Bucharest is without a doubt the most vibrant city of Romania. Did we say Romania? We mean the most vibrant city of Southeastern Europe. Once nicknamed Paris of the East, now the capital of Romania resembles Berlin in style and urban rawness. Bucharest is a dynamic city full of culture, great bars, good food, quiet parks and terrific shops. And yes, Bucharest is best known for its brilliant nightlife. You can party every night of the week – if you dare. But what are the things you absolutely need to do when you’re in Bucharest?
1. Stroll through the great parks of Bucharest
Bucharest is not grey, it’s green! There are a lot of fantastic parks in the capital of Romania. Herăstrău Park, for example, is one of the biggest and most popular parks of the city. And the Cișmigiu Gardens are incredibly romantic, really near the Old Town too. In the south you can find Carol Park, including a cute little castle.
2. Go shopping
Shopping in Bucharest can be a challenge. There are great shops, from big brands to small but great boutiques: you can find everything throughout the city… and that’s also the problem. Bucharest lacks a central shopping area. There is no main shopping street (yet), you can find some shops however on Boulevard Magheru and Calea Victoriei. If you want to shop really bad, then you need to go to one of the many malls throughout the city. The AFI Palace Cotroceni is probably the best choice. There are a lot of brands inside and if you’re done with shopping, you can watch a movie in the IMAX cinema or go ice skating. And if you love books, you have to check out the new book store in the old town: Cărturești is an impressive store in a great building.
Finally, it’s time to party. Bucharest is one of the best cities to party in Europe. The Old Town is the best place to grab a beer (or a țuică of course). It’s the best preserved area of Bucharest and after years of renovation the city finally got her vibrant heart back. Caru’ cu Bere is a fantastic restaurant. Don’t go there if you’re affraid of tourists, but they are there for a reason. Caru’ cu Bere is one of the oldest restaurants. The food is good and traditional. Eat mici, and drink beer, like any Romanian would do. After dessert, go and enjoy yourself in one of the many pubs, clubs or lounge bars. Bordello and Mojo are good places to dance and drink.
4. Hangover time in the Old Town…
And if you’re done partying, you should check out the palace and court of Vlad Ţepeş, better known as… Dracula. The amazing Stavropoleos church is also worth a visit. The site is old, the church even older. Small, but pretty. It makes the perfect place to reflect on all the sins you have committed during the nights in Bucharest.