Visit Bucharest: Your Travel Guide

In the decades since the ’89 Revolution, Bucharest has reinvented itself as a confident and cosmopolitan capital. With infectiously chatty locals, scores of world-class museums, cafés in overgrown gardens – plus the literally un-missable People's Palace – prepare to leave your heart behind.

Things to Do in Bucharest
Stavropoleos Church
It’s what’s on the outside that counts. This Orthodox church and monastery are great examples of Brâncovenesc architecture, a style known for its chunky twisted columns, Arabesque arches and muted colours. The small courtyard next to it is the best part, where you can sit for an hour admiring the building’s details, while listening to church music emanating from within.
Str. Stavropoleos, Nr. 4, Sector 3
Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-22:00
Bucharest National Theater (
A modernist marvel. This hat-shaped theatre is at the centre of University Square. Cased in concrete during Ceausescu’s rule, it was restored after the 1989 revolution. It’s capped by a distinctive strawberry-coloured roof, which protrudes by several metres. See the artworks in the lobby, chill out in the park out front, or head to the book market next to the metro station.
Bd. Nicolae Bălcescu, Nr. 2, Sector 1
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Old Princely Court
Vlad the Impaler – what other Eastern ruler has left such an enduring memory in the public consciousness? This is all that remains of the Old Court of Bucharest, founded on the banks of Dambovita River over six-hundred years ago during Vlad’s bloody reign. You’ll need about an hour to see the exterior decorations and mural paintings, plus items from the palace’s Turkish baths.
Str. Franceză, Nr. 21-23, Sector 3
Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00
National Museum of Art
This building is a true survivor. Built in 1812, it went from private home to royal residence by mid-century. It sustained heavy damage during WWII, and again in the 1989 Revolution. Today it has been returned to its former glory, and holds a legacy of artworks by Romanian sculptor Constatin Brâncuşi, plus paintings by Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, El Greco, Cezanne and Rubens.
Calea Victoriei, Nr. 49-53, Sector 1
Open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Cismigiu Gardens
Take a morning wander in the city’s oldest park. It contains scores of local and imported plants, trees and exotic blooms, most of which came from the Carpathians and as far afield as Vienna. Stroll through the “writers rotunda”, which contains concrete busts of Romania’s most noteworthy writers, see the delightful Rose Garden, or have lunch at the terrace next to the lake.
Aleea Magnoliei, Sector 1
Romanian Athenaeum
If music is the lifeblood of Romania, here’s its heart. This concert hall is a building of astounding beauty, with its distinctive dome, neo-classical edifice and ornate ceiling covered in anthropomorphic reliefs. The Romanian Philharmonic regularly play here to sold-out audiences of around 800, in a theatre widely regarded as having some of the best acoustics in the world.
Str. Benjamin Franklin, Nr. 1-3, Sector 1
Open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-19:00, Sunday 10:00-11:00. Check website for details.
Palace of the Parliament
City icon, or symbol of one man’s megalomania? Whatever your perspective, a visit to this colossal building is likely to be intimidating and unsettling. It was constructed by order of dictator Ceausescu, from 1984 until his execution in 1989. 12-storeys, 1,100 rooms, urban legends of bodies buried in walls, underground bunkers … and tours still only cover 5% of its total space.
Str. Izvor, Nr. 2-4, Sector 5
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-16:00
National Museum of Natural History Grigore Antipa
Ethnology, entomology, biology … everything-ology! Spend the better part of a day seeing the artefacts held in this science museum. The 3D and interactive exhibits cover everything from pre-historic relics to Romania’s diverse plant and animal life. Their prized piece is the deinotherium gigantissimum, the complete skeleton of a pre-historic, elephant-like creature.
Sos. Kiseleff, Nr. 1, Sector 1
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Bucharest Arch of Triumph
You could almost claim that this arch is a carbon copy of Paris’ “Arc de Triomphe”. Like its counterpart, it stands in the centre of a busy roundabout, yet is much more small-scale. When it's open for special occasions, you can take the short climb to the top to enjoy the spectacular views out over the city and neighbouring Herăstrău Park.
Piața Arcul de Triumf, Sector 1
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
Ever hankered for the quiet life? This open-air ethnographic museum situated inside Herăstrău Park will give you a taste of Romanian village life. It was actually conceived as a sociological museum, where real families could live and work. Stroll the grounds to see the protruding roofs of the traditional Buzau-style peasant houses, and the impressive Dragomireşti Church.
Bd. Kiseleff, Nr. 28-30, Sector 1
Open Monday 09:00-17:00, Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-19:00
Herastrau Park
Herastrau Park curves around the shores of its namesake lake. Covering a whopping 187 hectares, the park has its own aquarium, open-air theatre and even a Hard Rock Cafe. Look carefully as you stroll along and you may spot famous faces like William Shakespeare, General Charles de Gaulle and Prince Charming in statue form.
Baneasa Shopping City
The halls of Baneasa Shopping City are packed with well-known retailers, from designer brands like Armani and Michael Kors, to high street favourites like H&M and Zara. Restaurants, coffee shops and fast food places make perfect shopping pit-stops, while the Grand Cinema screens all the latest blockbusters for a few hours’ escapism.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
I loved Bucharest. The people were super friendly, the architecture is lovely and all of the restaurants we visted were great. Particularly loved the hotel and victorei area. The Therm spa was our highlight and the Romanian pasteries!
Jasmine
Ireland
March 16, 2017
6
Review score
Almost all the Romanians I met were friendly and helpful, but Bucharest itself is in a very sorry condition. Poor infrastructure, probably the worst food in the EU, it's an ugly city with lots of poverty.
John
Romania
March 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
Nice city - the only problem is transport it's confusing to find bus to airport as there are no signs - be prepared to get taxi . Traffic is dangerous people crossing where is possible .
robert
United Kingdom
March 18, 2017
8
Very Good
Food is nice and cheap. Take care for weather changes. An umbrella is always a good friend. Transport is very cheap but take care on who you choose. So use registered companies as suggested by hotels and tourist info.
GEORGIOS
Cyprus
March 19, 2017
6
Review score
Quite crowded. You should add 20-30 minutes to your estimated arrival time at your destination.
Cristina
Romania
March 16, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Bucharest

Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,693 reviews

$118

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Ramada Parc Hotel

8 Very Good

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$50

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Ramada Plaza Bucharest

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,780 reviews

$71

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Europa Royale Bucharest

8.9 Excellent

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$59

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Mercure Bucharest City Center

9 Wonderful

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$65

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Novotel Bucharest City Centre

8.8 Excellent

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$67

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Ramada Bucharest Majestic Hotel

7.8 Good

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$76

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Hotel Cismigiu

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 847 reviews

$76

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Grand Hotel Continental

9 Wonderful

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$96

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Discover Bucharest

Popular Neighborhoods in Bucharest

University - Romana

158 properties

From “newly renovated” to “neglected”, this area’s buildings strike quite a contrast. It’s an enclave for students, artists and young professionals who imbue the area with a friendly, relaxed vibe. See amazing urban graffiti art on Arthur Verona Street, or stroll in Icoanei Park – it's very small, but one of the most beautiful in Bucharest.

Victoriei Avenue

125 properties

Residential north, commercial south. This avenue is one of the most recognisable in the city, lined with museums, art galleries and famous-brand shops like Armani, Gucci and Mont Blanc. Be sure to visit the National Museum of Art near the Romanian Athenaeum. Afterwards, head to the important Revolution Square, the nexus of 89’s revolution.

Bucharest Old Town

100 properties

Bucharest Old Town is a vibrant mix of old and new. It’s filled with shopping streets, local bars and restaurants, plus some of the city’s most beautiful Baroque architecture – all held within a half-km radius. Shop along Lipscani, dine out at Crama Domneasca (try the Transylvanian stew), or visit the Old City after-dark for sizzling nightlife.

Unirii

44 properties

Welcome to the centre. Ceausescu envisioned this area as part of the new Civic Centre, levelling many older parts of town to make way for it. The remaining People’s Palace is impossible to miss. Dine on traditional Romanian fare at Hanu’ Berarilor on Strada Poenaru Bordea 2, or check out Unirea Shopping Centre and the nearby Cocor Department Store.

Kiseleff

8 properties

This large area, dominated by Herăstrău Park, was left virtually untouched during the city's standardisation. It’s filled with gorgeous architecture and museums. Enjoy a coffee in Victoriei Square, then make a stop at the newly-renovated National Art Gallery. It’s near the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, which is filled with traditional artefacts.

Cotroceni

5 properties

Old-world elegance. This elevated district was once a quiet vestige for the city’s elite. It’s filled with flashy manor houses, streets shaded by magnolia trees, and many landmarks. Visit the gorgeous Controceni Palace, dine out at Del Vecchio next to the Opera Centre, or take a walk in the lush Botanical Gardens.

Local Tips for Bucharest

EDEN Garden
Vlad by Vlad

Bearded, boho Vlad hails from the mountains, loves the sea, his beer, sports and a bit of dancing!

A little oasis in the heart of Bucharest, Eden Garden is a great - and hip - place to hang out in with bars serving cocktails and unusual blends of beer. There’s a courtyard filled with trees and plants, and even the bathrooms, which are located in the cellar, will make your head spin!

  • Calea Victoriei, Nr. 107, Sector 1
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  • Open Monday-Sunday 1 pm – 5 am
Xenofon Street to Filaret Hill
Pegu by Pegu

Pegu loves to read, travel and uncover new stories, people and places.

Crossing Carol Park, I stumbled across this narrow, step-filled street. This famous, 200-year old stretch is adorned with pops of colourful paintwork by local artists. At the top - one of the city's highest natural points - you'll come to Filaret Hill and the beautiful Suter Palace.

  • Str. Xenofon, Sector 4
Cărturești Carusel
Roxana by Roxana

Shopaholic Roxana loves books and discovering architectural gems.

Cărturești Carusel is a haven for bookworms! Housed in a converted 19th-century bank, it is now a stunning, contemporary 6-floor venue. You can relax with a book and a drink, visit an art gallery, or even attend one of its cultural events.

  • Str. Lipscani, Nr. 55, Sector 3
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:30
Dianei 4
Aida by Aida

Passionate about mythology and history, Aida loves to learn about new places and cultures.

A 19th-century house once saved from demolition, Dianei 4 triggered a phase of converting similar venues across the city into artistic hubs. The Foreign Intelligence Service’s former HQ, it is now home to a gastro-bar, hosting exhibitions, concerts and movie nights.

Schitul Dărvari
Laura by Laura

Chilled-out Laura loves to be in peaceful surroundings and hanging out with her cat.

Set close to Grădina Icoanei Park, this picturesque house of prayer later became a convent, then a monastery. You can explore its quiet garden which is dotted with centuries-old trees and is beautiful all year round.

Lente și șotron
Andra by Andra

Creative Andra loves to be surrounded by colour and chaos.

Often described as an amusement park inside a house, this quirky café-bar has board games (including ones in English) and music. It also hosts weekly events like quiz nights and karaoke.

  • Bd. Pache Protopopescu, Nr. 20, Sector 2
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:30-00:00, Saturday-Sunday 11:30-00:00
Reading garden
Iulia by Iulia

Iulia enjoys discovering new places, dancing and reading.

Meaning “Reading Garden”, Gradina de Citit forms part of the city’s library and gives you somewhere to read in pretty, peaceful surroundings. It's got free WiFi and there are often creative workshops organised, too.

  • Str. Tache Ionescu, Nr. 4, Sector 1
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  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-21:00
Miau - Cats and coffee
Simona by Simona

Simona stays active by dancing and hiking but also loves relaxing at home with her cats.

Perhaps the most pet-friendly place in town, Miau is a hippie venue and so-called cat café! You’ll find furry friends roaming this cute venue and perched on comfy cushions.

  • Str. Maximilian Popper, Nr. 41, Sector 3
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  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 14:00-23:00
Macca Villacrosse Passage
Maria by Maria

Maria’s interests are many and varied - including fashion, music, history, books and architecture,

This gem of a 19th-century arcade is charming. It’s covered with a stained-glass roof and there are plenty of places to enjoy a coffee, while you people-watch from a café terrace.

  • Macca Villacrosse Passage, Sector 3
Rotenberg-Uzunov Art Gallery
Mihaela by Mihaela

Spontaneous Mihaela likes to keep on the move and loves the experience of living in new places.

This gallery features pieces from the interwar period of the 20th century. You can sip on a glass of fine wine while you view work by Theodor Aman, Camil Ressu or Gheorghe Petrascu.

  • Str. Constantin Esarcu, Nr. 1, Sector 1
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  • Open Monday-Friday 14:30-19:30, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-17:00
Infinitea
Miha by Miha

Sporty Miha loves tennis and football, as well as escaping to green, open spaces.

This charming old house opens onto a cute garden. It’s got a lovely vintage feel, has a book collection, and most importantly, it serves up a selection of tea and delicious traditional Romanian treats.

  • Str. Doctor Grigore Romniceanu, Nr. 7, Sector 6
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  • Open Monday-Friday 14:00-00:00, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-00:00
Historic Houses - Walking Tour
Georgiana by Georgiana

History fan Georgiana also loves architecture and photography - and is rarely without her music.

These tours take you back in time to the interwar period, when Bucharest was known as “Little Paris” and famed for its Neo-Romanian and Modernist architecture. The guides let you in on the city’s secrets, offering tours in English and Romanian.

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Recommended in Bucharest

except for the old city center and main boulevards, avoid traveling by foot after midnight. Only pick up taxis from reputable companies (avoid by any means taxis with an IF number plate)... it is best if you call the taxi company or use the apps provided. Use common sense and avoid anything which is too good to be true.

Le Parlement, musées, la place de la révolution, Caru cu Bere (restaurant), le parc Herasteau, le musée du village, l'Athénée roumain. Bien préparer sa visite. L'office du tourisme et le bus touristique ne fonctionnent qu'en été.

Visit in December to benefit from the Christmas lights and markets. Yes it is chilly but there are no crowds either.

Get the free city walk which runs each day

Free guided walk of old town very good

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Why do you recommend Bucharest for food?

It was really affordable and tasty.

Fire bar, any of the Gyros bars

City Grill on Lipscani Street.

Transportation

Bucharest Transportation

Air - Henri Coandă International Airport

All airport taxis must be booked at the user-friendly machines in Arrivals. Take the printed receipt with the car details and wait outside for your taxi. The drive takes at least 30 minutes and should cost RON 30–35. Buses also connect to North Train Station and Unirii Square. The 24-hour RATB kiosk in Arrivals sells basic 2-journey tickets for RON 7, plus RON 3.70 for a reusable top-up card. Buses run every 20–25 minutes (less often at night) and take up to 1 hour.

Metro

Bucharest’s metro links Unirii Square with various city-centre sights, including University, Romana and Victoriei Squares. Stations are marked with a blue ‘M’ on a white background. Trains run every 3–7 minutes from 05:00–23:00. Tickets booths can be found in stations: a basic 2-journey ticket costs RON 5, while a 10-journey ticket costs RON 20. Before boarding all tickets are stamped at validators located next to the booths.

Bus

Bucharest’s RATB transport network operates a comprehensive system of bus and trolleybus lines throughout the city. Tickets are sold at grey RATB kiosks all over Bucharest, including a 24-hour centre in Unirii Square. Multi-journey tickets or top-up cards must be used. Single journeys cost RON 1.30 and must be purchased on the card. Buses run frequently from 05:00–23:00, with night bus routes operating from 23:00–04:30.

Tram

Bucharest’s RATB tram network radiates out from Unirii Square to the city outskirts. Trams operate from 05:00–23:00, running in a reserved lane which by passes the worst of the rush hour traffic. The same top-up cards can be used on the bus and tram with a single ticket journey costing RON 1.30.

Car

Bucharest city centre is well served by public transport and affordable taxis, while heavy traffic and limited parking make driving inconvenient. If you do need to use a car, car rental is available at the airport or in University Square. On-street parking is hard to find, but there are several underground carparks in the centre: expect to pay RON 2.50 and RON 4 per hour. The main rush hours are between 07:30–10:30 and 16:30–19:00 from Monday to Friday.

Taxi

Taxis in Bucharest are plentiful and cheap. All official taxis are yellow, marked with a green light and their company name. Avoid unmarked vehicles and make sure the driver uses the meter. Fares usually start at RON 1.39 and rise by anything from RON 1.39 to RON 3.50 per kilometre. Taxis can be hailed in the street but it’s easier to head to one of the city’s many taxi stands. Smartphone users can even install a free mobile app to locate and book nearby taxis.

Food in Bucharest

Top Restaurants in Bucharest

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Springtime
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Bellini
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Old City Lipscani
  • Str. Lipscani, Nr. 45, Sector 3
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-05:00
  • 0040 729 377 774
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Local
Caru' cu bere
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St. Patrick
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International
The Embassy - Hanul cu tei
  • Str. Lipscani, Nr. 63-65, Sector 3
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-02:00
  • 0040 727 571 371
Mid-Range Fare
International
City Grill Lipscani
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Jos Palaria
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Japanese
Sushi Ko
  • Str. Stavropoleos, Nr. 8, Sector 3
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-00:00
  • 0040 758 088 400
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Silk Sky Bar
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Crama Domnească
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D'eight
  • Str. Franceza, Nr. 2-4, Sector 3
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:00-02:00, Saturday-Sunday 11:00-04:00
  • 0040 721 333 533
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International
Edgar's Irish Pub
Mid-Range Fare
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Alt Shift
  • Str. Constantin Mille, Nr. 4, Sector 1
  • Open Monday-Thursday 12:00-03:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-06:00, Sunday 12:00-03:00
  • www.altshift.ro
  • 0040 727 316 245
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La Bonne Bouche
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Bodega La Mahala
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Latin Pizza
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Lacrimi și Sfinți
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Calif Selari
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Divan
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The Artist
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Restaurant Gambrinus
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Modigliani - Pasta e Carne
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Meze Taverna
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Red Angus
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