out. dancing and guitar talents of Omara Portuonda and Eliades Ochoa. German hard-rockers Rammstein top the bill for this two-day extravaganza of heavy rock at Romexpo. Your first stop for regular live acts should be Mojo in the Old Town (see page 87) which hosts top local bands alongside its resident Mojo Band. Q Starts 20:00. or 40 lei on the door. The buses will be clearly marked ‘Linie Speciala B’estFest. 25. on most nights . This year’s line up includes: The Outside of the Old Town. A night of death metal at Fabrica featuring four bands: Veil of Maya.Q Day tickets cost 70 lei (in advance. RATB will be running special buses to and from the festival site. Part of the ECO Fest. Calea Victoriei 45). At Divan (the best Turkish restaurant in the city. Q Starts 20:00. For live will be spoilt for choice. Friction. The concert will be held in Piata Constitutiei. 25.06 Tuesday Steve Vai Cap de Craniu. try Art Jazz Club and Green Hours (see page 64). including a small funfair. Q Starts 17:00. given that you get Sting thrown in afterwards for free.bestfest. Enter Shikari. Q Starts Arenele Romane.06 Sunday B-5.dianakrall. at the Sala Palatului box office or branches of Diverta Music & Film (the most central of which is on the third floor of Unirea Shopping Centre). The outstanding Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is back in town to promote her album Glad Rag Doll. Piata and Eventim partner outlets. this time featuring the vocal. Tickets valid for all three days cost 150 lei (in advance. Tickets 144-479 lei online from eventim.07 Saturday . right in front of Casa Poporului. Sala Palatului. Tickets 100-450 lei from eventim. every Friday and Saturday night at 21:30. Iron Maiden come to Bucharest as part of the Maiden England 2013 Tour. www. Iron Maiden 27.07 Wednesday . the polo-playing ex-Genesis man’s first trip to Bucharest with his marvellous Mechanics. Trivia fans might like to know that Krall is married to Declan MacManus . while Kulturhaus and Music Club (both on page 63) similarly have live bands on most evenings. 99 lei on the door) and can be purchased online at myticket. Tickets cost from 170-255 lei from eventim.07 Friday .ro. Fans of Cuban music will not want to miss the Social Club’s latest visit to Bucharest. is another decent bet.07. Steve Vai will perform alongside the Evolution Tempo Orchestra. Club A (page 87) on Strada and Eventim partner outlets. www. The action takes place over three days in the village of Tunari. B‘estFest 05. The line up also includes Bullet For My Valentine. In fact. Sala Palatului. Bucharest’s biggest annual music festival. Hard Rock Cafe (page 40) Control (see page 61) and Panic (page 63) are known for their range of live music.

Str.19:00. Piata Unirii 1 (Unirea Shopping Centre). The National Radio Orchestra is one of the best in the country and happens to have its very own 1950s socialist-looking music hall in the radio created by the Japanese company Muramatsu. Tickets 20-30 from the Sala Radio box office or online at bilete. Sala Radio (Radiodifuziune) B-5. Sun. MEroii Revolutiei.06 Tuesday Tuesday Evening Concerts C-5. (+4) 021 314 71 71. QOpen 12:00 . The box office remains open until 20:00 on concert evenings. 15:00-19:00. Nicolae Bălcescu 2. MPiata Q Starts 19:00. 1888.bilet.19:00.01:00. tel. (+4) 0760 26 34 96. (+4) 021 314 77 70. tel. Str. (+4) 021 315 73 72. MPiata Unirii. 07. (+4) 021 314 69 80.hardrock. B-dul Kogalniceanu 70-72. Sells tickets for most Bucharest concerts and June . who also designed the National Bank of 16:0019:00. (+4) Hard Rock Cafe It serves up a familiar repertoire of classic operas and ballets. Sala Radio. tel. www. Romexpo B-dul Mărăsti 65-67. Str.diverta. Johnny Raducanu and Henry Mancini. While black tie is not compulsory. Closed Sat. 2013 . Gabroveni 14. Today the seat of the Romanian Philarmonic George Enescu. Atheneum (Ateneul Român) C-5. www. Sat 16:00 . MUniversitate. Closed Mon. Tickets for a number of concerts and events in Bucharest and around Romania. either from the kiosk on the second floor of Unirea Shopping Centre or the website (+4) 021 315 68 75 for tickets. Ion Bogdan Stefanescu is the only Romanian flautist lucky enough to perform with a solid. and can be purchased online at www. www. QBox office open 12:00 .srr. Classical Music Concerts Classical music concerts are held at two venues in particular in Bucharest: the Atheneum and the Sala Radio.QOpen 12:00 . Str. B-dul 04. Tickets cost from 5. MUniversitate. Q Box office open Tue-Fri 10:00-19:00. tel. Tickets 15-25 lei from the Atheneum box office. The building was inaugurated on February 26.00 lei to 34. ro and vreaubilet. Q Starts 19:00. tel. Possibly the finest building in the city. Q Box office Open Mon 10:00-16:00. Str. tel. The National Radio Orchestra directed by Jozsef Horvath and featuring pianist Daniel Goiti. Berthelot 60-64. ro. Sat 16:00 . www.fge. Below is the full opera and ballet schedule for June 2013. B-5. Sun 10:00 . Glazunov and Vosganian. (+4) 031 805 65 33. Berthelot 60-64. on the ground floor just inside the entrance next to McDonalds. The National Radio Orchestra is one of the best in the country and happens to have its very own music hall in the national radio building.fge. tel. MPiata Unirii. tel. Arenele Romane B-7. tel. Diverta Music & Film Sat 12:00 . MPiata Various works by Enescu. B-5. Cutitul de Argint 26 (Parcul Carol).ro.tnb. tel. sales@hardrockcafe. by composers as diverse as Bach. but there are many other locations around the city.11:00. 18-carat gold flute.biletoo.inyourpocket. www. Sala Palatului B-5. Ion Campineanu 28. The most central branch is on the third floor of Unirea Shopping Centre. Note that the opera closes down for the summer on June 30th. (+4) 021 206 62 61. www.00 lei. MUniversitate. the main auditorium is renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics.30 . Sun 10:00 . Sun. bilete. tel. you are expected to dress www.06 Friday National Radio Orchestra bucharest. www. The home of the best burger in Bucharest doubles up as one of the city’s top live music venues. the Romanian Atheneum was the work of French architect Albert Galleon. (+4) 021 207 70 or from the Opera’s own box office. Vreau Bilet C-6. Tickets 10-20 lei from the Sala Radio box office or online at bilete.06 Wednesday The Golden Flute (2) Sala Radio (Radiodifuziune) B-5. Q Box office open 09:00-18:00. (+4) 021 315 25 67. Franklin 1-3. National Theatre (Teatrul National) com/bucharest. www. Closed Sala Radio. Haydn.romexpo. Atheneum (Sala Mica). Ateneul Român or at the various outlets around the city: the most central is in Unirea. June Date 2 7 8 9 21 23 26 29 30 Time 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 Event La T raviata La Nozze di Figaro Rigoletto Hansel & Gretel Swan Lake Swan Lake Swan Lake Swan Lake Gala Concert to mark the end of the opera season Venue ONB ONB ONB ONB ONB ONB ONB ONB ONB 19 Venues & Tickets Tickets for all of the events listed on these pages can be purchased at branches at the box offices of the venues themselves or online at eventim.63. www. Piata Unirii (Unirea Shopping Centre). Benjamin Franklin 1-3. 021 315 25 67.60 lei.19:00. including all of the city’s malls. Kiseleff 32. featuring soloists Dima Cernei and Sorina C-6. Fri. Works by Rachmaninov. 05. performances recommencing in September. operanb. (+4) 021 314 77 70/(+4) 021 303 12 Buy tickets for more or less all events in Bucharest either online at Tickets from 8. QOpen 10:00 . biletoo. Stefanescu will be joined on stage by pianist Horia Mihail and will play a selection of more than 20 popular & Events Opera & Ballet The Romanian National Opera (Opera Romana) is at B-5. www.fge. www. Mojo Music Club C-6. Q Starts 19:00.11:00. 16:00-19:00. Piata Unirii 1 (Unirea Shopping Centre). Bozza and Plog. Str. Tue-Sun 10:00-19:00.srr. open 09:00-13:00.mojomusic. Closed Mon.

ro. Comedy 15. Sala Radio.32 lei. Q Tickets 3-30 lei from the Sala Radio box office. MPolitehnica. and the vast majority are free. Featuring a selection of classic French pieces by Ravel. (+4) 021 327 70 20. WiFi W Bucharest is now dotted with hundreds of Wifi hotspots. Q Starts .ro.srr.lightcinemas. Cinemas Bucharest is blessed with plenty of good cinemas. Faure and 14. (+4) 021 407 00 00. hmultiplex. sightlines are good and ticket prices cheap. www. and often excellent. Cinema Pro C-5. Calea Vitan 55-59 (Bucuresti Mall). 32) from Piata Unirii. musty. www. www. a unique concert featuring Puiu Pascu on piano and the Big Band Radio Orchestra directed by Ionel Tudor.srr.mojomusic. tel. Mojo Music Club. orchestre. from big multiplexes in the shopping malls to or the Sala Radio box office. 21. www. The key words to look for are dublat (dubbed) and subtitrat (subtitled).ro.50 lei.Q Tickets 13-22 lei.inyourpocket. all you will need is a password (divulged as you order something) though many venues in Old Town don’t even bother: you can simply sit down and start surfing away.06 Wednesday French Music Recital B-5. Tickets 15-25 lei from the Atheneum box Works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.srr.srr. Sala Radio. Q Starts 19:00. Sala Hollywood Multiplex E-7. Tickets 3-30 lei from bilete. To find out which films are showing. Neil Thomson directs the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Academic Radio Choir as they perform St. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. The first (and still only) IMAX cinema in Romania is part of the Cinema CIty complex in the Cotroceni Palace shopping centre. Q Tickets or the Sala Radio box office.06 Tuesday Tuesday Evening Concerts C-5. 18. Q Tickets from 13. tel. or online at bilete. IMAX/Cinema City B-dul Vasile Milea/B-dul Timisoara. In our listings. The exceptions are animated films: these are usually dubbed into Romanian. Free entrance. Beethoven. The best complex of cinemas in the city. www. Features soloists Sorina Munteanu (soprana) and Aura Twarovska (mezzo-soprana). 12. www. Tickets 15-25 lei from the Atheneum box office. Films in Romania are shown in their original language with Romanian subtitles. Decent multiplex a short tram ride (No. which shows the latest releases. with the film changing each Friday. Usually. Features all the latest Hollywood and local releases.06 Wednesday Radio Chamber Orchestra B-5. www. (+4) 021 407 83 00. orchestre. Completely renovated a couple of years ago. It is rare in fact that you will come across a venue which does not have Wifi. Q Starts 19:00. Progresului 151-171 (Liberty Center).40 we have used the Wifi symbol W to denote all venues which have Wifi. A gala performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem to mark the end of the National Radio Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season.movieplex. Soloists include Adela Zaharia (soprana) and Mihaela Ispan (mezzo-soprana). Join soloists Julieta Mihai (vioara) and Anca Apetean (piano) for an evening of Enescu. Sala Radio. Tickets 3-30 lei from the Sala Radio box office or online at bilete.fge. Str. Tickets 50 lei on the door or 40 lei in advance from Mojo. Culture & Events 11. The conductor will be Tiberiu Soare.06 Friday National Radio Orchestra B-5. Tickets 2-20 lei from bilete. Find it in the Liberty Center mall. tel.80 lei. Christian Mandeal conducts the National Radio Orchestra.aficotroceni. independent cinemas in the city centre. Q Starts 20:00. Matthew’s Passion by Bach. the seats are comfy.06 Monday Jazz in Romanian good popcorn and comfortable seats. offering ten 24. www. Jazz in Romanian.Q Tickets 12 . Two acts and a compere flown over from the UK. Gershwin and Beethoven. (+4) 031 824 13 60. Q Starts 19:00. Sala Radio.80 to 34. multi-screen cinema in the Plaza Romania offering up to 25 different films a week. Debussy. Pieces by Kennedy. or browse the full programme of all the city’s cinemas at cinemagia. Faure and SaintSaens performed by soloists Valentin and Roxana Q Starts 19:00. Movieplex B-dul Timisoara 26 (Plaza Romania).ro. though in larger multiplexes you can usually also find the original language version. one-screen cinema behind Universitate. City centre. 19. check the individual websites of each cinema.06 Tuesday Tuesday Evening Concerts C-5. and tends to screen them long after they’ve disappeared from other cinemas. with Ilian Garnet (vioara) as soloist. The standard is usually good. Atheneum (Sala Mica). www. www. Q Tickets 17. Ion Ghica 3. orchestre.fge.06 Saturday Mojo English Comedy Night C-6. The only English stand-up comedy night in town.35 Atheneum (Sala Mica). Q Starts 19:00.06 Friday National Radio Orchestra B-5. The Light Cinema Sos. performed by soloists Andrew Strietelmeier (vioara) and Cole Burger (piano).


from the amazing Bellu Cemetery to the Village Museum. approximately half of which are cultivated in the impressive glasshouses. Captioning is good: the origins of each plant are given in almost all cases. Stirbei Vodă and B-dul Schitu Măgureanu. as well as tell you where you can hire a bike in order to explore Bucharest on two wheels. MPolitehnica. another to Dobrogea. at the time the leader of the nascent Romanian state. gardens and other green spaces positively bloom with flowers and teem with life. As with the glasshouses. BateSaua D-3. at 13:00 (during the week it is open until 15:00). closed Mon. Sf. another to the Mediterranean. Bike Hire 11/(+4) 0722 73 66 94. not a Turk. La Pedale is at the entrance to Herastrau from Piata Charles de Gaulle. easy parking on surrounding streets. overlooked sights: a bit like the Bellu Cemetery. Q Prices from 10-20 lei/2hrs. administratively part of Bucharest University’s Botanical Institute. and the whole experience of walking through the greenhouse complex is at once pleasant and fascinating. We should also point out that it is hard to ignore the enormous factory which lurks behind the garden. Quite why somebody decided that Saturday would be a good day to close up early is beyond us.00 lei. many of the city’s top summer attractions are out in the open.00 lei. cheap entrance fee and – most of all – by the fabulous greenhouses. and during the summer its many parks. Helmet included. The Botanical Garden is also home to the Botanical Museum. MAviatorilor. not least the cacti and the rather impressive collection of venus fly traps. the kids. which is overwhelmingly positive. Alas on Saturdays it closes early. Calea Victoriei. 45-60 lei/24 hrs.gradina-botanica. Free bike hire for up to two hours. (According to Constantin Giuescu in his History of Bucharest. Cotroceni 32. Botanical Museum open 10:00-15:00.16:00. Almost everyone refers to the place as Parcul Cismigiu (Cismigiu Park). Most of the glasshouses have been renovated (or even entirely rebuilt) over the past couple of years. we thought we would focus our attention on some of our favourite Bucharest outdoor attractions. Sat. Closed Sun. The plants are divided into their geographical areas of origin. but all with merit. Kids (if ours are anything to go by) will find plenty to keep them occupied. and hosts more than 10. Bucharest is in fact a surprisingly green city. be it Romania or further afield: there is a section devoted to the Carpathian mountains. www. moving to their present location in 1884. and go. Helmet 6 lei/day. QOpen 10:00 . Indeed. Look out for squirrels. closed Fri. It is straight for the glasshouses that most people head from the main entrance. Str.20:00. Str. 60 lei/day (helmet not included). A short walk west of Piata they were originally in the grounds of the Cotroceni Monastery. Niceta 9.20:00. They also offer a two-hour bicycle tour of Bucharest: phone 24 hours in advance. Botanical Garden Sos. MPiata Romana. You need to phone or email 24 hours in advance.batesaua. which we had planned to visit as we left. Nevermind. from micro-forests to flower gardens. B-dul. Good quality mountain bikes for hire. Sat 10:00 . Raitabike B-4. ro. The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1860 with the significant financial backing of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. however. captions and display boards are excellent throughout (some are even in English as well as Romanian). 09:00-13:00 Sat. office@raitabike. (+4) 0731 00 60 05. and they look better than ever. Admission to the gardens 5. tel. It was a Russian. the garden is a gorgeous place and is packed on weekends.22 the great outdoors Despite appearances to the contrary. Sun 10:00 . however.000 species of plants. geobatesaua@batesaua. Q Gardens open 08:00-20:00. Good bikes for hire (you can choose between top-of-the-range and more basic models: prices vary accordingly. The garden. Bring ID. tel. QOpen 11:00 .raitabike. They get gradually hotter as you move around them. Completed in 1866 to the designs and instructions of Ulrich 1 leu children. tel. Yet while it doesn’t usually top the list of casual visitors to Bucharest. Museum and greenhouses cost extra: 2 lei adults. for locals it is one of the city’s most popular attractions: to call it overlooked would therefore be wrong. It would be another two decades until the proposal was acted La Pedale B-2. The rest of the Botanical Garden is a vast expanse of various flora. Fri. It’s a small amount of money very well spent. the word cismigiu comes from Turkish: a cesme is a public fountain and a cismigiu (or cismegiu) was a person responsible for building and maintaining public fountains). Parcul Herastrau. www. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. who was the begetter of Cismigiu: the Russian general and sometime governor of Wallachia Pavel Kiseleff. It would be easy to say that Bucharest’s Botanical Garden is one of the city’s great. tel. Between B-dul Regina Elisabeta. Lascar Cartagiu 25. some more impressive than others. MUniversitate. Attracted by its relatively central . today extends over an area of more than 17 hectares. (+4) 0720 02 62 75. students and children 2. depending on the bike. who first proposed creating a public garden in the city centre in www. (+4) 021 315 98 Cismigiu Garden B-5. (+4) 021 410 91 39.inyourpocket. Take a morning. so we will not. factory or no factory these are small gripes compared with the overall visitor experience. and the plants within them increasingly weird and exotic. and with the temperatures now creeping towards melting point. We also list the city’s top swimming pools and outdoor water parks. museum or no museum. and worry not about dogs: we explored more or less the whole garden and saw not a single stray mutt. Wed. however. for they keep short hours. Greenhouses open 10:00-13:00. the most central of Bucharest’s many glorious parks is in fact officially classed as a garden: Cismigiu Garden to be precise.

50 lei. Another worthy building in the vicinity is the newly renovated Cismigiu Hotel. notably the French War Memorial by Ion Jalea. the houses are not.celebrated for their intricately carved entrances . in the heart of Romania . French. Russian 300 lei: call in advance). QOpen 09:00 . less formal terrace. dug in to the ground and topped with thatched roofs.which date from as early as 1775. Outstanding. Since 1972 the palace has been home to UNESCO’s institute of higher education. It took the best part of eight years to create Cismigiu. Gheorghe Bibescu. offering food and drink in gorgeous surroundings. The highlight of the museum is probably the steep belfry of the wooden Maramureş June . It even has a restaurant. www. Children love the museum. Dobrogea and Moldavia. Kiseleff 28-30.17:00. on which you can row boats during the summer (10 lei for 30 minutes. The garden’s church. Debarcader is another. fax (+4) 021 317 90 68. but there are some. La Francu.inyourpocket. Cismigiu itself has a couple of places to eat and drink: the most famous of these is the Monte Carlo. MAviato- Boating on the lake at Cismigiu bucharest. The museum has a great souvenir shop. carved in Carrara marble and dedicated to those French 23 Village Museum rilor. press the second button for English).the great outdoors upon. however. Look out for cyrillic inscriptions in the northern wall: remnants of an older. (+4) 021 317 91 10. and the chances are that if you visit on a Saturday or Sunday during the summer it will be hosting a colourful Romanian wedding. also on the lake. watermills and churches from all of Romania’s historic regions: Transylvania. (Indeed. It is one of the most popular wedding-spots in Bucharest. pensioners 5 lei. Not the least of these is the spectacular Kretulescu Palace at the northern end of the garden. farmsteads. 15 lei for an hour) Cismigiu is home to a number of other attractions. Biserica Schitu Magureanu (in the far northwestern corner) was built from 1881-1884. complete with the reopened Gambrinus pub on the ground floor. Muzeul Satului is one of the greatest outdoor museums in the Balkans. guided tours in English. windmills. You should also not miss the earth houses of Straja. hired the keeper of the imperial gardens in Vienna. Village Museum (Muzeul Naţional al Satului Dimitrie Gusti) A-2. to lay out a garden on what had until then been a rather insalubrious piece of wasteland. 18th-century church (over whose ruins the current church was built). There are more than 60 original houses. Sos. when in 1847 the then mayor of Bucharest. and it makes for a perfect family outing. set on a jetty in the centre of the park.muzeul-satului. and a stall selling traditional Romanian sweets and cakes. Some even now have recorded commentary in four languages (if the stickers are missing. The church features sublime interior paintings by Gheorghe Ioanide. Note that while the museum is open on Mondays. tel.July 2013 . Perhaps Cismigiu’s best known attractions however are its sculptures. the park in general is a popular spot for brides and grooms to come and have their photos taken: you will see a steady procession of wedding parties coming and going throughout the day). An instant success the area surrounding Cismigiu became a favoured place for many of Bucharest’s finest families to build magnificent new homes. set in an original 19th-century inn. Wilhelm Mayer. Every exhibit has a plaque showing exactly where in Romania it was brought from. Besides the lake. built at the very end of the 1800s. Admission 10 lei. Mon 09:00 .ro. Audio guides available for 50 lei. with views of the lake from all sides.19:00. contact@muzeul-satului. or the brightly painted dwellings of the Danube Delta. complete with exquisite but faded icons. and covering some 15 hectares on the shores of Lake Herăstrău. ro. CEPES. the garden being inaugurated in 1854. Most of the houses date from the mid 19th-century. Oltenia. while the spectacular altar was carved by Costache Georgescu. Founded by Royal Decree in 1936. such as those from Berbeşti. students/children 2. Spanish. Italian.

was created at the same time. tickets valid 16:00-23:00 cost 90 lei. 40 lei (children). parts of the lakeshore served as a promenade for Bucharest’s wealthy. www. tragically killed in the Bucharest earthquake of 1977). Otopeni. tel. Sun. Sun. 50 lei Sat. www. fitness and aerobics facilities too. For a short time in the aftermath of World War II and the declaration of the People’s Republic of Romania in 1948 it was unfortunate to have the name Parcul I. 100 lei Sat. Parcul Tineretului (Opposite Sala Polivalenta). www. Ion Luca Caragiale. (+4) 0720 73 47 34. QOpen 06:00 . Sun. Bellu Cemetery Voda 249. is found inside Herastrau (although it is closed to the public). (+4) 021 242 16 15. From Monday to Saturday they even have someone to entertain the kids while you swim or work out. Children (between five and 12) 30 lei Mon-Fri. As early as the late 19th century. tel. Strandul Tineretului (Club LYO) A-2. 30 lei Sat. the park has enjoyed much investment and has for a couple of years now once again been able to claim the title of the city’s best.inyourpocket. Sun. B-dul Nicolae Balcescu 4. Children under five swim for free. QOpen 09:00 .ro. Str.24:00.which occupies a large part of Herastrau and which is one of its most popular attractions . Next to the cemetery is the Cimitirul Eroilor. Water Park Calea Bucurestilor 255A. at the Crowne Plaza B-dul Poligrafiei 1 (Crowne Plaza Hotel). Founded in the 1850s. although by far the most elegant is that which borders Piata Charles de Gaulle. Ion Creangă. and a host of other wellness facilities. massage. and the area surrounding the lake had long since become the most fashionable in the city. where those killed in Bucharest during the 1989 revolution are buried. Sos. Herastrau was long neglected in the wake of the Romanian revolution of 1989. tel. MTineretului. Sat. where old men play fiercely competitive matches. Ștefan Octavian Iosif. Alexandru Vlahuţă. was laid out from 1930-36 on what had until then been mainly marshland around the (natural) lake.daimonclub. Children 15 lei Mon-Fri. Episcopiei 1-3 (Athenee Palace Hilton). jacuzzi and massage too.22:00. sandy beaches and much more at one of Romania’s biggest water parks. Divertiland Str. Sun 08:00. Str. tel. You could spend half a day here wandering between the (+4) 021 636 35 71. www. Bucharest’s largest and most famous park. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Herastrau Park B-3. Children 40 lei Mon-Fri. featuring busts of Mihai Eminescu. often with a large audience: do not even think about challenging anyone to a game unless you are a seriously good player. Divertismentului 1. 80 lei Sat. Children 40 lei Mon-Fri. Str.waterpark. usually with an accompanying monument (our favourite is that devoted to the comic actor Toma Caragiu. Adults 30 lei Mon-Fri. You should also be sure to visit the central chapel (which keeps the same hours as the cemetery itself). Cismigiu also has two excellent children’s playgrounds. 25 lei Sat. Sun. tel. www. 70 lei Sat. The other entrance. this is Bucharest’s most historic cemetery. Herastrau. 20 lei MonFri.crowneplaza.realise.bellu. George Coşbuc. Children under 16 cost 50 lei at any time of day if accompanied by an adult. Glodeni 3.22:00. Tennis and fitness club in Tineretului Park. Sun 08:00 . and when it gets really hot in summer you can go and sunbathe on the balcony. Big indoor swimming pool with outdoor sun terrace in Otopeni. (+4) 021 310 20 20. Day tickets valid 08:00-16:00 cost 65 lei. Great place to get away from the city centre and relax. Sun 08:00 .pescariusports. 40 lei Sat. Q Adults 50 lei Mon-Fri. The views are great. as the priorities of a country in transition lie elsewhere. scientist. Sat. Duiliu Zamfirescu. Elegant outdoor pool run by the good people at Club LYO. artist. QOpen 06:00 .19:00.lyoclub. musician and poet you can think of. Day tickets valid from 06:00-16:00 cost 80 lei (adults). Sun. far more than most people . (+4) 0730 77 72 07. actors in another etc).ro. MEroii Revolutiei. memorials and statues (the graves are grouped by profession: scientists in one part. 60 lei Sat. It is also conveniently located close to Aviatorilor metro station. Day tickets cost €25 for access to all amenities. The park has two main entrances. Stalin.24:00. Polona 23A. the final resting place of just about every great Romanian academic. QOpen 09:00 . Adults 40 lei Mon-Fri. Tickets valid from 06:0022:00 cost 120 lei (adults) and 80 lei (children).ro. Daimon Sport Club D-8. The Village Museum . QOpen 06:00 . www. Excellent sauna. Nicolae Bălcescu and Vasile .24 the great outdoors troops who died on Romanian territory in World War I.divertiland. You should also not miss the Rondul Scritoriilor (Writers’ Circle): a Romanesque who’s who of Romanian literature. writer. (+4) 021 224 00 34. the Elisabeta Palace. Slides. Day tickets cost 120 lei. Pescariu Sports & Spa D-2. www.24:00.20:00. Club Moving Str. King Carol II. spa. Kiseleff 32.16:00.including locals . Titu Maiorescu. steam room. Alexandru Odobescu.V. QOpen 08:00 .22:00. Bellu Cemetery (Cimitirul Bellu) Calea Serban InterContinental Hotel C-5. ro. 50 lei Sat. sauna.QOpen 06:00 . Adults 60 lei Mon-Fri. Swimming Pools & Water Parks clubmoving. Sun. MAviatorilor. the residence of Romania’s royal family.21:00. tel. tel. as well as the odd politician. Otopeni. Next to the Rondul Scritoriilor are the chess boards. Each has his or her own plot. Sat. Good outdoor and indoor pools open to the public. Sun. Probably the highest swimming pool in Romania (it’s on one of the top floors of the InterContinental hotel). In recent times however. with two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor). however.QOpen 06:30 23:00. swimming pools. (+4) 021 303 37 77. Free for children under three. Hilton Health Club C-5. Large openair water park with plenty of slides and fun pools. Entrance is at the rear of the Confort hotel. Indoor pool in a leafy setting at the Crowne Plaza hotel. weight and fitness room. There is a ton to do in When first opened the park carried the name of its patron. QOpen 06:00 . Piata Montreal. Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu. Indeed. there is a gym and steam room too. Free for children under three. Indoor pool. The name Herastrau has been in general use since the early 1960s. Primo Nebiolo 1. www. built in the 1880s in the style of the cathedral at Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) and boasting stunning interior paintings. Sun.


At the right time of year the paths are quite literally lined with roses and it’s one of the most gorgeous sights in Bucharest. In the middle of the park is the Sala Polivalenta . There are even barbeque spots where you can bring your steaks. and a memorial to Michael Jackson. Swimming in the lake is strictly forbidden. Whole terraces have been landscaped. as well as a shuttle that links one side to the other. There is also an old steam engine for kids to clamber on. There are plenty of kiosks serving refreshments. have been given much love of late and are showing the benefit of millions of euros of investment. You are allowed to fish in the lake (stocked with carp) but the price is phenomenally expensive (50 lei) and most fishermen know that there are far better places around the city to fish than here. while on page 22 we list all of the places in central Bucharest from where you can hire a bike. exhibitions and big indoor sporting events . Vast amounts of money have been spent on this part of the park. close to the entrance. Adevarul. from Romanian revolutionary Nicolae Balcescu to Bengali literature’s most important figure. and admission costs 10 lei for adults. Look out too for the replica Maramures wooden church on the southern side of the park. Rabindranath Tagore. to the left of the main entrance. The first thing you will see when entering the park from Piata Charles de Gaulle is a tall. It was recently renovated and is a good choice for families with kids. Charles de Gaulle is not the only historic figure honoured in this part of the park with a statue or bust. Yes. It’s open daily from 10:00-18:00. Ady Endre. MTitan/Nicolae Grigorescu. and a good view of central Bucharest from the monument. Rental is free but limited to two hours. You will need ID. Still. rather bizarre statue of de Gaulle himself (pictured above). The open-air Arenele Romane in the west of the park is a popular venue for concerts. Close by is the gorgeous Cutitul de Argint Church. although you will often see local kids taking a dip. The twin Titan and Alexandru Ioan Cuza parks. this large park was created for the Romania in the World exhibition which was held here in 1906. volleyball and basketball courts. which together feature more than 300 kinds of fish and sealife. Up by Sala Polivalenta you will also find the entrance to Oraselul Copiilor. as well as ice cream stands. built in 1796 and famous for its many exterior icons. There are boat trips on the lake throughout the summer. really. and as such you will find the best and biggest children’s playgrounds in the city here. the park is today dominated by the massive Monument to the Heroes of the Struggle for Freedom and Socialism (it stands 48 metres high) built in 1963 and which until 1990 housed the remains of communist leaders Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej and Petre Groza (it is today empty). Look out too for the exotic birds kept on the island. many excellent playgrounds built and sports pitches placed at every turn. however. There is even a statue of Prince Charming (Fat Frumos). Calea Serban Vodă. Boat trips depart from the quay (debarcader) behind the Hard Rock Cafe. Look out also for local artists Nicolae Grigorescu. It was built in 1996 and has become one of the most popular churches in the city: on major religious holidays it is difficult to get close to the place. is better for those coming by car as there is some (but not a lot) of parking available. named it the third ugliest statue in the city in 2010. (The Technical Museum. The park offers some pleasant walks along tree-lined paths. Cyclists and joggers should note that the path which circumnavigates the lake is just under 6km in length. on Str. mostly Titan/Alexandru Ion Cuza Park Str. and was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to commemorate Bucharest’s hosting that year of the Francophonie conference. and the park is now also home to a small colony of peacocks. Unveiled in 2006 the statue is the work of local artist Mircea Corneliu Spataru. Mihai Eminescu.a popular venue for concerts. as well as playgrounds and plenty of treelined avenues great for strolling. known as Parcul Vacaresti or Parcul Copiilor. a go-kart track. A Romanian newspaper. You can find the aquarium at the end of the long promenade that leads into the park from Piata Charles de Gaulle. trampolines and dodgems. Divided into two parts. it could be worse: between 1952 and 1961 a statue of Stalin stood on the same spot. There is free bike hire (bring ID) in the summer too. Other foreigners honoured with statues include William Shakespeare. opposite Casa Scanteii. Cafeneaua Actorilor de Vara. playgrounds and terraces. lawns laid. MTineretului.set above a Tineretului Park (Parcul Bucharest In Your Pocket . once a water tower but now used as offices by the Romanian Army’s veteran’s association. football pitches. The best part of Tineretului however is probably the southern side. inflatables. far end of Soseaua Kisellef. in the unsexy yet perfectly safe neighbourhood of Titan-Balta Alba. on the corner of B-dul Tineretului and Calea Vacaresti. So close to the city centre yet strangely forgotten by many. as well as 100 marine plants. a children’s funfair. 8 lei for children over three (the under threes are free). tennis courts. bronze. MEroii Revolutiei. the main section (closest to Tineretului metro) offers a few rides for kids. On the other side of the park it is worth looking out for the medieval-looking Tepes Castle (which in fact dates from 1906). One of the more recent additions to Herastrau is the Reef Aquarium. A large. There are two exhibitions. large artificial lake on the shore of which is a great terrace. lovely park featuring some of the best playgrounds in the city. During the summer you can rent bikes from La Pedale. as well Bucharest’s Other Parks Carol Park (Parcul Carol I/Parcul Libertăţii) C-7. Liviu Rebreanu. Alexandru Vlahuta and Romania’s national poet. Constantin Brancusi and Theodor Aman. sausages and mici and get your grill on. In fact. bucharest. complete with big wheel and other rides.26 the great outdoors as writers George Cosbuc. There is also free bike hire at Tineretului Park (see below). Oh. Sandor Petofi and Victor Hugo. the alleyways and paths which fan out from the entrance are all dotted with famous people. To get there from the main entrance you need to cross what is known as the Insula T randafirilor (Island of the Roses). is housed in one of the original exhibition pavilions). On summer weekend evenings there is usually something going at the main bandstand. Liviu Rebreanu. Designed by the French landscape artist Eduard Redont.inyourpocket. which serves some of the best mici in the city. Parcul Vacaresti) B-dul Tineretului.



MNIR & The treasures of china

Construction of what is today Romania’s National History Museum (MNIR) began in 1894, to designs by the local architect Alexandru Savulescu. Neoclassical in concept the monumental building is fronted by an enormous portico, supported by ten impressive Doric columns. Two elegant domes flank the central corp. Built to serve as the headquarters of the Romanian Post Office (Posta Romana) the building is still known by many locals as the Post Office Palace (Palatul Postelor), although the post office actually moved out in 1970. The MNIR moved here in 1972. The museum is currently the most popular in the city, mainly because of the current Treasures of China exhibition, which runs until August 1st. At something of a wallet-busting 25 lei a ticket the exhibition at the MNIR is almost certainly one of the most expensive ever held in a Bucharest museum: it is also, however, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best. (Also note that there is, however, a family ticket available for 50 lei, allowing two adults and up to three children access on the one ticket). The exhibition - which is the fruit of years of planning and which is the result of a unique cooperation between the MNIR, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Embassy in Romania (without whose assistance it would not have happened) features more than 100 pieces of Chinese art dating back to the Paleolithic period.

Set out in chronological order the exhibition charts, via some wonderfully clear and well-written captions in Chinese, Romanian and English, the progression of Chinese culture and civilisation through the ages. While there are few (if any) gaps, with the whole thing being remarkably thorough, of particular note is the story of the Silk Road and its importance in the development of China as a great trading power: a story very well told. There is even a small section dedicated to historical links between Romania and China, featuring ancient Chinese coins and other artefacts found on Romanian territory, treasure lost either by marauding Mongol hordes or by traders arriving with their goods on the Silk Road. The centrepiece of the exhibition of course - and by far the biggest attraction - are four terracotta soldiers of Xi'an, guardians of the tomb of the first Chinese emperor

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Qin Shi Huang. These life-size statues - rarely seen outside of China - are unquestionably impressive, as is the horse which accompanies them. If we have one complaint about the exhibition it is that there is no accompanying informational leaflet, just a rather lush brochure which will set you back 70 lei. You can, however, have a guide take you round, for just 10 lei (in Romanian; the price shoots up to 75 lei if you want an English or French-speaking guide). While much of the rest of the MNIR is, alas, currently being renovated. Its biggest attractions remain open, however: the Lapidarium, and Romania's National Treasury, which includes the country’s Crown Jewels. The Lapidarium includes clay statues brought from a Bronze Age necropolis close to present day Cernavoda, and what is probably the museum's finest exhibit, a full-scale replica of Trajan's Column. The copy was made in Rome from 1939-43, but for political reasons it was not brought to Bucharest until 1967 (it was transported in a special train, of 25 wagons). The base of the column and the first six scenes are presented as a whole, while the rest of the friezes are presented separately, in linear order. They column portrays Trajan's two victorious military campaigns against the Dacians; the lower half illustrating the first (101–102), and the top half illustrating the second (105–106). The scenes depict mostly the Roman army in military activities such as setting out to battle and engaging the Dacians, as well as constructing fortifications and listening to the emperor's speeches. The carvings are crowded with soldiers, sailors, statesmen and priests, showing about 2,500 figures in all and providing a valuable source of information for modern historians on Roman and barbarian arms and methods of warfare (such as forts, ships and weapons). The emperor Trajan makes no fewer than 59 appearances. The copy at the MNIR is now in some places more legible than the eroded original.

The crown worn by Romania’s Queen Marie The Romanian Treasury in the basement of the MNIR includes jewellery from the time of the Geto-Dacians, as well as the current Romanian Crown Jewels. The collection illustrates Romania’s diverse history through the hundreds of pieces of jewellery on show. Amongst the most impressive are the Dacian Cucuteni Treasure (so-called because the hoard of more than 450 gold pieces was found at Cuceteni, near Iasi, in 1961) and the Pietroasa Gold (found in 1836 near Buzau, and featuring 12 pieces of gold decorated with precious stones). The current Romanian crowns are remarkable for their elegant modesty, not least the king’s crown. Perhaps the finest exhibit however is the Golden Helmet of Coţofeneşti, a Geto-Dacian helmet dating from the first half of the 4th century BC. Weighing in at almost a kilo, the helmet - found by chance, by a child, in 1923 - is amazingly well-preserved, with just the very top of the skull missing. The helmet was probably worn by a Dacian noblemen. It is richly decorated with studs and scenes of mythological battles.

The Helmet of Coţofeneşti. Photo by Cristian Chirita

June - July 2013


Where to stay
Cream of the Crop
Athenee Palace Hilton C-5, Str. Episcopiei 1-3, tel. (+4) 021 303 37 77, Simply put, this has been one of Bucharest’s finest hotels for almost a century. It is a living piece of the city’s history - it dates from 1914 - and yet inside its historic facade you will find a most modern place to stay. There is a wide range of rooms to choose from: the best are those with views over Piata Revolutiei. Indoor pool and health club, terrific onsite dining and of course this is the home of the English Bar: probably Bucharest’s most famous bar. Q 272 rooms. Prices from 1100-5100 lei. Prices include breakfast, but not local taxes and VAT (9%). POTHR6UFLGKDCW Carol Parc Aleea Suter 23-25, tel. (+4) 021 336 33 77, Luxurious, certainly, but offering something a bit different to the bigger players, the Carol Park is coquette and secluded: you have to know about this place, as you do not find it by chance. A gorgeous place where the finest things are offered to all who pass through its doors, expect only fine, classic furnishings and very personal service. International stars who value discretion above all else tend to stay here when visiting Bucharest. Q 17 rooms. Prices from €120-515. Prices include breakfast. VAT and taxes not included. PHRLGKW Crowne Plaza Bucharest A-1, B-dul Poligrafiei 1, tel. (+4) 021 224 00 34, Contemporary and welcoming, the Crowne Plaza offers all the reassuring global standards you would expect of the brand, from first class accommodation to world class facilities. With a renowned reputation for individual and friendly service, the hotel can also offer the greenest setting in the capital. Can also boast a large swimming pool, big, comfortable rooms and some outstanding drinking and dining options. Q 164 rooms. Prices from 690-2100 lei . Extra bed 120 lei. Prices include breakfast. VAT not included. PTHRUFGKDCW
32 32, Now here’s a hotel we have no problem in recommending. Opened during the Autumn of 2010 the Epoque has a number of things going for it, not least its location on the edge of Cismigiu Park: close enough to the heart of the city yet at the same time offering the impression of a retreat. Rooms are large and tastefully furnished, there are plenty of extras (not least a plunge pool), breakfast is good and for what you get, the prices are a steal. Q 44 rooms. Prices from €160-410. Extra bed on request in the apartment. Prices include local taxes. Breakfast and VAT not included. PTHRUFLGKDCW

Grand Hotel Continental C-5, Calea Victoriei 56, MUniversitate, tel. (+4) 0372 01 03 00, Making the very best of a wonderful building (which dates from 1886) on chic Calea Victoriei, today’s Grand Hotel Continental is the result of more than two years of loving renovation and restoration. There’s marble at every turn, though do not think that modern touches are missing, for they are not. The audio-visual systems in the rooms for example are state of the art. For the great location and for a change from the big chains, it’s well worth trying out. Q 59 rooms. Prices from €280-800. Breakfast, VAT and local taxes included. PTHR6UFLGKDW
Calea Dorobantilor 5-7, MPiata Romana, tel. (+4) 021 201 50 00, This is a high-rise hotel in the busy centre of Bucharest, where the sleek, modern exterior is matched by the interiors, all of which carry the signatures of top-name designers. The breakfast is perhaps the best in the city, coming as it does with champagne (for those who enjoy such things in the morning), and the dining opportunities in general are excellent: there is a wonderful Japanese restaurant, Benihana, on site. To really get the best out of this place though, ask for a room on one of the upper floors, for the views over the city. Q 285 rooms. Prices from €135-385. Prices do not include breakfast, VAT or taxes. POTHR6UFLGKDW

Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Bucharest Hotel B-3,

Epoque B-5, Str. Intrarea Aurora 17C, tel. (+4) 021 312

InterContinental C-5, B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu 2-4, MUniversitate, tel. (+4) 021 310 20 20, Still the tallest hotel in Bucharest (complete with a swimming pool and - during the summer, sun terrace - on the top floor) the InterContinental was the first major five star hotel to open in Romania, at the beginning of the 1970s. Today it is one of many but remains something of a first choice for journalists and business people, many of whom have been loyal guests for decades. The rooms here all boast big balconies with great views of the city, there is first class dining in the building, and the management is commendably hands-on. The new Club Lounge on the 21st floor is the best in the city, offering great views of Bucharest, cocktails, meeting rooms, internet, a library and an all round exclusive atmosphere. Non-guests can use the Club Lounge for €35 per day. It’s open 06:30-22:30. Q 257 rooms. Prices from €110-340. Prices include breakfast, but not local taxes (9%). POTHR6FLGKDCW JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel B-6, Calea 13 Septembrie 90, tel. (+4) 021 403 00 00, To the south of Casa Poporului the JW Marriott occupies something of a palatial building that at first glance probably makes it the most immediately impressive of

Bucharest In Your Pocket


included in the price of your room. Prices include breakfast (except single. The entrance is impressive: a replica of the old neoclassical National Theatre which stood on this exact site until the British bombed it to next week during the Second World War. Few locations are better than this. Prices do not include VAT. and the rooms themselves are equally avant garde in design. Q 73 rooms. PTHR6UFLGKDW 311 90 00. PiHRFLKDW Cismigiu Shiny and new the main part of the hotel is wonderful: rooms are big. Rooms are all well-sized and impeccably furnished and come with a host of extras. Excellent. www. The spacious. Bathrooms offer both tubs and showers. Home to the biggest swimming pool in the city (we think). especially the sublime Prime Steaks and Seafood. Q 258 rooms. www. luxurious rooms are the main attraction at this high rise in the north of the Prices from 485-5000 lei. Prices do not include breakfast and VAT. In a fantastic location right in the heart of the city. POTHR6UFLGKDCW Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center A-1. Prices from 500-8500 lei. (+4) 031 403 05 00. providing a welcome contrast to the building. PJHRUFLGKDCW Over €150 Alexander Sos. (+4) 021 569 51 10/(+4) 021 569 51 19. Q 718 rooms. local taxes and breakfast. VAT and local taxes. right on fashionable Calea Victoriei. betray the fact that it was built as part of the same grand plan as the Casa Poporului itself. As you walk in the glass bar strikes you as daring and modern. A gleaming temple of steel and glass amongst the more classical buildings of Calea Victoriei. tel. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious.all Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. P-ta Montreal 10. novotel. Prices do not include . millions have been spent making the hotel look better than at any time in its century-old history. Pipera-Tunari 1/VI. The hotel has a good little spa centre with sauna. www.32 Where to stay Bucharest’s big five star hotels. Extra bed €20. One of the most famous hotels in Bucharest (there is even a song about the place: Hotel Cismigiu. and there is both an indoor and outdoor pool. Yet the rooms are homely and well-furnished. by Vama Veche) reopens its doors after being closed for almost two decades. with bathrooms particularly impressive. plush hotel close to Bucharest’s high-rise business district of Pipera.radissonblu. Great breakfast . Extra bed on request in the apartment. and its cavernous Prices from €160-380. (+4) 021 308 85 00. Excellent restaurants. Prices from €205-800. and though there is no pool there is a good fitness centre with sauna and massage available. Big. Prices from €65 -200. tel. B-dul Regina Elisabeta 38. VAT or taxes. www. Calea Victoriei Extra bed on request in the apartment. MUniversitate. (+4) 021 Novotel Bucharest City Centre B-4.which is amongst the city’s best .inyourpocket. tel.pullmanhotels. Prices include breakfast. double and extra bed rates). and all in all we think that the square-meterage-per-euro ratio is higher here than anywhere else in Bucharest. where the bathrooms boast perhaps the deepest bathtubs in the city. The contemporary rooms . POTHR6UFLGKDCW Radisson Blu B-4. Turkish bath and jacuzzi. There are separate showers. the Radisson excels in playing the role of futuristic Bucharest hotel of choice. so you can swim whatever the weather.alexanderhotel. Q 401 rooms. tel. Calea Victoriei 63-81. (+4) 021 318 30 00. The scale of the place. MUniversitate. Q 203 rooms. A good on-site steak house keeps you well fed. www. lively lobby bar and a big indoor swimming pool are other added benefits of staying here.

which you can see from almost all of the rooms. Q 267 rooms. So named because it is located behind Romania’s parliament building.a real bonus . and much bigger bathrooms. www. This hotel has been around for a decade now and offers a four/five star experi- bucharest. Standing (dare we say it) majestically on Calea Victoriei. Prices include breakfast. Izvor 106. tel. but only came under the Ramada banner a short while ago. www. Prices from €100-160. VAT and local taxes. Price €150.kkhotels. good Q 60 rooms.inyourpocket. There’s a fitness centre. the NH makes up for that by offering a modern. Breakfast not included. many even boasting Q 56 rooms. (+4) 021 302 92 80. A high-rise in a leafy suburb (close to Romexpo and Herastrau Park .com. PTHRFGKDW 021 300 05 45. Not located in the most attractive area of the city. and we loved the beds which we think are June .ramadaplazabucharest. Q 111 rooms. PHRUGKW K+K Elisabeta C-5.parliament-hotel. the Majestic’s makes it well worth that little bit extra cash. The Hotel Parc has been around a while. a great breakfast is included and there is even onsite parking. Calea Victoriei 38-40. The hotel is located in a huge. Prices include VAT. tel. PTHRUi FLGKDCW Ramada Plaza Bucharest B-dul Poligrafiei 3-5. (+4) 021 310 27 72. Good place to stay with children and babies: the staff make a point of making them feel welcome. MUniversitate. In a city in which even some of the five star hotels lack pools. tel. Prices from €210-270. and possess exceptional taste. PTHRUFLGKW tel. (+4) 021 411 99 90.July 2013 NH Bucharest D-6. Ramada Bucharest Parc www.while not big . Worth every penny. . VAT and breakfast. PHRGKW Ramada Majestic B-4. MUniversitate. We love this place for a number of Extra bed €20. not least the fact that the huge breakfast buffet stays open until 11:00. Slanic 26.Where to stay 33 of which are in fact suites .are comfortable and boast brightly coloured décor and gorgeous. Expect well sized rooms with plenty of extras and a very good on site restaurant. tel. renovated period house just behind Piata Universitatii. the Majestic has long been one of Bucharest’s best hotels. It offers very big rooms with glorious bathrooms.ramadabucharestparc. soft cotton sheets on the beds. Prices from €139-210. The discretion of the location betrays the fact that this is the kind of place you come to if you like old fashioned luxury. (+4) 021 549 30 00. Prices from €100-170. The design of the place is nicely futuristic. Prices include all taxes. B-dul Poligrafiei 3-5. Great buffet breakfast included in the price. B-dul Mircea Voda 21.hence the name) it boasts nice rooms which . high double beds. Prices include breakfast. www. which are among the best we’ve come across in Bucharest. Prices from €240-1200. (+4) 021 549 20 00. contemporary hotel experience for a fair amount of money: you can usually stay here for far less than the rack rates.ramadamajestic. wifi throughout. local taxes and breakfast. Q 67 rooms. Casa Poporului. Prices include VAT. www. a great breakfast and . Str.a swimming pool (albeit a rather small one). Q 76 rooms. (+4) Parliament A-6. Prices include VAT and breakfast.are enormous. Str. PTHRUFLGKW ence: many of the rooms have jacuzzis in their bathrooms and are packed with luxuries such as the huge. Slightly more upmarket than its sister establishment across the road. meaning late starters can still get breakfast. what you get here is a slightly bigger room than at the Parc. Extra bed €30.

Rooms are big and modern. such as LCD televisions. central by nature. all taxes and breakfast. What more could you want? For your money you are getting a good deal here: the rooms are big and well furnished with plenty of mod cons. Free Wifi is a bonus. Extra bed €20. (+4) 021 312 04 Bucharest In Your Pocket . Prices include breakfast and VAT. Prices from €100-150. Q 298 rooms. tel. all taxes and breakfast. www. Str. free Wifi throughout. www. com. Prices from €159-270. (+4) 0372 08 00 80. there is a good lobby bar and a decent on site bistro. MUniversitate.thhotels. Good value for the money. not least full. bang on Bucharest’s version of Broadway (it’s all relative). Smart. tel. bucharest. The rooms are big and furnished in a modern style. (+4) 021 315 56 36. and there’s an on site bistro with great views of the busy streets outside. (+4) 021 203 65 Prices include VAT. General Berthelot 9. tel. (+4) 031 425 58 60/(+4) 0771 65 40 09. Great buffet breakfast. one of the best hotels in the city is this smart place at the northern end of the city centre. Prices from €90-150. There is high speed Wifi throughout. www.capitalplaza. Q 43 rooms. The hotel closest to Bucharest’s Otopeni airport. local taxes and breakfast. and its bright exterior is matched by the interior: bold colours abound in all the rooms and the common areas. PHRUFGKW Z Executive Boutique Hotel C-5. In a building on a street hidden a little behind the Sutu Palace this is a great place from which to enjoy the delights of Old Town and indeed the whole of central Bucharest. tastefully furnished and come with comfortable beds and good bathrooms.inyourpocket. PTHRUi FLGKW Central B-5. Ion Brezoianu 13. Prices include breakfast. the Armonia offers terrific (though not all that big) Berthelot B-5. with unobtrusive colours and smart Armonia D-4. B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara 54. tel. the 1880.hotelberthelot. Looking for the business traveller not wanting to pay five star prices. ro. VAT and breakfast. amongst cinemas and theatres. Calea Mosilor 112. tel. www. www. Plenty of little luxuries. about five minutes walk from Piata Prices from €65-75. MUniversitate. modern and dead central.34 Where to stay amongst the best in Bucharest. while the bathrobes in the sumptuous bathrooms are suitably fluffy and the cosmetics a cut above the norm. ro. PHRLGKW €100-150 Angelo Airporthotel Bucharest Calea Bucurestilor 283. Central by name. Q 32 rooms. Top onsite restaurant too. The Angelo is operated by Vienna International Hotels & Resorts. Slap. Str. The breakfast room is great. Prices from € Ion Nistor 4. PTHRLGKW Capital Plaza B-4. www. and the range of free cosmetics is impressive. Prices from €99-129. Bathrooms are good.hotelarmonia. Prices include VAT.angelo-bucharest. Extra bed €10. Prices include VAT. and a fitness centre complete with sauna. Prices include all taxes. Extra bed €20. Q 21 rooms. Str. tel. PTHR6UFLGKDW 77. PTHR6ULGKW rooms that come complete with what have to be contenders for the ‘best bathrooms in the city’ prize we often mention but never get round to handing out. Not altogether that inviting from the outside. In good weather the terrace at the back is a great place to take your breakfast (included in the price of a room). (+4) 031 140 02 00. Q 177 rooms. You want central? Well this place is central. Transport to and from the airport is complimentary. Q 95 rooms.

pre-World War II. the most stylish residential area in the city. tel. tel. www. and as such we think this is a great place for families with children to stay when visiting the Prices from €95-€140. (+4) 021 312 48 55. Q 33 rooms. Prices include VAT and breakfast. Prices include breakfast. Q 35 rooms. Str. VAT not included. It’s a classy place for classy Prices from €75-145. making this one of the best villa conversions in the city. Al. especially given the size of the rooms and the terrific breakfast spread they lay on every morning for guests. this modern hotel is squeezed in to a tight spot between two classic Bucharest buildings of the past. excellent value rooms and super services. The restaurant is also worth a visit. serving good international cuisine. residencehotels. You could quite literally throw a stone from the rooms here into Cismigiu Park (though we do not tel. studios and apartments are bright. This is one such villa dating from that period. All the rooms. tel. It also has a fantastic spa. Prices from €90-120. (+4) 021 315 81 31/(+4) 021 315 81 41. Prices from €90-120. Prices include all taxes and breakfast. Q 62 rooms. Str. Prices include all taxes. and there’s free and fast Wifi throughout. are fabulous. (+4) 021 224 50 44/(+4) 0372 15 06 00. perfect for tired business types in need of evening relaxation. and who go out of their way to make sure you do not get ripped off by dodgy taxi drivers: such attention to detail is to be applauded. (+4) 021 223 19 78/(+4) 0372 15 07 00. this place offers real luxury and a quiet. big and have stunning bathrooms have tubs and showers. PTHRLGKDW Residence Domenii Plaza A-2. Extra bed €20. Constantinescu 33. VAT not included. Str.Where to stay 35 the Central was totally renovated last year and is now one of the best (and best value) stays in the city. B-dul Dacia 33. basically. We like the staff who are always friendly. Fantastic hotel in a good area of the capital. Q 20 rooms. we think that you get value for money. for example. The wrought iron beds. www. ro. Located in the heart of what was. Q 33 rooms. and the food in the restaurant better than most of Bucharest’s restaurants: it is really that good. A proverbial stone’s throw from Piata Romana. steam bath and enormous jacuzzi. VAT and breakfast for one person. residencehotels. the ambience of the ancien regime has been preserved. understated atmosphere. Prices include all taxes and breakfast. offering large. PTHR6UGKW Duke C-4. Rooms are well-sized. Prices from €140-180. (+4) 021 317 41 86/(+4) 021 317 41 87. A wonderful villa.hotelelgreco. PTHRLi GKDW bucharest. The rooftop terrace has fine views of what is the city’s best residential area.thhotels. Ion Brezoianu 37. complete with sauna. Extra bed €20. Fortunately. Prices include breakfast. Staff happy and smiley too.Q 37 rooms. as is the newly added spa. complete with sauna and jacuzzi. however. Prices from €130-170. Clucerului 19. PTHRULGKW Opera B-5. Now this place is tel.July 2013 . Jean Louis Calderon 16. There are little touches of class all over the hotel that suggest they really care. Str. MPiata Romana. MUniversitate. though it has of course been renovated and refurbished to include a rack of modern luxuries. www.hotelduke. El Greco PRGKW Residence Arc de Triomphe A-3. Beds get high marks for their excellent mattresses. PTHR6UGW recommend it).com June . Not cheap. www.

carohotel. (+4) 021 310 56 68. PTH6UFLKDCW Andy A-4. PR6GKDW Boutique Hotel Monaco C-5. Prices from €30-50. tel.hotelmonaco. we doubt anyone will be good bathrooms. and if you are in two minds as to which station hotel to stay in. It even has a sauna and jacuzzi. Str. Prices include all taxes. www. Want a room in the heart of Bucharest? This place is for A great buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s cool restaurant. tel. the Caro Parc: one of the best three-stars in the city. comfortable and covered with crisp yet soft sheets. though it is only fair to say that it is a good 30 minutes or so to the city centre. with rooms and services to match anywhere. Prices from €20-55. There is free wifi at the Caro Golf. www. Prices from € All three offer bright rooms with excellent bathrooms. bright and have splashes of colour all over them (and each room is a different colour). and the outstanding value budget two-star Caro Horoscop. A smart hotel in the northern part of the city centre. tel.36 Where to stay Under €100 Amzei B-4. The surroundings are leafy and yet the city’s business district is just across the street. (+4) 021 208 61 00. and the beds are large. Q 22 rooms. www. you get a large amount of room indeed. Still. especially compared to those surrounding it. tel. Prices include VAT and breakfast. (+4) 021 313 94 00. PTLW Drumul Odaii 1D. Prices from €79-129. VAT and local The rooms are well sized. A delicious villa conversion in the middle of Piata Amzei. located on a quiet side street. VAT and breakfast. www. The bathrooms are a little more modest. tel. B-dul Barbu Văcărescu 164A. make sure you choose this one. J. MGara de Nord.andyhotels. Q 49 rooms. Prices include all taxes. but are a decent size and very well decorated. Close to the airport (on the other side of the road to McDonalds) this place is perfect if you have an early flight. (+4) 021 352 87 19. Q 188 rooms. Str. and at prices as low as these. and they cost about €1 per square metre. tel. L. many with sloping ceilings and hidden nooks and crannies. (+4) 021 210 73 03/(+4) 021 210 73 04. Really: these must be the biggest hotel rooms in Bucharest. Q 8 rooms. There is an elegance to the decoration that suggests they’ve taken real time and effort over things. For what you pay at this hotel. flatscreen TVs. A nice place on a quiet(ish) street yet still close enough to the city centre to be within walking distance. a four-star establishment offering very swish rooms. Witing 2. Otopeni. Wifi. P-ta Amzei 8. all are individually furnished and have bags of character. Calderon 74. The kind of place you feel should cost a lot more than it does: seriously good value for money. MPiata Romana. MStefan cel Mare. PTRLGW Charter Christina C-4. everything. PTHRLGKW Caro MAurel Vla- icu. close to. The rooms are all enormous. Ion Slatineanu 13. (+4) 021 300 30 50. VAT and breakfast. Q 21 rooms. Str. Prices include all taxes. www. Prices include breakfast. VAT and breakfast. The Caro is in fact three hotels in one: the Caro Golf.hotelamzei. Extra bed €20.hotelcharter. Prices from €57-150. You can see Gara de Nord from your bedroom window if you stay here: you can decide for yourself if that’s good or bad. well. It’s a decent . there is fast free Wifi Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.hotelchristina. and there is terrific buffet breakfast in the Belvedere restaurant.

There is Wifi throughout and a host of extras: not least of which is the fantastic breakfast. Q 81 rooms. VAT and local taxes. Prices from €40-50. MPiata (+4) 021 200 62 70. VAT and breakfast. tel. tel. Muncii.doubletree. few frills (breakfast costs extra) and all in all a good value stay. Located just off Bulevardul Unirii./fax (+4) 021 210 39 58.goldentuliptimes. For your paltry amount of cash you are getting a lot of hotel room here. MPiata Romana. all taxes and breakfast. www. www. The hotel is a decent place offering big-ish rooms. The on site restaurant is one of the best hotel-based eateries in the city. PHRULGW Golden Tulip Times E-6. MStefan cel Mare. (+4) 0727 59 95 99.July 2013 . www.goldentulipbucharest. Calea Grivitei 143. Prices include breakfast. not just showers. (+4) 021 316 65 16. the usual services. the Golden Tulip is a fine hotel that makes great use of the space available. Nerva Traian 3A. PR6ULGKW Hello Hotels B-4. as are the bathrooms: all of which have tubs. (+4) 021 401 10 00. VAT and Add in great staff and a quiet location and you have one of Bucharest’s real bargains. The bathrooms for example are not huge but feel far bigger than they are. Str. Expect a room a bit bigger than standard Ibis size. (€9 per person). Calea Grivitei 143. Half-way along Calea Victoriei. www. (+4) 021 212 55 58. PHR6ULGKW Ibis Palatul Parlamentului B-6. and all have enough room for bathtubs. Prices include VAT. (+4) 021 231 22 83/(+4) 0728 60 22 83. If you want a view of Casa Poporului then this is perhaps the best place in bucharest. Ibis Gara de Nord A-4. (+4) 0372 12 18 00. We love the place. www. Symbol Key P Air conditioning O Casino T Child friendly R Internet (Standard) F Fitness centre M Nearest metro station K Restaurant C Swimming pool A Credit cards accepted H Conference facilities U Disabled facilities L Guarded parking G Non-smoking rooms Old Town location D Sauna W WiFi Internet Prices include breakfast. Extra bed €29. Izvor 82-84. B-dul Decebal 19. with commendably big bathrooms. it’s suited best to business travellers looking to get great value for their company’s dollar. tel. Two stars never looked so good.ibishotels. PTHKW Dan B-4. www. a pleasant walk to both Piata Victoriei and Piata June . Prices include VAT and taxes. Find the place a short walk from the station. Good. A hotel for more than 40 years this building (and the whole area) was given a real lift when it became a good old Ibis some several years ago now. Prices include local taxes. Prices from €33-69. PTHRUFLGi KDW DoubleTree by Hilton D-7. Prices include the DoubleT ree is something of a beacon of glass and steel in an area not known for anything except monumental socialist architecture. Bathrooms are a bit pokey but they are more than adequate. big desks and comfy armchairs. Prices from €49-79. Q 250 rooms. Str. and as far as value for money goes we think this is one of the best deals in the The name is not misleading: it is dead opposite the station. www. Calea Victoriei 166. (+4) 021 300 91 This. Bright and modern in design we think Hotel Nonna Mia C-3. Prices include all taxes. A bed and breakfast with an Italian twist (the fantastic restaurant on the ground floor). VAT and local taxes. Its location a short distance from the city centre is good. Q 15 rooms. Prices from €85-105. Prices include VAT and local taxes. all taxes and breakfast. Prices from €78-98. MGara de Nord. Prices from €45-85. Q 6 rooms. people. Prices from €115-250. and the rooms are well sized. good bathrooms and kitchenettes. PTJHRUFLGKW tel. tel. B-dul Dacia 125. Breakfast not included.inyourpocket. Chile 10. Extra bed €25. Extra bed €15. Q 87 rooms. Homely rooms with bags of character. nonnamia. Bathrooms are equally impressive and modern. All come furnished well with terrific beds. tel. Serving a terrific buffet breakfast (until 11:00) this hotel has long been one of our favourites. Str. Happy. Breakfast not included.Q 70 rooms.Where to stay 37 and they even claim to offer a free shirt-pressing service. multi-lingual staff are a bonus not always found in Bucharest’s hotels. is a very good hotel where you get a hell of a lot of room for a relatively small amount of money. friendly staff and the kind of homely atmosphere you would expect of a small well-run hotel.hoteldan. Q 24 rooms (€79-89).ro. Golden Tulip Bucharest B-4. tel. MGara de Nord. complete with flat screen televisions and mattresses thicker than many a five-star. Good cafes (there are two) to choose from on the ground floor: one has a covered terrace. Q 150 PTHRLGKW tel.

5 triples €85. Magic.for-rent. VAT and breakfast. (+4) 021 233 50 00. tel. QOpen 08:00 . sauna. Prices include all taxes. It has great rooms . Extra bed €10. Ion Campineanu 29. Other than that it is a fairly standard Ibis hotel. Sarroglia Hotel C-5.inyourpocket. they have someone on call 24 hours for any emergencies. Prices from €30-80/ elegant. from studios to two-bedroomed places. Vasile Lascar 59. aparthomes. PTR6GW Cert Accommodation B-5. complete with jacuzzi. it remains a great choice for business people who pay their own bills: you get great service. www. (+4) 031 412 60 00.minerva. one. Bright. Q 232 rooms. (€9 per person). tel. Cheaper rates for longer stays. Turkish bath and massage. George Valentin Bibescu 33. maid service twice a week and offer a variety of other services. (+4) 021 232 04 06. ramadanorth. tel. Q 161 rooms. Prices include breakfast and local taxes. Q 147 rooms.sarrogliahotel. as well as a villa in Baneasa. Q 21 rooms (6 studios €40. it does boast non-smoking rooms and very good MPiata Victoriei. two and three bedroom apartments in and around the city centre.certaccommodation. A wide range of city-centre apartments. There are also studios with kitchenettes for longer stays. Prices include local taxes and VAT. 5 apartments €150). Breakfast not included. www. Having been around so long it is entitled to a gold watch. and they can also arrange car hire and airport transfers. Good lobby bar and fine-dining in the restaurant too. X/2. contemporary and architecturally stunning hotel that looks expensive Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. 15 apartments €55 . Prices from €49-95. Cleaning is free. Q 20 rooms (5 singles/doubles €50. A very good selection of fully furnished. Prices include VAT and local taxes.amongst the biggest. PTHR6UFLGKDCW Ramada Hotel & Suites Bucharest North C-6. It is really hard to knock the Minerva so we will not even try. . Gheorghe Manu (+4) 0722 36 75 68/(+4) 021 314 49 50. a good room (a choice of smoking or non-smoking). tel. Str. Str. A. VAT included. Prices from €75-111. Prices include all taxes. tel. Piata Walter Maracineanu 1-3.38 Where to stay Short Term Rental Apart Homes C-6. Str.20:00. 6. What’s more.and the bathrooms are tremendous: all have bathtubs. a dead-central location yet are only asked for a fraction of what the five-stars charge. Str. Prices from €59-99. Not entirely ideally located if you are not driving. (+4) 0720 77 27 72. 5 suites €100. Grand Accommodation has a variety of well furnished apartments and villas to suit all pockets in good locations available for both short and long term rentals. Well located in a quiet residential area near Herastrau park. www. just as you love them from anywhere else on the from city tours to laundry. Bucharest to come. bl. The oldest Chinese restaurant in Romania is located on the ground floor. there is a lively bar and a good spa. PHRFGKDW Daniel Danielopolu 44A. on average. in Bucharest . tel. VAT and breakfast. www. a big fitness room with loads of equipment and an outdoor terrace and swimming pool.€100). serviced studios. Breakfast not included. www. Str. (+4) 021 311 15 55. POTFLGKW Grand Accommodation B-5. The hotel boasts a good spa centre (with excellent Turkish bath). PTHR6ULGKW Minerva B-4. VAT not included.

Prices include breakfast. Prices from €35-55. The building is a superb Secession renovation on a street that boasts some extraordinary buildings: it is a shame not all are up to this standard. Grigore Cobalcescu 9. is a terrific choice for anyone looking to be close to the city’s best night spots and restaurants. Q 24 MPiata Unirii. Str.inyourpocket. Balcesti 9. eu. Bucharest’s newest hostel.Where to stay 39 yet costs relatively little. In warmer months you can have your breakfast outside in the lovely courtyard. PTHR6UGKW suites available for backpackers and families of all ages. Few frills. Prices include all taxes. dorm facilities and family bucharest. Good. Q 26 rooms. Breakfast not included. Prices from €30-40. next to the Ministry of Defence and opposite Cismigiu Park. Str. clean dorms and bathrooms. Bathrooms have either a bath or a shower. homely bed and breakfast. (+4) Trianon 021 312 76 13/(+4) 0785 21 15 15. VAT and breakfast./fax (+4) 021 311 98 48. Breakfast not included. Besides.July 2013 . (+4) 0722 49 59 00/(+4) 0722 49 59 01. Located in a lovely 1920s house close to Gara de Nord (one block east of Strada Vespatian and Dinicu Golescu) Vila 11 has a variety of private rooms. as they have just opened and the prices are seriously low. PHRUFLGKW B-5. these must currently be the best value rooms in Bucharest. Q 6 rooms.xhostel. tel. Bang in the centre of the city this villa. often in the form of a full-wall mural. The rooms are minimalist yet chic and pack a real punch in the comfort June . tel. MPiata Romana. VAT and local taxes. Q 8 rooms. Prices from €74-110. Free Wifi. Str. www.. VAT and local taxes. The location is close enough to the centre to be attractive while remaining residential: this is a quiet area of town. tastefully decorated and offer excellent value for money. www. MGara de Nord. and already forging for itself something of party-central reputation. (+4) 021 311 49 27/(+4) 021 311 49 28. PHGW Hostels & Villas Flower’s B & B D-5. As such it is probably not the best place in town for a quiet night in. The hotel’s restaurant and lounge provide colour and panache. Cobalcescu.flowersbb. Prices from €20-54. little fuss. If location really is everything then you can’t do much better than this cracking place on Str. and each comes with an individual feel to it. barrio. PTR6LGW Vila 11 A-4. Q 32 rooms. PT6GKDW Villa Barrio B-4. Institutul Medico Militar 11. VAT and breakfast. but breakfast not included. Biserica Amzei 3. Rooms are not big but are tel. Prices include taxes. Prices from €85-133. Prices from €5-45. Prices include local taxes and VAT. Q 18 rooms. yet the young crowd that frequents the place hardly mind that. and a number of singles for those who can splash the extra cash. tel. Prices include local taxes and VAT. Friendly and welcoming the owners do a great breakfast (included in the price) and are a wealth of inside info when it comes to getting the best out of Bucharest. equipped with all mod-cons and have excellent en suite bathrooms. Extra bed €18. Very close to Piata Unirii this place is exactly what it claims to be: a proper. Plantelor 2. T6GW X Hostel C-6. Inside the rooms are simple. just first class hospitality from great staff who will make your stay as comfortable as possible. Prices include breakfast. Str. once the residence of the legendary Cartagiu family. www. Str. (+4) 0734 33 30 20/(+4) 0721 36 08 98. tel.

QOpen 12:00 .we can recommend the Spinach and Stilton Pie . Expect superior. tel.hardrock. www. All things to all people the burgers and ribs are a cut above the usual. mainly northern Chinese food made of the finest ingredients. tel. David Emmanuel 4A. and the ciolan cu varza . Everything on the menu is toxin free. QOpen 12:00 .ro. that does not mean forgoing taste: the delicious chutneys served with the poppadoms will convince you of that right from the off. €€€. www. (+4) 021 320 35 British (+4) 021 211 31 51. QOpen 12:00 . tel.pork knuckle with cabbage and beans. Get there now. desserts are as outsized and sweet as they should of the best in the city. and that is what we have here. This is a rough and ready type place. Str. you can’t go wrong here. Where do you start when reviewing a place as revolutionary as this? The concept is Ayurveda.inyourpocket. PVGBSW Bucharest In Your Pocket PBSW Waterloo D-5. Sos. Good prices and great value all round: well worth a look. QOpen 12:00 . Fri. Icoanei 15. Popular with all sorts of expats who have a regular rendezvous here. QOpen 12:00 . Sat 12:00 . which foodies have been raving about for years. Come for lunch with the kids (who are always well looked after and have their own menu). Traian 188.24:00. The toilets by the way are amazing. It’s fun. many of which are specially imported. Suddenly Bucharest has a choice of great Chinese restaurants. Ayuvedic principles have long been applied to alternative medicine.cincielemente. and they even serve lobster. €€. Chinese Restaurant 5 Elemente C-5. (+4) 0766 33 15 11. now it is developing into cuisine.23:00. The menu has a few British dishes . tel.24:00. PLVBSW The Trafalgar Pub C-4. especially if there is a group of you.01:00. Kiseleff 32.40 Restaurants American Hard Rock Cafe A-2. www.but best of all we like the ciorba de vacuta . www. (+4) 0736 39 25 87. Str. dinner with the crowd from work or late drinks and live music with your mates. and the service comes from smiley waitresses and expert bar staff. chicken with beer and even some fondue. B-dul Banu Manta 25. Guinness on draught at a decent price. organic ingredients. €€€.24:00. One of the largest Hard Rocks in Europe.24:00. with long bench €€€.ro. but there is plenty of seafood.01:00. Amazingly. PSW Vegetarian Casa Satya A-3. PLEBSW Belgian 88/(+4) 0744 526 048. Big terrace too. Str. featuring duck with white sauce. so no meat. and everything is made with only fresh. this place is a pub and bistro in one. as in the mix life and science. www. on the coast in Mamaia. Let’s rock.satya. The menu is far more adventurous than you might imagine. tel. Sat 12:00 . whatever time of day you visit. where you can get a decent meal for little money while enjoying usually decent . (+4) 021 206 62 61. This place is brought to you by the team behind the uber-successful We love it. €€€. Fri. The crispy duck is perhaps the best in the country.trafalgarpub.

The food is this one of the top five restaurants in tel. Fine Dining Maison 13 C-4. Simply put. Str. one of the best restaurants ever in Bucharest. (+4) 0733 50 14 01. for example). Lunch or dinner with a view? This is the place to come people. Dud in Romanian means mulberry. PLESW June . (+4) 0751 13 13 13. so you will understand the reason behind the name of this place the minute you see an impeccably preserved Morgan and step inside the gorgeous courtyard complete with mulberry tree in the middle. With a range of fine wines from one of Romania’s best vineyards this place is top notch. tel. €€€. A top. (+4) 021 318 12 85/(+4) 0726 10 34 07. if you want our opinion. so get here and enjoy a menu of adventurous treats that changes regularly: so much so that individual recommendations are pointless. MPiata Victoriei/Piata Romana. It is also a self-declared anti-fitze establishment (much like its sister locations in the centre of town) and the vibe is always a little trendy but never kitsch. Clopotarii Vechi 5. it does. Q Open 12:00 . tel.Restaurants 41 Restaurant Nan Jing B-4.23:00. Sat. Sperantei 7. tel. We like matter how often you come . www. www.features something new and exciting to try.24:00. €€€€. PBW Morgan La Dud C-5. It is still one of the best. from the pasta (all made on the premises) to the exciting variations of Romanian classics (sarmale made with mutton and rolled in MPiata Victoriei. Str. tel. (+4) 0733 73 59 32. The frequently changing menu is a mix of cuisines and flavours and always . QOpen 12:00 . relaxed pace to hang out. P-ta Presei Libere 3-5. Dating back to 1980s this little piece of Bucharest foodie history was the first Chinese restaurant in the land.24:00.verandacasafrumoasa.inyourpocket. Combining a contemporary setting with fine food. More than just a restaurant the lunch is a great deal.24:30.July 2013 bucharest. For years this place was Balthazar. 18 Lounge Dumbrava Rosie 2. MPiata . The White Duchess gateaux makes for a smashing dessert. www. Gheorghe Manu 2-4. more contemporary and. The conservatory-esque setting is terrific. the setting is good.18lounge. €€€€. Q Open 10:00 . this is a gourmet’s delight. Str. Closed Mon. (+4) 0752 70 03 00. more welcoming than the often stuffy and stuck-up Balthazar could be. On the 18th floor of one of the tallest office buildings in the city. PLBSW Food & Drink What do we mean by Food & Drink? Simple: places in which you could just as easily sit down and have a three course meal as you could spend a night on the beer or cocktails. €€€.ro. Prices are reasonable. You will find the Nan Jing on the ground floor of the Minerva hotel. This is fine dining without the heirs and graces. Dare we suggest that Maison 13 is even better? Completely different to its predecessor it is brighter. Sun 10:00 . PLVBSW mulberry leaves. www. QOpen 10:00 . Str. and there are outstanding wines and champagnes to complement the food.morganladud. as its longevity (no mean feat in a city where good eateries come and go fast) testifies. €€€€. this place doesn’t need to serve decent food to attract clients: fortunately. QOpen 12:00 .restaurantnanjing. and late in the evening it becomes a smooth. PLSW Veranda Casa Frumoasa B-4. with a nice covered terrace overlooking busy Bulevardul Lascar Cartagiu. top place.24:00.

as the name suggests . QOpen 10:00 23:00. tel.20:00. in Piata Amzei. the food better than average. terrific bar food .42 Restaurants Embassy C-4. QOpen 08:30 . (+4) 021 319 72 57.24:00. Excellent wine list which.03:00. Come for barbequed meats. championsrestaurant. It’s something of an oasis of greenery in the middle of busy Sat 11:00 . Fri. MPiata Romana. and prices are reasonable . They are rather proud of their smoked salmon here (and rightly so) and the wine list features plenty of affordable grape.boutiquedupain. The Radisson’s terrace is . Sunday Brunch & Plunge from 12:30 . First-class terrace to the right of the big hotel. €€. www. the central and original Embassy (there are a couple of spin-offs in town) has been around a few years now.and much else besides (including some great cocktails) it is the kind of place that grows on you as the evening wears on. though the real joy of this place is its view to the Bucharest In Your Pocket . Toamnei 101.escargot. www. new-wave French dishes which . €€€. (+4) 0733 50 03 00. PVEBSW bucharest. and in this city longevity alone is a sign of how good it is.24:30. 220 lei/pers. and the small selection of hot meals of an evening . tel. Closed Sun.22:00. lunch and evening meals in fresh. The selection of morning pastries is the best in the city. a few cocktails. P-ta Lahovari 8.including a genuinely great cheeseburger with bacon. As regular readers will know we are suckers for an open kitchen.reflecting the quality. with food to match. This is in fact more bistro than anything. (+4) 0728 44 33 00. TULBSW market. La Strada has been the setting the standard for Bucharest terraces for more than a decade and a half. ro. Lovely terrace. Big terrace. and there is plenty of room. it is a sensational French restaurant where the love and care the chef has for his food oozes onto your plate. It had to happen. UBSW The Garden B-6. Bucharest foodies: this is the place for you. www. tel.widely regarded as one of the city’s best . €€€. (+4) 021 311 90 00.24:00. Popular with a wealthy crowd. (+4) 021 310 33 02. and that is what we have here: sit and watch the chef and owner prepare your gorgeous homemade French meal. tel.02:00. tel. this place is a mini-revolution on the Bucharest dining scene and worthy of your The Harbour B-4. PBSW Ici et La Nicolae Golescu 17. BSW Poolside Grill B-4. For lunch there is a range of sandwiches hard to beat anywhere else. (+4) 021 403 19 19. Str. Str.23:30. Champions (inside the hotel) will be happy to welcome you. (+4) 0731 45 36 08/(+4) 0731 35 26 08. We should add that the service is good. This terrific place at the Hilton remains a great place to come for very good food (the main Roberto’s menu is also available outside) and a beer. access from Calea Victoriei). for once acknowledges that the New World can make a decent grape too. making it just right for afternoons and evenings with family or friends. in a courtyard at the rear. and the prices are more than affordable.for this city . €€€ bright surroundings. com. www. BSW French Bakery Le Restaurant C-5. Episcopiei 1-3 (Athenee Palace Hilton. Top it all off with the magnificent creme brulee. salads. tel. www. Calea 13 Septembrie 90 (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel). MPiata Romana.16:30. or something more formal. €€€.inyourpocket. Str. QOpen 12:00 . In case of bad Serving a good gourmet burger . Duck that takes 48 hours to prepare. €€. tel. BW Roberto’s on La Strada C-5. includes entrance to the pool. Brilliant location and the plethora of comfy sofas perfect for long evenings chatting with friends are a bonus. Sun 13:00 . and in all likeliness you will stay until very late. QOpen 11:00 . The atmosphere is relaxing. Q Open 12:30 . while featuring a great selection of French wines. tel. €€€. outstanding wines and all served in minimalist surroundings: the food is king here.01:00.situated at the side of the hotel’s big outdoor swimming pool. A French restaurant that actually delivers the goods time after time yet does so in an atmosphere that begs you to spend more time here. as well as friendly and efficient staff. fresh snails. MUniversitate. an onion soup of the like we’ve never eaten in Bucharest. €€€€. serving breakfast. (+4) 021 303 37 77. tel.harbour. Str.24:00. with office workers going out of their way to stop here for fresh supplies. 110 lei for children under twelve. MPiata Romana.are very well-priced. Academiei 28-30.frenchbakery.icietla. The menu features a number of simple. PSW Escargot Bistro D-4. In short. A top location. www. The cocktail list is good too.the menu changes daily . QOpen 11:30 . Everything you want from a city-centre eatery and a lot more. P-ta Amzei 10-22. We came here for lunch recently and were stunned by how many foreigners were eating here: it must be one of the most popular tourist and visitor spots in town. Q Open 12:00 . PLVEBSW French Boutique du Pain C-5. QOpen 12:00 . Str. Relax and enjoy the rather special homemade ice tea and barbeque food while the kids play in the children’s corner: there are all sorts of toys to keep them entertained. MPiata Romana. A little non-descript from the outside.are perfect for a casual dinner. www. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu). QOpen 12:00 . Sun 08:30 . €€€. We usually do.23:30. (+4) 021 201 71 33/(+4) 0746 79 50 29. Mendeleev 43.

This legendary beer hall looks better than ever. Not as dear as you might think either. tel.23:00. (+4) 0737 50 01 50/(+4) 0737 50 01 51. The squid served with risotto. tel. QOpen 12:00 .ro. PLESW German Beraria Bragadiru B-7. MPiata Romana. QOpen 10:30 . tel. 180 lei/pers. but worth the cost. Roasted duck breast with rice and kumquat sauce and sea bass with ratatouille and celery sauce are just two of the standout dishes we entirely recommend. Sunday Brunch 12:00 . as is the ciolan) alongside a live Bavarian oompah band every night it is the perfect place for Symbol key P Air conditioning T Child friendly U Facilities for the disabled V Home delivery M Nearby metro station W Wifi 6 Animal friendly N Credit cards not accepted L Guarded parking E Live music G Non-smoking S Take away bucharest. for example: it sounds so simple yet it’s a taste sensation.barrio. Calea Rahovei 157.24:00. Q Open 12:00 .berariabragadiru. chosen from one of the most adventurous menus in the city. It is not cheap.July 2013 . €€€€. www. Beyond the Warhol prints on the walls this is French du terroir. but then dishes like scallops with mash potatoes and a truffle and veal sauce never can be. (+4) 0733 22 27 77. It’s not just us who say so either: ask anybody in the city who knows their food and you get the same reply: it’s brilliant. where simple yet perfect flavours are allowed to breathe by a gifted chef who cooks for his customers as though he is cooking for his best mates. PKSW Loft Lounge C-4. MStefan cel Mare. cooked by perhaps the best chef in the country. Not cheap of course. tel. (+4) 0725 21 06 08. tel. Worth a June . ro. Every time we visit (and we visit as often as we can) we find something new and interesting . Closed Sun. Inventive and magnificent food (seafood dominates).24:00.lacantinedenicolai. At Avalon. PSW 43 Fusion Avalon B-3.inyourpocket. 19:00 . Q Open 12:00 . children under seven free.16:00. €€€€. the jewel in the HoJo’s dining crown. €€€. 19:00 . www.01:00. MPiata Romana.on the menu (which changes regularly) and a good new wine to go with our It might be too fashionable for some tastes. €€€€. children between seven and 12 years half price.23:00. Fri. (+4) 0756 38 56 38. (+4) 021 201 50 30. B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara 56-60.15:00. Sat 10:30 . PLSW Barrio by Embassy B-4.16:00. With German food as good as anywhere in the city (the potato and sausage soup is a winner. www. knowing diners come to enjoy the flavours and smells of the superb fusion cuisine.hojoplaza. Those who know their food know that this place is one of the top ten restaurants in the land. MPiata Romana. Wonderful bar. cafe and restaurant (the place works as all three) where besides expertly mixed cocktails you can enjoy some sensational food. Str. Biserica Amzei 30.Restaurants La Cantine de Nicolai B-4. www. but the truth is the food is amongst the best in the land. cooked to perfection. Calea Dorobantilor 5-7 (Howard Johnson Grand Plaza).and usually inventive . Special. Povernei 15-17.loftlounge.

ro. Str. MPiata Indian Haveli D-4. The onion bhajis remain Bucharest’s best. PESW (+4) 021 233 94 62/(+4) 0722 28 45 60. Str. No less than three Indian chefs cook up the treats out back. Stockholm 9. PLVSW Karishma D-5. (+4) 021 211 46 98/(+4) 0722 63 37 93. Sat 14:00 . now as ever (and it has been around for more than 15 years). Great steak-based Saturday brunch: La Boucherie .24:00. Calea Victoriei 56 (Grand Hotel Continental). tel. P-ta Montreal 10 (Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center). Light and spacious diner overlooking Piata Victoriei serving excellent value hot lunches. this is probably the best eatery we’ve been to so far at this particular top-notch hotel. In fact. and that the edges between Serbian. Av. www. www. of which the Bhangan Bharta (aubergine with tomato and onion) is a particular favourite. B-dul Nicolae Titulescu 4-8. Sat. QOpen 12:00 . This restaurant is a magnificent place serving wonderful. MPiata Victoriei.if they have it .inyourpocket. www. We like the long list of vegetarian dishes. Calea Dorobantilor 20-28. (+4) 0372 01 03 00. and regular live music and arty events. The food is fantastic. As you would expect.22:00. tel. First class cocktail list. Look out for the daily specials. and what steaks! All the beef is shipped in fresh from South America.karishma. Str. QOpen 15:00 23:30. tea. PLGW Barbizon Steak House A-1. at once homely and welcoming. Convincingly authentic Indian cuisine served in a brightly decorated villa. €€€€. €€€. (+4) 0722 30 89 60. QOpen 12:00 . Turkish.24:00. www. Romanian and Bulgarian food can sometimes be very blurred indeed.24:00. www. €€.spice things up for the more experienced diner.grandhotelcontinental.23:00. 18:30-22:30. tel. 190 lei/pers. We’ve been coming here for Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.becaskitchen. On our last visit we went for the lamb with spinach in tomato sauce which was as good as we had hoped. pickles and the like. The place itself is gorgeously simple in its decor.diedeutschekneipe.23:30. Found at the Pullman. A restaurant brave enough to admit that food in this part of the world is truly Balkan. with the menu changing more or less every day: check the blackboard for today’s specials. Closed Mon. Saturday Brunch 11:30-15:30.haveli. 90 lei children. This place. Iancu Capitanu 36. Beca’s Kitchen C-4. they keep the prices down and their punters very happy. Str.with pleasure .ro. €€. (+4) 021 252 51 57. You can also buy homemade jams. €€€. tel. Episcop Radu 3. Really. MPiata . (+4) 021 211 03 90/ (+4) 0721 72 16 40. Now there is plenty of choice but we still trot up to Barka whenever we can. Q Open 12:30-15:30. Our only complaint would be that there seemed to be no German beer on draught. QOpen 12:00 . a rare treat in these parts. steaks top the bill. €€€.never failing to hit the spot. You usually need a reservation at weekends. tel. PNSW Die Deutsche Kneipe C-3. €€. where the sauces are by nature toned down for locals but where chef will .23:30. www. PVGSW Bistro Mon Cher B-3.benat. Very interesting indeed. QOpen 07:00 . salads. coffee and cakes. €€€. We have been coming here since the last century. €€.23:00. 18:00 . (+4) 021 224 10 04. by warrant of its bits and pieces layout. is perhaps the closest thing you will find to a classic British/Indian curry house in Bucharest. we counted no fewer than 10 lamb dishes on the menu.Q Open 12:00 . (+4) 031 437 96 03. home-cooked food. QOpen 12:00 . Good place for a simple pint of German beer too. one of our favourite places in Bucharest. Serving giant portions of great German sausages (all made on the premises) as well as pork knuckles. and though prices reflect the quality you will not argue at the end of the evening. tel. PLW Barka Saffron A-2. Greek.the gazpacho is as good as any in the city. QOpen 13:00 .22:00. Good wine list (we like the inclusion of Moldovan wines) and an open kitchen is always welcome. One of those places that merits praise simply for having been around for so long. with the lamb rogan josh ordered extra hot .18:00. tel. PESW Romana. tel. You will find a rich range of dishes on offer: all presented on the menu in their original language. a little more spicy. PVBSW Be Nat A-4. Sănătescu 1. kraut and the like. Mihai Eminescu 80. Sun 09:00 . Sit upstairs for the best views of the street below. ro. (+4) 021 318 30 00. tel. MUniversitate. kids under 10 Closed Sun. while .pullmanhotels.44 Restaurants Price Guide (Based on a good meal with wine) €€€€ Expensive (More than €30 per person) €€ Middling (€10-€20 per person) €€€ Not cheap (€20-30 per person) € Cheap (Less than €10 per person) International Balkan Bistro C-5. See you when there was precious little choice in Bucharest for people wanting something a little different. PSW big groups looking for a raucous night out. Terrific. Mon 19:00 .

€€€. Prices are more than fair given the location. €€€. simple food for all the family.01:00. Good drinks list and the place itself is rather nice. and have always loved the welcoming atmosphere and simple. children between six and 12 years half price. Popular with the crowd from the UK embassy. Sun 07:00 .24:00. Redesigned and reinvented. €€. PLVBSW Gargantua C-5.inyourpocket.grandhotelcontinental. Open early for breakfast (they do a decent English fry and delicious pain chocolat) it’s busy throughout the La Brasserie A-1. Staff are knowledgeable about both food and wine and will talk you through everything on the menu. catering to lunching ladies and business types as well as a trendy crowd in the evenings. ro. Str.02:00. Calea Victoriei 56 (Grand Dacia Felix B-4. €€€.24:00. including the ambassador himself. The Radisson Blu opens its the cracking breakfast (possibly the best in the city) to all comers: simply turn up before 10:30. Dionisie Lupu 48. PLGW Concerto Restaurant C-5. pay your money and fill up for the day. and makes a great choice for families or groups on the run. Sunday Brunch 12:30 16:30. a good range of homemade pasta (and we mean homemade: it is put together on the premises). tel. PEGSW Le Theatre B-5. George Enescu 2-4. Ankara 7. the food is enough to keep you here for most of June . QOpen (+4) 021 311 90 00.11:00. and even if there isn’t. Spain. QOpen 08:30 . €€€. an outstanding chicken and artichoke salad. tel. setting and quality of food. accompanied by a long list of the world’s finest wines (from Romania. a match for any other in the city. There is something for everyone. while we have long thought that the goulash is one of Bucharest’s very best. (+4) 031 107 20 33. tel. Find it on the corner of Stradas Calderon and Verona.L. Str. Str. PLBW Doncafe Brasserie B-3. Sat. www. children under six free.radissonblu. www. www. tel. B-dul Poligrafiei 1 (Crowne Plaza).chezmarie.doncafe-brasserie. This is the place to come for highly creative nouvelle cuisine. Leafy terrace in summer. South Africa. €€€. Calderon 69. a couple of duck dishes and good steaks. (+4) 021 224 00 34. tel. Str. MUniversitate. Chez Marie serves perhaps the widest variety of dishes you are likely to find in a Bucharest restaurant.QOpen 06:00 .Restaurants 45 years. from sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd to good coffee and even hot chocolate for the kids. Italy. Great salads. (+4) 0746 22 24 44. (+4) 021 318 28 74. QOpen 11:00 . PLSW 56 93/(+4) 0722 70 25 60. Both the steak with gorgonzola and the beef stroganoff are top efforts. La Brasserie is now less about fine dining (pop over to The Vineyard for that) and more about good quality. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu) www. J. Fine food. tasty bistro including a luscious fried brie with onion marmelade.restaurantgargantua. France. The menu is available buffet-style or a-la-carte. North and South America). (+4) 0372 01 03 00. Bright and airy place that gloriously lets the light in through its huge windows.23:00. A bit of food with your jazz? Or a bit of jazz with your food? There is always usually something happening at Le Theatre. PBW Chez Marie C-4. MPiata Romana. PLEGSW bucharest.laveranda.July 2013 .00 . Oh yes. MPiata Romana. The fine dining stakes in Bucharest got notched up even further with the appearance of the Grand Continental’s showcase dining room. €€€. a terrific osso bucco and a divine cheese cake are our fave dishes from the menu. www. (+4) 0726 55 Hotel Continental). Q Open 06:30 10:30. tel. www. Q Open 08:00 . 177 lei/pers. www. tel. QOpen 08:30 .ro.

tel. Imagine a kind of spacious. Great atmosphere. PLEBSW Omnivore’s Dilemma B-4. and a number of the dishes require waiter or audience . PLGBW Sofa Restaurant & Bistro Cafe C-2.22:00. tel. www. and worth every penny. www. The feather in the Crowne Plaza’s cap. PBSW Salt B-1. smart place at the Capital Plaza. Sos. MPiata Victoriei. Based around Mediterranean cuisine you can always expect to find something exotic and a bit different on the daring menu. Str. which share a menu with an excellent wine list. www. PiLBSW Vacarescu 241A. (+4) 0756 10 05 00. €€€€. hand over a pittance and try and bag a seat at one of the tables (there are only three or four). Nordului 1. office@uptown. Everything on the menu. www. pasta and big salads. Calling itself The House of T astes there are certainly plenty of tasty treats on the menu here.gosofa. a decent choice for dinner. Keep the kids happy with the freshly made ice cream. pizza. The lamb chops we ate were terrific: pink and tender. Str. Sun. Well worth a trip. €€€. the saltim bocca and the tiramisu: all signature dishes and all done to perfection. PEBSW with foie gras to the saffron risotto with tempura prawns is fantastic. One of the best hotel-based restaurants in the city is this bright. QOpen 12:00 .ro. (+4) 021 202 16 34/(+4) 021 318 30 00. Try the risotto with saffron.10:00.22:00. PBSW Varr D-4. We adored the celery soup with scallops. Silvestru 67.24:00.inyourpocket. Sun. Styled as a Northern Italian city centre cafe/ bistro the emphasis here is on good.11:00.23:30. info@saltrestaurant. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu).24:00 (Restaurant). Possibly the best thing to happen to Bucharest’s dining scene this year. Calea Victoriei 214. QOpen 12:00 . this elegant restaurant combines good food with good wine and good jazz music: there is a live performance most evenings. diner .pullmanhotels. www. €€.uptown. MStefan cel Mare. The interiors are amongst the most striking in Bucharest.that’s you. QOpen 11:00 . Serves the best broccoli soup we’ve eaten in this city. €€€€. (+4) 021 224 00 34. upmarket diner where great food is served in a relaxed atmosphere by friendly staff and you are on the way to Salt. Q Open 06:00 . Tue-Thu 06:00 . www.21:00.23:00.who has been here for years . QOpen 10:00 . €€€. tel. . and offers a huge buffet packed with more than you could possible eat in one and the food more than matches the surroundings. Closed Sat. You can take away if there is no space. 12-14:30. this is now the hotel’s flagship restaurant.10:00. a work of great detail where everything is lovingly prepared by exec chef Ashlie Dias . P-ta Montreal 10 (Pullman Bucharest). QOpen 12:00 . ro. this newly opened restaurant is quirky and (+4) 0372 08 00 80. B-dul Poligrafiei 1 (Crowne Plaza).crowneplaza.02:00. Closed Sun. Very good Rabat 2. (+4) 0737 37 77 37/ (+4) 021 233 77 70. (+4) 021 601 34 36/(+4) 021 311 90 00. tel. and look out for the lunchtime set menu: a bargain. tel. 08:00 . (+4) 021 212 56 66. PLGW Restaurant 1880 C-4. B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara 54. Serves everything from breakfast pancakes to (Bucharest’s best) waffles. Sun 06:00 . There’s a cheaper but no less tasty bistro menu too. €€€.restaurant1880. (+4) 021 231 40 77. €€€€.saltrestaurant. Sat. Sensational contemporary restaurant which caters during the day to the movers and shakers in the nearby office buildings. PLVBSW Italian Caffe Citta B-4. B-dul Barbu Bucharest In Your Pocket tel. urban food. An indulgent treat. The kind of place Bucharest needs loads more of. tel. Uptown all available by the In the wealthiest part of the wealthiest part of the city. The food is good. from the duck The Vinyard A-1. caffe-citta. There are just a few dishes to choose from each day: ask the staff what’s good. www. Q Open 12:00 .omnivores.24:00 (Bistro Cafe). a mix of Italian-esque and modern European dishes.46 Restaurants the evening. while the seafood risotto was as good as any we’ve eaten in Romania. PEW Uptown Bar & Grill B-3. Sat 08:00 . The real draw is the enclosed terrace which means you can eat al fresco even when it’s raining outside. QOpen 08:00 .ro. with all sorts inbetween: gourmet burgers. good people. €€€€. QOpen 18:00 23:00. and they went down well with a plate of fresh spinach. Set over three levels (including a lovely loft) in a wonderful 19th century house. (+4) 021 210 30 39. the city’s wealthiest people come here to eat. tel. PVGSW Paris Bucharest Brasserie A-1. QOpen 11:00 . Argentine steaks.and his highly experienced team. while in the evening it becomes the eatery of choice for Bucharest’s foodie set. tel. Make sure you reserve well in advance or turn up with a local celebrity if you want a table on the terrace. www. €€€. Brilliant! Tiny place serving the best cooked lunch in central The Pullman’s bright and airy brasserie is open for breakfast and lunch. €€€€.varr. The drinks menu is a bit special: go for the apple mojito (as delicious as it sounds) or try any number of great wines. Closed Sat. Find it in leafy Herastrau.23:00.24:00.participation. Sun 10:00 . Prices not cheap but value for money very high.

The food is ristorante Italian with a twist (the duck breast with citrus fruits is our pick of the current menu) and outstandingly good. with enough fish dishes to make it appealing to sea food lovers. which makes good use of what has always been a rather unique space (and which bucharest. Expect all the usual brunch treats. Modigliani is also now home of the InterContinental’s brunch. (+4) 0728 60 22 83/(+4) 021 231 22 83. www. all to the benefit of us diners. let’s face it. (+4) 021 403 19 02. www. Calea 13 Septembrie 90 (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel). QOpen 12:30 . QOpen 12:00 . PLBW Nonna Mia C-3. tel. PLEBSW Casa di David B-1. €€€€. For this is a ristorante. Closed Sunday evening.cucinarestaurant. Q Open 12:30 .Restaurants 47 021 233 06 35/(+4) 0722 22 47 99. www. Well worth making the journey uptown for both the food and the atmosphere. €€€. A bustling Italian restaurant and pizzeria whose menu is a veritable dictionary of pizza. Batistei 9 (InterContinental). A new Italian restaurant in the city centre. 175 lei/ pers. children between six and 12 half price. Amazingly good restaurant. tel.16:00. Boasting top chef Alfonso Salvaggio in the there is a new menu and the Italian stakes continue to get ratcheted up another notch. (+4) 0730 64 48 06. Brunchissimo. you don’t see those every day on a menu in Bucharest. Looks the part.23:00. Sunday Brunch 12:00 .24:00. tel.nonnamia. Str. Str. and the service is a cut above the Bucharest norm. You can say what you like about this legendary.23:30. Dedicated to the legend that is Jackie Onassis expect plenty of portraits mixed with quirky yet stylish and rather classy decor. €€€€. PLESW Jackie’o Ristorante & Bar C-5. but to us it remains a very nice place to spend the evening. As opposed to T rattoria Il Calcio? Yes. children under six free. Nordului 7-9. All of the other fine Italian dishes are equally memorable. Expect a more refined menu and surroundJune . €€€.inyourpocket. QOpen 18:00 . PLBSW Capricciosa B-dul Ion Ionescu de la Brad 2.trattoriailcalcio. QOpen 12:00 . MUniversitate. PLESW Cucina B-6. (+4) 021 232 47 15. And note that Modigliani now also has its own terrace. MUniversitate. QOpen 10:00 . including the kids’ corner and live music. Ion Otetelesanu 3ANEW Modigliani Pasta/Carne C-5. Good range of wines at all prices. Very good Italian food. Bright and breezy. which demonstrates that top restaurants don’t have to be fitze. especially at this time of year when you can sit outside away from the television screens.July 2013 3B. (+4) 0729 57 48 02. ro. www. feels the part and . All the pasta here is made fresh. tel. the meat is the finest Argentine and Scottish beef or New Zealand lamb. a notch up from trattoria. PESW Ristorante Il Calcio A-3. and the wine is a selection of the best the world has to offer. 18:00 .24:00. tel.jackieo. a very Italian and Mediterranean take on the brunch concept. and note that all of the pasta is homemade on the premises No fewer than 26 good Italian reds grace the wine menu. high-class place. They even do truffles will know that it tastes the part too. Str. €€€. www. Chile 10. (+4) has been home to various successful clubs over the years). €€€.when the food arrives .16:00. as well as choice cuts of top imported salamis and cheese. tel. Sun 18:00 .24:00. www. Cucina at the JW Marriott is a wonderful Italian restaurant where you can find probably the best (and perhaps only) butterfish steak in the city. (+4) 0772 22 21 00.23:00.24:00. from treats such as rabbit in a glorious wine sauce to fresh pasta made right here on the . Clucerului

Excellent salads. tel (+4) 0728 63 99 06. €€€.ro. There is pizza too. quickly becoming something of a magnet for great places to Note that downstairs is a totally non-smoking section. Great value. and perfect for big groups. tel (+4) 0724 70 66 benihana. Calea Dorobantilor 5-7 (Howard Johnson Trattoria Don Vito Ristorante C-4. Roberto’s is also the home of the Hilton’s now legendary and not-to-be-missed Sunday Brunch. All three locations are well worth a visit (one is in the Old Town) and if you can’t get there in person.24:00. Stick to the pizzas. trattoriadonvito. (+4) 021 303 37 77. PTULSW Benihana B-3. Fri. Fri. (C-3) Calea Floreasca 118-120. this is a great time to come and try the vast array of terrific Japanese specialities on offer at Benihana. (+4) 021 201 50 30. and staff are friendly and helpful. Also at (C-4) Str. (+4) 0732 52 81 40. not least the bean soup that is a meal in itself. the sweets are delicious and the place itself is decked out well without ever overdoing it.Boasting an open kitchen.if not outstanding . Sunday Brunch from 13:00. The food is classical. service can be a bit hit and miss but the good . salads.24:00. and the chances are you will want to come more than once. www. but prices reflect the high quality.24:00 bucharest. but the same warm. Episcopiei 1-3 (Athenee Palace Hilton). and the extensive menu covers every area of Japanese cuisine. The food is fantastic.01:00. 19:00 . Well worth a look. benihana@hojoplaza. PLBSW Japanese Grand Plaza). €€€. Q Open 12:00 . www. 12:00 . As with the original Il Calcio. MPiata Romana.15:00. (I-4) Str. and note that the lunchtime set menu is in fact very competitively priced. 19:00 .24:00.22:30. MPiata Romana. €€€€. Q Open 12:00 . The vibe is casual. (+4) 0758 08 84 00. tel. Benjamin Franklin 1-3. there’s home delivery too. Str. www. (+4) 0736 88 86 88. QOpen 12:00 . have a little patience and you will love the place.Italian food at fantastic prices makes this a good default choice for dinner. Str. Roberto’s also now has a new chef: Marco Magri. tel. A staple on the Bucharest dining scene for some years now.01:00. Sat 12:00 .com . €€€€. Fri. 195 lei/pers. friendly service and great value (if pricier) food you’ve come to expect from the Il Calcio boys. tel. tel.24:00. With cracking new menus specially put together for the season. Open 12:00 . In a nutshell.15:00. tel. with the menu boasting the best dishes from a number of Italian regions. Commendable. (+4) 0735 33 30 21. free for children under six. the set menus are great value. tel. the daring and the traditional. Also at (C-6) Str. (+4) 0722 13 42 Q Open 06:30 . it’s worth every penny: this is one of the top five restaurants in the land. Sat 12:00 . Delea Veche 36.48 Restaurants What we have here is the best use of perhaps the best terrace space Bucharest In Your Pocket Sushi Ko B-1. Str. taking time out to explain the finer points of Japanese dining to beginners.24:00. PTGSW 1. This first Il Calcio restaurant is in a lovely house on Strada Clucerului.01:00.10:00. www. Stavropoleos 8.hojoplaza. QOpen 12:00 . PBSW in the city. 92 lei/children between six and 18. Expert chefs and staff will explain Japanese cuisine to newcomers. Mendeleev 14. Sat 12:00 . from sushi to sashimi. €€. QOpen 12:00 . Three wonderful restaurants. (+4) 0726 01 03 83.sushiko. They get a lot right here. Nordului 1. tel. PLEBSW Roberto’s C-5. it is a tremendous mix of the new. and the seafood-packed signature Don Vito pasta was memorable. It’s not cheap. Sos. Soseaua Nordului 7-9. three distinct dining areas and a private dining room. Mendeleev Trattoria Il Calcio C-5.trattoriailcalcio.

Mediterranean restaurant with a heavy accent on seafood. spicy little sausages) and simple yet perfectly grilled sea bass (and a ton of other fresh fish). Q Open 12:30-15. QOpen 12:00 . Str. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu). Adana and Beiti kebabs to sujuk (those tangy. big salads. who has been in charge of the kitchen here since Prime opened more than four years ago. there are some fine wines and it’s all done with that magical Radisson swish.piccolomondo. (+4) 021 303 37 Terrific Lebanese food in the while the legendary Hilton burger remains one of the best in the city.hiltonbucharest. (+4) 0722 Prime Steaks & Seafood B-4. Mediterranean and local dishes. Q Open 12:00 .cheztoni. Can a hotel restaurant be this good? Yes.Restaurants 49 and at Sos. Al. Add in a bright. The new breakfast menu offers something for everyone. PLG Romanian Bistro Jaristea B-4. baked carp with garlic and mamaliga are just a few of the great dishes you will find on the menu. PLSW Lebanese (+4) 0740 00 78 78. €€€. tel. the grilled scallops and the Lobster Thermidor.00. the freshest seasonal ingredients and supremely healthy eating. Now serving the finest fillet steak in the world (the Irish Hereford Prime . Str. including Cerisiers A-2. Closed Sun. www. €€€.QOpen 09:00 .ro. PLW 07 74 82. a contemporary eatery for friends. PLG Piccolo Mondo A-3.which we can tell you. Constantinescu 33.24:30. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 42D (Baneasa Shopping City. The ambitious owners of the Residence hotel are very keen to promote their excellent restaurant. €€€. Str. After your meal you can enjoy a smoke on a hookah pipe.restaurantoliviers. (+4) 021 650 50 00. €€€. €€€. Great. Everything is cooked by the resident Lebanese chef. PLBSW 37. The seafood and fish dishes are the best of what’s on the menu. €€€€.23:00.restaurantcerisiers. This is Bucharest’s village pub. Lebanese food that is both filling (with plenty for vegetarians to choose from) and well made. Sat 18:00-23:00. All your Middle Eastern favourites are here. tel.bistrojaristea. It’s genuinely amazing this place. €€€€. tel. €€€€. www. Str. and were blown away by the quality of the food: really outstanding. com. (+4) 021 242 02 04/ Sharkia B-4.24:00. Sharkia blows in to the Radisson like the eponymous wind and brings with it some top class dining at the hotel’s latest restaurant. Duck breast with sweet cabbage. Clucerului 19. €€€. tel. Str. from Antaki. tel. where the city comes to meet and have a terrific QOpen 12:00 .22:30. QOpen 10:30 . www. and are very tasty indeed. Episcopiei 1-3 (Athenee Palace Hilton). In the right weather of course. PSW some of the best lamb chops we’ve eaten in Bucharest. is amazing). We love it.tortugarestaurant. ro. tel. Henri Coanda 5. we can also recommend the duet of foie gras with raspberry mousse and caremelized pineapple. Modern. (And just about everything else). Clucerului 9. In place of Le Bistro what we have here is a dining room where the focus is on Eastern Mediterranean food. which is why it is now as popular as an after-work venue as it is at lunchtime.24:00. Always packed so reserve a table. wines and cocktails then ever. www. PLVBSW Chez Toni C-2. contemporary yet understated design adds to the joy of dining here. lunch or early dinner. tel.23:00. PESW Mediterranean 59 98 June .July 2013 . (+4) 0733 10 91 (Radisson Blu). Open 12:00 . away-from-it-all setting of the Pescariu Tennis and Sports Club. Q Open 08:00-20:00. Glodeni 3. tel. The gourmet menu (for two) is outstanding. The red tuna steak with capers is a treat. tel. there is no more romantic place to eat in the city. (+4) 021 311 90 00. PLBSW 222 57 55/(+4) 0722 20 50 20. tel. Calea Victoriei 63-81 Oliviers A-3. We attended a Christening at this place Traian 234. ground floor). (+4) 0744 34 44 44. as we have eaten it.inyourpocket. 18. and with good reason. Str. Boasting a menu put together by Executive Chef Bernd Kirsch. www. As for the rooftop terrace. From the people who have long brought you some of the city’s finest Romanian food comes this place. Str. but there is more than that to enjoy: try the cracking salads or the beef carpaccio. (+4) 021 311 90 00. (+4) 0733 bucharest. wider range of beers. A small but perfectly formed dining room is the setting for a tantalising menu of Oriental. from a full English to nasi goreng. what is perhaps Bucharest’s best restaurant recently got better. We love it. and lots more besides. Restaurant Tortuga D-5. (+4) 021 Modern European Cafe Athenee C-5. smoked fish and potato salad. QOpen 12:00 23:30. You can feast on a great range of dishes from across the region. www. huge plates of mixed meze (perfect for big groups to share) and no fewer than four lamb dishes. and worth every last penny. Kebabs are one of the chef’s strong and a bigger.00-23. There is also a bites menu of substantial finger food for executive snacking. www.



One of the stock Romanian restaurants that has been packing in visitors for years. and the prices are as reasonable as ever for what is a seriously good restaurant. then we don’t know where does. Alma mater of Romanian restaurants. Boasts a large. The young chef is not afraid to try something new and different and note that if you fancy something which is not on the menu.23:00. Try the papanasi (donuts) with thick cream here: almost a meal in itself and perfect for fuelling up before exploring Old Town. visinata by the glass and you have a terrific new place to eat and spend most of the evening. €€. A very good restaurant indeed. and hosts more regular musical soirees. www. restauranttimes.10:30. PLEBSW 17. PLEBSW C-5. Breakfast. €€.24:00. exquisitely decorated dining rooms. QOpen 12:00 . B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu 4 (Hotel InterContinental). €€€€. Gheorghe Manu 16. and in a city where standards rise only to fall so often. The food is superb. if there is almost one thing you can be sure with when it comes to standard Romanian restaurants. €€. tel. George Georgescu 50-52. Indeed. This is one of very few places in Romania where you can enjoy an entire suckling pig (though note that you will need to phone ahead and ask then to start preparing it a day in advance) and sample some of the best vintage wines Romania has ever produced.11:30. €€€. tel. We remain convinced that the original venue behind the Hilton on Str.11:00. tel. (+4) 021 310 20 20.02:00. Sat 06:30 . PJEBSW Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Bulevardul Str. QOpen 11:00 . If this place doesn’t occupy the very best people-watching spot in the whole of the city. splendid waiters in smart dress. tel. Episcopiei was better. an integral part of the city’s rich tapestry. Domnita Anastasia 13. especially if you want to sit on the terrace in good weather. Q Open 06:30 . 12:00 . QOpen 11:00 . MUniversi- tate. (+4) 021 222 67 Good Old Times (Golden Tulip Times Hotel) The surroundings. lunch (often a very good value buffet) or dinner on the boulevard. 12:00 . service and choice of high quality food will convince you of that. Casa Doina can be considered a paragon of consistency. €€€. it is that you will never have to pay much money. Sos. Str. location.52 Restaurants breezy setting. PTLEBW Corso Brasserie & Terrace Casa Doina B-3.casadoina. that The food is great. (+4) 021 316 65 16. PLGSW Locanta Jaristea B-6.24:00. served by charming. This is that rarity in Bucharest (and indeed Romania): an upmarket Romanian restaurant. It is perfect for working lunches: we know from .ro. www. Note the last kitchen order is at B-dul Decebal 19. www. PVEBSW Bistro La Taifas B-4. (+4) 021 315 64 29. There is a new menu for the season. and booking is still essential. Sun 06:30 . Q Open 08:00 . Featuring a very good range of Romanian and international dishes. MPiata Muncii.23:00. QOpen 12:00 01:00.23:00. www. there is little gimmick here (beyond the rather wooden entrance) except good food at great prices. (+4) 021 212 77 88. La T aifas means ‘having a chat’ and that’s exactly what you and your friends will feel like doing at this tres jolie venue.bistrotaifas. €€€. This classy place pulls in the cream of Bucharest society. stabiliment@ jaristea. Kiseleff 4. tel. www. PLVESW Casa Gorjana B-5.casagorjana. usually in time with the seasons. gorgeous leafy terrace. MUniversitate.23:00.jaristea. 12:00 . the menu here changes regularly. QOpen 12:00 . don’t be afraid to ask.01:00. (+4) 021 335 33 38/(+4) 0721 96 19 36. Good local wine list. Str. good service.inyourpocket. but this latest location is more spacious.

As fashionable as you like and already attracting a crowd of urban trendsetters. Sat. B-dul Poligrafiei 1 (Crowne Plaza). this restaurant/cafe/ kind-of-shop is a nice mix of the old and the www. This one is housed inside a glass terrace offering wonderful views of the garden outside: a joy in any weather. tel. this is as upmarket as Romanian food can get. One of three new places opened recently at the Crowne Plaza. PLEW 16. as well as some terrific desserts.23:00. 18:00 . and the chef will happily cook to order.Restaurants 53 Rossetya The menu changes every day. VBS Slow Food 16 57 46. Str. Try the sote de vacuta aromat cu cognac: tender beef sauteed in cognac with mushrooms and tomatoes.vatra. Q Open 06:00 . The concept is great: very good traditional and modern Romanian food (the cook is not afraid to experiment) with more than a nod towards the vegetarian served off a menu that changes 9.10:30. Chances are you will spot plenty you like. Str. www.violetas. and made from locally-sourced ingredients. (+4) 0734 NEW Vatra Restaurant B-5. but there is always a good choice for either lunch or dinner (soups. all prepared fresh. (+4) 031 805 91 99. PVBSW Metuka B-4. Also worth trying is the iahnie de fasole: a Romanian bean stew that packs something of a kick and proof that Romanian does do vegetarian food. PSW Urbanesc D-5. tel. MUniversitate. A brilliant. expect big portions of tasty local dishes. MUniversitate.24:00. You really will have go a long way to find better value Romanian food than this. tel.24:00. Slow Food in every sense of the phrase: the food is seasonal. €€. Str. terrific mici and a decent pint of beer to wash it all down with. well-priced restaurant close to Old Town and very close to Cismigiu Park. B-dul Lascar Catargiu 7. www. and the beef dishes here are especially good. We have been eating here for years and we can’t recommend the place highly enough. tel. It serves deceptively simple yet exquisite fish and sea food as fresh as the day it was caught. €€.23:00. George Ionescu-Gion NEW LOCATION June . Rossetya is a restaurant which tries harder than most to take Romanian cuisine to new levels. Ion Brezoianu 19. (+4) 021 315 83 75. (+4) 021 367 22 42. 12:00 .inyourpocket. QOpen 11:00 .22:00. finger food and more substantial dishes). The set-lunch deal is great value at 25 lei (it changes every day and often features some rather sophisticated dishes.23:00. €€. bucharest@crowneplaza. QOpen 11:00 . Great ciorbas. Well worth a visit. The brunch from 11:00-16:00 Violeta’s Vintage Kitchen D-6. (+4) 021 313 77 NEW Seafood La Veranda A-1. QOpen 12:00 .11:30. Sun 06:00 .July 2013 . 12:30 . €€. PLBSW bucharest. Stefan Luchian 17.urbanesc. while in the loft there is a space for events: book readings and the like. the new is the rather funky design of the interior. like potato and leek) while the a la carte menu is a more extravagant affair featuring top contemporary food. ro. Str. Piata Romana. It also comes at a fair price: both to you and to the suppliers. Closed Sun. 18:00 . €€€€.16:00. As such. laveranda. Q Open 11:00 . (+4) 021 224 00 34. The shop sells funky gifts. and always includes an out-of-the-ordinary soup. tel. www.rossetya. The old is the house the place is set in. Dimitrie Bolintineanu You can check the latest menu online (it is always up to date) and then decide if you fancy anything before setting off.

23:00. right down to the Black Angus beef imported from the US.22:30. www. (+4) 021 314 28 tel. This place is terrific. 18:30 .24:00. For starters.24:00. children between six and twelve half price. Hristo Botev 18-20. Nice.goldenfalcon. The Tomahawk steak . Last kitchen order Sat 06:30 . but there is much more besides.meatfactory. Calea Floreasca 111. You can expect a very American steakhouse experience. Q Open 06:30 . www. As for the cheese steak sandwich. There are no menus here: instead the waitresses will parade a trolley-full of meze before you to pick from. Q Open 12:00 . which was richly packed with seafood. QOpen 10:30 . Sunday Brunch 12:00 16:00. PTLEBSW Kunnai Steak Houses B-6. €€€. PLEBSW Restaurant Nada Mas C-5.QOpen 10:30 . Calea 13 Septembrie 90 (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel).ro.kunnai. veal and pork chops. PVBSW 0725 24 44 44. PLS bucharest. €€€€. and still packing in the punters who come back time and again. PLESW Osho B-2.nadamas. the pick of the steaks. PTVSW The Meat Factory A-2.23:30. all you really want to write is ‘this place is brilliant. At lunchtime there are very well-priced set menus. and then there’s the wine list: a surprise we will let you discover yourself when you come here. We were also impressed by the lamb Bucharest In Your Pocket . 195 lei/pers. MIzvor/Eroilor. QOpen 12:00 . There is more than steak on the menu though.’ This is a butcher’s shop and restaurant serving T-bone steaks you would scream for in the dark. tel. Thai Str.which we have not seen on a menu for years . €€€. Str.23:30. all we can say is try it: it’s the best steak sandwich Bucharest has ever seen. www. and they open early for breakfast: the American pancakes and eggs Benedict are a great option to start the day with. tel. We ate the very good oxtail . Plus. (+4) Vacamuuu on Saturdays is excellent value at 80 lei per person: kids under seven are free. www. A very good steak house which goes the extra mile and also serves some outstanding Tex-Mex food too: quesadillas.24:00. www. found on the ground floor of a new apartment block in a leafy northern part of Bucharest. place for those of us who have been craving something Thai since Moods closed a while ago now. there’s a kid’s The place itself (now in a new location) is lovely. (+4) 0731 35 11 35.inyourpocket. Then throw in some walnut tostados for dessert if you have room. of which the food will convince you immediately. There is a kid’s menu. you can also feast on lamb.22:00. The JW Marriott hosts one of Bucharest’s best chophouses: the JW Steakhouse. (+4) 021 568 30 32. B-dul Primaverii 19-21. QOpen 09:00 . children under six free. €€€€. such as a top burger (which comes in three sizes) and tangy lamb chops. before coming round with the kebabs: pick which one you want then send it to be cooked in the open kitchen. as is the Picanha. €€€€.54 Restaurants wines.23:30. Clucerului 41.osho-restaurant. Currently the most talked-about chophouse in the city.00:30. only the second such signature venue to open in Europe.weighing in at nearly a kilo . Sun 10:00 . vacamuuu.16:00.11:00. 12:30 . (+4) 0722 68 73 43/(+4) 0722 68 74 54. Sat 10:00 . the staff wonderful and as a whole it is just so un-Bucharest that you will want to squeeze it and hug it. (+4) 021 568 30 31. Oh. Still the greatest kebab house in the land. Get there now. (+4) 021 403 19 03. At last. Then there are the steaks themselves: the 700g Tomahawk (for two people) is amazing. spacious and thoroughly modern eatery behind the Ateneu. Most of the meat can be bought to take home and cook yourself should you wish. The food is the real deal. MAviatorilor. fajitas and chilli beans for example. QOpen 12:00 . PLVBSW C-3. Sometimes when writing a review. Str. and we haven’t had time to mention the fish yet.11:00.jwsteakhouse. and take note that all the meat is Romanian. There is a great selection of new world JW Steakhouse Bucharest Turkish Golden Falcon C-5. Closed Sun. 18:30 . www. take either the gazpacho (as good as it should be) or the mix of Spanish hams and sausages before moving on to the decent choice of seafood or meat main courses. QOpen 12:00 . We had the Pla Praew Waan​fish stir-fry followed by the prawn Phad Thai: both were sensational and well worth the money. (+4) 021 313 20 91/(+4) 021 310 11 52. €€€€. €€€. A bright. tel. while the burgers are a match for anywhere well as a portion of paella.22:00. including broiled lobster and Australian lamb chops. Nicolae Golescu 16. Serving a range of steaks so wide and so good that even the most jaded of beefeaters will be drooling. PGBSW Spanish MPiata Romana/Universitate.24:00. www. €€€€. Sat 10:30 . tel. and the weekend all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is top value. Copilului 6. tel.


tel.cafetimes. a popular choice with guests and office workers from the World T rade Center. Lipscani 9. PLEBSW La Galette A-1. B-dul Ion Mihalache QOpen 08:00 . Arthur Verona 19.kafeterya. and need their coffee double quick. (+4) 0726 22 25 67.. PLBSW Aristocats Bistro NEW Cafe Verona / Verona Garden C-5. Huge big omelettes for breakfast. Bucharest’s best museum (well. P-ta Montreal 10 (Pullman Bucharest Hotel).ro. We know people who come here so often. Sat.pullmanhotels. (+4) 021 318 30 00/(+4) 021 202 16 33. Fri 08:00 .ro. and they have muffins. It’s also licensed so you can have a beer or cocktail. you will love it and want to stay all day: it could just be the most peaceful. M Piata Romana. right inside the museum building. QOpen 09:00 . The range of pastries is just about second to none in Bucharest. www. tel. Always packed. Str.01:00. www. Sun 10. BW Cafe Antipa by Artex C-4. B-dul Decebal 19. www.24:00. while the coffees are great value for what is after all a five-star hotel. Teodor Stefanescu 1. Fri 08:00 . Currently attracts a cool. tel. PLEBSW A-3. Sun 09:00 . tel. QOpen 08:00 . wonderful muffins. anyway) also has its full-on cafe. freshly made pasta for dinner: the menu changes all the time so just ask what’s good the day you go. (+4) 0757 08 66 88.22:00. Charming. and being here is in many ways just like being somebody’s front Str. light meals. this is the kind of laidback place that you end up spending the whole afternoon in. Free Wifi with your (excellent) coffee and a can-do attitude from the staff who appear to realise that sometimes people are busy.24:00. Schitu Magureanu 8. tel. Str. The name means ‘Front room’.24:00. And if there is a better place to drink coffee this close to the centre of Bucharest than this place then we know not of it.24:00. Q Open 07:00 .ro. PLESW Gradina OAR C-5. Having said that. It’s packed with comfy sofas and armchairs. (+4) 0732 00 30 60. while for brunch it makes a brilliant (and bargain) alternative to the big. QOpen 07:30 . www. we could easily see ourselves spending the whole day here. no matter how busy you are. The brilliant Carturesti bookshop has long served coffee with its books. Sublime.24. Not every cafe in Bucharest does realise that. For long lazy afternoons or laid-back evenings out on the terrace with friends it is great.01:00. tea. expensive hotels.00. and now there is wine. MIzvor. MPiata Romana. A gem of a place that should be stuffed and preserved for all time. Lovely. and spend so much time here. cameradinfata. and we can guarantee that one visit will not be enough. cocktails.inyourpocket. Classy cafe and patisserie at the . (+4) 0758 90 05 82. PBSW Origo C-6. Camera din Fata Cafe Times E-6. A contender for the title of best coffee shop in Bucharest. A semi-secret hideaway of a garden serving coffee. as well Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.24:00. Great coffee and tea served in great mugs from gorgeous tea pots at tables which fill up early as the world pops in for espresso on its way to work. tel. lemonade and cocktails to a wonderful crowd that simply wants to relax with good friends and listen to mellow music in gorgeous that they should probably be paying rent! It is that kind of place: a friendly. tel. (+4) 021 650 20 20. Str.aristocats. tel. NBSW Kafeterya Cafe B-5.20:00. and cocktails too. and given that it’s open from 08:00 in the morning. QOpen 08:00 . relaxing coffee fix destination in the land.24:00. Mendeleev 22. tel.56 CAFÉs C-5. local cafe serving top coffee. www. QOpen 12:00 . MPiata Muncii. (+4) 021 311 15 12. in a word. Str.22. trendy crowd of young arty types and coffee-break mums. (+4) 031 224 80 16. Set in a gorgeous old Bucharest house it’s like a coffee shop and tea house and bistro and much more besides. This place is all about great coffee from all over the world. (+4) 0730 03 01 40.gradina-oar. Str. Sat 09.. www.00 . a reservation is a good idea. soups at lunchtime. MPiata Victoriei. Closed Sun.00 . One of the best cafes to open in Bucharest for years. Alas it closes at the end of October until next year.00. QOpen 09:00 . Oh. Pictor Arthur Verona 13-15. salads and desserts to die for (the waffles are probably the best in Bucharest). a contender for that title.

23:00. pastries and the like. The Marriott’s posh flagship café. Sat 09:00 . tel.fittingly .inyourpocket. PBSW Tekaffe B-4. Serves good coffee. This place is one of the great things about the Metropolis Centre. plus the sight of business types buzzing about to conferences. Calea Grivitei 143 (Hello Hotels). Grigore Alexandrescu 89-97. tel. The breakfast is terrific. www.02:00. and the design of the place is not too shabby either: the coffee cups hanging down over the bar are a nice touch. (+4) 021 403 19 01.July 2013 . which is exactly as you’d expect: classy. The cafe and bar which occupies part of the building is more than worthy of its location. PLSW Vienna Lounge B-6. Calea 13 Septembrie 90 (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel).23:00. (+4) 0737 32 33 77. Live music most evenings (early evening) and well separated smoking and non-smoking sections. Sun 09:00 . tel. tel. QOpen 09:00 .far better than you would Nice. which can be taken away if you are in a hurry. There are tasty sandwiches too. MStefan cel Mare. What’s more fun than leisurely watching others work when you don’t have to? QOpen 09:00 .ro. (+4) 0372 12 18 00. drink great coffee or eat .here comes the big news inside it is totally Romania’s architectural association. cheap and good value as the hotel June . QOpen 10:00 . www.subsolbar. Str.24:00. and all with added Wifi. enjoyable and expensive.02:00. QOpen 07:30 . bright and well-lit space where you can cocktails and . the salads big and the pasta light. home .CAFÉs 57 as a fairly decent selection of tea too. Closed Sun. the sandwiches tasty and well-filled. A more than decent meeting place. Sat 10:00 . QOpen 09:00 . +(4) 021 315 60 98. PLESW C-5. PBSW B-4. a modern.04:00. MGara de Nord. Sit and try to read those unmanageable newspapers on a stick.02:00. PLESW Readers Cafe Subsol Bar bucharest.readerscafe. a contemporary space with walls decorated with scenes from the revolution. Many of the more exotic coffees can be bought by the packet to make at home. Perhaps the most iconic building in Bucharest. viennalounge@marriott. Str. Inside the shell of an old house destroyed during the 1989 revolution a new building has risen. where you can enjoy coffee and cocktails in the company of a good young crowd. while enjoying the occasional live piano music. The in-house cafe at the Hello Hotel is as smart. of which the Starlight Suites and Loft restaurant also form part. You will find Readers on the ground floor. Demetru Ion Dobrescu 5. MUniversitate. There’s relaxing music.

6759. Not all of these ‘night clubs’ are worth your time. tel. a favourite of Bucharest’s fashionistas. who hasn’t got at least half a dozen Ikea coffee tables these days?). It is in fact the kind of place where you could happily enjoy an exotic smoke.01:00. PNBW Ludic C-5. (+4) 021 303 37 77 ext. PLW Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. These girls sometimes lap dance for you. usually costing about €15). or even in. After sitting yourself down at a table you will be served expensive drinks. Another one of the many reasons why the InterContinental is once again one of the top places in Bucharest to spend time. Packed most days with business leaders it also regularly hosts sophisticated. get here now. Legendary and rather historic hotel bar in the lobby of the Inter. tel. PLW Intermezzo Piano Bar C-5. usually a room above. though discretion remains essential. hence the name. Now it’s merely a very cool place to meet and have a drink in superb surroundings. despite any and all appearances. before being joined by some very bored and not always attractive young ladies (most of Romania’s best-looking prostitutes are allegedly plying their trade in Germany and the Czech Republic) for a list of those we can vouch for. PLEW 65 83 42/(+4) 031 438 01 79.000. and you should really think twice before calling them. Prices start at around €50 though climb higher at the more central. usually run by very dodgy. but act mainly as fronts for whorehouses. Essential. from simple hand assistance to full body massage from one. This little corner of the Hilton that will forever be associated with intrigue and spies (it has been around for nearly a century. (+4) 0730 88 33 77. everything from Scrabble to Cluedo.01:00. The second (and not-always-above-board) option is to simply head for a brothel (surely ‘erotic nightclub? ’ – Ed). tel. QOpen 08:00 .com . All this on top of the tab you have already run up of course. You will almost certainly not be offered any sexual encounters at these places. It is cool without being pretentious. Str. QOpen 19:00 .05:00. tel. and always try to convince you to buy them ‘cocktails’ (in fact orange juice with an umbrella.03:00. One of our regular haunts. but there is still much fun to be had. some can allegedly cause you physical harm. opposite the Novotel ) after refusing to pay a bill of €3.01:00. The legal option (and the only option we recommend) is erotic massage at a reputable massage parlour. and often quite dangerous businessmen. These establishments advertise themselves in seedy publications as legitimate strip clubs. one not exactly legal but not exactly illegal either. you could be forgiven for thinking Bucharest was the sex capital of the continent. This being Romania however. Quirky little bar close to the Old Town which while not being on the beaten track is a highly popular venue indeed. If you are looking for sins of the flesh. inyourpocket.04:00. and one completely illegal. After half an hour of bored conversation you will be asked if you would like to retreat to a more intimate location. QOpen 13:00 . Coltei 50. Vice Advice Wth more brothels. the smoke will be limited to tangy Middle Eastern tobaccos taken through a narghilea. which was a den of iniquity and intrigue during the communist period. Fri. sin and more sin anytime you like. B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu 4 (Hotel InterContinental).02:00. Sun 15:00 . The third (and entirely illegal) option is to call one of the escorts who advertise in many of the poor quality city guides found around town. plots and honey traps. Fri 13:00 . Serving beer. By Pubs we mean venues where you can drink and get half-decent food. massage parlours and sex shops per square inch than most places in Eastern Europe. Pillow is the kind of place we like to see opening up. carefully-chosen theme parties. though as this is Bucharest. Q Open 17:00 . MUniversitate. the law is more a minor obstacle to be overcome than a serious impediment. Episcopiei 1-3 (Athenee Palace Hilton). so you can indeed get away with sin. MUniversitate. Indeed. (+4) 0745 Pillow Bar & Lounge C-4.inyourpocket. luxurious establishments. Ion Campineanu. www. You could also be forgiven for thinking that prostitution was legal: we can assure you of the fact that it certainly isn’t. Sat 15:00 .58 Nightlife Bars By Bars we refer to places where you are likely to do little else other than drink and be merry (though bar snacks may be available). all spies and journalists. Str. as long as the hotel) remains today a classy bar serving champagne by the glass and much else besides (including a tremendous pint of Guinness). two or even three nubile young ladies. not Amsterdam. The odd Ikea coffee table aside (and let’s face it. Approach all night clubs with caution: check the adult entertainment section of our website: bucharest. as well as the obligatory bottle of sparkling wine. Sat 19:00 . English Bar C-5. and on Thursday nights a DJ turns this little bar into the most happening venue in town. But be careful. These escorts are usually unattractive prostitutes who charge €150 upwards for sex. Str. A recent Romanian newspaper report claimed that a group of American soldiers were recently beaten up in one such establishment (apparently on Str. (+4) 021 310 20 For an hour of whatever it is you fancy expect to pay a minimum of €100. you basically have three options: one legal. cocktails and coffee there is a nice sunny terrace out back. Bait and switch operations (you order an 18 year-old with large breasts and you get a 48 year-old with large everything) are commonplace. Comanita 5. serves Illy coffee and has a couple of tables that double as beds. which usually costs at least another €50. but the big draw here are the board games: tens of them. the night club itself. Recently given a thorough makeover. (+4) Dreamer’s B-5. QOpen 18:00 . Sat. Str. The salads are outstanding. Legendary boozer in the sense that it was the first real pub to open in Bucharest (back in 1995). Sat. www. decent music and bar Happy Pub B-4. tel.Nightlife Casinos Casino Bucharest C-5. Sun 15:00 . Edgar Quinet 9.July 2013 . com.haunt. MUniversitate.queen-casino. (+4) 031 710 22 34. QOpen 12:00 . Sun 14:00 . (+4) 0720 22 74 66.metropoliscasinobucharest. QOpen 10:00 . (+4) 0742 07 91 19. Gica Petrescu and every other local carouser . Prices more than reasonable and there’s even a non-smoking section. Str. PSW June . tel. Best of all though we like the raised interior balcony. happypub. (+4) 0729 89 27 68/(+4) 0742 03 49 for decades. tel. There’s a regular crowd of locals and foreigners. MUniversitate. As Spock might say. Str. an exemplary Guinness and offers a wide range of sports courtesy of Sky TV. contact@energiea. PVBSW Sky Bar B-3. Leaving aside the disappointment that Sky Bar . the cocktails and treating its customers well. but that just adds to the fun. MP-ta Romana. concierge@ casinobucharest. Berthelot 111.02:00. ro.02:00. PLEBSW Energiea B-6. www. There is Romanian beer on tap though. QOpen 07:00 . www. We like it. NSW Edgar’s Pub C-5. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Athenee Palace Hilton). tel. Q Open 24 hrs. It’s corporate and business-like but makes a change from drinking in yet another cellar in Old B-dul N. ‘it’s Dreamers Jim. (+4) 0723 Dubliner A-4. not all of which carry the industrial-chic look of the main bar. Serves a good chicken pie and English breakfast. Sun 18:00 . no frills pub that eschews clutter and trendy crap and concentrates on the beer. PLK 59 Metropolis Casino B-5. of Caragiale. Titulescu 18.23:00. Str. (+4) 0728 83 38 28/(+4) 021 312 26 actually only on the fifth floor. Unchanged in years the Dubliner remains a favourite bucharest. Q Open 24hrs.01:00. Gen. www.despite being on the roof . PRULKW Queen Casino B-3. the original (we think?) floor looks great and there are a number of different rooms. www. of many old school expats. MUniversitate. tel. from football on the television to Guinness in the taps. it’s a classy little place for the monied set which comes here to drink cocktails and dine on very good food. (+4) 0724 75 Pubs Almost all of the pubs in Bucharest listed here serve decent bar food alongside drinks. Sat 14:00 .05:00.skybar. Silva and Ciuc.06:00. B-dul Regina Elisabeta 38. not least the sausages which were QOpen 10:00 . Calea Dorobantilor 5-7 (Howard 92 27. while in the evening a similarly mixed crowd of good time people enjoys the laid back atmosphere always on offer here. dreamerspub@gmail. QOpen 09:00 .02:00. w w w. MUniversitate. www. solid. (+4) 021 260 26 78. (+4) 0744 31 51 10. (+4) 021 314 18 43.energiea. For a quick look at the crazy world of Romanian beer (and which ones to look out for) see our feature on just that subject on page (+4) 0372 76 34 45. MPiata Victoriei. Brezoianu 4. Q Open 24 hrs. Fri 12:00 02:00. tel.02:00. Calea Dorobanti 155. tel.02:00. tel. (+4) 0742 07 91 20/(+4) 021 367 34 12.casinobucharest.platinumcasino. tel. PSW Berarie Gambrinus B-5. At lunchtime office boys and students mix happily as they tuck into great sandwiches and salads.berariegambrinus. www. Calea Victoriei 37B (Novotel). www. Sat. QOpen 10:00 .23:00. Everything you would expect from a pub is here. tel.returns. and it’s the kind of place where you never feel too young or too old. but not as we know it. We like this place a lot: the high ceilings and big windows make it a good choice day and night. PLKW Platinum Casino B-4. MPiata’ For if you remember the old location as always being a bit cramped (though we have to admit it was not without its charms) then you are in for a nice shock at the new place. tel. PSW 11 22 00/(+4) 0744 36 63 50. It gets crowded downstairs at weekends.02:00. Caderea Bastiliei 36. although the location makes it a bit of a trek for Old Town or city centre-based One of the most celebrated and historic pubs in Bucharest . Str. B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu 4 (InterContinental Hotel). this time as something of a Heineken-pub. What could be termed as a good. Top cocktail-sipping territory. as are the steaks and there is plenty of buffet-style finger food if you just want nibbles with your drinks. PLK Johnson Grand Plaza). QOpen 10:00 . There’s some good pub grub too.inyourpocket. Top selection of brews (including several imported British beers and stouts).ro. Sun 14:00 .02:00. available by the metre if that’s what you fancy. MUniversitate. PNSW 0736 37 44 32.

Sun 09:30 . while smoking will – as planned – now be theoretically outlawed in all public spaces (that’s the headline which they will send to the EU). George Enescu 5. La 80 does much to distinguish itself from a swathe of similar establishments. It is. contact@ terminus.for now . and the cafe upstairs comes complete with art on the walls (for sale. It’s doubtful that you’ve seen anything like this place in Bucharest before. (There aren’t many).60 Nightlife La Calderon 80 C-5. Calderon 80. (+4) 021 212 48 86/(+4) 0728 92 06 20. (+4) 021 211 22 72. While most will .is now a joy thanks to top staff.inyourpocket. MPiata Romana. inoffensive music and gangs of young people clustered around big tables. PSW tel. If a place decides to designate itself as a smoking venue (and let’s face it.02:00. PBSW Old Nick Pub C-4. Reasonable food and prices. You see. MPiata Romana.oldnickpub. (+4) 0732 22 26 66.06:00. Str. QOpen 12:00 . assume that venues will allow smoking almost anywhere. www.03:00. www. Eremia Grigorescu 17.shiftpub. Pub/bar on the ground floor.24:00. lacalderon80@ yahoo. Shift is a Bohemian restaurant/bar/club of some style.24:00.05:00. we have used the non-smoking symbol to indicate those hotels which have fully non-smoking rooms. unsurprising when you find out that it is run by the same people who have for ten years operated the legendary Old Nick Pub in Sinaia. Europe’s Smoking Section Last year.01:00. Str. Sat. Str. with a pub on the ground floor and a cafe on the first. (+4) 0733 52 51 50.retain at least a token non-smoking section. PSW Terminus B-5. QOpen 09:30 .L.primuspub. oldnickromania@gmail. while downstairs there is a basement bar which becomes more a nightclub with an industrial feel as the evening wears on. tel. Primus. Guinness on tap. QOpen 11:00 .04:00. Big pub that goes a long way towards convincing us that we do not need to go to Old Town to find a decent drinker in Bucharest. info@shiftpub. There’s a big bar and getting a drink . in a word. Three-level venue in Piata As such. This really is The Smoking Section of in our listings we have only included a nonsmoking symbol where a venue is completely Sat. and has been packed since opening day with the hippest and coolest people in the land. Otherwise. featuring a club downstairs (open until 4am). we believe) is well worth a visit. a decent-tasting bargain. PEBW Primus B-5. Sun 12:00 . The pub is great. Besides decent drinks at decent prices there is a good bar food menu. In . www. George Enescu 3. QOpen 09:00 . The huge windows open fully so it feels much like a street cafe. the owners of those public spaces will now be able to override the law and decide for themselves if a place is to be designated smoking or non-smoking. and we (and just about everybody else) love it. gorgeous. to all intents and purposes. Dionisie Lupu 88 (Piata Lahovari). flying in the face of what the rest of the civilised world is up to. tel. From the very good attempt at an English breakfast to a decent pint of both Guinness and Kilkenny you can add their own beer. and we love the retro-style black and white tiled floor. this can often be just one table in a corner somewhere. Fri. there will soon be no more anti-smoking rules in Romania. (+4) 021 318 16 67/(+4) 0730 22 25 55. J.once not easy . The central location right between the Radisson and Hilton guarantees it a steady flow of thirsty visitors. and this little place opposite Gradina Icoanei is a nice retreat from more frantic places Service is good Romania actually softened its existing anti-smoking legislation. Str. Sat. Note that when it comes to hotels. they almost all will) under the new law it will not even have to have a non-smoking section. tel. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. tel. www. MPiata Str. Late at night this is the smartest chill-out venue in the city. Sun 11:00 24:00. Sun 12:00 . www. PBW Shift C-4. Sat 11:00 . With its wooden QOpen 09:00 .

(+4) 0751 04 04 06. and wear sunglasses. Primo Nebiolo 1. wow! It is an enormous place that mixes luxury with great music courtesy of two top local resident DJs.05:00. Closed Mon. Thu. plenty of places to chill out and even the toilets are spacious and damn well luxurious. Str. From the outside a fairly nondescript building that looks vaguely like a warehouse. tel. Good beer. Kiseleff 32. MUniversi- bucharest. QOpen 01:00 . big-portioned Romanian food on site. PLEBSW NEW (+4) 0720 73 47 34. tel. Boasts the sexiest dancers. ro. and now that the weather is good enough it has a smart terrace. PBSW 61 Clubs & Discos Barletto Club Str. It has now had a few names this place. We have always loved the square bar. Oh.July 2013 . www. and the place has been given a makeover to keep it sparking and at the cutting edge of the Bucharest nightlife scene: honestly. Entrance is 20 lei acts most nights of the week. Sun. Piata Montreal. as well as group of rowdy expats. Note also that it opens early afternoon: it’s a pub as much as a club. Sun 14:00 . You can eat here too: there’s a restaurant serving some terrific. www. Sun. Wed. tel. Sun.06:00. with a reasonably big name performing at least once or twice a month. (+4) 0731 49 51 14. PEW Club LYO Sun. The music is supplied by the world’s best DJs. rezervari@control-club. There is plenty of space to dance. (+4) 0736 30 07 00. most exclusive and of course most expensive uber-clubs. Turturelelor 11. Str. Wed.inyourpocket. Thu. 40lei Sat. PLBW tate.boaclub. Still tops our list of ‘clubs for people who do not like clubs. tel. George Călinescu 4A. Or should it? On a recent visit we found it to be in surprisingly good shape. if it’s top people and top sounds you want in an exclusive setting then this should be your first stop in the city. You will need to take a taxi here. Featuring some of the sexiest dancers in Romania Friday and Saturday nights here are wild. Q Open 23:00 . a very good atmosphere and a real favourite of big groups of friends looking for a great night out. www. Str. Wed. office@whitehorse. the best DJs and is guaranteed to leave you bleary-eyed the next morning and wanting more.03:00. with bar snacks served down.05:00.’ It is a brilliant place where there is always something going on. There is still good food in the more formal part but then this is not the kind of place for people who use public transport anyway.lyoclub. Closed Mon.Nightlife White Horse B-3. PLEBW Chaos E-6.whitehorse.06:00. Entrance is 20 lei Mon-Fri. Sun. The White Horse has been around so long it should probably consider going out to stud. The club formerly known as Player Summer. QOpen 12:00 . The concept this year is subtly different. You will leave wanting to go back and cursing your luck that it is only open twice a week. Smashing live music club. Sos. Tue. Fantastic. Tue. www. everybody else seems to. Note that LYO’s large pool is open every day during the summer from 09:00-19:00. QOpen 23:00 .04:00. (+4) 0733 92 78 61. Constantin Mille 4. Control Club C-5.control-club. Str. tel. www. Sat.mainly local but often foreign .com June . QOpen 20:00 . (+4) 021 231 27 95. but it remains one of the city’s best. PLEW BOA (Beat of Angels) B-3. Sun. Expect good . but once in. be it a DJ or live music supplied by one of Bucharest’s better live acts. Closed Mon. Oltetului 30.02:00. and packed with both locals of the ‘ordinary people’ variety. Closed Mon. Note that Barletto’s large pool is open during the summer from 10:00-18:00. 30lei Sat. QOpen 23:00 .

Drinks are a decent price and service is surprisingly good for these parts. Closed Mon. wealthy urbanites. it is likely that at least nine will respond proud history of brewing good beer. The music policy is a bit of everything: folk (usually live on Mondays). PEW fratelli. office@joypub. look out for lower alcohol radler or lemon beers. QOpen 23:00 . Both Ursus and Timisoreana (brewed since 1718) are now owned by SAB Miller. B-dul Nicolae Balcescu 25. Tue. Glodeni 1-3. Most of the local breweries produce one. such statistics do not tell the whole story of beer in Romania. grown up and less rowdy crowd than found elsewhere. A few venues in Bucharest have microbreweries. it is now open during the day for food too: you could spend your whole life in here. improvements in quality have not increased prices: Romania remains home to one of the cheapest pints of beer in Europe. Ciuc and Timisoreana. (Check the venue’s Facebook page to see what’s on the night you fancy going). Expirat is home to some of Bucharest’s most eclectic sounds. tel. The one exception is Guinness. Found all over the country (it is very popular amongst Romanians. PENW Deja-vu C-5. Drinks are well priced. www. (+4) 021 311 23 22/(+4) 0721 91 82 79. and while today there are just 20 breweries in the country (there were more than 120 breweries in 1989). reggae and disco sometimes thrown in for good measure. A place that goes from strength to strength. tel.03:00. bitter Ursus Black. Peroni. Tue. Fortunately for the visitor. while Carlsberg’s locally brewed Tuborg is also ubiquitous and very popular. often even cheaper. Still the best cocktail bar this side of the River Prut. Ion Brezoianu 4. Carlsberg. Unfiltered wheat beers (bere nefiltrata) are very popular in Romania. Sun. . PEW Expirat & OtherSide Club Fratelli Str. (Expirat).joypub. Top notch. B-5. They also serve at least one which involves a young Russian girl squeezing lemon into your mouth with her teeth. www. You will love it.06:00.fratelli. and a few which involve wearing a World War II Russian army helmet. Thu. Closed Mon. MPiata Unirii/Izvor. Serving up a neverending supply of top DJs from both Romania and abroad. found on tap in a number of Bucharest bars and pubs. At weekends it is packed and the small dancefloor is the sweatiest place in Bucharest. PL B-5. and there are two bars meaning that you never have to wait too long to get served. who have taken to it like ducks to water) it is also relatively expensive. A pint (or the local equivalent) of local draught (la halba) beer costs from 7-8 lei. (+4) 0731 03 62 22. though you should also keep a look out for Paulaner’s white beer. www. chances are there is bound to be something going on you fancy. Definitely a sound choice for those of you looking for a more cerebral. Closed Mon. (We have long suggested that the country’s marketing people use the fact in their international campaigns!) The best known local brands of beer are probably Ursus. which also produces the smaller brands Ciucas. electro. (+4) 0755 56 97 82. 20:00 . Hoegaarden and Stella Artois are all popular in Romania. where the richest and best looking people in the city come to see and be seen. would you? In most bars and restaurants the menu lists draught and bottled beers separately. (The OtherSide). Thu. Romanian Beer Romania has a long. and you should never have too much trouble finding the major international brands: Heineken. jazz. Not cheap (kind of the point) if you stick to the beer and do not sit at a table (which requires you buy a bottle of spirits) then you can still have a reasonably priced night out rezervari@ and as it has an OtherSide (Expirat’s club within a club). Q Open 20:00 . Ursus has been brewed since the 1870s. which is far from being a sorry one. Wed. it is clear that the people who run this place consider the music to be as important as anything else: something not every club in this town can boast. One of Bucharest’s uber-clubs. folk. Imported beers are popular amongst young. (+4) 0733 97 47 28/(+4) 0726 80 41 42. Club which hosts all sorts of events from stand-up comedy to theatre and live music of all stripes: rock. and if you ask ten Romanians what the national beer is.62 Nightlife tel. QOpen 17:00 . tel. the best probably being Ciuc’s. A club with two faces. Brilliant. Key Romanian words on the beer front include la halba (draught) and la sticla (bottled). Str. rock and indie with hip-hop. even in a club or trendy bar. Other notable beers include Interbrew’s Ciuc (along with Silva) is owned by Heineken. Silva’s Strong Dark is similar and equally good. a very different beer to most local brews. Make sure you know what you are ordering: you really wouldn’t want to end up with a bottle of Guinness now. or at least serve their own bespoke brew made elsewhere: Caru cu bere. www. George Enescu 25. alternative. Top notch. During the summer. Oktoberfest and Biutiful are three such places. With large amounts of investment from big foreign brewers the country’s best known beers have been saved from extinction and improved. Sun. Sun. Also worth trying is the dark. office@ Joy Pub Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. And while imported beer is usually a couple of lei more expensive than the local stuff. and in a number of cases new brews launched: the current trend for unfiltered and lemon beers (see below) is one such example.inyourpocket. QOpen 12:00 . Leffe. producing their own beer. Azuga and Stejar.06:00. The draw though remain the participatory cocktails. no beer in Romania is likely to cost more than 10-12 lei.dejavu-club. some of which involve fire.

you will have to get your sorry ass to the bar to get a drink. See pages Str. QOpen 22:00 . including stand-up comedy (of the Romanian variety). Be prepared to have a very good time. PEW Panic! C-5. June . bags of other events and refreshingly says ‘NO’ to table service: yes. MPiata Unirii. (+4) 0720 88 71 15. A nakedly non-commercial club that attracts a nakedly (though not naked. It has been in a few locations over the Hosts regular events. possibly the first club in Bucharest named after a song by The Smiths. Wed. MUniversitate. Get in there. Bars.July 2013 bucharest. punk and indie upstairs.05:00. We are fans. Having said that. Baratiei 31.inyourpocket. folk rock.the best yet. Bucharest’s longest-running uber-club. Tue. (+4) 0722 79 51 84. in a converted cinema close to the city centre is . QOpen 23:00 . One of the best live music venues in Bucharest right now. people actually seem to be having a good time. the music is a good mix of local and international. Closed Mon. Panic!. Str. unlike a few clubs of the upmarket kind. Wed. Oltetului 30. (+4) Kulturhaus C-6. Sf. Pubs and Clubs in Bucharest’s Old Town.06:00. except on fetish nights) non-commercial mainly student crowd on two levels offering hard rock. new tel. tel. (+4) 0766 05 61 70. To call it decent would be an . Closed Sun.clubkristal. Very nice indeed. tel. Tue. www. www.05:00. but the offers a mix of music centering on (but in no way confined Le Gaga Str. Kristal has a proper dance floor for those who actually like to enjoy themselves.06:00. Le Gaga is that most unique of clubs in the sense that whenever we’ve been here. B-dul Regina Elisabeta 34. QOpen 23:00 . Str. www. Now prefaced by Moonlight. and there are regular personal appearances by top local acts. www. complete with girls dancing on the bar in their underwear and some of the liveliest theme nights in the city. this is still in many ways the Downtown as many will remember it. moonlight. They are more often than not joined on stage in the early hours by leading Romanian musicians who have quickly made this place their preferred PNW versitate. and pretty much the same downstairs (though it depends on the DJ.04:00. a sign of its enduring popularity. still probably your first reference point for top international DJs and hedonistic nights out in the Romanian capital. PLEW Moonlight Club C-4. PLEBW Remember: there are loads more Cafes. Big and cavernous it nevertheless always seems to be packed out. Thu. Music Club is where you’ll find a great resident band most evenings performing creditable covers of all your favourite classic hits. tel. Tue.) Has a live band playing at least once a week. Summer Bamboo. (+4) 0727 53 42 42. You do not have to be dressed like an idiot to fit in. Closed Mon.. MPiata Unirii/Uni- Music Club C-6. PLE Kristal Glam Club B-5.kulturhaus. which are merely for posing.Nightlife 63 niversitate.. Wed. Closed Mon.panic-club. QOpen 21:00 . tel. Vineri 4.bucharest@gmail. Str. Stylish and contemporary and amazingly over-the-top this is another of Bucharest’s uber-clubs for the wealthy and the beautiful. Sun. Sun. Closed Mon. www. What’s more. (+4) 021 313 55 92. QOpen 23:00 .in our opinion . ro. Tue.legaga. MU- 0724 75 13 51. Academiei 19. Mendeleev 32.

www. Puzzle is that most unique of Bucharest venues: it is all things to all people. trendy. PUE Home Delivery Jerry’s D-6. although it is barely recognisable from how it looked back when it opened in 1999. Refreshingly. Fri. tel. (+4) 021 311 89 96. Entrance is actually through a small door next to a little car park behind the Senate. There are plenty of live acts performing regularly and there’s always a good crowd of music lovers to share it all with. (+4) 0723 37 90 26. Open by day as a cafe/lounge and by night (at the weekends) as a club expect mainstream sounds. at 21 lei. Another Bucharest venue that wins admirers for its sheer longevity. Sometimes packed and bubbling over.23:00. Str. it’s a cavernous venue with terrific acoustics and it is this mix of big club/small concert hall that gives it the edge over some other venues. Q Open 12:00 . For more than a decade Planters has been a default night out location for many people in Bucharest. Mendeleev 8. MPiata Victoriei. It does a great buffet lunch (which it will even deliver if you are close enough) while after work it gently becomes a highly sound cocktail bar and lounge while still serving food a la carte. prices are OK.most evenings. it’s definitely a place you should visit once before leaving Bucharest.05:00.02:00. tel. PEW MPiata Romana. Str. ro. MUniversitate. Fri. Friendly delivery boys in our experience: always worth an extra mark.23:00. where it’s almost impossible to find a table. They do the thick-style pizzas too: make sure you ask for baza subtire . tel. NEW The Silver Church A-5. book launches and the like . well.05:00.planters.inyourpocket. Green Hours 22 Club Jazz Café B-4. Sat. Regularly hosts live Gheorghe Manu 2-4.QOpen 11:00 . Sun 09:00 24:00. unlike many expensive travel guides. Make sure you reserve in advance if you want to sit down. tel. QOpen 17:30 . Sat 22:00 . Home delivery arm of the excellent Chinese restaurant of same name.orasul-interzis. (+4) 021 311 21 21. Calea Plevnei 61. it’s open every night of the week (many clubs in Bucharest are not) and there is (+4) 0722 33 41 41. www. tel.jerryspizza. (+4) 0731 64 59 18. Thin. tel. Sun 11:00 . In Your Pocket is a wonderful source of boutique hotels. www. from 18-80. tel. PVEBSW Puzzle B-4. Though still delivering good pizza.thin base. MPiata Victoriei. B-dul Octavian Goga 24. All information is also available on the publisher’s website.including theatre.64 Nightlife Jazz Clubs Art Jazz Club B-4. PSW Restaurant Nan Jing B-4. Sat.liveinpuzzle. Calea Victoriei 52. Art Jazz Club puts on as many jazz concerts as it can every week (usually three or four).” Sueddeutsche Zeitung “The In Your Pocket series of guide booklets have become a European publishing phenomenon. Yes! The Nan Jing now does home delivery. (+4) 0788 45 24 85. PENBW Press Box “From Albania to Ukraine. There is live music and other arty stuff . Sat. Q Open 24hrs. Calea Victoriei 155. from music to theme nights.” Elle “The secret of the In Your Pocket guides is that. www.06:00. The burger. QOpen 12:30 . subs and tel. tel.” International Herald Tribune (+4) 0772 16 00 31. So good is the sound that the biggest local bands are playing here simply for the hell of it. atmospheric jazz club. Sun 18:00 . crispy pizzas served piping hot to your door. at other times less so but always smoky. QOpen 14:00 . Get . comanda@lachinezesc. always something going on. silver church (albeit one which has dropped plenty of acid). QOpen 10:00 . Jerry’s at Night Open 23:00 . And given the location in the heart of office-land.tscarena. Club open Fri. nanjing. Calea Victoriei 120.greenhours. rather than on Balcescu as the address suggests. PENW to) alternative comedy. Bucharest In Your Pocket The quality of the music is almost always good. tel. Hot chicken wings. www. for a start.24:00. (+4) 021 318 12 85/(+4) 0726 10 34 07.” The Irish Times “In Your Pocket guides are each written by an English language writer who lives locally. Looking (inside) very much like QOpen 09:00 . €€€. VS Orasul Interzis D-5. www. With half an eye on the lunchtime crowd from the surrounding office blocks. Legendary.04:00. A decent place to see good local bands. Sat.06:00.artjazzclub. is a bargain. locals and visitors alike. Popular with a crowd that encompasses all ages. (+4) 021 9645. and the drinks are amongst the cheapest in the area.24:00. Sun 24:00-04:00. www. QOpen 22:00 . theme nights and tasty dancers. Just head to their website for the full home delivery menu. PW Planters Club & Lounge C-4. Str.23:00. www. (+4) 0733 50 07 50/(+4) 0720 99 33 33. PLVBSW Trenta Pizza. they are written by native English speakers living in the city they are writing about. spas and great little bars. there is much more to Jerry’s than pizza these days.04:00. ro. Fri. MIzvor. Silvestru 3. www. QOpen 09:00 .


especially fans of religious art . C-4. Unirii. it is currently closed for extensive renovation. (+4) 021 311 08 70. the Jewish community is incredibly active in the city. Casa Poporului/Palatul Parlamentului tends to be a bit of a let down for most. Yet though it may be small. Ilfov. this outstanding Secession house was in fact built for landowner George Cantacuzino in 1905. You can even now take a trip into the bowels of the building down below.66 What to see Essential Bucharest The first port of call for any visitor to Bucharest these days should probably be the Historic Centre. You’ll see plenty of grand staircases. driving license or other form of internationally accepted ID. Palatul Parlamentului (known universally as Casa Poporului) was built during the darkest days of the Nicolae Ceausescu regime. Much of the building. The Peasant and Village Museums should take priority.000 Jews and more than 80 synagogues in Bucharest: today there are around 4. Moses Rosen.georgeenescu. Sun 08:30 . Usually the busiest Bucharest synagogue. MIzvor. Closed Sat. The Romanian Holocaust and the deportation of the country’s Jews was ignored by the Communists. full of monuments to those who died during Romania’s pogroms (of which there were many at the turn of the 19th century) and the Holocaust.14:00. and a year later opened as a museum dedicated to his life and work. 35 lei adults.should pencil in at least an afternoon at the National Art Museum. Admission free. beware stray dogs. children 1. www. Str.inyourpocket. Fri. (+4) 021 318 14 50. Free entry on the 26th of each month. Standing 84m above ground level on 12 floors. Casa Poporului (Parliament Palace. Str. www. With an impressive mixture of baroque and rococo architectural styles. you can head for the sights. Holocaust Memorial B-6. mainly due to the stilted nature of the compulsory guided tour. MPiata Unirii. Ion Brezoianu/ MEroii Revolutiei. you should make reservations a day in advance as parliamentary business means the official opening hours are subject to change. museums. Closed Mon. the Great Synagogue remains the most important Jewish building in the country. Admission 6 lei. QOpen 08:30 . Q Services take place when Sabbath commences on Friday evenings. Vineri 9-11. There is also now a Holocaust Memorial . Mistakenly believed to be the great Romanian composer George Enescu’s former home.16:00 (last tour 15:30).00 lei is payable by those with cameras. MPiata Romana.15:00. Q Open from noon to dusk. who served as Romania’s Chief Rabbi for 30 years until his death in 1994. Once you have ticked off Old Town. QOpen 10:00 .000 Jews and just three working synagogues. Last but not least. as well as the Grigore Antipa National History Museum. 30 lei adults. tel. Originally designed to house almost all the organs of the communist state. (+4) 021 311 36 11. To join one of the tours. the year of Enescu’s death. You will find rooms full of the usual memorabilia and artefacts from the eventful life of Romania’s most famous composer.which has gone a long way towards finally drawing a line under Romania’s involvement in the Holocaust. Housed in an old synagogue built in 1850. and was minimized by subsequent governments after the collapse of Communism. half a day at the Bellu Cemetery (see page 24) is a wonderful trip through Romanian but you’ll get a better view from Piata Unirii. and many older Bucharest residents still refer to it as the Cantacuzino Palace. Jewish History Museum (Muzeul de Istorie a Evreilor din Romania) C-6. Use the entrance on the righthand side of the palace (if you’re looking at it front-on).13:00. Evening Prayers Sun-Fri 19:00. Art lovers . Calea 13 Septembrie 1. and besides the synagogues has a theatre. political and architectural history. Calea Victoriei 141. tel. Choral Temple C-6. You will also need to bring your passport. or Old Town . Free for children under 18 and the disabled. Q Open 10:00 . it today plays host to the Romanian parliament and a modern. marble-plated halls and conference rooms. Calea Serban Vodă.17:00. MPiata Enescu) B-4. Unveiled in October 2009. well equipped conference centre. Str. and in our Great Outdoors feature on pages 22-26. in fact) though the commentary often consists of little more than a guide reeling off endless superlative statistics. Str.13:00. The public tour of the building is thoroughly recommended (it is the only way to see the building. While still the most famous building in the city and usually top of the agenda for most visitors. terrace and basement).you may also have the chance to go on the roof.QOpen 09:00 . For a thorough account of the Holocaust in Romania. the main display is in fact a sculpture that mourns the 350. Bucharest’s Great Synagogue was built from 1845 -1846 by the Ashkenazi Polish-Jewish community. Seperate exhibitions display how the once vibrant Jewish community of Bucharest used to live. tel. churches and buildings we list here. Izvor is probably the nearest metro station. a school and a museum. the red brick temple has a memorial in front of it (visible from the street) that commemorates the Romanian Jews sent to their deaths during the Holocaust.if you pay the extra .cdep. either still or video. tel. Yeshoah Tova Synagogue (Sinagoga Eşua Tova) bucharest. and to Dr. The synagogue hosts an excellent exhibition dedicated to Romania’s Jewish martyrs. by Mihai Sebastian. Sat 09:30. An additional fee of 30. you can do no better than the brilliant Journal: The Fascist Years. What is unquestionably Romania’s most famous building. Fascinating though harrowing cemetery. Fri. the building has long been shrouded in . however. Admission 25 lei adults. MEroilor.50 lei. Sf. we recommend Radu Ioanid’s book Holocaust in Romania: The Destruction of Jews & Gypsies by the Antonescu Regime. Str. Jewish Bucharest As recently as 1937 there were over 100. Sun 09:00 . MPiata Victoriei. as well as on Saturdays at 09:00. MPiata Unirii. 23 lei students (standard. As with all of the city’s cemeteries and parks.built in 2009 . Vasile Adamache 11. 18 lei students (standard and terrace).000 Romanian Jews sent to their deaths at Auschwitz in 1944 and 1945. though again this costs extra. intrarea A3. Bucharest In Your Pocket George Enescu Museum (Muzeul National George The Great Synagogue C-6. Closed Sat. which offers perhaps the best view of central Bucharest. 13 lei students (standard tour). Romania’s Holocaust Memorial finally recognises the country’s role in the genocide of Europe’s Jews. Mămulari 3. Jewish Cemetery (Cimitirul Evreiesc de Rit Sefard) C-7. remains unused. Built in 1857. rumour and hyperbole. 13 lei students (standard and basement). It became state property in 1955. artistic. as well as a full telling of the story of Romanian music in general. Palatul Parlamentului) B-6. while . For a slightly different look at life as a Jew in 1930s and 40s Romania. as well as Romania’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 45 lei adults. (+4) 021 312 21 96. Morning Prayers Sun-Fri 08:00. In a busy side street off Bulevardul Magheru is Bucharest’s second temple. Tache Ionescu 9.

Fittingly for the building that from 1948-89 was home to the Museum of the Communist Party and Romanian Revolutionary Workers Movement. Last admission 17:00. MPiata Victoriei. and one of the best in the country. and every summer an RATB initiative gives visitors the opportunity to take in the city’s major sights from the top of an open-top double-decker bus. Replicas of some of what is on display can be bought in the excellent museum shop. artificial caves and . although sometimes you might have to wait a little bit longer. including Theodor Aman. the museum offers a range of exhibitions showing you all you need to know about the diverse and fascinating history of life around the Romanian countryside over the past four centuries. illustrated manuscripts and bibles. www. There are audioguides available in English.featuring icons. as well as 3D films. Until June 30th the museum is hosting the excellent Human Body exhibition. The Peasant Museum hosts excellent craft fairs in its courtyard at least once a month. 10 lei for The National Gallery (T reasure included) and 15 lei for combined tickets (both galleries). Bulevardul Libertatii. and Modern Romanian Art. however. there are all sorts of hands-on. dating from 1912. purpose built in 1908 at the behest of Grigore Antipa. Muzeul National de Arta) B/C-5. Housed in a wonderful red brick building designed by Nicolae Ghica-Budeşti. tel. One of Romania’s finest museums. allowing you to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like throughout the day. Tickets (which cost 25 lei for adults. from colourful religious icons to a huge range of traditional clothing.C. students and children 2 lei.July 2013 bucharest. Calea Victoriei 49-53. Closed Mon. QOpen 10:00 . National Art (itself divided into Medieval Romanian Art Bratianu. Kiseleff 1. The museum also hosts a fine selection of temporary exhibitions.What to see Sightseeing Buses While Bucharest does not pack the tourist punch of some European capitals. Constantin Brancuşi. June . Admission 8 lei. Headphones offer basic recorded commentary in a number of languages. Essential. 38 lei Sat. www.18:00. Şos. taking in Bulevardul Kiseleff. and Gheorghe Tattarescu). The building which houses it all is itself worthy of note. Although slightly remodelled in the Packed with terrific exhibits (including the obligatory dinosaur skeletons) which will keep kids of all ages and their parents occupied for the best part of the day. for which admission for adults is a whopping 50 lei Mon-Fri. Admission 8 lei for The Gallery of European Art.arts. or at selected hotels) are valid until midnight on the day of purchase. MPiata Victoriei. The buses run from 10:00 to 21:00 along a circuitous route from Casa Scanteii to Piata Unirii. 60 lei Sat. when it became the site of the court of the first prince of the united principalities. The buses make frequent stops at all of the major sights along the route. Calea Victoriei. (+4) 021 313 30 Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History (Muzeul 20th century artists well represented. The Peasant Museum is one of the most enjoyable in Bucharest. interactive displays. Kiseleff 3. Ana Ipatescu and Bulevardul Aviatorilor. pensioners 10 lei. 67 de Istorie Naturală Grigore Antipa) B-3. carved altars. and one of the best natural history museums in Europe. €14 million . 30/(+4) 021 314 81 19. (+4) 021 312 88 26. Sun. a noted Romanian naturalist who then set-up and ran the museum for almost five decades until his death in 1944. It also puts on children’s puppet shows at weekends (usually at 10:30 and 12:00. and most impressive art collection is housed inside the splendid former Royal Palace. Bulevardul Magheru. National Art Museum (MNAR. both Saturday and Sunday) and has a terrace cafe. There are exhibitions covering all aspects of Romanian peasant life. Tue. and should run at 15 minute intervals. Casa Poporului and Bulevardul Unirii along the way. (+4) 021 317 96 61. When his sons fell into financial ruin some years later. 10 lei for children. tel.mnar. need to validate the tickets each time you board a bus. there is a collectivisation exhibition in the basement. which recently benefited from a three year. tel. Admission 20 lei. There are two permanent Gheorghe Patraşcu. Entrance to the craft fairs (held every month or so in the rear courtyard) costs 6 lei. Şos.20:00.a thorough guide to the incredible amount of animal and plant life native to Romania. www. Closed Mon. which carried out huge modifications. first built in 1812 as a private home by the wealthy trader Dinicu Golescu. German and Romanian from 12 lei. there is nevertheless plenty to see in the Romanian capital. French. and can be bought on board. which plays host to a fine collection of Old European Masters from all of the major schools. For kids the Human Body costs 32 lei Mon-Fri. Sun. with all of Romania’s greatest Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman) the basement . and fragments of frescoes. You do. they were forced to sell the building to the state.antipa.muzeultaranuluiroman. the building we see today is more or less the original. and European Paintings and Sculpture. from handpainted Easter eggs to terracotta pottery. On the way back the buses travel along Bulevardul I. QOpen 10:00 . Q Open 11:00-19:00. The country’s largest. pensioners 3 lei. children/students 5 lei. adding a number of new wings. split over three floors of the main building. Alexandru Ion Cuza. It became a royal residence in 1859. Closed Mon.

on Aleea Alexandu. and for the apartment blocks opposite. The massive main auditorium. with its mighty Corinthian columns. stands proudly at the flux of the city’s busiest public square. Some of these buildings can be visited. one of the country’s most popular dailies. the auditorium can seat 800 spectators comfortably. Standing moodily over Piata Universitatii is the main building of the University of Bucharest. when a campaign called ‘Give a penny for the Atheneum’ (Dati un leu pentru Ateneu) rescued the project from folly after the original patrons ran out of funds. was originally used to host the five-yearly congress of the Romanian Communist Party. as has In Your Pocket: we now publish a quarterly Mini-Guide to the city. replaced by the present. Ion Luca Caragiale. it today carries out much the same function. An impressive edifice standing somewhat menacingly at the entrance to the capital. is housed in a monumental but rather run down building on the banks of the Dambovita. The work of French architect Albert Galleron. Str. Romeo Belea and Nicolae Cucu. historical buildings. Piata Arcul de Triumf.has in recent years been defaced by the addition of advertising hoardings. with its concaved roof. The central corp of the building was entirely rebuilt in the late 1940s after it was destroyed during heavy allied bombing during 1944. (+4) 021 315 25 67. bucharest. the Romanian Atheneum. or at any of the city’s three Tourist Information Offices. we’ve thrown them all to together here. Dating from 1890. as well as the university’s administrative departments. is just one newspaper still produced here. host to any number of libel trials involving our good selves. originally to house the Foreign Ministry (which is now elsewhere. and dome that nods towards the style of later Byzantine cathedrals. Possibly the finest building in the city. a tribute to Romania’s best loved playwright. the magnificent Transylvanian city of Sibiu has long been considered one of Romania’s best destinations to visit. the building is no less impressive on the inside. It is no surprise therefore that some of the biggest names in the hotel business have opened up shop there. page 70.16:00. Universitate (University of Bucharest) C-5. All are worthy of note. To make way for the building. See Curiosities. Teatrul National (National Theatre) C-5. Sala Palatului European Capital of Culture in 2007. The rather startling Sala Palatului. is a highlight of any architectural tour of Bucharest. Note that ever since several thousand uninvited coal miners trashed the place in 1991. Today the seat of the Romanian Philarmonic George Enescu. MPiata Unirii. it was unfortunately ruined in 1984-5 when the concrete casing that now stands gloomily in the shadow of the InterContinental was placed over the earlier structure. Petru Antonescu designed concrete structure only in 1935. not least the huge entrance hall with its sensational glass roof. Standing 25 metres high. ro. It today plays host to exhibitions and one year after the strikingly similar (though much taller) Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw. a 17th century church was demolished: the first of many to fall victim during the communist era remodelling of central Bucharest. Horia Maicu. Poland. was built in 1937 to the designs of Duiliu Marcu. MUniversitate. It originally housed three faculties (Law. As a result. QOpen 14:00 . Humanities and Science). The recently renovated and impressive facade is almost 100 metres long. competing with the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel. Bucharest In Your Pocket . Sibiu In Your Pocket Map Hotels Restaurants Bars Sights SIBIU MINI-GUIDE Issue N° 6 May-July 2013 Complimentary Copy www. to the design of three Romanian architects. www. which seats 4. CEC) is one of the most fabulous Neo-Classical facades in the city: the enormous arch that houses the entrance. Atheneum (Ateneul Român) C-5. The home of the National Savings Bank (Casa de Economii si Consemnaţiuni. Piata Presei Libere 1. B-dul Ilie Pintilie 1. was designed by Tiberiu Ricci and built over 15 months from January 1959 to April 1960 as an extension of the Royal Palace (to which it is connected). It was built over a twelve year period from 1857 to 1869. Bucharest’s Arc de T riumf was raised in 1922 to commemorate Romania’s World War I dead. Built during the last decade of the nineteenth century. which fit none of our other categories all that well. though it is closed most of the time and only opened on special occasions (usually on national holidays). and was built almost entirely with money donated by ordinary citizens of the capital. CEC (Palatul Casei de Economii si Consemnaţiuni) Arcul de Triumf A-2. and is renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics. MUniversitate.once rather fetching . the Arc has a staircase that allows visitors to climb to the terrace on the top of the monument. Benjamin Franklin 1-3. A building in two parts.68 What to see Buildings with a history Bucharest has a number of curious. tel. however. the building was inaugurated on February 26. 1888.inyourpocket. Originally housing the editorial offices of almost all of the capital’s newspapers. Piata Universitatii. MPiata Victoriei.fge.000. who also designed the National Bank of Romania. B-4. The sculptures and reliefs that decorate the monument were created by the leading artists of the day. Romania’s supreme court. Though rebuilt as an exact replica of the original. the rebuilding work currently being carried out on the building (which is covered in scaffolding) is intended to return the National Theatre to its original design by the end of this year. The original Arc was made of wood. Jurnalul Naţional. the original National Theatre was built between 1967 and 1970. Originally styled to honour the architecture of Moldova’s famous monasteries. entrance to the building has been granted only to those on government business. Casa Scanteii (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu and completed in 1956. However. while others are closed to the general public.salapalatului. The facade . Piata 21 Decembrie 1989. Palatul din Piata Victoriei (Palatul Victoriei) B-4. the Royal Palace and the old national library for attention. but today houses just the Faculty of Letters and Languages. under the heading Buildings with a history. MAviatorilor. with its sublime baroque cupola. Casa Presei Libere (Casa Scânteii) A-1. Palatul Justitiei (Tribunalul Capitalei) B-6. Calea Victoriei 13. The odd statue in front of the theatre is called the Caruta cu paiate. with its marble facade. to the designs of French architect Paul Gottereau. Piata Palatului. You can pick up a copy at all good Sibiu in far less grand building). including Ion Jalea. this linear construction. Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi.inyourpocket. Splailul Independentei 5. the Palace of Justice was designed by Romanian architect Adrian Ballu in the style of the French renaissance. many sculptures and basreliefs by Carol Storck were deemed irreplaceable and lost forever. Today the home of the Romanian government.


Chances are you’ve seen this statue. the church has recently been restored to its full glory. QOpen 08:00 . and restored in 1936. The bucharest.inyourpocket. Targu Mures and Timisoara. The splendid Antim Monastery. MUniversitate. Bucharest In Your Pocket Apostles’ Church (Biserica Sfintii Apostoli) B-6. May and June 1990 who tried and failed to bring down the Ion Iliescu regime. the song of Romania’s student revolutionaries of April. Voivod the church of the same name was built from 1701-2 on the site of an older. The statue features characters from Caragiale’s plays (Domnul Goe. MUniversitate. and refugees. That should not stop you from admiring the exterior. MUniversitate. Recent renovation has restored much of the rich ornamentation of the interior. hidden as it is on a hill above the street and hemmed in by two blocks. to signify Romania’s Latin origins. It is 50 meters high. A replica of a similar monument in Rome. Historic Churches Antim Monastery (Manastirea Antim) B-6. B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu 1. most of which was painted in 1876 by Gheorghe Tattarescu. closed for decades but now thankfully reopened. Baratiei 27. Str. Doamnei Church (Biserica Maicii Domnului) C-5. alas. The bell tower through which we today enter the monastery was added in 1857. It was unveiled in December 2010. P-ta 21 Decembrie 1989. Romulus & Remus C-6. Str. as well as a seat of learning. the house became a museum dedicated to Aman in 1908.Caragiale himself. patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Wallachia at the time. when it was closed for renovation. Rosetti is the street which links Piata Revolutiei with Bulevardul Magheru). this particular Roman-Catholic church was built in 1828. The tower today hosts a less than gripping and mono-lingual Museum of Firefighting and Policing. when it served as the church of the Târnovului Monastery) the Apostles’ Church is notable for its sublime steeple. this could well be the site of the oldest church in Bucharest. P-ta Foisorul de Foc/B-dul Ferdinand romanian/theodoraman. while the interior icons were added in 1859 by the prolific Gheorghe Tattarescu.70 What to see Bucharest Curiosities Caruta cu Paiate C-5. the legendary founder of Bucharest. Colţea Church (Biserica Colţea) C-5. Str. It remains. To the left (face on) of the Colţea hospital. Foisorul de Foc D-5. Rosetti 8. Inside the church is brimming with some rather strange portraits.50 leu children. Designed by Aman himself (he also did the frescoes on the ceilings inside) it incorporates bas-reliefs and statues. however. painted in 1812 by Petre Alexandrescu. Antim originally intended the monastery to be a refuge for fallen women. although there has been a church here since the late 1590s. Radu Voda 33. That it has been closed for so long is real shame. and so on) and was unveiled in December 2010. MUniversitate. Today. or what it signifies. Admission 3. barat. not 20 yards from the Bucharest InterContinental Hotel. wooden construction. In Piata Roma. Boasting a couple of superb stained-glass windows the church holds services in Romanian and Hungarian. the bronze Caruta cu paiate was created by sculptor Ioan Bolborea in honour of Romania’s favourite playwright. One of the oldest churches in Bucharest (with parts dating back to the 16th century. Biserica Creţulescu was raised from 1720-2 by Iordache Creţulescu and his wife Safta.bisericabucur. Str. the work of an unknown artist. and is a must. The church (like the hospital which surrounds it) was founded by courtier Mihai Cantacuzino. www. A. www. Antim 29. and was most recently kept in Piata Romana. tel. Note that it is usually packed with kindergarten and school groups. closed. The monastery church is particularly worth admiring. One of the most remarkable houses in Bucharest is the little place at Strada first constructed in 1506.ici.00 lei adults. derives from the Hungarian word for friend. First built as early as the 1300s. A. for its sumptuous icons featuring scenes from the Nativity and Revelations. The current church was built around 1720 (thoroughly renovated in 1909-10) to serve as a chapel for the cemetery of the Radu Voda monastery. The outstanding paintings on the entrance are . C. One of Bucharest’s many hidden churches: find it in the little courtyard behind Pizza Hut on the corner of Calea Victoriei and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta. all of which are well worth seeing. Probably the most celebrated historic church in Bucharest. Sun. Baratiei Church (Biserica Baratiei) C-6. Look out for the Cantacuzino family crest above the vaguely Italian baroque portal. but then walked on having failed to grasp what it actually is. remaining open until 2010. Nae Catavencu. Among the portraits are those of the church’s founder. The name. which is stunning. the best bit of which is the view from the old observation deck. The church is named for Bucur the Shepherd.htm.16:00. Calea Victoriei 47. Kilometre 0 & Cristian Paturca C-6. T ache Farfuridi. built in 1715. Rosetti 8 (Theodor Aman Museum) C-5. a daughter of Romanian humanitarian Constantin Brâncoveanu. at the entrance to Strada Lipscani. best known as the man who wrote Imnul Golanilor. MPiata Unirii. it was a presented to the city by the Italian state in 1906. Next to it is a memorial to Cristian Paturca. Closed Sat. it has led a nomadic existence. Nobody is exactly sure how long there has been a church here. Rosetti 8 (C. is this statue of the Roman wolf nurturing Romulus and Remus. the Bucur Church is often ignored.A. Almost poking into Bulevardul Bratianu. Ion Luca Caragiale. There are three other identical statues around Romania. admired it. (+4) 021 252 28 84. MPiata Unirii/Universitate. Piata Roma. It moved back here to its original location in 2010. Baratiei. Sfintii Apostoli 33A. In front of the National Theatre. ‘Bucur Ciobanu’) C-7. 1. arches and porticos in a linear yet never rudimentary fashion. Bucur Church (Biserica Sfintii Atanasie si Chiril Creţulescu Church (Biserica Creţulescu) C-5. A. Damaged during the fighting of December 1989. Built in 1869 by the painter Theodor Aman as a home with studio. Calea Victoriei 28. Str.the spot from where all the distances to other Romanian cities are measured. C. Next to the Caruta cu paiate is a seated bronze of Nenea Iancu . MUniversitate. The statue marks Romania’s Greenwich . Centrally located in front of Romania’s National Theatre (which is currently being rebuilt). It at no stage stored water. Officially called the Lupa Capitolina. but we do know that it predates the Radu Voda monastery opposite. The Foisorul de Foc (Firewatch Tower) was constructed in 1893 and was at the time the tallest building in the city. Contrary to the popular belief its purpose was simply to be a place from where the city’s authorities could watch for fires. with its elegant dome and gold finish was constructed between 1708 and 1715 on the orders of polymath Antim Ivireanul. in Cluj.

a community of monks lived here continuously from 1835 to 1959. Str. B-dul N. outside Piteşti . before being bought by the state in 1883 to serve as the country’s supreme court. George’s Church (Biserica Sf. There are some fantastic works on show. The church of the former Radu Vodă Monastery stands on a hill on the banks of the Dâmboviţa. around 1508. adorned with a helmet. tel. orange-coloured. including paintings by all of Romania’s greatest artists.on rails . tel.and hidden in its present location behind the apartment blocks. installation and mixed media. but that too proved unstable and just 40 years later it was replaced by the current. the first brick church being erected in 1745-50. Art Collection Museum (Muzeul Colectiilor de Artă) B-4.Bucharest are even aware of this church’s existence. Next to the church .is the Patriarchal was originally a private church for the Darvari family and their close acquaintances. Built in 1885. Icoanei 12. PLBSW church dates from 1683. only to be damaged again in the massive earthquake of 1977.dates from 1613-4. 71 Zorzini Gallery C-5. Constructed from 1888-93 at the behest of Romania’s first king. Note the grave of General Ioan Odobescu (1793-1857) alongside the church. Str. Look at it from the other side of the road however. Renovated extensively in 1894 and again from 1933-4. Q Open 11:00-19:00. a gift from Constantin Brâncoveanu. Brâncoveanu is himself allegedly buried under the church.and closed to the public . Bălcescu 28. Mihai Vodă was originally built in 1601. opposite Unirea Shopping the Patriarchal Cathedral has been the centrepiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the seventeenth century. C-6. (+4) 021 212 96 REOPENED New St. though the construction of the Civic Centre hid it from the river and from general view. New St. Fine contemporary art gallery working with both established and emerging Romanian artists that correspond to the gallery’s aesthetic agenda. C. from Nicolae Grigorescu to Theodor Pallady. It was a wonder of the age. John’s Church (Biserica Sfantul Ioan Nou) Patriarchal Cathedral (Patriarhia) C-6/7. tel. who built an earlier church on the site in 1744. MPiata Unirii. Bratianu.muzeulcotroceni. Str. MPiata Unirii. One of the churches that was moved to make way for the Civic Centre. it has undergone a number of facelifts over the years. Gheorghe. One of the church’s wooden icons dates from 1711 and was formerly housed in the Sarindar Monastery (situated where the Cercul Militar is today). Cotroceni Palace has since 1991 been the official resiJune . the church was renovated from 1852-3 by the Spanish architect Villacrosse. but the overwhelming majority of the cathedral’s structure is the original. complete with golden altar. The walled Schitul B-6. Radu Vodă Monastery (Mănăstirea Radu Vodă) C-5. Sapienţei 2. Founded in 1774 the small church boasts two exterior frescoes as well as a richly ornamental interior. and was built on the orders of Princess Maria. Fri. In 1985 it was moved 285 metres east . Damaged in a fire in 1847. In 1751 a second church was built. complete with Florentine tower is quite stunning. To say this church has been the victim of bad luck is an understatement. Str. They also decorate the door. and its glorious Neo-Gothic exterior. Museums 41/(+4) 021 212 96 42. few visitors to . www.What to see Contemporary Art Gallery (+4) 0727 89 07 20. when the frescoes (all the work of Gheorghe Tattarescu) were added. After the communist takeover in the 1940s it was used as a dumping ground for the collections of wealthy Romanians not allowed to retain their art by the regime. In terms of artistic importance the collections here are second only to those at the National Museum of Art. (+4) 021 317 31 07. during an earthquake in 1838. a few words about the building. The church is richly decorated both inside and out. only for it to collapse during a devastating earthquake in 1838.or even residents of . The church is owned by the Italian government. residence of the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Admission 7. www. Calea Victoriei 111.00 lei. and was dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Rebuilt the same year. but which burnt down soon after. Piata Sf. The largest of the churches built in Bucharest during the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu. behind the Raifeissen bank on the corner of B-dul Corneliu Coposu and B-dul I. Founded in 1834 by Mihai Darvari and his wife Elena . though it was extensively rebuilt during the 19th a gorgeous oasis of peace and quiet in busy central Bucharest.50 lei. Icon Church (Biserica Icoanei) C-4.schituldarvari. New and outstanding interior murals were added by Marian Popp. Known as Mitropoliei. New St. MPiata Unirii. The monastery was added in 1570. It was built in 1708. Carol I. The Church of the Icon is named after the 17th century icon of the Holy Virgin in the nave. with its lovely grounds . Closed Sun.July 2013 bucharest. George’s Church was consecrated on June 29th.20:00. Building work almost immediately started on a third church. After a fire in 1761 it was left to rot before thorough rebuilding was carried out from 1827-38. Radu Vodă 24A. Juxtaposed by 1930s blocks on the busiest street in the city. and decorated by the great Romanian maestros of the times: the painter Mutu. the red brick Italian church looks a little uncomfortable in its setting. Dealul Domniţa Balaşa Church (Biserica Domniţa Balaşa) Mitropoliei. QOpen 12:00 . 1707. but that was also later damaged. Sfintii Apostoli. Vaseleli. wife of Prince Serban Cantacuzino. The church was the first in the city to boast octagonal stone pillars: note the decorative floral motifs of oriental origin at the foot and top of each column. Firstly. There was originally a wooden church on this site. Str. Serious cracks that appeared after another earthquake in 1940 were repaired in the 1960s. The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in 1698. Closed Thu. Str. Neo-Romanesque building. in an unmarked grave. C-6. the carpenter Istrate and the sculptor Caragea. MPiata Unirii. students/children 3.inyourpocket. near Pitesti. A wooden church was built on this site as early 1681-82. Entirely hidden by blocks.which resembles the Curtea de Argeş.ro. built between 1654 and 1658. MUniversitate. Str. Mihai Vodă Monastery (Mănăstirea Mihai Vodă) B-6. having been designed by an Italian. when they were forced to move to Cernica Monastery by Romania’s communist authorities. Gheorghe Nou) C-6. which includes graphics. MIzvor. Schitul Darvari 3. the high altar was added in 1850. Piata Unirii. Thomas Masaryk 31.who purchased the site from the Biserica Icoanei . The Casa Romanit was constructed in 1822 as a private residence. Italian Church (Chiesa Italiana/Biserica Italiană) Schitul Darvari (Darvari Hermitage) . It is in fact right in the centre of the city. The present church . Cotroceni Museum B-dul Geniului 1. and restored in 1958. painting. built during the reign of Mihnea the Bad. MPolitehnica. Built to a design based on the Curtea de Arges. www. MPiata Unirii. the church is named after Constantin Brâncoveanu’s sixth daughter.

and can be visited on a tour. his nephew Crown Prince Ferdinand. and is far more impressive than its red-brick it should be remembered that the machines. tel. QOpen 10:30 . Built in 1906 on the orders of King Carol I to house what was then known as the Royal Romanian Geology Society. students. Alas the small museum that today bears his name has only six of his paintings. Brasov and Sinaia (€79). Tripp offers a number of terrific tours. Geology Museum B-3. reservations@travelmaker. TravelMaker operates escorted group tours from and around Bucharest. playing host to varied and never less than fascinating temporary The museum’s saving grace is the house in which it is hosted. fax (+4) 021 232 03 31. in the days when the street was paved with logs. Str. Tue. The museum is also one of the most active in the city. Tue. Dumbrava Rosie 3. there is the museum building itself to admire. Spătarului 22. French and English. QOpen 09:00 . (+4) 021 318 91 37. dence of the Romanian President.geology. www. tel. which includes the tomb of Vlad Tepes (Dracula): notoriously difficult to get to independently. while there is also an original log from the Podul Mogosoaia: the forerunner of Calea Victoriei. There is an extra charge for cameras of 30 lei. Candiano Popescu 2. cutting edge when they first appeared. All entrance fees also included. and drop you off back at. Elena Vacarescu 9. Ion Jalea and Constantin Brâncuşi. www.traveltobucharest. built from 1833-4 for the wealthy merchant Costache Şuţu. students and children 21.18:00. tel. MPiata Victoriei. and several nationwide tours of varying lengths. Nicolae Tonitza. At least not in this day and age. Much overlooked museum.00 lei. Their half-day tour of the city (€29) is an excellent introduction to Bucharest. www. Admission 4. Str. Tours are available in Romanian. the palace was designed by a French team of architects. CT&T provides tailor-made heritage sightseeing tours of Bucharest (from €29). During the construction of the new wing in the 1980s. you’ll see the requisite portraits) that includes the only Cezanne in Romania. Closed Mon. an airport shuttle service and private transfers.00 lei. There are also works on display by international artists. Sutu Palace / Museum of Bucharest C-5. Tue. Admission 5. despite its location in the very centre of the city. The highlight is probably the selection of maps of Bucharest through the ages. (+4) 0745 75 27 53. Children under seven free. National Technical Museum (Muzeul Tehnic Dimitrie Leonida) C-7. We think it’s one of the highlights of the city’s cultural scene and a visit here has the added bonus of getting you into the Casa Poporului without taking the guided tour. muzeulbucurestiului. and a smaller yet notable group of sculptures by Dimitrie Paciurea.clarity. sometimes with echoes of Moreau and Puvis de Chavannes. Some temporary exhibitions cost extra. B-dul I. tel. including the only Cezanne in Romania (Portrait of a Little Girl). ruins of the original monastery church were discovered. Muzeul Zambaccian 21A. Mr. XXI-2. Admission 8.1. (+4) 021 315 68 58. There is also a full-day trip of Sighisoara. children. city break packages and short trips. QOpen 10:00 . office@cttours. The church can be visited without joining the full palace tour.50 lei. Pallady was influenced by the Symbolist environment of the late 19th century. (+4) 021 230 19 20. 13 Septembrie 1. with some of the older steam engines dating back to the beginning of the 19th The museum is housed in the elegant. Often unfairly derided as an outdated (if amusingly so) museum of technology. and form part of the tour of the palace). Free entrance for children and artists. National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC.inyourpocket. Closed Sat. tel. Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana) B-6. www.being logically presented . Horia Damian. a number of themed tours around Wallachia and Transylvania. as well as the best of Romanian painters Nicolae Grigorescu. tel. and his paintings before 1916 contain Symbolist motifs. Tue. students and children 2.00 lei. There are also 19 paintings by French artists.18:00. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.50 lei. 3 lei children. turbines. the Peasant Museum. Admission 6 lei. The museum’s permanent collections are impressive in size and .ro.cttours. tel. students and pensioners. First off. The agency offers the only daily group tour (which anyone can join) to Peles Castle and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle for €69 per person. com. Closed Mon. Zambaccian Museum (Muzeul Zambaccian) B-3.00 lei. led by Paul Gottereau.C. Closed Mon. it was built around 1750 by the rich Armenian Hagi Kevork Nazaretoglu. students and children (+4) 021 232 03 31. www. and they will even pick you up from. Q Open 11:00-19:00. Closed Mon. They also provide hotel accommodation all over Romania. Ştefan Luchian. a showcase of everything great in and about Romania at the time. You will see a number of function rooms. English and French 30 lei. the building is a splendid example of Neo-Brancovenesque architecture. bl. (+4) 0724 71 88 48. A not-to-be-missed chance to see the large collection belonging to the long deceased Armenian businessman Krikor Zambaccian (1889-1962. bucharestcitytour. Calea TravelMaker Str. Sos. Last tour begins at 16:30.18:00.mnac. Sun.00 lei. this vast gallery displays the work of Romania’s finest contemporary artists. Schooled in Dresden and Paris. www. the English wife of Carol’s heir. MUniversitate. Admission 27. Ioan 10:00 . tel. You will also be able to view her astonishing art collection. Str. and regular topical exhibitions. Closed Mon.17:30. Originally called the Casa Melik. Closed . however. tel. The museum is housed in something of a cherished relic itself: the last remaining pavilion (of many) built to host the 1906 Romania Fair.00 lei. It really is a thorough look at modern Romanian art. They were all. www. including part of the original interior frescoes. Making excellent use of the wide open spaces of the Parliament Palace. children 2. many of which were decorated to the whims of Marie.18:00. with a decent number of English captions. Theodor Pallady Museum (Casa Melik) D-5. Theodor Pallady (1871-1953) was an early Cubist artist widely regarded as Romania’s most influential 20th century painter. QOpen 10:00 . Guided tours in Romanian 20 lei. Admission 5. Admission 7 lei. students 3. 3. inventions and gadgets on display here are not meant to be cutting edge. Cultural Travel & Tours.Q Open 11:00 . Part of the palace is open to the public. not the least of which is the excellent value four-hour tour of Mogosoaia and Snagov for €49. Gen. Admission includes entrance and the compulsory guided tour. MIzvor. for free. (+4) 021 336 93 90.18:00. Tripp C-4. Bucharest’s Geology Museum is one of the city’s best. entrance E4 (Palatul Parlamentului). (+4) 021 212 89 52. Tue. (+4) 021 211 49 79. Built on the site of a former monastery (the foundations and cellars of which remain. Ap. Gheorghe Petraşcu.72 What to see Sightseeing Tours 31 63. mnar. Closed Mon.00 lei. Kiseleff 2. (+4) 0735 52 57 10.00 lei.Theodor Pallady. QOpen 09:30 . Also has a great terrace Other flexible services and guides in a variety of languages are available on request./fax (+4) 021 336 Mr. Str. Et. your hotel. booking@traveltobucharest. Neo-Gothic Şuţu Palace. Bratianu 2.


Bucur the Shepherd founded the city in the 1300s. Mihai Voievod Viteazul (the first person to unite the three Romanian provinces. and add real character and colour to the area. It originally housed three faculties (Law. many will know it better as Lipscani. Many of these Gypsies remain today. and their property confiscated and left to rot. drink and dance. at the time Prince of Romania. What we do know is that by the first reign of Vlad Ţepeş (1459-1462) there was a palace and court (the Palatul Curtea Veche) in the area we today call Old Town. astronomer and politician who as education minister in the 1880s and 1890s created the foundations of the modern Romanian education system). of Gheorghe Lazar (founder. That anything survives at all is little short of a miracle. In front of them are four statues. but today houses just the Faculty of Letters and Languages. The entire area . Old Town: A Brief History Old Town refers to the area of Bucharest described by the Dambovita river to the south. Humanities and Science). Kind of. Ion Heliade Radulescu (a founding member of the Romanian Academy). Opposite is the university building itself. or for places to eat. in 1600) and Spiru Haret (a mathematician. which over the past three years or so has turned what was very much a no-go area with almost nothing to offer into the Romanian capital’s liveliest entertainment district. While we at Bucharest In Your Pocket tend to call the area Old Town. You will certainly not want for things to do. The area is still something of a work in progress. The area is historic in the main because this is where Bucharest was founded. to see. constructed over a twelve year period from 1857 to 1869 at the behest of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. most notably in the form of the grandiose Civic Centre project that saw almost a fifth of the total area of the city flattened to make way for Bulevardul Unirii and Casa Poporului.74 OLD TOWN part of 1944) communism did. at the twin semi-circular buildings originally built in 1906 to serve as the headquarters of Romania’s largest insurance company. with many of the empty buildings being occupied over the years (legally or otherwise) by Gypsies. According to legend. Though rebuilt as an exact replica of the original. Bulevardul Brătianu to the east and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta to the north is more or less all that’s left of preWorld War II Bucharest. While much of Bucharest has changed beyond recognition over the past two decades. What the war didn’t destroy (and it destroyed a fair bit: allied bombing was fierce during the early The best place to start any exploration of Old Town is at Universitate (C-5). when he built a church somewhere on the eastern bank of the Dâmboviţa river: nobody is sure exactly where this church was (or even if it actually existed). By the middle of the 17th century the area was Bucharest’s merchant district. but it’s a rewarding place to explore. in . The central corp of the building was entirely rebuilt in the late 1940s after it was destroyed during heavy allied bombing in 1944. when many of the rightful owners of the houses and businesses which lined the area’s streets were arrested by the communist authorities. with most locals calling it the Centru Vechi (Old Centre). which it to all intents and purposes remained until the end of World War II. nothing compares to the recent transformation of Old Town/Lipscani. of the first Romanian school in Bucharest). Calea Victoriei to the west. as well as the university’s administrative departments. one of the few areas of the capital that is.inyourpocket. and that the city grew quickly around the palace. many sculptures Old Town’s Sights Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.was then neglected for decades.viewed as being far too bourgeois for communist tastes .

Open 09:00-21:00. Sat 10:00 .ro. The wooden.its name and history aside . Stocks everything from furniture and paintings to clocks and decorations. from a pub. Retrace your steps past the Russian Church and you will come to the Czech Cultural Centre (Ceske Centrum). QOpen 10:00 . Str. Smardan 13. The building boasts a facade with Corinthian columns. On your right as you exit the church . Lipscani) look out for the remains of another 17th century inn: visible below street level through hardened glass.22:00. shop@souvenir-shop. Built in 1905-09 with a 600. We came across the best Dracula T-Shirts we’ve seen so far here. tel. the last ones tasted great. After two fires gutted the building however. Ironically . (+4) 021 310 32 the Neo-Gothic Şuţu Palace. On the bank’s far side (on Str. Old postcards and costumes depict life in the Romanian capital in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (for more on the museum see page 72).thomasantiques. Ion Ghica and you will see in front of you the unmistakably Neo-Classical exterior of the National Bank of Romania (BNR).at the end of the street . Upstairs you can even drink coffee.000 gold rouble donation from Tsar Alexander II. sit and drink coffee on an antique chair and picture yourself doing the same at home. QOpen 10:00 . Fri.old town and basreliefs by Carol Storck were deemed irreplaceable and lost which at the time was one of the largest trading posts in Europe. and an enormous central banking hall. (+4) 0752 44 08 18. but it remains a classic worthy of admiration. the land was levelled and in 1883 work began on the BNR.00. a lively hive of cultural activity which has regular film screenings and exhibitions. it over time lent its name to the whole area. www. Everything you would want from a decent souvenir shop .20. students and children 3. this orthodox church is topped with seven typically Russian onion domes and crowned with an orthodox cross. As Str.00 lei). Thomas Antiques C-6. By common consent the best antique shop in the city. complete with the slogan ‘Send more tourists. The palace was built from 1833-4 for the wealthy merchant Costache Şuţu. which from 1678 until 1883 was the home of various things. June . gold-gilded iconostasis (catapeteasmă) is allegedly a copy of the altar in Arhangelsk Cathedral. Closed Mon. 75 Old Town Shops Souvenir Shop C-6.and more Blănari 5. especially given that the first sight which will probably grab your attention (it will be difficult to miss it) is the beautiful. home of the Museum of the History of Bucharest (Muzeul de Istorie al Municipiului Bucureşti. Tue.23:45. It is known colloquially as the Russian Church. with new pieces being added all the time. ro. Open 10:00 . Nicholas (Students’) Church. Admission 6. Str. tel. beer or cocktails in the bar: yep. Also at tel. colourful St.00 lei. MUniversitate.’ We bought two.with both Romania and Bucharest branded gifts available .souvenir-shop. completed to the designs of French architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron in 1885. Lipscani was the main commercial street in the Old Town. www. It stands on the site of one of the most famous buildings in Romania: the Hanul Serban Voda. Lipscani gets its name from the large number of traders who. (+4) 0722 322 540. Carry on to the far end of Str. From this rather drab square it’s rather a delight to head into Old Town proper. The passing of time has seen the building become rather hemmed in. in the 18th century. Covaci 19. (+4) 021 310 43 89. bucharest.modern Str.inyourpocket. in Moscow’s Kremlin. Str.July 2013 . to an inn to a dormitory for a nearby girl’s school. sold wares here brought from Leipzig.

another Old Town street now blessed with more restaurants. pubs. About half way along look out for the Sf. The icon itself is said by churchgoers to have magical healing powers. bite to eat or simple jaw dropping experience (the interior is astonishing) head for Caru cu Bere. and again a century later. Stavropoleos . although it does have some exceptional bars. The church was built in 1724 at the insistence of a Greek monk. was considerably extended during the 16th century. Back on Str. 10:30). gift and souvenir shops. Lipscani. coffee. Open 08:30 . and subsequently neglected. Church fans might also want to venture out on to Calea Victoriei. Much of what remains today was uncovered during archaeological digs that took place from 1967-72. Franceza. On the other side of the church (which is currently being renovated) is Bucharest’s comedy theatre. The church was built in the 1880s as a private chapel for Romania’s first royal couple: Note that the king and queen still have special seats on the left and right of the church’s 18th century icon kept for them should they ever return. History buffs might like to know that in January 1859 at No. It is on the other side of the road to the church a little further up. Open 10:00 . cafes and restaurants. The ornate building on the other side of the road is the headquarters of CEC. At the bottom of Str. home to the St. antique shops.inyourpocket. There are fragments of the original 15th century walls. Head next for Str.76 old town Lipscani has little to recommend it. Smardan turn left in order reach the birthplace of Bucharest. Selari (an alley now packed with cafes and bars) you will come to Str. They were painted from 1853-6. The Old Court. named for the eponymous church (pictured on page 74) found along its length ( Biserica Stavropoleos. who added a splendid voievodal palace. The courtyard outside (beautiful on a sunny afternoon) has a curious collection of tombstones dating from the 18th century. Nicolas Church. On the far side of the museum is Str. Wallachian deputies elected Alexandru Ioan Cuza as their Prince. the election that took place here created the first unified Romanian state since Mihai Bravu’s short-lived reign of 1600. Smardan. cafes. and you might often see skilled craftsmen working on restoring them. It is characterized by its beautiful stone and wood carvings. Dumitru Church: Sf. first built on this site in the second part of the 15th century by Vlad Ţepeş. as well as a lively and bar/restaurant and beerhall. as well as remnants of the voievodal Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. while the Neo-Classical giant facing it is the National History Museum. As Moldavian deputies had already done likewise a week earlier. 42 (then the Hotel Concordia). studios and portrait artists. The palace was by and large destroyed by a series of fires in the 19th century however. Services (in Romanian) on Sunday at 09:30.18:00. A few steps to the right is the Zlatari Church (Biserica Zlatari) built in the 19th century on the site of an earlier church and featuring interior frescoes by Gheorghe Tatarescu. The busiest street in the Lipscani area is Str. the listed. Blanari. Ioanikie Stratonikeas. and a theatre.18:00. this time at the hand of Constantin Brancoveanu. Dumitru is the patron saint of Bucharest. a beer hall and restaurant dating from 1875. by Mircea Ciobanul. the national savings bank. bars and such like than you could wish for. the Old Court Palace and Church (Palatul şi Biserica Curtea Veche. historical monument Hanul cu Tei is a wonderful courtyard (once part of a large inn) which today houses art galleries. home today to any number of bars. For a beer. of which the finest are on the main doors. when the palace ruins were first opened as a museum. second-hand book shops. now of course boasting a bizarre statue of Emperor Traian on its steps. pubs and clubs. Closed Mon). It also has some hidden treasure: if you walk through the little alley opposite Str. decorated with marble and .

always one of our favourite parts of Lipscani. this amazing restaurant is set to be a massive hit with the city’s foodies. Opposite is the Hanul lui Manuc. tel. €€€. and the poached turbot is probably our pick of the current menu. (+4) 0728 31 88 71. €€€€. wiser and simply nicer crowd than many other places we could mention in Old Town. and although the regular cabaret nights are taking a break for the summer (they return on September 1st). Closed a year later ahead of renovation. part of the inn (the restaurant/bar. Selari 9-11. The restaurant offers a tasting menu for those who want to try all the main courses currently being served. QOpen 10:00 . www.theartist. and the food is very good. QOpen 12:00 . QOpen 19:30 . Str. You can get details about what’s happening from Bordello’s. Good bistro food. Food & Drink Embassy Hanul cu Tei C-6. and the frescoes inside. PBSW Fine Dining Mulanruj Dining Theatre & Club C-6. The menu changes with the seasons. The inn’s hotel (the Dacia) remains closed but is poised to reopen soon. The church’s exterior was recently renovated. Built in 1808 by an Armenian merchant. and it looks better than ever. of dining options. It remained state property until 2006. it was bought and sold many times throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries before being nationalised in 1949. the oldest in Bucharest. Making very good use of the courtyard of Hanul cu Tei. painted by maestros Constantin Lecca and Mişu Papa. The work of a young Dutch chef. MPiata Unirii. There is a range bucharest. €€€. Upstairs at Bordello’s is the Mulanruj Dining Theatre. (+4) 0748 88 10 85. (+4) 0733 50 03 03. tel. from stand-up comedy and live music to theme parties and such like. longing for something a bit different. when Constantin Şerban Cantacuzino – the heir of its last private owner – won an epic legal battle (which had lasted the best part of ten years) to recover ownership. this is the sister establishment of the original Embassy on Piata Lahovari. Str. MPiata Unirii. alongside the rack of New Zealand lamb and amazingly refreshing cucumber In keeping with the food the restaurant itself is contemporary and upmarket. bordellos. the Old Town area of Bucharest is in fact home to some superb places to eat: both high end. It was enlarged in 1715. Embassy is a terrace (in summer) and indoor lounge which serves food and drink to an older. PEW C-6.02:00. in which most of the relics found on the site are exhibited. www. during the reign of Ştefan Cantacuzino. Lipscani 63-65. Next door to the palace is the Old Court Church. chic without ever going over the top. courtyard and some function rooms) was finally reopened in 2011. PW The Artist Restaurant Old Town Restaurants While probably famed more for its nightlife than its food. decent cocktails and reasonable prices. Nicolae Tonitza 13. tel. Closed Mon. Open 11:30-03:00.inyourpocket. dating from 1545. fine-dining establishments as well as kebabs and take-aways. June . For those in the know. Food as art: a first for Bucharest and a first for Romania. were added in 1847. there is still plenty going a mix of the bright and the simple.July 2013 . MUniversitate. Also at (C-4) P-ta Lahovari 8.old town 77 palace throne room.23:00. Prices reflect the amazing quality.

hanulluimanuc. QOpen 12:00 . €€€. QOpen 12:00 . Note that they accept Amex cards: not everywhere does in serving a terrific onion soup.make the place an attraction in itself. Right in the heart of Bucharest’s historic centre. Mon 18:00 .ro. €€€€. MPiata Unirii. tel. send it back) and the wine flows copiously as evenings get longer and longer.24:00. MPiata City Grill C-6. Stavropoleos 5. but do expect big portions of simple Romanian food. www. tel. MPiata Unirii.22:00. The best little bistro to open in these parts for many a year.01:00. tel. Ion Ghica 2. The non-pizza menu is merely good. MPiata Unirii.carucubere. Franceza 62. QOpen 12:00 . The Greek chef Georgios is always coming up with tasty daily specials. Sat 08:00 . You can now taste Greece while booking a holiday to. tel. Str. tel. QOpen 09:00 . and the baked apple a simple.’ and given the homely food and cheap prices (the lunchtime deals are just about unbeatable) they might just be right. Fri. www. and the mussels fresh.02:00. Note that the building’s facade is currently being renovated. alongside what is probably the best lamb we’ve eaten in Bucharest. calves liver with sage and garlic mash and the lemon meringue pie.bonrestaurant. Str. €€€. www. so we recommend just ordering a load of those and tucking in. Try the sublime onion soup..mezetaverna. The service is usually good (now: it never used to be.24:00. There is a wide range of wines (many available by the glass) and it is all served in a well-restored. tasty smoked sausages made with mutton and pork. You can expect right royal portions of all your Romanian favourites. (+4) Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.QOpen 07:00 . (+4) 021 313 75 60. Mon 18:30 . Fabulous food in a wonderful setting. We should also mention the touristy but nevertheless enjoyable folklore show which takes place most evenings. €€€€. www. Str. MUniversitate.24:00. www. Just a brilliantly simple the food itself is seriously. An open kitchen is always a good sign.labonnebouche. Str. www. €€. This bright eatery complete with blue and white chequered tablecloths opposite the National Bank in the Old Town serves simple Greek dishes (including decent-sized salads made with real Greek cheese) for more than reasonable prices. Lipscani 12. PESW Greek Food & Travel Concept Store C-6. The breakfast is worth getting up early for. Bucharest’s oldest inn (and one of only two surviving 19th century caravanserai in Europe . created using antique doors and window frames. Sit in the gorgeous courtyard (when the weather allows. so ask your waiter what’s cooking.painted ceilings. and we love the variety of reading material in the toilets. of course) and enjoy a beer or good Romanian food: don’t miss the mici. Str. (+4) 0372 77 39 99. but one which possibly takes the ‘city’s best’ award. the work of the designer du jour in this part of the world.02:00. tel. Biutiful and La Bonne Bouche (to which it bears a passing resemblance). but do not leave without trying some food.lacrimisisfinti. Don’t expect haute cuisine. seriously good. Downstairs is a bar perfect for private parties or retiring to after As much a showcase for the (very good) wines Dinescu produces on his country estate as anything else. We like the carnati de plescoi. although if you hit the oysters and champagne of course the bill will be high! QOpen 12:00 . €€€. It even looks the part . fresh pate. Str. www. QOpen 12:30 . The restaurant and terrace are open as usual. www. Should probably be the first stop on the food and drink list of any visitor to Bucharest. Plenty of meze options.the other is in Albania). Bellini has a great location and . MUniversitate. MUniversitate.01:00.. It’s the kind of place where you will be discretely but contentedly loosening your belt before the night is done. snails and a super apple tart with vanilla sauce to finish. Nowhere else in the city can rival the setting. QOpen 11:00 . Prices are reasonable given the quality. tel.better than anywhere else in the city. MUniversi- La Bonne Bouche C-6.24:00. €€. (+4) 0733 15 98 46. MPiata The food is worthy of the surroundings: the onion soup with Gruyere is amazing. the New Zealand lamb chops tender. Str. MPiata Unirii. €€€. €€. tel. com. but there is much more besides. PESW French Bon C-6.citygrill. Nicolae Tonita 6. PEBSW Manuc Bistro (+4) 0729 62 62 62. This place is classically French.78 old town Romanian Restaurants in Old Town . PSW Italian 0721 76 55 ornate woodwork .makes the best pizza in Bucharest. and the mixed grill for two people is good value. QOpen 10:00 .inyourpocket. PESW Meze Taverna C-6. They call these places ‘your dining room in the city. The home baked bread is always served warm (if it is not. Romanian poet.negresco. Wonderful interiors .ro. PEBSW Caru’ cu Bere C-6.simple French bistro food . The newest Greek restaurant in Bucharest. Unirii. €€€€.according to just about anybody you ask . (+4) 0731 24 78 76.24:00.QOpen 10:30 . Packed out with the pre-cinema crowd heading over to Cinema Pro for the latest premiere. tel.24:00. tel. back in the 1980s and 1990s it was infamously bad) and there is a terrace in summer. The prices are decent enough and though a little spartanly furnished and decorated the ambience is good: you want to stay way after you have finished your meal. PSW Bellini C-5. Str. They even serve their own rather good beer. Greece. tel. Stavropoleos 3.02:00. revolutionary and raconteur Mircea Dinescu’s latest culinary adventure is this classy place in the Old Town. the local speciality. (+4) 0720 66 77 66. PVEBSW Lacrimi si Sfinti C-6. Mon 18:00 . Does what it does . two fabulous duck dishes (the duck breast with fennel and coriander is amazing). PVEBSW Crama Domneasca C-6. There is tons of seafood on the gorgeous menu (the fish soup and the prawns with tomatoes and cheese are musts). Selari 13-15. (+4) 021 539 53 53. (+4) 021 313 14 11/(+4) 0769 07 58 44. tasty treat. from spare ribs and mutton to tender pork steaks. www. the food is good: a selection of traditional Romanian dishes with a big focus on game. who also came up with the concept for Energiea. classy Bucharest house dating from the 1890s. Smardan 33. Str. MUniversitate. Atelier Mecanic. this is Romanian food of indeed historic proportions. (+4) 0740 05 02 91. PEBSW Negresco C-6. Str. Franceza 30. €€€. Sepcari 16. Look for the chef’s specials too. Q Open 08:00 . We rather liked the baked duck served with stewed cabbage. and fortunately the food is more than a match for the surroundings. The orange and chocolate cake is the pick of the desserts. There’s a good selection of local beers to choose from too. (+4) 021 367 21 98. Str. the sarmale with mamaliga terrific.24:00. Smardan 7.we love the lamp shades made from empty olive oil cans .cramadomneasca.


and the service QOpen 12:00 . the city’s last surviving caravanserai. Franceza 62. (B-4) B-dul Lascar Cartagiu 56. QOpen 08:00 . www. Covaci 1. light and blessed with sensationally high ceilings. MPiata Unirii. The pizzas are good and cheap though. Str. New Lebanese restaurant in Old Town serving what might just be the best lentil soup in Bucharest. is good if a little pricey (some of the dishes. coming up with all sorts of treats. €€€. tel. www. Str. €€€. Wanting to stand out from the crowd the team behind it have gone to great lengths to do so. Sat. Fabulous fresh bread too (made on site) and a decent range of mutton dishes as main courses. composer and director who frequented these parts in the 1930s and 40s. one of the better ones in the Old Town. Sun 12:00 . Malagamba by the way was a Romanian musician. MPiata Unirii. Dumitru) 2.02:00. the kafta kebab and the marinated lamb cutlets. Love the name. www. QOpen 11:00 . Also at (B-2) Str. The food is Italian.trattoriabuongiorno. and loved it all. such the as lime and basil sorbet: already a legend amongst Bucharest foodies. Well priced too.we recommend the fresh tomato soup with mozarella . and in fact it is both pub and restaurant. the kind of place you can eat very well but nobody minds if you just spend all night on the sauce. Lipscani www. PBSW Coco Bongo C-6. www. Good Lebanese food.coco-bongo. www. (+4) 0769 07 58 44. and it’s difficult to go wrong: we ordered a load of food. Decent Italian food (there is a small but good selection of fish dishes which are well worth looking out for). (+4) 0754 02 04 34. love the attitude. QOpen 12:00 . €€€. Str. tel. Str. A good Italian restaurant.malagamba. and the decor is vaguely Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. it can feel like the whole city is going by).01:00. €€. Baneasa Shopping Center. anyway). (+4) 021 317 77 88/(+4) 0735 22 28 Str. PBSW Sindbad C-6. MUniversitate.hanulluimanuc. (+4) 0725 96 66 36. Worth a look. Big terrace too as long as the weather is good. QOpen 12:00 . and have quickly become big fans of its most recent location in the Old Town. what a place. this Irish-owned eatery next to the Comedy Theatre is terrific. €€€. MPiata Unirii.24:00.24:00. Herăstrău . Looks more like a pub from outside. What a name. Str. PBSW Lebanese Manuc Levantin C-6. tel. quick and friendly. Regular kids events at the weekend.restaurantbelmondo.inyourpocket. PVBSW Malagamba C-6. Fri. Easily the best occupant of the old Amsterdam Cafe location since Amsterdam prices that are more than reasonable. Covaci 6. Mandinesti (Sf. We have always loved T rattoria Buongiorno. Sat 08:00 . Franceza 52. (+4) 021 313 33 89. being especially impressed by the lahme bahjeen (minced beef and lamb in pitta bread). PTVBSW Trattoria Buongiorno C-6. An Italian (with a twist) restaurant of the old school (in that the food is what counts first and foremost).24:00. open. which offers decent food . tel.80 old town Bel Mondo C-6. (And at weekends. There is a huge range of dishes to choose from. The pizzas are excellent (and huge) and the space itself is big. upstairs at Hanul lui (+4) 0733 11 04 64. MUniversitate. MPiata Unirii. There’s both an exterior (at the right time of year) and interior terrace. 1st floor. and one of the biggest and busiest terraces in Bucharest (at the right time of year) make it a seriously good eat and watch the world go by type place.

simple flavours you are going to love this place. QOpen 07:30 .godotcafeteatru.24:00. (+4) 0737 50 38 90. loaded with honey. It’s a winner from start to finish. In a superb setting in a lovingly renovated building on the edge of Old Town the Bucharest cooking legend Jakob Hausmann is still delivering the goods more than a decade after opening his first restaurant.24:00. served in one of the most elegant and classiest locations around. MUniversitate. €€€€. QOpen 12:00 . www. PBSW Old Town Cafes Cafe Manuc C-6. Str. (+4) 021 224 50 17. We opted for the less Sultan-like beef and lamb kebabs. We liked the comfy chairs. www. PVBSW Mediterranean Charme C-6. QOpen 10:00 . Divan is a lesson in creating a good restaurant.01:00. From the Middle Eastern atmosphere and superb decor to the great service.hanulluimanuc. www. all based around the season’s freshly available ingredients.July 2013 . If you are a foodie who cares about subtle. PBSW Swiss Mica Elvetie tel. Some of the finest food in Old Town. Hanul lui Manuc is one of the best places in the city to sit and enjoy either coffee . ro. delicious tarts and cakes. PSW them 24 hours notice. (+4) 0769 07 58 44/(+4) 021 313 14 11.01:00. MPiata Unirii. Very good they were too. Sat 10:00 .charme. QOpen 10:00 . Bucharest’s smartest chain of bakeries comes to Old June . www. Fri. The well-priced food is good value Turkish/Middle Eastern. Smardan 13. Franceza 60. €€€. Str.thedivan. (+4) 021 316 16 82/(+4) 0736 41 42 MUniversitate.frenchbakery. Franceza 46-48. They also serve a fantastic jug of lemonade. with a wide variety of daily specials. Blanari 14. tel.or cocktails (both with and without alcohol). Str. QOpen 09:30 .01:00. They will even cook you a whole lamb if you give French Bakery C-6. Smardan 12. and it’s very good indeed.and there is a huge range .ro. There are performances every day (with matinees at week- bucharest. MPiata Unirii. complete with its fine selection of sandwiches. PSW Turkish Divan C-6.inyourpocket. great coffee and a super terrace outside on the sexiest part of Old Town. light Californian-inspired cuisine. www.24:00. Could be just about the best place in Bucharest for coffee. Franceza 62. After your meal you can enjoy a smoke on a hookah pipe: there’s a huge range of flavours to choose from.02:00. bistro and theatre on Strada Blanari in the Old Town. Sit outside in the courtyard of this amazing building . Also serves very good Romanian food (see the review for Manuc Bistro in the Romanian restaurants section) as well as decent Lebanese at Levantin. PBSW Godot Cafe Teatru C-6. The menu changes regularly. tel. (+4) 021 316 10 27. www. then order some fine. regardless of the time of day.old town 81 Middle Eastern without over-doing it. Moritz Str. tel. €€€.ro. tel. QOpen 11:00 .and remember that this place itself is a living piece of the city’s history. MP-ta Unirii.a 19th century inn which in many ways has remained unchanged for over a century .ro. €€€. tel. the high ceilings and airy atmosphere. Closed Sun. (+4) 021 312 30 34. Str. Cafe. Str. Check out the nice little touches such as high quality bread and olives. ​ Magnificent.micaelvetie.

In our opinion. Fri 08:30 . Q Open 11:00 .you can also get you hands on a Nargile.05:00. Franceza 13.02:00. Alongside the coffee tel. www. tre). It is at its best right now. Beer. Pierre de Coubertine 3-5. Sat. Gyros Thessaloniki Str. Thick Turkish coffee served in one of Calea Victoriei’s grand old passages. Everyone will find something they like. . even in to Old Town. KFC on the ground floor of Unirea closes at 23:00. meeting and function rooms upstairs.03:00. and they now do a great brunch. MPiata Unirii. You will like Atelier the minute you walk in the door. however. (+4) 031 107 63 71.24:00. Fri. MPiata Unirii. QOpen 10:00 . Sun 10:00 . NBSW Old Town Bars Atelier Mecanic C-6.dristorkebap. in the warmer months when you can sit outside on the terrace. A highly recommendable experience. Franceza in Old Town. from Shakespeare to Neil Simon and contemporary Romanian productions.and this Dutch owned. and feature plenty of top local acting talent. It’s a regular late-night haunt of ours and the queues speak for themselves. (E-6) Sos. NGS Les Bourgeois C-6. if only because prices are very good for Old Town. McDrive at (A-4) Str. a meal and a late night at the bar or out on the terrace. There is also a specialist wine bar downstairs. Box office open daily 12:00-19:00. lamb dishes and sweets. MPiata Unirii. B-dul Marasesti 42 and B-dul Timisoara 26. MUniversitate. Sat 07:00-01:00.vangogh. this place serves the best chicken kebab in Bucharest. Smardan 9. PBSW Valea Regilor B-4.24:00. we recommend it. as the interior is but we like it at any time of year. (+4) 021 311 29 69. (+4) 021 315 55 40. Q Open 24 hrs. When this place opened a couple of years ago it was the first bar in the Old Town area to really think outside the box and offer a vibe that was. PEBW and cakes . Alongside the kebabs there are also salads. Str. MUniversitate. Str. www. Covaci 12. Cheap too: it’s a winner. lesbourgeois. Smardan 31. Dr. www. Str. Top desserts. MPiata Unirii. Perhaps even before that. Brasov 23A all open 24hrs. Q Open 24hrs. so instead get yourself here for your late night/early morning fried chicken fix. Even actors used to bigger stages make a habit of performing here in the uniquely intimate auditorium. Smardan 20. which began in Dristor but has now spread city wide. on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-16:00. www. Sat 10:00 . tel. A veritable Strada Smardan legend of a venue. whose longevity is a credit to its management who keep rethinking and reinventing the menu and making sure there is always good reason to come and eat. (C-3) Str.24:00. coffee and a wooden bar at which we spend far too many afternoon hours. We do wish they would serve them all day. www. QOpen 08:30 . P-ta Unirii 1 (Unirea Shopping Cen- Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.24:00. (+4) 021 311 00 50/(+4) 0721 07 79 25. Felix 8-10. Legendary chain of kebab shops. PBSW Unique Bistro Cafe C-6. a business lunch at one of the wooden tables.sweet and sickly but irresistible . well. tel. MPiata (+4) 0726 76 76 11. tea (a vast selection) and cocktails on Str. Other than that. drink or just have one of over 30 (we counted) coffees here. Calea Victoriei 16-20 (Pasajul Villacrosse). tel. Mihai Bravu 307. PBSW Grand Cafe Van Gogh C-6. Foodwise. Non-smoking lounge open 17:00 . Barbu Vacarescu 146-158 and Str. such as pasta. Sat 10:00 .QOpen 10:00 . cocktails. There’s some good simple food too. McDonald’s C-6.01:00. those Turkish water pipes that offer an allegedly much healthier way to smoke QOpen 10:00 . tel. alas. there is plenty to choose from: so much in fact that making individual recommendations is pointless.valea-regilor. Get in. bistro@hotelunique. Amazing how quickly this place became the default Bucharest ‘meet you there’ venue. But only until 10:00. Gabroveni 2. The food is good . lipscani@dristorkebap. Str. Dristor Kebap C-6. It was instantly successful and has since spawned numerous tel. QOpen 12:00 . salads. Q Open It can be a bit smoky when it gets Its genius is that it’s ideal at every time of day: morning coffee or breakfast sat in front of one of the long windows. but the original remains supremely popular. The good news is McDonalds has finally brought breakfast to Romania. MPiata Unirii. Also at B-dul Camil Ressu 1. PBSW Late Night Food Chicken Staff C-6. Franceza 17. friendly cafe is a winner: you will go back more than once. so that much sought-after Sausage and Egg McMuffin can now be yours at most central Bucharest McDonalds outlets. Sun 12:00 -24:00. just different.05:00. Coffee. Calea Vacaresti 391.82 old town ends) of all sorts of plays. omelettes: that kind of thing. too.simple and very reasonably priced . Str. (+4) 021 310 60 52/(+4) 0720 13 29 94. and is pretty much the capital of Bucharest hipsterdom. Str. QOpen 09:00 .inyourpocket. MPiata Unirii.


www. The name means Bicycle. Our new favourite Old Town location? Possibly. tel. (+4) 0722 10 01 (+4) 0727 57 13 71.23:00. With its big long bar. Tiny. QOpen 10:00 . MPiata Unirii. Str. PGW Laboratorul de Cocktailuri C-6. Fri. matter how little they know about wine . Sat 18:00 . tel.02:00.02:00.inyourpocket. tel. www. and the location at the edge of Bucharest’s newly-formed pedestrian zone makes it a favourite for those looking for something just a little more restful. Lipscani) and the perfect place to conduct all sorts of secret business. it’s worth reserving if you want to be sure of a seat. MUniversitate. (+4) 0767 23 33 35. and at the weekend the place has a DJ and Entourage Centrul Vechi C-6.rembrandt.beeroclock. With brews from all over the world you could drink a different beer every night for a month and not try the same one twice. plenty of stools (some of which incorporate old bike seats) and a couple of leather sofas for those who want something a bit more comfortable. A look at the wine list will be enough to tell you why. QOpen 16:00 . refreshingly free of brewery branding too: always a bonus these days. QOpen 07:00 . Good bistro food too. QOpen 16:00 . (+4) 0722 52 80 40.would feel welcome. Selari 1. tel. Str. Serves breakfast. Sun 10:00 . (+4) 0735 61 62 98.24:00. the staff are friendly and it’s worth checking out: if only to show off to someone just how well you know Bucharest and its backstreets. and it will not take you long to work out why: the place is by and large furnished and decorated with parts of old bicycles. MUniversitate. Almost all of them are available by the glass. It’s a cocktail bar (there is beer too.02:00. www. PEBSW Bicicleta C-6. affairs and anything else that springs to mind. of course. Sat 13:00 . Lipscani 63-65. You will like this place.02:00. A nice long bar. A cosy little speakeasy in a wellhidden location (find it in the alleyway which links Str. Gabroveni 4. QOpen 10:00 .02:00. lively atmosphere and regular crowd of beer drinkers out for a good time and not to everything comes at very reasonable prices. Str. QOpen 13:00 . This little pub in Pasajul Villacrosse has probably the biggest selection bottled beers in the city: so it is aptly named. (+4) 0722 93 79 72. What’s more. Startlingly brilliant place. proper tall bar stools and even leather armchairs for those who want to chill.05:00. Live music from a resident band at the weekends. Note: there is now a much bigger Beer O’Clock on Strada Gabroveni further down in Old Town. Sat. Lipscani 38. MPiata Unirii. In that regard.berariahanulcutei.23:00. MUniversitate. It’s a great place to enjoy a drink with friends. PNBW Klein Bar & Bistro C-6. www. PBW Corks Cozy Bar Str. PBSW Interbelic C-6. Nice little wine bar tucked away on an Old Town side street which quickly won itself a handy following of admirers and regulars. it’s a total success. Sat 16:00 . The name means Cocktail Factory. it would be easy to nominate this place as the best pub in the old Town. Bar and bistro inside the Rembrandt hotel.01:00. www. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Smardan 11. Sun 08:00 . tel. There must be 100 lamps hanging down from the ceiling: all different. . offering as it does a vast range of wines from across the world. MUniversitate. QOpen 18:00 .04:00. Coffee by day and cocktails by night is the order of things. Fri. Blanari to Str. tel. tel. besides the beer they also have the appropriate glass in which to serve it: great attention to details. bratwurst.interbelic. with only a few places to sit. tel. so you get your Tom Collins or Mojito or whatever takes your fancy in a conical flask. Bacani 1. lunch and dinner from one of the best bar menus in Bucharest: you will find something on it you fancy. Unusually. MUniversitate. Sat. PVBSW Beraria Hanul Cu Tei C-6. Open 17:00 .84 old town quite frankly rocks.02:00. comfortable and not be intimidated. as well as hundreds of teas) where everything has been thought out to the minutest detail. PBSW Beer O’Clock C-6. (+4) 021 313 93 15. Sun 13:00 . We prefer the tiny original. Str. Pasajul Vilacrosse. On the second floor of a Lipscani house the place boasts a good long bar. Add in a brilliant range of sausages (weisswurst.05:00. while the bar itself looks like an old pharmacy. Stavropoleos 8. Str. and like the hotel itself. on tap. Polish bangers and local mici) and it starts to get very difficult not to call this the best pub in Old Tour de France? Tour de force. Eugen Carada 5-7. Drinks and coffees are reasonably priced. Also at (C-6) Str. The idea behind this place was to create a wine bar where anyone . Thu. (+4) 021 311 22 65.

Lipscani 38. Papiota is therefore much like Atelier. Str. We love the red lamps hanging down over the (long) bar. www. neither are there too many places in Old Town as big as this: there’s upstairs (complete with comfy armchairs). MPiata Unirii.05:00.inyourpocket.02:00. www. MPiata (+4) 0726 12 25 52.02:30. NEW Biutiful C-6. Gabroveni 19. PBW Barbero C-6. Fri. On one of Old Town’s less-crowded streets this is a good alternative to the madness elsewhere. Str. supplied by a DJ who knows his onions. but (whisper it) might actually be preferable given that it is a bit bigger and that late on a Friday you stand a chance of getting in the door. Sat 17:00 . and offers the usual mix of coffee. Str.04:00. Trendy without overdoing it. When you walk in. Fun and sunshine.24:00. QOpen 12:00 . PNW Papiota C-6. (+4) 0752 44 08 18. The drinks menu is done in the style of a medical journal. The Bazaar C-6. Sat 12:00 . The food is more than decent bucharest. tables and industrial bits and bobs. Commendable. With cushions on wooden steps making impromptu seats and a sofa at the window.22:00.03:00. ro. tel. packed with odd chairs. Covaci 10. Sat. It also has lots of big windows.04:30. Music is loungesque. contemporary central London bar and grill. except in Bucharest. tea house and bar where you can enjoy a hot white chocolate (or something stronger) while discussing the merits of the goods you’ve been admiring. Str.thomas-antiques. Well. tel.06:00. MPiata Unirii. Str. QOpen 14:00 . and well priced drinks. Str.old town 85 they have even invested in decent bar stools.papiota. tel.The whole place is brightly tiled and done in the style of an old barber’s shop (as the name might suggest). tel. tea. The madcap bar Atelier Mecanic proved to be so popular that quasi-clones are starting to Unirii. MPiata Unirii. It’s the kind of place you see anywhere and everywhere. Sat 14:00 . QOpen 17:00 .(or under-) doing it. Lipscani 43. Until now. QOpen 14:00 . 0737 29 72 97. Regular events too.05:30.biutiful. Sun 14:00 . Sat. Fri. QOpen 12:00 . PEBW Rehab Bar C-6. www. Fri 10:00 . cocktails and smoothies.thebazaar. the drinks are reasonably well priced (this is Old Town) and the music is clubby without over. an enormous industrial-chic space with a little added glamour (check out the lights and the comfy sofas). For added quirkiness you get the bill in a sample bottle. Club Tropicana. QOpen 10:00 . Gabroveni 6-8. Above the Thomas Antiques shop in Old Town is a An Old Town bar has to be a bit different these days to grab our attention: Rehab is just that. It’s not every day you see a palm tree or two in a Bucharest bar. MUniversitate. it’s just different and highly welcome. PBW Old Town Pubs (+4) 0767 50 80 80. PBW NEW downstairs. Sun 11:00 . Covaci 19. Closed Sun.04:30.02:00. There’s nothing quite like taking tea on an antique chair you might end up taking home. you will see where the name comes from: it is indeed biutiful. (+4) (+4) 0721 99 99 99. creating a rather special atmosphere rather like an upmarket. (+4) 021 367 27 77. tel. MUniversitate. tel. www. usually provided by a DJ. PBW Thomas Antiques Bar C-6. June .July 2013 . and on warm evenings everyone spills out on to the street outside. from string quartets to book launches and the like. designed to look like old hair dryers. we guess it had to happen. Good music.

you do not have to. Cheapish drinks.oktoberfest-pub.with the beef and horseradish sandwich a confirmed winner. where from day one they appear to have got it right. Sun 12:00 . (+4) 021 313 75 tapas and burgers . MPiata Unirii. this is a one-stop shop for great nights out. Another Smardan drinking den. Patrick C-6. it could be DJ Andrei Bastards C-6. you would expect for a Russian-themed placed . You will find the crowd more local than foreign . Patrick Party Room on the other side of the street: a kind of mini-St. The club Octopus is also inside (on the ground floor). after that it’s first come first served. Curtea Berarilor C-6. Definitely a first in Bucharest! QOpen 12:00 04:00.24:00. Sun 13:00 . Serving a very good pizza . tel. with some rather special tapas. not the fitze crowd. Upstairs is Oktoberfest 2. ‘out for a drink and a good time’ locals at (+4) 021 313 03 36/(+4) 0755 11 00 08.shakespearebar. MPiata Unirii.05:00. though there is no brewing done on the site. tel.02:00.bordellos. The burger was great: try it with the roast potatoes in fresh rosemary for something a bit different. Smardan 43. good staff and a huge terrace at the right time of year. Instead make do with plenty of on-tap pints. There’s Heineken. A big screen shows football and the like. PEBSW Shakespeare C-6. From quiz nights and live music to the burlesque every Friday night. and they even serve caviar pancakes. well located and quite frankly cracking Irish pub in the Old Town area: it really sets the standard for the many others in the area. Sat 11:30 .01:00. getting a bit smarter and sophisticated as the evening wears on. and does it much better. it’s a real pub all right with decent pub grub. every night of the week. PEBSW Old Town Clubs & Discos 0723 20 34 63. Fri 09:30 . it could be rock night. strange but rather fetching art on the walls and decent staff who know how to pull a decent beer. What makes this place so special is how very ordinary it is. (+4) 0729 37 77 tel. It’s an integral part of the Old Town area and has a load of regulars who have quickly made it their home from home. PESW St. QOpen 13:00 . Other places should look and learn. Selari 9-11. colourful bar and club that puts on something different every night of the week. Str. Quirky and cool.this place is nice. Staff are incredibly Patrick. (+4) 021 311 89 68/(+4) 0729 19 18 55. MPiata Bordello’s C-6. and note that upstairs is the new Mulanruj Dining Theatre. Wed 13:00 . and more than efficient staff who ensure you do not have to wait long for a drink.24:00. Note that they only take reservations up to 19:00. The Vintage aspect is provided by the hanging of various antiques on the walls. The crowd tends to be studenty during the day. (+4) 0743 79 71 73. from whence the name.stpatrick. Str.04:00.never a bad thing . tel. (+4) 0724 33 32 33. including the ribs which are just about the best we’ve ever had in Bucharest.24:00. Wed. This one has given itself the rather cheeky name Curtea Berarilor (Brewers’ Courtyard). A must visit for either drinks or food. expect to find comfy sofas in the windows.86 old town that. www.04:00. Thu. salads.curteaberarilor. tel. At the end of a well-marked passageway on Strada Gabroveni is this place. MUniversitate. Str. QOpen 11:00 . QOpen 12:00 .05:00. Guinness and Kilkenny on tap.02:00. PNBW Old City C-6. In a Lipscani basement. head downstairs to the Boudoir. www. The fish and chips wasn’t bad either. QOpen 12:00 . Sat 11:00 . Lipscani 28. Selari 9-11. (+4) 021 311 19 92. Str. Fri 12:00 . Str. and the interior décor is pub-ish without overdoing it.oldcity-lipscani. Sat 13:00 . www. with fine food and live events of all sorts many nights of the week. There is always something going on here. Selari 9 -11. which has a small terrace. www. Looking every inch just like a proper Irish boozer. Smardan 23-25. fewer than seven kinds of Once upon a time the whole of the Curtea Sticlarilor was given over to artisans . Good pub on Lipscani with a huge beer garden out the PEBSW Unirii. www. Now few survive but no less than four bars have opened here. tel. PBSW Sankt Petersburg Pub C-6. Look out for the St. Besides the long cocktail list there are also . In Your Pocket) and some pub grub that is far better than you would assume. MUniversitate. right opposite the big church. PBSW D’eight C-6. You can’t miss this place by the way: just look for the ‘tarts’ in their underwear beckoning you in. MPiata QOpen 09:30 . tel. of which the default option is Timisoreana. a bright. We like it. Gabroveni 55.04:00. (+4) 021 311 40 10/(+4) 0721 33 35 33. At the weekends.02:00. whether it’s football on the television or impromptu drinking competitions. Serves very good cocktails (a sweet as you like mojito went down very well with Mrs. The house Oktoberfest beer is a bargain at 4 lei a glass.and ordinary.02:00. SW Oktoberfest C-6. PBW . Murphy’s and Paulaner on tap and Sky Sports on four screens. Occupying the site of the old Picasso Cafe D’eight does far more with the .sanktpetersburgpub. Blanari 21.bastards. (+4) Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. And it’s not It could be karaoke. Has cleverly placed the obligatory TV screens just so that if you do not want to watch them. Q Open 09:30 .01:00. tel. Comfy sofas. PBW Vintage Pub C-6. The food is great. preferably both. The owners try to make something happen every night. armchairs. sandwiches and a big terrace (at the right time of year) attract a young crowd. A bit spacier and a bit more comfortable than your average Lipscani venue.especially glassmakers. A cracking pub on Strada Blanari. MUniversitate. www. Fri. www. Str.01:00. Str. tel.02:00. MPiata Unirii. Str. Q Open 24hrs. with the walls stripped back to the red brick. Lipscani 45. Franceza 2-4.thevintagepub. QOpen 10:00 . Tue. MPiata Unirii. Mon.and plenty more besides . www. this is a cocktail bar and club where the mood is different every night. Mon 15:00 . MPiata QOpen 11:00 .05:00. Sun 11:30 . tel. Is that really what it is called? Yes: that is really what it is called. (+4) 0748 88 10 85. www.

PEBW Club A C-6. MPiata Unirii/Universitate.04:00. big wooden tables. Top notch. tel. The biggest. QOpen 20:00 06:00. Closed Mon. tel. this is the one place in town you can be guaranteed to find it. (+4) 0760 26 34 96/(+4) 0767 34 34 10. Str. Three level extravaganza of a venue. MUniversitate. the crowd is a trendy one and we defy you not to enjoy yourself here. Comfy sofas for crashing on a bonus. the crowd a mix of ages and nationalities and the manager is a top bloke who makes a point of being nice to his PEBW Finnish C-6. this place is a legend.inyourpocket.03:00. On the ground floor is the pub. from theme nights to theatre. You might want to reserve at the weekends: this place is damn popular. Finnish is a cocktail bar and club which brings a little contemporary Scandinavian design to the Romanian capital. Last time we popped in we met up with almost everyone we know in Bucharest. come-as-you-are venue playing dance floor hits from across the decades to a crowd a bit older than elsewhere. 0722 37 33 36. PENB Freddo C-6. Str. We love it. www.cluba. PEBW June . keeping us all dry. Selling the cheapest beer in the Old Town. Youngish crowd. The music . A little more chic and upmarket than most other places in the Old Town. QOpen 12:00 . available in more varieties than you ever thought possible. Sat 09:00 . PNBSW La Muse C-6. QOpen 13:00 . The beer is a decent price. ro. but there is more to this place than vodka: cocktails. In a nutshell. Smardan 24.mojomusic.old town 87 Nicolescu spinning his old school electro tunes. MPiata as contemporary and as good as the design.04:00.freddo. (+4) Cliche C-6. Thu. Sat 16:00 . Blănari 14. MPiata Unirii.05:00. Smart too: when it started raining we were about to run for cover only for the roof to be extended. PBW bucharest.lamuse. this place sets the standard for nights out in Old tel.finnish.06:00. champagne and beer. for example). PBW Mojo C-6. tel. www. Fri. Str. wine. (+4) 021 316 16 67.usually provided by a DJ . QOpen 11:00 .ro.05:00. If you want a local.July 2013 . Now get there and enjoy sound cocktails. boldest place on Strada Smardan. Fri 12:00 . Str Lipscani 53. as well as all sorts of events during the week. www. Impressive. QOpen 09:00 .ro. and then some. MPiata Unirii. QOpen 14:00 . up-for-a-laugh studenty crowd getting down to classic songs that you won’t have heard for ages. That’s the kind of place this is: on the surface it looks posh and flash and out-of-your-league (the lady at the entrance clutches a clipboard as though her life depends on it) but it is in fact a down-to-earth. every night of the week. They even have Guinness on draught.05:00. upstairs is the most popular karaoke venue in the land.04:00.06:00. tel. (+4) 0753 57 82 09. pizza and decent salads: and note you can enjoy it all at proper. the resident Mojo band usually is. Live music on most weekend nights. Selari 28. unpretentious. which can afford the prices of the drinks. Big club on Strada Smardan which was until recently Scarlet Pub.QOpen 10:30 . tel. Regardless of what is going on you will probably enjoy it. The house drink is of course Finlandia vodka. (+4) 0729 05 62 54. Sun 16:00 . When ace local bands are not playing. Also now puts on regular quiz nights and live British stand-up comedy too. (+4) 0734 00 02 36. while downstairs in the cavernous cellar there is live music. Smardan 41. www. Gabroveni 14.06:00. www. A modern and elegant place serving coffee and cocktails the music caters pretty much to all tastes and there are various regular theme nights (Friday is Fashionable Friday. MPiata Unirii. Str. Str.

QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 13:00 . Sat 10:00 . we suggest Romanian Monopoly. Q Open 10:00 tel. QOpen 14:00 . Complex Comercial Rahova Calea Rahovei. Sat 10:00 . Find half of China’s annual exports on sale at any time. mad place not for the faint hearted out in the undeservingly notorious Rahova district of the capital. tel. tel. gallery and small cafe. as well as a good selection of wines from Cricova in the Republic of Moldova. Marvellous bookshop.21:00. crafts. It’s a wine bar and shop where you can find a fine selection of self-imported Thu. Banu Antonache 55. Mon 15:00 . (+4) 0722 63 37 89. and if that special someone is demanding you bring back something uniquely Romanian.libhumanitas. www. A mad. There is a wide range of local grape. Stocks a good range of fiction. which features the streets and districts of Bucharest (placing Primaverii in place of Mayfair ).com . Bookshops Anthony Frost English Bookshop B-4. and a decent selection of books about Romania and Bucharest. most of which stock a wide range of produce. www. as well as B-dul Magheru and . MUniversitate.16:00.23:00.20:00. Str.Calea Victoriei. There are plenty of places to buy souvenirs. (+4) 021 317 34 59. MUniversitate. Sun 10:00 . Pictor Arthur Verona 13-15. BvS Wine Bar & Shop C-6. www. Markets Bucharest is home to a number of markets.20:00.ethicwine. Covaci 19. Specialist Wine Stores (+4) 021 31 00 580. Sala Dalles C-5. Sat 15:00 . (+4) 021 313 50 35.22:00. at prices often (but not always) cheaper than the supermarkets. tel. (+4) 021 315 52 60.21:00. Calea Victoriei Ethic Wine C-3. Super little place on the edge of the Old Town run by the same people as the Van Gogh Cafe. with good selection of English books.16:00. B-dul Nicolae Balcescu 18. Closed Sun. It can be bought for around 120.berosandvanschaik. plenty of children’s books. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Humanitas Kretzulescu B-4.00 lei in good toy and book stores.14:00.anthonyfrost. tel. MUniversitate. A good bookshop with a large exhibition space out back that often hosts book and gift fairs. both of whom really know their 32 tram from Piata Unirii: it stops right outside. www. Str. Large bookshop selling a wide range of both Romanian and foreign language books.88 Shopping Bucharest’s main shopping areas are the shopping centres and malls listed below. tasting them all before you buy. Sat 10:00 .increasingly .carti-anticariat. Take the No. Always has a decent selection of books in English.21:00. tel. Sun 10:00 .19:00. an exceptional range of non-fiction. Cărturesti C-5. kretzulescu@ humanitas. run by a friendly Englishman and his lovely wife.24:00. QOpen 10:00 . You can also just pop in for a glass or two. www. Also look out for occasional arts. QOpen 10:00 . (+4) 021 311 51 38. Fri. Wonderful wine shop.inyourpocket. peasant and antiques markets at the Peasant Museum: these are usually held once a month. Calea Victoriei 45.

Every Sunday morning this place becomes Bucharest’s biggest and busiest flea market. (+4) 0731 03 65 63.18:00. Bucuresti Mall E-7. Fri.21. Calea 13 bucharest. www. tel. MObor.22:00. Sat 10:00 . Watch your wallet. (+4) 021 303 02 08. You can get here on buses 131 or 301 from Piata Romana. Next door is an enormous second-hand car market.bucharest@casafrumoasa.22:00. MPiata Unirii. An excellent Mega Image supermarket can be found in the basement. Bucharest’s biggest and perhaps most famous market.casafrumoasa.20:00. QOpen 10:00 .ro. Piata Obor.22:00. www. Piata Unirii 1. tel. tel.k. Salvatore Ferragamo. One of Bucharest’s biggest malls. dairy produce.21:00. Vitan-Barzesti/Splaiul Unirii. Scabal.Shopping Piata Obor E-4. Casa Frumoasa Store B-4. Sat 10:00 . Baneasa Shopping City Şos. elegance-paris.baneasashoppingcity. Closed Mon-Sat. Sun 10:00 . More or less everything you can imagine can be found Sat 10. QOpen 10:00 .ro. (+4) 031 425 75 10. j. this place . Bucureşti-Ploieşti 42D.July 2013 . Septembrie 90 (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand). Casa Frumoasa A network of stores around the city selling only the biggest names in high fashion: T om Ford. Sat 10:00 . What was once Romanian socialism’s showpiece department store. Restaurants Open 10:00 -23:00.19. and always lively. (+4) 0733 73 59 MPolitehnica. it is not what it once was: where once you could buy almost anything here.17.19:00. B-dul Lascar Catargiu 40.00. www. There are fashion stores on the first and second floors while the electronics and household appliance shops on floors three and four are also worth a visit. tel. Be brave.00. Brioni. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu).com June . www. Colourful. The largest mall in Bucharest. QOpen 06:00 . tel. www. (+4) 021 305 71 95. 89 Shopping centres AFI Palace Cotroceni B-dul Vasile Milea/B-dul Timisoara. aficotroceni. (+4) 0723 33 17 31. Q Open 10:00 . A good one though. QOpen 10:00 . a large ice skating rink (open year round) and even an indoor roller coaster. Sat. Jacob Cohen etc.00 . with the added attraction of an IMAX cinema.00 .17:00. Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu). Sun 11:00 . Casa Frumoasa JW Marriott B-6. Targul Vitan-Barzesti Sos.unireashop. Q Open J. (+4) 0722 45 48 82. QOpen 10:00 (+4) 021 327 67 00. QOpen 10:00 . QOpen 10:00 . www. Sun 10:00 .00 .ro. It’s mayhem.when opened in 1999 .was the first mall in the city. With more than 220 shops it makes everywhere else look quite small. tel. QOpen 10. Bus 123 will get you here. fruit and vegetable market. Loro Piana. Sun 10:00 . Q Open 10:00 . Elegance Boutique B-4. Sun 10:00 . Calea Victoriei 63-81 (Radisson Blu). it is now a strictly meat. (+4) 0724 35 30 06. An astonishing place.17:00.22:00.19:00. Casa Frumoasa Radisson B-4.00.23:30. Recently extended in a major redevelopment. huge.22:00. all prices negotiable. tel. Sun www. Calea Vitan 55-59. Kristensen Store Bucuresti B-4. Unirea Shopping Centre C-6.

Dent-AAmerica B-3. Unirea Medical Center C-6. Serbia B-3. Biserica Amzei 13-15. Varsovia 4.dentag. B-dul Unirii 57.19:00. Ion Ghica 11. Closed Sun. Paris 55. tel. Erou Iancu Nicolae 103. (+4) 021 320 99 95. (+4) 021 206 16 00. QOpen 08:00 . (+4) 021 300 61 00. Str.dent-a-americainc. www. (+4) 021 313 87 14/ (+4) 031 805 99 97. tel. tel. (+4) 021 210 08 80. tel. (+4) 021 230 26 08/ (+4) 021 230 28 26. Netherlands B-3.19:00. Str. Sat 09:00 . tel. (+4) 021 206 37 00. Str. tel. Best dry cleaners in town. tel. (+4) 021 300 Finland B-3. Atena 18. (+4) 021 209 41 73. tel. www. tel. Alexandrei 08 00. Dr. tel. (+4) 021 316 58 76. Macedonia D-4. Dimitrie Gerota 63-65. tel. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Sos. Germany B-3. Str. Str. tel. Sun.20:00. www. Calea Floreasca 8. tel.germandentist.90 directory Clinics & Hospitals Emergency Clinic Hospital (Spitalul de Urgenta Floreasca) C-3. (+4) 021 211 98 71. E4. Best state-run hospital in Romania. Spain B-3. Portugal B-3. Also at (B-2) Calea Dorobantilor 208. Foreign representations Austria C-4.German Dentist D-6. Sos. Sweden B-3. tel. Aleea Alexandru 20. Otetari 1. tel. tel. Str. (+4) 021 406 71 00. 5. tel. (+4) 021 206 80 80. Closed Sat. (+4) 021 222 92 26 and many other locations. 04 57. as they now have special rooms equipped just for them. (+4) 0744 49 91 99. Calea Dorobantilor 34. Russia B-3. tel. tel. Pache Protopopescu 1-3. (+4) 021 305 21 00. Q Open 10:00 . 56 12. QOpen 08:00 . (+4) 021 306 98 00. George Enescu 12 tel. (+4) 021 210 29 69.B. Dr. Probably the best dentist in the city. (+4) 021 303 10 00. Also at (E-7) Calea Vitan 13. tel. tel. Buzesti 50-52. Ionescu Gion Dry cleaners 5asec B-3. (+4) 021 231 88 56.inyourpocket.12:00. Cpt. Str. (+4) 021 310 21 61.20:00. Cora Alexandrei. Burghelea 3. What’s more. Atena 2bis. Hungary C-4. Norway B-3. Bulgaria B-3. 50 00. Chitila. tel. (+4) 021 222 31 70. (+4) 021 201 Belgium D-4. clean. B2.Q Open 24hrs. Also at (B-5) Str. Poland B-3. Mihai Eminescu 144. Gh. tel. (+4) 021 776 91 21. tel.QOpen 08:00 . Closed Sun. Serbanescu 60-64. tel. Ireland B-4. Str. et. tel. B-dul Carol I 37. (+4) 021 Denmark D-5. (+4) 021 236 00 98/(+4) 0762 28 53 47. (+4) 021 230 41 36. Tuberozelor 1-3. tel. 303 92 30. et. Italy B-4. Calea Dorobantilor 111. Aleea Alexandru 23. bl. Turkey B-3. For emergencies (24hrs) tel. Sat 08:00 . (+4) 021 230 75 04. Str. Moldova B-3. . tel. (+4) 021 200 33 00. UK & Northern Ireland C-4. Closed Sat. (+4) 021 308 22 00. (+4) 021 796 13 11. Dr. B. bl. Aleea Alexandru 43. Aleea Alexandru 40. Canada A-3. Sos. tel. and well-run. tel. Str. Sun. (A-3) Str. Efficient. Sos. you can bring the kids too. Rabat 5. Jules Michelet 24. Slovakia C-5. Pavel Kiseleff 6. tel. tel. (+4) 021 318 10 80. Israel C-7. (+4) 021 201 72 00. Str. Calea Dorobantilor Henri Coanda 9. Av. Str. (+4) 021 318 94 17. Denta G D-5. Jolie Ville. (+4) 021 208 60 30. Str. (+4) 021 313 Czech Republic C-5. (+4) 021 230 21 50. Kiseleff 43. tronson 2+3. France B-4. Str. tel. (+4) 021 891 98 44. Colosseum Mall. (+4) 021 230 04 74.5asec. (+4) 021 202 98 30. Str. (+4) 021 599 23 00. Dumbrava Rosie 3. B-dul Dacia 58. For a full list of foreign embassies and representations in Bucharest. www. tel. Clinic . Switzerland B-4. Greece E-5. Demetriade tel. Str. Str. Str. Prof. (+4) 021 327 11 88/(+4) 021 9268.19:00.cmu. B-dul Alex. tel. Grigore Alexandrescu 16-20. visit Dentists 4. Burghelea 1. Str. (+4) 031 620 43 00. tel. Str. Clucerului 55 tel./fax (+4) 021 320 01 51. tel. www. Str. tel. www. B-dul Dimitrie Cantemir 1. Str. USA B-dul Liviu Librescu 4-5. (+4) 021 307 Croatia D-5.

The following advice is provided by the UK Embassy in Bucharest: If you are inside a building during an earthquake. has been towards smaller tremors (two or three can be felt in Bucharest each year).inyourpocket. cover and hold under a table or strong desk or stand in a corner. Crouch down and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Avoid overpasses and power lines. nobody can predict when or where a large earthquake might occur. stay calm and do not rush outside. Stay away from windows and outside walls in high rise buildings. but there are things you can do to be ready. when more than 1500 people were killed (including the country’s best loved 91 Earthquakes death. and may not be in a position to offer immediate assistance. Turn off the gas. stay there until the shaking stops. stop and pull over to the side of the road. do not rush for the doors. Bucharest has in the past been close to the epicentre of a number of major earthquakes. some of which have caused much damage to buildings and great loss of life.July 2013 . however. Duck. If in a public area. However. If you are outside during an earthquake go to an open area and stay away from June . If you are on a train. which in theory at least reduces the risk of a major quake. above). If you are in bed. The current trend. The last major earthquake to hit the capital was the great Bucharest Earthquake of 1977 (see photo. Do not stand in doorways. that the embassies themselves may also be severely affected by an earthquake. These can make the difference between life and bucharest. however. Please note. walls and power lines. It is important to co-operate with the authorities. Stay inside the car until the shaking stops. buildings. hold onto a secure item and follow the instructions of the crew. If you are in a car. despite much research and speculation. The Romanian Government is responsible for assisting foreign nationals immediately after a major earthquake or serious natural disaster. In the event of a major earthquake foreign embassies will usually try to find their own nationals affected by the disaster and check on their condition. Never use a lift to exit the building. Toma Caragiu).

always be known as Eastern Europe. The main crossing point is at Giurgiu. legend has it. Bucharest is in that part of Romania known as Wallachia. Like most trains in Romania. capital of Romania. as train services between Bucharest and Ruse (and the rest of Bulgaria) are poor. The official population of Bucharest is just under two million people. Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest.inyourpocket. Founded. the true number is thought to be closer to three . the Bucharest . Romania took on its modern form only on December 1st. it would be more accurate to describe Bucharest’s geographical location as southeastern Europe. Bucharest is around 240 kilometres from Constanta and the Black Sea coast. the journey can be done in just over two hours. and now that the A2 motorway goes all the way to the Black Sea port. and beyond that the Carpathian Mountains. one of the three historic principalities which make up the modern country (the others are Moldavia and Transylvania). 1918. a two hour drive away. Situated in that part of the world which will . but as many migrants from the rest of the country do not bother to register as citizens of the those of a certain age . which serves as the border between Romania and Bulgaria. in the 14th century.92 directory So where am I exactly? Bucharest. To the north of Bucharest is Ploiesti . Romania as a nation state is relatively new: while Moldavia and Wallachia have been united as a single country since 1859. when the Romanians of Transylvania voted to join in the fun. whose pleasant centre is well worth a day trip if you are at a loose end.the centre of Romania’s oil industry.Constanta service is slow and it takes just under three hours. Bucharest is close to the Danube (just 69 kilometres to the south). linked by a bridge with Ruse. the Bulgarian town on the other side of the river. Alas you will need a car. International School for Primary Education Removals & Storage AGS Worldwide Movers B-dul Basarabia 256 (Faur Industrial Park. Q Open (InSPE) Str. tel. Green Lake Residence. 2013) June . Str.aisb. (+4) 021 253 16 98. www. American International School Sos. (+4) 021 212 58 93/(+4) 021 212 58 94. fax (+4) 021 312 09 74. fax (+4) 021 380 38 38. QOpen 24hrs.bcaromania. Pipera-Tunari Key cuts El Chei C-5. and a vast range of extra-curricular activities. (+4) 021 323 58 87/(+4) 021 323 54 Mark Twain International School Str. contact@marktwainschool. Christian Tell fax (+4) 021 253 16 www.britishschool.adn@lyfrabuc. Closed Sun. fax (+4) 021 267 89 69. tel. Lauder-Reut C-6. (+4) 021 320 15 38. (+4) 031 100 18 88. 93 International Schools 196. Cambridge School of Bucharest B-3. Av.lauder-reut. (+4) 021 267 89 12/(+4) 0724 00 09 00. tel. Pharmacies and many other info@isb. www. (+4) 021 267 89 19/(+4) 0728 13 34 33. entrance from B-dul 1 Decembrie 1918). and there are now a number of excellent private sector schools in Bucharest offering a high level of education to children of all nationalities (and not just expats: many wealthy Romanians choose to send their children to these private schools). Call the (+4) 0722 20 51 10 number of you get locked out of your apartment late at night. (+4) 021 311 14 18/(+4) 0722 20 51 10.cambridgeschool. there are a handful of state schools in Bucharest (both primary and secondary) which regularly meet an outstanding academic level. (+4) 021 345 06 fax (+4) 021 204 43 03. director@bcaromania. tel. Str. www. Sat 08:00 B-dul Unirii Schools in Bucharest For Mums and Dads who live in Bucharest. the private sector has jumped in to fill this Euro Mini Storage B-dul Theodor Pallady 42 J. the good news is that the city has some outstanding schools: both state and private. tel. office@ibsb. and many other locations around the city. Also at (B-3) Str. www. Fortunately. Calea Dorobantilor 39. www. All boast outstanding academic records and modern facilities. International British School E-5. www. Lycee Francais B-4. fax (+4) 021 267 89 85. fax (+4) 021 320 15 75. lfb. Str. www. British School of Bucharest Erou Iancu Nicolae 42. office@cambridgeschool. Also at (B-3) Str. Indeed. B-dul Nicolae Balcescu 7. £1 = 5.marktwainschool. tel. Japanese School in Bucharest tel. com. Str. www. Str. www. tel.elchei. Str. Erou Iancu Nicolae 25B. Iuliu Barasch 15. tel. Alexandru Constantinescu 61. Help Net A-3. tel. www. Bucharest Christian Academy Parfumului lei (As of May 29.42 lei. www. even if their facilities are somewhat lacking (few state schools have sports fields). native English speaking teachers. (+4) 021 210 21 31/(+4) 021 210 21 38.isb. Comuna Voluntari. (+4) 021 306 95 30. tel. Petre Aurelian 72. There is also of course the fact that unless your kids can speak Romanian. We provide a list of the best private schools below. inspe. Coltei 6. Gara Catelu 1R. office@inspe.July 2013 . www. the state system will be practically closed to them. office@ aisb. Rates of Exchange: €1 = QOpen 08:00 .ro. tel. Athena Greek School of Bucharest D-6. and competition for places at the best is tough. Str. fax (+4) 021 306 95 34. Radu Beller There are huge differences between state schools however.20 lei US$1 = 3. fax (+4) 021 222 19 86. Vasile Voiculescu 26.20:00. (+4) 021 380 35 35/(+4) 021 380 36 36. fax (+4) 021 210 20 06. Sensiblu C-5. office-gpa@greekschool. bucharest. tel. (+4) 021 222 19 International School of Bucharest Sos. (+4) 021 233 89 lauder_reut@ yahoo. Agricultori 21-23. Radu Beller jpsbucharest@gmail. (+4) 021 204 43 00/ (+4) 021 204 43 01.


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Str. A3 Manu Gheorghe. Str. Str. B5 Otetari. G-ral. G-ral. B4 Frumoasa. B4 Maracineanu Walter. A6 Iulian Stefan. B4 Pitar Mos. C4 Duca Gheorghe. Intr. Str. Bd. C5 Constantin Daniel.. Str. C4 Unirii. C4 Balcescu Nicolae. Str. C4 Vulcanescu Mircea. Str. Str. Str. Str. G-ral. Str. Str. Str. Prof. Str. C4 Poni Petru. Str. Dr. B6 Natiunile Unite. A5 Eroilor. B6 Monetariei. C6 Cazzavillan Luigi. C3 Venezuela.l. Str. Piata B3 Dragalina Ion. Piata C6 Universitatii. Str. A6 Clucerului. A6 Miron Costin. B4 Hasdeu Iulia. B4 Oslo. B4 Horatiu. Str. Str. B4 Caderea Bastiliei. Str. B6 Sarandy Frosa. B3 Floreasca. C5 Lazar Gheorghe. B4 Muresanu Andrei. Str. Str. B3 Praporgescu David. B4 Washington. C4 Botez Eugen. Str. Str. Str. C5 Franceza. Str. B3 Ostasilor. Str.. Intr. G-ral. Intr. Dr. Str. C6 Brazilia. Str. Calea B6 21 Decembrie 1989. Bd. B4 Constitutiei. Dr. B5 Sapientei. Str. Bd. Bd. A5 Eroilor. Intr. Str.. Str. C5 Bogdan Ion. A3 Schitul Magureanu. C3 Regina Elisabeta.intr. Str. C5 Calin Ion. Str. Intr. B4 Iosif O. Str. C5 Carol I. Str. Str. B4 Hristo Botev. A4 Popa Tatu. B3 Brebu. C5 Eftimiu Victor. Bd. Str. B3 Quinet Edgar. Str. Str. Str. Str. B3 Lupu Dionisie.. Str. G-ral. Piata C5 Rosetti C. B3 INDEX TO HOTEL NUMBERS ON MAp H1 Helvetia (closed) H2 Casa Victor H3 Picollo Mondo H4 Hello Hotels H5 Andy’s H6 Moxa H7 Starlight H8 Duke H9 Golden Tulip H10 Residence Arcul de Trimf H11 Hotel Dan H12 JW Marriott H13 Parliament H14 Ibis Parlament H15 Volo H16 Berthelot H17 Centre Ville H18 Opera H19 Palace H20 Central H21 Carol Parc H22 Hilton H23 Novotel H24 Capitol H25 Grand Continental H26 Lido (closed) H27 Ambasador H28 Radisson Blu H29 Rembrandt H30 Tania H31 Relax Comfort Suites H32 Intercontinental H33 K+K Elisabeta H34 Horoscop H35 Tempo Hotel H36 Royal H37 International Bucharest H38 Hotel Confort Traian H39 Double Tree by Hilton H40 Ramada Majestic H41 Ibis Gara De Nord H42 Suter Inn H43 NH Bucharest H44 Howard Johnson H45 Scala H46 Trianon H47 Epoque H48 Z Boutique H49 Nonna Mia H50 Boutique Hotel Monaco H51 Minerva H52 Cismigiu H53 Europa Royale Bucharest In Your Pocket bucharest. Str. C4 Caragiale I. av. Str. C6 Sepcari. B5 Berzei. C6 Banului. B5 Popescu-gopo Ion. C4 Eforie. Piata A4 Buzesti. Str. C5 Quito. G-ral. Str. Str. Str. Str. Str. B3 Lister. A5 Crisului. Dr. Str. Calea B4 Victoriei. Str. B3 Verona Arthur. B3 Roma. Str. A6 Negruzzi Iacob. B3 Mosilor. Str. C5 Mendeleev D. B4 Vladoianu Barbu. B3 Blanduziei. B5 Putul Lui Zamfir. Str. B5 Roma. Str. Str. B4 Sevastopol. Str. C3 Amzei. Str. C4 Philippide Alexandru. Bd. A4 Maltopol. B4 Slanic. Alee C6 Demetriade Gheorghe. A5 Covaci. Str.. Bd B5 Kogalniceanu Mihail. B5 Elie Radu. A4 Dumbrava Rosie. Str. Str. Arh. B4 Praga.. Str. B6 Iorga Nicolae. Str. Intr. Str. B6 Ghica Ion. Piata A4 Gara De Nord. M. B3 Arghezi Tudor. C6 Blanc Louis.. Cale B4 Gusti Dimitrie. Str. Str. Bd. B6 Drobeta. C4 Alexandrescu Grigore. C5 Paris.. Bd. C5 Poenaru Bordea. Str. Str. Bd. C4 Slavesti. C5 Coposu Corneliu. B3 Kogalniceanu Mihail. A6 Coanda Constantin. C6 Unirii. Str.. A6 Sfintii Apostoli. Str. Dr. Str. Str. C4 Grivitei. B6 Libertatii. Str. Str. C4 Piata Amzei. Ing.. B3 Romana. Str. Str. Bd. C5 Greceanu Paul. C3 Tunari. Str. C6 Cronicarilor. B4 Apolodor. Str. B5 Scoala Floreasca. Str. B3 Witting. Str.c. Bd. Str. Dr. Str. Str. Piata C4 Lantului. Bd. B3 Mirinescu Mihail. B3 Michelet Julles. Cpt. Str. Str. Str. A5 Gutenberg. A5 Lipscani. C5 Bitolia. Bd C5 Magiresti. Eugen. C6 Revolutiei. D5 Catargiu Lascar. Intr.. C6 Coposu Corneliu. Piata B4 Rosetti C.. C5 Alecsandri Vasile. Str. C2 Lacul Tei. Str. Str. C3 Cotiturii. Str. Intr. Str. D3 Lahovari Alexandru.. B5 Stirbei Voda. Str. Str. Intr. C5 Golescu Dinicu. Str.a. Str.98 Street register & HOTEL MAP INDEX 13 Septembrie. Bd.. Piata C5 Vacarescu Barbu. B5 Episcopiei. A6 Londra. Str. Str. Str. G-ral. A4 Golescu Nicolae. B5 Mincu Ion. Str.. C6 Sevastopol. B5 Macedoniei.col. Sosea D4 Stirbei Voda. C6 Batistei. Str. C4 Ilfov. C5 Atelierului. Str. Str. Str. B5 Haga. Prof. C3 Cuza Alexandru Ioan. Str. B4 Alexandrescu Grigore. Str. C5 Rossini Gioachino. Str. Cmdr. A6 Putul Cu Plopi. Str. Intr. C4 Grigorescu Eremia. Str. B4 Furtuna Stefan. B4 Caderon Jean Louis. B4 Buzesti. Str. Str. Str. Str. Str. A6 Stavropoleos.inyourpocket. C3 Scoalei. B4 Sfanta Vineri. Arh. Intr. Intr. A6 Justitiei. C5 Baniei. Str. Str. A4 Filipescu Nicolae. A4 Dacia.. A6 Patriarhiei. Str. B6 Poiana Narciselor. Str.. A4 Negulescu Stefan. B5 Millo Matei. B6 Polizu Gheorghe. A4 Xenopol Alexandru. B6 Sfintii Voievozi. Str. A3 Negri Costache. C6 Caderea Bastiliei. Str. Str. Piata B3 Rabat. Str. Piata B5 Enescu George. Str. A4 Polona. C6 Manolescu Grigore. Str. B4 Icoanei. B5 Brutus M.. Bd. Str. Str. Lt.. Str. C5 Iancu De Hunedoara. C6 Ramniceanu Naum.. Serg. C5 Victoriei. Str. Str. Str. Str.. B3 Radu Voda. Str.. C5 Regina Maria. Str. Intr. Str.. Erou. C5 Eroii Sanitari. Str. Intr. B6 Mihalache Ion. C5 Slatineanu Ion. C6 Sofia. Str. C5 Berna. Str. B6 Argentina. B5 Politie. C5 Doamna Oltea. Str. Str. A6 Lascar Vasile. A5 Magheru Gheorghe. A3 Halelor. B5 Eminescu Mihai. B4 Biserica Enei. Str. Piata B4 Visarion I. Str A6 Dealul Mitropoliei. Cale D4 Moxa Mihail.. Str. A3 Vlaicu Aurel. Intr. C3 Bratianu I. A4 Atena. Calea B3 Dorobanti. B4 Coanda Henri. C6 Frumoasa. C6 Crisana. Sosea A4 Tokio. Bd. G-ral. C3 Saligny Anghel. B4 Cobalcescu Grigore. Intr. Str. B3 Stahi Constantin. Str. B4 Aman Theodor. C5 Finlanda. Str. Str. Str. Piata B5 Natiunile Unite. Str. B5 Coltei. C6 Selari. Str. C3 Occidentului. B5 Staicovici Nicolae. Piata B5 Masaryk Thomas. C6 Lisabona. B5 Zola Emile. A3 Izvor. Piata B6 Conta Vasile. B3 Budisteanu Constantin. Dr. A4 Cioranu Mihai. Str. Str. A3 Clunet. G-ral.. Str. Piata A6 Felix Iacob. Str. C4 Mexic. Piata C5 Academiei. B5 Dorobanti. Dr.. Str. C4 Eminescu Mihai. Str. G-ral. B5 Cernat Alexandru. C4 Zalomit Z. Str. Str. Str. Str. Str. B3 Blanari. A4 Carada Eugeniu. A4 Mamulari. Bd. Str. Str.str... Str. Bd. B5 Hasdeu Iulia. Intr. B5 Buiestrului. A4 Mihai Voda.c. Cale C3 Florescu Ion.i. Str. Str. B3 Tomescu Toma. Bd. Str. C6 Caragea Ioan Voda. Dr. C6 Sfantul Constantin.i. Str.a. Str. Str. C3 Buzesti. A5 Gabroveni.. Str. A6 Povernei. B3 Berthelot H. Ion. .. Str. Str. C4 Smardan. Str. Piata B5 Rigas. Piata B4 Sfintii Voievozi. B6 Kiseleff P . Str. Str. C5 Caragiale I. Str B3 Dianei. A3 Scarlatescu. B5 Tirana. B5 Amman. B3 Hagi Moscu Maria. C2 Buzoianu Ion. C6 Haret Spiru. B6 Bruxelles. B3 Balaban Emil. C4 Davila Carol. A3 Mihnea Voda. D4 Enescu George. Str. C3 Dona Nicolae. C5 Rosetti Maria. Bd. Str.l. Str. B4 Cavafii Vechi. A4 Georgescu George. Str. Str. Str.d. Piata B6 Neculce Ion. B5 Lebedei. Intr. Str. Str. B4 Transilvaniei. A4 Mitropolit Antim Ivireanul.. A4 Biserica Amzei. Str. B5 Tudor Stefan. Bd. Str. Str. C6 Gara De Nord. B3 Parvan Vasile. A3 Libertatii. Str. Str. Str. Str. Str. B5 Pasteur Louis. C5 Selari. C6 Stefan Cel Mare. Str. B4 Buzoiani Iani. Str. B5 Baratiei. Str. Intr. D4 Dascalu Nicolae. Str. C5 Luterana.. B4 Iorga Nicolae. B5 Sfantul Elefterie. Str. Str. Str. Intr. Str. Str. C6 Petrescu Camil. Str. C6 Mille Constantin. C5 Pretorienilor. C4 Cameliei. Pictor. C4 Micle Veronica. Str. Piata D6 Cornescu. Str. Bd. B4 David Emmanuel. Bd. B3 Musatescu Tudor. Str. Piata B7 Lipova. E3 Brezoianu Ion. Str. Piata B5 Lacatusului. Str. B3 Titulescu Nicolae. Intr. Str.

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