Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Bucharest

Palace of Parliament

Palace of Parliament

The Palace of Parliament is the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon) and former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s most infamous creation. Started in 1984 (and still unfinished), the...

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Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum

The exquisite Athenaeum is the majestic heart of Romania’s classical-music tradition. Scenes from Romanian history are featured on the interior fresco inside the Big Hall on the 1st floor; the dome is 41m high. A...

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Former Ceauşescu Residence

Former Ceauşescu Residence

This restored villa is the former main residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu, who lived here for around two decades up until the end in 1989. Everything has been returned to its former lustre, including the...

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Lacrimi și Sfinți

A true destination restaurant in the historic centre, Lacrimi și Sfinți takes modern trends such as farm-to-table freshness and organic sourcing and marries them to old-school Romanian recipes. The philosophy...

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Artist

Artist

Located in a restored, eclectic 1880s villa on posh Calea Victoriei, this is the top fine-dining locale in Bucharest thanks to chef Paul Oppenkamp and his approach to modern cuisine, peppered with Romanian...

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Caru' cu Bere

Caru' cu Bere

Despite a decidedly touristy-leaning atmosphere, with peasant-girl hostesses and sporadic traditional song-and-dance numbers, Bucharest’s oldest beerhouse continues to draw in a strong local crowd. The colourful...

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Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum

One of the few attractions in Bucharest aimed squarely at kids, this natural-history museum, showing off Romania's plant and animal life, has been thoroughly renovated. It features lots of modern bells and...

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Grădina Verona

Grădina Verona

A garden oasis hidden behind the Cărtureşti bookshop, serving standard-issue but excellent espresso drinks and some of the most inspired iced-tea and lemonade infusions you're likely to find in Romania, such as...

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Cişmigiu Garden

Cişmigiu Garden

West of Calea Victoriei is the locally beloved Cişmigiu Garden, with shady walks, a lake, cafes and a ridiculous number of benches on which to sit and stare at Bucharest residents passing by. From May to...

Monastery in Snagov Lake

Snagov Monastery

Tiny Snagov Island, at the northern end of Snagov Lake, is home to Snagov Monastery and Vlad Ţepeş' alleged final resting place. The small stone church dates from the 15th century; Vlad Ţepeş’ purported grave is...

Museum in Bucharest

National Art Museum

Housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, this massive, multipart museum – all signed in English – houses two permanent galleries: one for National Art and the other for European Masters. The national gallery is...

Museum in Bucharest

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

The collection of peasant bric-a-brac, costumes, icons and partially restored houses makes this one of the most popular museums in the city. There’s not much English signage, but insightful little cards in...

Synagogue in Bucharest

Great Synagogue

This important synagogue dates from the mid-19th century and was established by migrating Polish Jews; entry is free, but a donation (10 lei) is expected. It's hard to find, hidden on three sides by public...

Park in Bucharest

Herăstrău Park

Sprawling over a large area north of Piaţa Victoriei, this 200-hectare park surrounding a large lake is (arguably) Bucharest’s nicest park, with plenty of shaded strolls and open-air cafes, plus boats to hire. At...

Park in Bucharest

Văcărești Nature Park

Văcărești Nature Park

What was supposed to be a 6km-long dam during the communist era, left abandoned after the 1989 Revolution, turned over 22 years into a vast urban delta. The first of its kind in Romania, this nature park has 136...

Pastries in Bucharest

French Revolution

French Revolution

Unquestionably the best éclairs you’ll find in Bucharest and, dare we say, a pilgrimage site for locals and French expats alike. This stylish artisanal pastry shop tantalises with 16 different flavours in two...

Bar in Bucharest

FIX

FIX

Bucharest’s first 'botanical bar' serves some of the best drinks in town, creative concoctions with seasonal ingredients. Fabulous gin cocktails under quirky names are a guarantee; there's also craft beer. With...

Art in Bucharest

Art Safari

Art Safari

Art Safari is the biggest annual art exhibition in Romania, focusing on contemporary art over a month each spring. Romanian and international galleries are invited to showcase their most recent work, with...

Cemetery in Bucharest

Bellu Cemetery

Bellu Cemetery

The city’s most prestigious burial ground houses the tombs of many notable Romanian writers – a map inside the gate points out locations. Many Romanians pay their respects to national poet Mihai Eminescu...

Romanian in Bucharest

Maize

Winner of 2018 Best Chef of the Year award, Maize is a must-visit for its 'new Romanian cuisine' concept and its exceptional seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients, as well as a modern approach to Romanian classics....