Bucharest is Romania’s capital and is the largest city. Bucharest is the most important industrial and economic center of the country. The city is undoubtedly, an unforgettable experience for those who choose to visit it, whether they are city residents or tourists.
For most people, Bucharest is still ignored as a travel destination, but believe us that it is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe where you can enjoy, among others, interesting cuisine and intense nightlife. Even though Romania is part of the European Union since 2007, the country is yet to adopt Euro, a fact that keeps it a cheap destination for traveling.
The hand of the communist era is still evident in the city since the architecture of many buildings in the center was influenced by that period. On the other hand, you can feel an urban and contemporary lifestyle arising in the city. Bucharest is a heaven for foodies because the local culinary scene combines international trends with traditional ones which are inspired by both Eastern and Western culture. The Bucharest nightlife is well distinguished for being spicy and wild. The city really offers great night clubs and bars playing good music and hosting beautiful people partying until dawn.
What to see
The heart of Bucharest is now a combined charming area with cobblestone streets, popular restaurants and bars, cafes, shops, and restored buildings of great architectural and cultural importance. The old city is the reference point for fun – it is energetic, lively, and always crowded with locals and tourists.
The Palace of the Parliament is the most emblematic buildings in Bucharest – it is a must-visit place if you want to understand the history of Romania and its past. The Palace of the Parliament is one of the heaviest buildings and the second-largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon in the USA.
Calea Victoriei is a historic avenue and one of the most prestigious landmarks in the center. If you want to feel the vibes, to visit museums, shop luxury brands, enjoy the buildings you can walk down the avenue.
Bucharest center has also plenty of green sanctuaries, that are waiting for you to explore. Locals enjoy gathering at the parks to socialize, play, and relax. You can definitely spend a relaxing afternoon at Cișmigiu Gardens – an English-style garden.
How to move around
The best way to reach the city is by using Uber. Even though Bucharest has a metro and other conventional way of public transportation, we believe that the most convenient one for a tourist to move around the city is by using Uber. They are reliable, transparent, and cheap, with friendly drivers… oh, and the most amazing fact is that you know the cost of the ride before you even book it! On the other hand, be aware that there are non-legitimate taxis in the city that may try to rip you off especially when you don’t speak the language.
Where to stay
In Bucharest, you have a lot of accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels to local apartments. Any of these options are cheaper compared to similar services in other European capitals. Also, you can choose to stay in an Airbnb flat.
Where to eat
Caru’ cu Bere restaurant is the symbol of Bucharest with 130 years of history. They serve real traditional Romanian food in the most amazing possible way. Once you step in you will see that the building is a masterpiece of Neo-Gothic style, classified as a Historical and Architectural Monument. You can try a roasted pork knuckle with braised sour cabbage, polenta, horseradish, and chili pepper, and surely you will be satisfied. Reservations are a must since the restaurant is popular.
Bucharest nightlife is not-to-be-missed. In fact, it is cheaper compared to other European party destinations. Most of the nightlife happens in the old town where many bars and pubs are full of locals and tourists. However, the clubbing scene in the city is insane offering chic, luxurious, and high-class options at a fair cost. Romanian people love to go out for dancing and drinking, therefore don’t be surprised to realize how sociable the locals are, especially in the clubs.
The beer prices are very cheap and they surely can make you consider leaving any city for good. Even in touristy spots, two pints will cost you less than a fiver. You have to make sure to try ‘out tuică’ – a traditional spirit made from plums.
–By Andy Braddell