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Specialty coffee in a beautiful space plus all day—delicious—breakfasts and pastries
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Artichoke Coffee Shop
45 Calea Victoriei
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Specialty coffee in a beautiful space plus all day—delicious—breakfasts and pastries
Romanian themed cuisine right inside the Romanian Peasant's Museum with a large selection of tasty food, cozy terrace during the summer and with a broad cultural agenda including exhibitions and live music.
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Clubul Taranului
3 Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff
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Romanian themed cuisine right inside the Romanian Peasant's Museum with a large selection of tasty food, cozy terrace during the summer and with a broad cultural agenda including exhibitions and live music.
Romanian freshly cooked food in a fast food setting. Cheap but clean and just downstairs from our house, 2 min till walking past their door
Fresh Food Bistro
4 Strada George Vraca
Romanian freshly cooked food in a fast food setting. Cheap but clean and just downstairs from our house, 2 min till walking past their door
An ice-cream paradise. They also serve good food. It's at a3 min walk from our house.
Puro & Bio
20 Strada Ion Câmpineanu
An ice-cream paradise. They also serve good food. It's at a3 min walk from our house.
Specialty coffee and good food for breakfast or lunch, just dowstairs from our house (in the same building). Nice design, intimate, but rather expensive. 8am-4pm.
Trofic
29 Strada Actor Ion Brezoianu
Specialty coffee and good food for breakfast or lunch, just dowstairs from our house (in the same building). Nice design, intimate, but rather expensive. 8am-4pm.
Gastropub in a beautiful old house tastefully renovated, has a large and green terrace. It serves coffee, food and drinks. Suitable for a morning meeting as well for lunch, dinner or drinks.
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Simbio
26 Strada Negustori
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Gastropub in a beautiful old house tastefully renovated, has a large and green terrace. It serves coffee, food and drinks. Suitable for a morning meeting as well for lunch, dinner or drinks.
Delicious vegetarian food with limited seating but a cute place and fast service. 2 min walk from our house.
Arome
22 Strada Ion Câmpineanu
Delicious vegetarian food with limited seating but a cute place and fast service. 2 min walk from our house.
This is by far the best takeaway pizza from Bucharest. They have quite a few types of pizza and you can take it away or enjoy it there since they have a couple of tables, around 3 or 4.
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buoni e bravi
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This is by far the best takeaway pizza from Bucharest. They have quite a few types of pizza and you can take it away or enjoy it there since they have a couple of tables, around 3 or 4.
One of the most famous and skilled chefs in Romania has managed to make his mark in a unique way with his very own restaurant. The restaurant is located a stone’s throw away from downtown Bucharest.As you enter this contemporary Romanian restaurant, the kaleidoscopic elements compose a perfect mix by joining with details of historical Romanian folklore.The inviting design ensures a relaxed but intimate atmosphere and reinvented tastes of Romanian cuisine which will definitely make you want to come back! A carefully selected menu, freshness, taste, unique flavours and vibrant colours of food that are able to satisfy, undoubtedly, even the most demanding customer.
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Mahala
147-153 Calea Rahovei
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One of the most famous and skilled chefs in Romania has managed to make his mark in a unique way with his very own restaurant. The restaurant is located a stone’s throw away from downtown Bucharest.As you enter this contemporary Romanian restaurant, the kaleidoscopic elements compose a perfect mix by joining with details of historical Romanian folklore.The inviting design ensures a relaxed but intimate atmosphere and reinvented tastes of Romanian cuisine which will definitely make you want to come back! A carefully selected menu, freshness, taste, unique flavours and vibrant colours of food that are able to satisfy, undoubtedly, even the most demanding customer.
Tiny restaurant with a cute interior design and excellent food, mostly serving fresh fish in a relaxed & homey atmosphere with excellent service.
La Pescăria Dorobanților
Tiny restaurant with a cute interior design and excellent food, mostly serving fresh fish in a relaxed & homey atmosphere with excellent service.
One of the best spots in Bucharest for Romanian cuisine, all the food they serve is made in-house which means that all the sausages are made in their own kitchen and this goes for everything else. Even the chocolate is made in-house. Top notch service, a nice design & ambiance Zexe offers take away service or meat to cook in your own home or anything else from the menu. Everything is 20% discounted if you choose takeout.
Zexe
80 Strada Icoanei
One of the best spots in Bucharest for Romanian cuisine, all the food they serve is made in-house which means that all the sausages are made in their own kitchen and this goes for everything else. Even the chocolate is made in-house. Top notch service, a nice design & ambiance Zexe offers take away service or meat to cook in your own home or anything else from the menu. Everything is 20% discounted if you choose takeout.
Calif has a very good lentil soup and all sorts of other Turkish – inspired foods and recipes, and some dishes go for less than 10 ron (less than 3 eur). Good food and budget friendly.
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Calif
12 Bulevardul Iuliu Maniu
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Calif has a very good lentil soup and all sorts of other Turkish – inspired foods and recipes, and some dishes go for less than 10 ron (less than 3 eur). Good food and budget friendly.
The restaurant "La Ciurucuri" is placed in the central area of Bucharest close to the Palace Square and the Cișmigiu Park. It is a medium-sized restaurant; in good weather tables are available also on the sidewalk. Sometimes it features live music. The decor is original, the interior is even pleasant. It is a quiet place frequented by decent clients. The menu without being vast is enough and contains very varied meals. The staff is nice and prices are acceptable for this area of the city. In Romanian the meaning of " ciurucuri" is rubbish, but do not be amazed, it's just a joke. 5 min away from my house, through the park.
Restaurant La Ciurucuri
The restaurant "La Ciurucuri" is placed in the central area of Bucharest close to the Palace Square and the Cișmigiu Park. It is a medium-sized restaurant; in good weather tables are available also on the sidewalk. Sometimes it features live music. The decor is original, the interior is even pleasant. It is a quiet place frequented by decent clients. The menu without being vast is enough and contains very varied meals. The staff is nice and prices are acceptable for this area of the city. In Romanian the meaning of " ciurucuri" is rubbish, but do not be amazed, it's just a joke. 5 min away from my house, through the park.
A place for coffee lovers, this place specialized at coffee and fruit shakes. It's very very small, yet amazingly decorated. The staff is great, prices are ok and the coffee is perfect. if you are there, try the Flat White coffee.
VanFruct Specialty Coffee Shop
21 Strada Ion Câmpineanu
A place for coffee lovers, this place specialized at coffee and fruit shakes. It's very very small, yet amazingly decorated. The staff is great, prices are ok and the coffee is perfect. if you are there, try the Flat White coffee.
The stationery version of the Burger Van circulating around Bucharest. It's a great choice of burgers with fresh meat and vegetables. Only a 2 min walk from my place. Take away & orders also.
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Burger Van Bistro
4 Strada George Vraca
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The stationery version of the Burger Van circulating around Bucharest. It's a great choice of burgers with fresh meat and vegetables. Only a 2 min walk from my place. Take away & orders also.
At the ground floor of Alt Shift you can find one of the most important night clubs and concert venues in Bucharest, Control Club. The Alt Shift restaurant it offers great tasty food and a special midnight menu, delicious pizza and tasty soup for the party-goers. It's located within a 5 min walk from my house.
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Alt Shift
4 Strada Constantin Mille
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At the ground floor of Alt Shift you can find one of the most important night clubs and concert venues in Bucharest, Control Club. The Alt Shift restaurant it offers great tasty food and a special midnight menu, delicious pizza and tasty soup for the party-goers. It's located within a 5 min walk from my house.
Founded by The Institute, a communication business group managing some of the most prestigious events and projects in the creative industries in Romania, Institute, the Café is a meeting point for people working in advertising and publishing and a café-cum-office for freelancers. With an impeccable interior design, great selection of art books, glossy magazines, exclusive travel guides, comfortable chairs and desk-like tables, this could be the perfect place for out-of-office work or just letting your ideas flow while having a coffee & breakfast or a light lunch. Order yourself a freshly squeezed juice and browse the Institute’s magazine of communication, branding, design and culture.
Institute The Cafe
104 Strada Știrbei Vodă
Founded by The Institute, a communication business group managing some of the most prestigious events and projects in the creative industries in Romania, Institute, the Café is a meeting point for people working in advertising and publishing and a café-cum-office for freelancers. With an impeccable interior design, great selection of art books, glossy magazines, exclusive travel guides, comfortable chairs and desk-like tables, this could be the perfect place for out-of-office work or just letting your ideas flow while having a coffee & breakfast or a light lunch. Order yourself a freshly squeezed juice and browse the Institute’s magazine of communication, branding, design and culture.
This tastefully decorated café located in the old town attracts with its unique Neo-Romanian interior, surprisingly complemented by the addition of postmodern colorful paintings. Its no-reservations policy is something quite unusual for Bucharest’s fashionable cafés, but it certainly catches on very well, particularly with foreign visitors. The café terrace hosts artistic performances and unconventional shows, such as street pantomime on summer weekend evenings. While most central cafés open late in the afternoon, Van Gogh is a great place for breakfast and brunch, with tasty assorted choices. A 10 min walk away from my house.
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Grand Café Van Gogh
9 Strada Smârdan
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This tastefully decorated café located in the old town attracts with its unique Neo-Romanian interior, surprisingly complemented by the addition of postmodern colorful paintings. Its no-reservations policy is something quite unusual for Bucharest’s fashionable cafés, but it certainly catches on very well, particularly with foreign visitors. The café terrace hosts artistic performances and unconventional shows, such as street pantomime on summer weekend evenings. While most central cafés open late in the afternoon, Van Gogh is a great place for breakfast and brunch, with tasty assorted choices. A 10 min walk away from my house.
Located in a beautiful old house and with an outdoor terrace, this tea house and coffee place offers on of the best selection of teas and coffees in the city alongside homemade deserts and meals.
Tea Vlaicu
47 Strada Aurel Vlaicu
Located in a beautiful old house and with an outdoor terrace, this tea house and coffee place offers on of the best selection of teas and coffees in the city alongside homemade deserts and meals.
A super organic food bar. Try a cooked “Pukka Tukka” breakfast, or a lunch of salmon with baby spinach. All the drinks, including coffee, fresh apple juice and a selection of local wines, are 100% organic, too. The wicker-walled interior features barely half a dozen small tables, each with stools made from cork, but there is a pleasantly shaded patio for alfresco eating. A 15 min walk from my house.
Pukka Tukka
13 Strada Piața Amzei
A super organic food bar. Try a cooked “Pukka Tukka” breakfast, or a lunch of salmon with baby spinach. All the drinks, including coffee, fresh apple juice and a selection of local wines, are 100% organic, too. The wicker-walled interior features barely half a dozen small tables, each with stools made from cork, but there is a pleasantly shaded patio for alfresco eating. A 15 min walk from my house.
Literally “beer cart”, is the first restaurant many tourists make a beeline for but it’s also where the locals go, which says much about its authenticity. Chic waiting staff scuttle around the ornate restaurant, doling out Romanian standards such as mititei (grilled meat rolls) and tochitură (pork stew), while the house musicians belt out Romanian folk tunes. Great fun. It is a 10 min away walk from my house and is situated in the old town.
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Caru' cu bere
5 Strada Stavropoleos
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Literally “beer cart”, is the first restaurant many tourists make a beeline for but it’s also where the locals go, which says much about its authenticity. Chic waiting staff scuttle around the ornate restaurant, doling out Romanian standards such as mititei (grilled meat rolls) and tochitură (pork stew), while the house musicians belt out Romanian folk tunes. Great fun. It is a 10 min away walk from my house and is situated in the old town.
Restaurant, pub and urban hub, 7 min away from my house. Nice space, good food but rather slow service and a bit overpriced.
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Energiea
4 Strada Ion Brezoianu
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Restaurant, pub and urban hub, 7 min away from my house. Nice space, good food but rather slow service and a bit overpriced.
Great bakery and coffee place, at a 5 min away walking distance from my house
Boutique du Pain
30 Strada Academiei
Great bakery and coffee place, at a 5 min away walking distance from my house
Probably the best coffee in the city, to be found in the Old City.
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Origo
9 Strada Lipscani
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Probably the best coffee in the city, to be found in the Old City.
You should visit Vatra if you want to try some really delicious authentic Romanian food in a comfortable environment. The restaurant has all sorts of traditional Romanian decorations and a lovely terrace open in the summer, with traditional folk music and dance. It's a whole Romanian experience with traditional recipes, so the food here is well cooked and very tasty. Also, it's a quiet place, nicely decorated, away from the city noise. Vatra has the best ciorba in town. There's also mamaliga, that goes really well with sarmale, Romania's traditional dish, or mici (meat rolls). Vatra is at a 3 min walk away from my house.
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Restaurant Vatra
19 Strada Actor Ion Brezoianu
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You should visit Vatra if you want to try some really delicious authentic Romanian food in a comfortable environment. The restaurant has all sorts of traditional Romanian decorations and a lovely terrace open in the summer, with traditional folk music and dance. It's a whole Romanian experience with traditional recipes, so the food here is well cooked and very tasty. Also, it's a quiet place, nicely decorated, away from the city noise. Vatra has the best ciorba in town. There's also mamaliga, that goes really well with sarmale, Romania's traditional dish, or mici (meat rolls). Vatra is at a 3 min walk away from my house.
As soon as the temperature reaches around 20 degrees, J’ai Bistrot the garden takes out its wooden benches and tables, umbrellas, hammocks, chill vibes and folding beach chairs to inaugurate the urban warm season. The crowd is a good mix of young professionals, freelancers, families, dogs, hipsters and old hippies. A good place to have a chat and a drink in a very relaxed atmosphere. Possibly the most child-friendly environment in the city, also great for dog-owners. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly. They serve plat du jour, also soup of the day and vegetarian dishes. They often host concerts and events at the weekends. 20 min walk from my house.
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J’ai Bistrot
55 Calea Griviței
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As soon as the temperature reaches around 20 degrees, J’ai Bistrot the garden takes out its wooden benches and tables, umbrellas, hammocks, chill vibes and folding beach chairs to inaugurate the urban warm season. The crowd is a good mix of young professionals, freelancers, families, dogs, hipsters and old hippies. A good place to have a chat and a drink in a very relaxed atmosphere. Possibly the most child-friendly environment in the city, also great for dog-owners. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly. They serve plat du jour, also soup of the day and vegetarian dishes. They often host concerts and events at the weekends. 20 min walk from my house.
The take away and simplified version of the Romanian menu of Vatra restaurant. Good food, just 3 min away from my house.
La Nea Mitica
21 Strada Ion Brezoianu
The take away and simplified version of the Romanian menu of Vatra restaurant. Good food, just 3 min away from my house.
Drinks & Nightlife
Many consider Acuarela to be an alternative place. It offers a good selection of teas, beers and wines in atmospheric surroundings. The building’s attic is decorated like a cosy home with familiar objects, while the open terrace has umbrellas as its roof, and doors as its tables. The best part is that it’s set in a green, leafy garden. Acuarela is also home to the Imbold Gallery – exhibition space dedicated to young Romanian artists. The graphic works on display are frequently changing, and according to the curator, it’s the perfect place to experience contemporary art. Concerts and theatre performances take place on the terrace almost every weekend. This bar's toilet is the coolest in town.
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Bistro "Acuarela"
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Many consider Acuarela to be an alternative place. It offers a good selection of teas, beers and wines in atmospheric surroundings. The building’s attic is decorated like a cosy home with familiar objects, while the open terrace has umbrellas as its roof, and doors as its tables. The best part is that it’s set in a green, leafy garden. Acuarela is also home to the Imbold Gallery – exhibition space dedicated to young Romanian artists. The graphic works on display are frequently changing, and according to the curator, it’s the perfect place to experience contemporary art. Concerts and theatre performances take place on the terrace almost every weekend. This bar's toilet is the coolest in town.
Located in Herăstrău - the largest park in the city – away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, Baraka terrace has all it takes to wind you down after a busy day or to prolong that holiday feeling: comfortable armchairs and swing chairs, relaxed atmosphere, the shade of old trees in hot summer days and refreshing drinks in the open air. Rent a free bike at Charles the Gaulle entrance to the park and take a ride around the area. Stop at Baraka for a drink and watch the kids in the Skater Park across the alley doing their tricks. In the evening the place gets crowded, but without losing the laid-back vibe. Dj parties are often hosted at the weekend, so prepare to stay a bit longer.
Baraka Bar & Lounge
Located in Herăstrău - the largest park in the city – away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, Baraka terrace has all it takes to wind you down after a busy day or to prolong that holiday feeling: comfortable armchairs and swing chairs, relaxed atmosphere, the shade of old trees in hot summer days and refreshing drinks in the open air. Rent a free bike at Charles the Gaulle entrance to the park and take a ride around the area. Stop at Baraka for a drink and watch the kids in the Skater Park across the alley doing their tricks. In the evening the place gets crowded, but without losing the laid-back vibe. Dj parties are often hosted at the weekend, so prepare to stay a bit longer.
One would never guess while walking down the hectic Calea Victoriei, the little secret that lies behind Știrbei Palace – a local beach bar with trees of heaven and grey gravel sprawling across 2,000 square meters, unbeatable for late after-work chats over drinks, lazy summer gatherings and child-friendly environment. This is the perfect place for checking out the city’s pulse and the local crowds, as hipsters, creatives, corporate people and young mothers all tend to flock here to chill in the afternoon. Also a good excuse to stop for a cocktail, a lemonade or a local beer at reasonable prices. If you’d rather go for the nice and quiet, come here in the morning for coffee and e-mails
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Gradina EDEN
107 Calea Victoriei
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One would never guess while walking down the hectic Calea Victoriei, the little secret that lies behind Știrbei Palace – a local beach bar with trees of heaven and grey gravel sprawling across 2,000 square meters, unbeatable for late after-work chats over drinks, lazy summer gatherings and child-friendly environment. This is the perfect place for checking out the city’s pulse and the local crowds, as hipsters, creatives, corporate people and young mothers all tend to flock here to chill in the afternoon. Also a good excuse to stop for a cocktail, a lemonade or a local beer at reasonable prices. If you’d rather go for the nice and quiet, come here in the morning for coffee and e-mails
If you're into house music, then Studio Martin is the place for you.
Club Guesthouse
84 Strada Popa Nan
If you're into house music, then Studio Martin is the place for you.
This place quickly became a favourite amongst locals looking for for cool places with cool people. There’s a wonderful open-air terrace full of flowers and ivy, as well as a mysterious old house. T he style of this place is reminiscent of Budapest’s ‘ruin bars’ – it feels a bit like a squat, a bit like a haunted house. The decrepit walls, old furniture and low lighting contribute to its scary but warm atmosphere. Many events take place here including concerts, theatre performances, parties and more. It is 15 min away from my house by foot or 10 min away by public transportation.
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Dianei 4
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This place quickly became a favourite amongst locals looking for for cool places with cool people. There’s a wonderful open-air terrace full of flowers and ivy, as well as a mysterious old house. T he style of this place is reminiscent of Budapest’s ‘ruin bars’ – it feels a bit like a squat, a bit like a haunted house. The decrepit walls, old furniture and low lighting contribute to its scary but warm atmosphere. Many events take place here including concerts, theatre performances, parties and more. It is 15 min away from my house by foot or 10 min away by public transportation.
Late night bar (it goes till the last costumer is gone) where you can also eat till early in the morning. During the day it also works as cafe with a large outdoor terrace comfortable also during chilly nights as it has outdoor heaters.
Légère Cafe
5 Piața C. A. Rosetti
Late night bar (it goes till the last costumer is gone) where you can also eat till early in the morning. During the day it also works as cafe with a large outdoor terrace comfortable also during chilly nights as it has outdoor heaters.
Cozy, affordable bar that sometimes hosts live music concerts or poetry evenings, at a 5 min walk from my house.
Londophone
2 Strada Ioan Zalomit
Cozy, affordable bar that sometimes hosts live music concerts or poetry evenings, at a 5 min walk from my house.
Craft beer, nice space, prices a bit high, 3 min away from my home, also reachable through the park.
beans & dots
27 Strada Actor Ion Brezoianu
Craft beer, nice space, prices a bit high, 3 min away from my home, also reachable through the park.
Live music, good crowd, beautiful terrace with lots of vegetation. Probably the best party spot in the city, only 3 min by foot from our home.
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Control Club
4 Strada Constantin Mille
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Live music, good crowd, beautiful terrace with lots of vegetation. Probably the best party spot in the city, only 3 min by foot from our home.
Little, cosy space with nice music, friendly staff and a good range of drinks, plus a summer terrace in the middle of Cismigiu Park. My favourite place to enjoy a drink in the park, 7 min away from home.
Zona Liberă Butic
Little, cosy space with nice music, friendly staff and a good range of drinks, plus a summer terrace in the middle of Cismigiu Park. My favourite place to enjoy a drink in the park, 7 min away from home.
Sightseeing
Built in eclectic style in 1900, the palace is topped by a glass and metal dome. The entrance features an arch supported by two pairs of columns in composite style. The four corners are decorated with gables and coats of arms and ending in Renaissance domes. 7 min by foot from our home.
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Palace of the Deposits and Consignments
13 Calea Victoriei
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Built in eclectic style in 1900, the palace is topped by a glass and metal dome. The entrance features an arch supported by two pairs of columns in composite style. The four corners are decorated with gables and coats of arms and ending in Renaissance domes. 7 min by foot from our home.
Located in the capital’s center, near Palace of Parliament, The Ark is one of the most interesting heritage buildings in Bucharest. Initially built for The Commodities Stock Exchange in 1898, it was completely renovated in 2008 and now hosts not only office spaces but also events in a unique interior. Next to the main flower market of Bucharest.
The Ark
150 Strada Uranus
Located in the capital’s center, near Palace of Parliament, The Ark is one of the most interesting heritage buildings in Bucharest. Initially built for The Commodities Stock Exchange in 1898, it was completely renovated in 2008 and now hosts not only office spaces but also events in a unique interior. Next to the main flower market of Bucharest.
A major architectural landmark of the city and an example of the historic times Bucharest. The eclectic architecture combining a luxuriant ornamental repertoire harmonically used for the facade as well as for the interiors, fully reflects the atmosphere of the 1900’s. Comprised of a spectacular ballroom, serving also as a theater and a concert hall, with a library, a bowling alley and many rooms and shops on the ground level, it was an impressive structure interfusing architectural styles of the most renowned buildings of that time: the Chamber of Commerce, the Romanian Post Office, the CEC Savings House and the Supreme Court of Justice, all built during the same period.
Bragadiru Palace
147-153 Calea Rahovei
A major architectural landmark of the city and an example of the historic times Bucharest. The eclectic architecture combining a luxuriant ornamental repertoire harmonically used for the facade as well as for the interiors, fully reflects the atmosphere of the 1900’s. Comprised of a spectacular ballroom, serving also as a theater and a concert hall, with a library, a bowling alley and many rooms and shops on the ground level, it was an impressive structure interfusing architectural styles of the most renowned buildings of that time: the Chamber of Commerce, the Romanian Post Office, the CEC Savings House and the Supreme Court of Justice, all built during the same period.
The Union of Architects - one of Bucharest’s top tourist attractions because of its architectural value, 7 min from our house. If the bottom floors look like a historic building, towards the top, it turns into a modern style skyscraper. Built at the end of the 19th century, in December 1989, the building was almost entirely burned down and destroyed as it was suspected to shelter terrorists. After December 1989, the house was split into two: half of it became the headquarters for the Romanian Academy, while the second half belonged to the Union of Romanian Architects. Built in the French Renaissance architectural style, the landmark retains from the former imposing building two facades.
Strada Demetru I. Dobrescu 5
5 Strada Dem I. Dobrescu
The Union of Architects - one of Bucharest’s top tourist attractions because of its architectural value, 7 min from our house. If the bottom floors look like a historic building, towards the top, it turns into a modern style skyscraper. Built at the end of the 19th century, in December 1989, the building was almost entirely burned down and destroyed as it was suspected to shelter terrorists. After December 1989, the house was split into two: half of it became the headquarters for the Romanian Academy, while the second half belonged to the Union of Romanian Architects. Built in the French Renaissance architectural style, the landmark retains from the former imposing building two facades.