POLL: What’s your favourite place to enjoy the perfect coffee in Bucharest? [2017]


What’s your favorite place to enjoy the perfect coffee in Bucharest? You have 40 options to choose from the list below

Bucharest is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and the accelerated rhythm of day-to-day life can easily be seen on the streets, where people are constantly on the move. To take a break, breath it all out, there are a lot of options, but sometimes nothing compares with a really good cup of coffee. (click for an updated 2019 list)

On the rise, in carefully designed locations all over the city, there are many coffee shops opening their doors to people who are in a rush and need to grab a cup of coffee to fuel up for the day or to those who want to relax, stay in for a while and enjoy freshly roasted & brewed specialty coffee, single origin coffee, cappuccinos, lattes and pretty much everything else you can think of and is related to coffee. This includes natural drinks, beautifully designed dishes, homemade cookies, smart and elegant selections of rare wines to add up to the wide variety of goodies you can find in the menus. This kind of places is welcomed among the city’s hubs and cultural hotspots, tea houses, theatres and alternative spaces.

But let’s focus on the coffee and mainly specialty coffee and single origin products, because probably just like you, we are also interested in what makes the perfect cup of coffee. And there are so many varieties to choose from… hmm, time to take a walk in town to see with our own eyes and have a taste to find out. Oh, and let’s not forget to smell those intense flavours of specialty coffees and explore all the other good stuff the city has to offer you. [update] What other stuff, you ask? The first edition of the Un-hidden Street Art in Romania book is here to help you discover independent art in public spaces.


What’s your favourite place to enjoy the perfect coffee? Scroll down through our list and vote!

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1. Brewtiful

Str Edgar Quinet 9
program: 10:00 – 18:00

Brewtiful is a new way of enjoying coffee — while you’re shopping. It’s an espresso bar that acts like a guest in premium retails. It only serves specialty coffee, to go. The freshly launched business already has 9 bars throughout the country in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Baia-Mare, Timișoara and Constanța and one in Nuremberg, Germany. They aim to help you discover coffee’s best taste, lovingly prepared by the artisan baristas, whose smiles and enthusiasm match the SOLO CUPS colours, part of the Brewtiful identity. Oh, remember that other wonderful, warm drink, popular around the Holidays and winter time? Brewtiful has this specialty hot chocolate with 72% real cocoa which we definitely want to try. Stay tuned for the incoming BTLT review where we’ll discover more about the flavourful, colourful and happy Brewtiful atmosphere.

Trained by one of the top 3 baristas worldwide, Adam Amberboy Kiss, the happy team operates the acclaimed LaMarzocco expresso machines to make your day way better, regardless of how it started.



2. Arome

Str Luigi Cazzavillan, nr 25
program: 10:00 – 22:00

Arome is a fresh urban place in the heart of the city. Here you will find a wide variety of coffee, tea, fresh drinks and smoothies. They also serve homemade sweets and organic local dishes. Their single origin coffee comes from Amsterdam’s Bocca – Artisanal Coffee Roaster.



3. Artichoke Coffee Shop

Calea Victoriei, nr 45
program: 08:00 – 20:00

Artichoke offers a fantastic variety of coffee along with a wide selection of sweets & organic breakfast dishes that are made in-house. All served in a unique space designed for total relaxation, with large arched windows and lots of plants.



4. Atelier Pinion

Bd Dacia, nr 23
program: 08:00 – 22:00

The first bike & coffee shop in Bucharest, Atelier Pinion serves a great single origin coffee and several craft beers. And yes, you can enjoy those while getting your bike fixed!

Atelier Pinion is designed by RIZI – read more about their inspiration and creative process in the feeder insider interview.


5. Beans & Dots

Str Actor Ion Brezoianu, nr 23-25
program: 08:00 – 20:00

Here you come for many reasons. For the exclusive specialty coffee from The Barn Berlin, for the well-selected teas from Companion Tea and for the curated design objects that you can find and enjoy in their little concept store.


black eye coffee

6. Black Eye Coffee

Bd Regina Elisabeta, nr 59
program: 08:00 – 22:00

We serve single origin coffee from Indonesia, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Colombia and we use various methods for preparation like Aeropress, Frenchpress and syphon. In additio, we have tea, juices and light snacks.


bob coffee lab

7. BOB Coffee Lab

Piața Charles de Gaulle, nr 3
program: 08:00 – 19:00

A touch of artistic intuition, original style and technique, curiosity and scientific imagination, all come together to make the perfect mix in the process of roasting, happening on a daily basis, here at Bob’s laboratory & coffee shop, where the taste of coffee comes to life.



8. Boiler Coffee Shop

Str Daniel Constantin, nr 25
program: 08:00 – 17:00

Boiler is about elements coming together into simple yet challenging coffee products. Belonging to the worldwide specialty coffee community, we’re committed to researching and exploring origins, tastes and flavours in one cup.




cafeneaua f64

9. Cafeneaua F64

Bd Unirii, nr 45
program: 09:00 – 22:00

F64 Cafe is the meeting place for photographers. It’s a large and modern decorated space, located inside the F64 photo store in Bucharest. We serve excellent coffee, fresh juices and sweets. We also have a lot of photo magazines around for you to read and relax.



10. Camera din Față

Str Mendeleev, nr 22
program: 08:00 – 22:00

At Camera din Față you can enjoy a cup of steaming tea, freshly ground coffee, a teaspoon of sherbet or jam and many other carefully selected treats we have ready for you. Our tea & coffee shop is located in the centre of the city in an elegant and classic designed space but we also take orders from our online store.


cappuccino story vitan

11. Cappuccino Story

Calea Vitan, nr 17A
program: 07:00 – 17:00

Cappuccino, espresso, latte, macchiato and good tea. We are a specialized cappuccino shop and we personalize every cup because you know what they say, “every cup has a story to tell”.


claro cafe

12. Claro Coffee Shop

Str Mihai Eminescu, nr 148
program: 08:00 – 18:00

We are professional coffee roasters and we offer our customers freshly fried and carefully selected coffee from the most famous regions of the world: Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Sulawesi, Peru and Rwanda. The coffee is prepared using a professional toaster made manually in a Greek manufacture. The frying style is light-medium and falls entirely in what today is known as “the third wave of coffee”.


coffee 4 friends

13. Coffee 4 Friends

Str Patriei, nr 3
program: 08:00 – 19:00

We serve freshly ground 100% Arabica coffee, vitamin-rich fresh drinks, a wide selection of scented teas, hot chocolate and delicious cookies. 


coffee ink

14. Coffee Ink

Sos Mihai Bravu, nr 47-49
program: 07:00 – 19:00

We serve a variety of coffee blends and also fresh juices and smoothies. Because we like healthy foods we also offer a selection of raw vegan crackers and sweets.


coffee map roastery

15. Coffee Map Roastery

Str Beller Radu, nr 26
program: 08:00 – 20:00

Small, intimate, chic and bathing in all the coffee flavours in the world, in its own right. Here you can find a wide selection of specialty coffee from countries such as Kenya, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and others. Our roastery uses various methods for preparing coffee: Chemex, French press, clever dripper, Aeropress, V60 or syphon. In addition, we serve bio tea and fresh drinks.



16. Coffeol

Str Franceza, nr 44
program: 09:00 – 22:00

A sweet, unique and crazy mix of 100% organic Arabica coffee and ice-cream, milk, fruits, chocolate and you name it! Coffee with a twist. It’s madness!



17. Coftale

Str Profesor Ștefan Mihăileanu, nr 42
program: 09:00 – 23:00

Coftale is proud to be considered one of the fewest coffee shops in Romania to treat coffee as an art. The cafe is also offering various fusion dishes, in the classy atmosphere of an old beautiful villa. It’s a place where the scent of a carefully brewed coffee can be addictive!


18. Contego The Coffee Factory

Bd Regina Elisabeta, nr 54
program: 07:00 – 23:00

Contego’s coffee is 100% natural and always freshly roasted. We take care to fry at 2-3 days to give you coffee when it reaches its peak of flavour and aroma. And because we are passionate about tasting and experiencing new coffee flavours, we are continually searching for the best beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India and beyond. Feed your inspiration with a good coffee in the warm and cosy atmosphere of Contego The Coffee Factory.



Str Edgar Quinet 9
program: 08:30 – 21:00

CREAMIER is the place where specialty coffee meets ice cream. Flavours galore!


dose cafe

20. Dose Cafe

Calea Dorobanti, nr 56
program: 07:30 – 20:00

At Dose you will always find freshly roasted specialty coffee. For preparation, we use a variety of methods such as Chemex, V60, Aeropress or Frenchpress. We also serve a wide variety of drinks, from fresh juice to infused tea.


fellow one coffee

21. Fellow One

Calea Victoriei, nr 143
program: 08:00 – 18:30

All we do is handmade with attention to detail: highest bean quality, fresh in season, lightly roasted in small batches, fully traceable, no blends. We work directly with farmers around the world to source the most delicious and sustainable coffees we can find. Then, we roast them and serve them to you at peak deliciousness.



22. Frudisiac

Intrarea Bitolia, nr 4
program: 08:00 – 20:00

Scandinavian loveliness at its purest: Nordic design, exceptional coffee experience, cold-pressed juices, healthy eats and good reads. We also practice “farm-to-table cuisine” so expect fresh food directly from local producers.


garage cafe

23. Garage Cafe

Str Barbu Delavrancea, nr 7
program: 07:30 – 18:00

We serve specialty coffee with a focus on South, Central & North America varieties. Freshly roasted & brewed, you can enjoy your coffee to go, or inside our cosy cafe. We also have lemonade and fresh juice on the menu.


guido coffee

24. Guido Coffee

Str Mihai Eminescu, nr 182
program: 09:00 – 19:00

Guido is more than just a coffee shop, it’s also a coffee school and a genuine coffee maker. Coffee beans are brought green from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia or Salvador and we personally engage in the process of roasting and grinding.


handsome monk coffee house

25. Handsome Monk Coffee House

Str Liviu Rebreanu, nr 4
program: 10:00 – 22:00

We were curious. We travelled. We discovered. And we did not stop there. We wanted to share this wonderful gift of coffee given by nature, to do it in ways as original as possible, having always in mind, the roots, the origins. We serve carefully selected single origin coffee from Brasil, Costa Rica and India.


ivy coffee

26. IVY Coffee Shop

Bd Carol I, nr 23
program: 07:30 – 18:00

We have a wide variety of specialty coffee, tea, smoothies and we also serve healthy dishes. Did we mention our elegant selection of wines? Come and have a taste of all that, we’re located in the centre of the city!



27. M60

Str Mendeleev, nr 2
program: 08:00 – 01:00

M60 Cafe is a place to discover and enjoy the new and exciting specialty coffee movement, an establishment for restless seekers of genuine tastes and a careful host for food lovers. It takes hours for us to test coffee to make sure it’s perfectly balanced. You can have one in just a few minutes!



28. Meron

Piata Victoriei, nr 155
program: 07:30 – 22:00

On our menu, you can always find specialty coffee, fruity lemonades, smoothies & shakes, infused tea and delicious cookies and cakes. We also have a small but daring selection of rare wines.


milu cafe

29. Milu Cafe

Str Baratiei, nr 33
program: 10:00 – 19:00

Milu Cafe is a hip place in the centre of the Bucharest, just across the street from Old Town. Inspired by a mid ’70 feeling, is a place where you can have the best coffee of your life, hang out, read a book, your own or one of ours. The space also hosts small art exhibition opportunities for artists, art students and art lovers.



30. Moony Coffee Room

Bd Iancu de Hunedoara, nr 54B
program: 08:00 – 18:00

Inspired by the stylish Viennese coffee shops, Moony serves freshly roasted single origin coffees, remaining an accessible option for the day-to-day energy dose. The coffee shop’s menu is completed with tees, fresh juices, sweets and healthy lunch options, so Moony is a real treat for early birds, business meetings and long friendly chats.



31. Origo

Str Lipscani, nr 9
program: 07:30 – 01:00

Our innovative brewing methods offer guests a new experience and a fresh show of flavours with every cup of coffee. The smell of freshly roasted coffee is complemented only by the surprising aromas of carefully selected tea and infusions. In the evening, coffee cups turn into cocktail glasses and Origo turns into a cocktail bar with a special menu of concept cocktails and classic drinks.



32. ORYGYNS Specialty Coffee

Str Jules Michelet, nr 12
program: 08:00 – 19:00

Each month we rotate specialty coffees from different famous roasters and different farms as well. Besides the classic types of espresso coffee, we also brew using V60 and aeropress techniques. We also serve tea and fresh drinks.



33. Seneca AntiCafe

Str Arhitect Ion Mincu, nr 1
program: 09:00 – 21:00

Seneca AntiCafe is a space designed for work, reading and relaxation. Here, you feel like home. We have spaces designed for all sorts of cultural and social activities, we host workshops and we have delicious coffee and lemonade to go with all of that.



34. STEAM Coffee Shop

Str Visarion, nr 2
program: 07:30 – 19:00

Steam aims to create coffee shops in the smallest spaces in Bucharest to prepare and serve the best specialty coffee. If you are in a hurry grab our famous “Coffee To Go”, freshly roasted and brewed.



35. Ted’s Coffee Co.

Calea Dorobanților, nr 102-110
program: 08:00 – 20:00

At Ted’s, you can always find specialty coffee which comes packed with a touch of imagination and impeccable preparation. Sometimes, a funny drawing in your coffee cup 🙂



baniei cafe

36. The Coffee Shop Baniei

Str Baniei, nr 5
program: 07:30 – 19:30

In the menu, you can find Turkish, French, Colombian, Indian and African coffee, made in a kettle, filter or espresso. We also have a large variety of cookies and homemade cakes.



37. Two Minutes

Str Constantin D. Aricescu, nr 50A
program: 08:00 – 18:00

A small coffee shop with a lot to offer. Good vibes, excellent fresh roasted coffee, and fast service. The menu has a rich variety of single origin coffee from all over the world.


T zero coffeeshop

38. T-Zero Coffee Shop

Str Dianei, nr 1
program: 08:00 – 18:00

Balanced specialty coffee in the heart of the city. Being Brasil, Panama, or the African continent, single origin coffee also needs love and skill when brewed, in order to deliver its full flavour. Our talented baristas are ready to serve you the perfect coffee cup on the go or over a friendly chat.


urban coffee hub

39. Urban Hub Coffee

Str CA Rosetti, nr 14-16
program: 08:00 – 17:00

We serve great coffee, fresh natural juices, tea, fruits, homemade cakes, brioches, chic sandwiches and light salads. We also provide a relaxing atmosphere and good jazzy music. Come visit us downtown!



40. VanFruct

Str Ion Câmpineanu, nr 21
program: 09:30 – 18:30

We’re into healthy habits and our menu reflects that. We serve exotic specialty coffee and delicious homemade gauffres, bio hot chocolate, silky smoothies and honest fresh juices.



What's your favorite place to enjoy the perfect coffee?

  • Contego The Coffee Factory (21%, 359 Votes)
  • Brewtiful (21%, 353 Votes)
  • Dose Cafe (13%, 210 Votes)
  • T-Zero Coffee Shop (12%, 202 Votes)
  • Milu Cafe (5%, 88 Votes)
  • STEAM Coffee Shop (4%, 73 Votes)
  • Coftale (3%, 57 Votes)
  • Garage Cafe (3%, 53 Votes)
  • Origo (3%, 49 Votes)
  • Coffee Ink (2%, 36 Votes)
  • BOB Coffee Lab (2%, 26 Votes)
  • Two Minutes (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Boiler Coffee Shop (1%, 16 Votes)
  • ORYGYNS Specialty Coffee (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Arome (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Atelier Pinion (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Beans & Dots (1%, 10 Votes)
  • VanFruct (1%, 9 Votes)
  • CREAMIER (1%, 9 Votes)
  • The Coffee Shop Baniei (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Camera din Față (0%, 6 Votes)
  • M60 (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Ted's Coffee Co. (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Claro Coffee Shop (0%, 5 Votes)
  • IVY Coffee Shop (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Artichoke Coffee Shop (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Cafeneaua F64 (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Meron (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Frudisiac (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Handsome Monk Coffee House (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Cappuccino Story (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Guido Coffee (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Seneca AntiCafe (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Fellow One (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Black Eye Coffee (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Urban Hub Coffee (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Moony Coffee Room (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Coffee 4 Friends (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Coffee Map Roastery (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Coffeol (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,673 Total Votes: 1,673

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If your favourite places are not on the menu, drop a comment & link and they might be added.


UPDATE: The poll is open until 6th of January 2018, midnight, Bucharest time.


Enjoy the flavours! ☕️


Did you know that..

During the communist regime, in the ’80s, Romania was officially a caffeine-free country as it sought to reduce imports and coffee was one of those capitalist indulgences one can live without. A replacement drink was created from one-fifth decaf coffee, adding barley, oats, chickpeas, and chestnuts. Nicknamed Nechezol by Romanians, a word derived from the verb a necheza (to neigh), alluding to the oats (usually fed to horses), with the chemical suffix -ol giving a pseudoscientific touch alluding to Elena Ceaușescu, “world-renowned scientist”, wife of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. [source: wikipedia]

As a consequence, coffee trafficking could get one arrested, and it was a go-to charge used by authorities against activists or dissidents such as journalist Petre Mihai Bacanu, or writer Dan Desliu, who was placed under house arrest, facing charges of “illegal trafficking in coffee”, after granting an interview to the Voice America. [source: REVOLT AGAINST SILENCE: THE STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ROMANIA (An Update) Prepared by the Staff OF THE U.S. COMMISSION ON SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE, December 1989 .pdf]

In Romania, coffee off-trade sales reached 32,300 tonnes in 2016 thanks to volume growth of 3%. [source: euromonitor]


Our friends at Cafeafarazahar.ro made this interesting map of coffee places in Romania.


Coffee might not be your thing, but you must surely be into eating so do have a look at the Autumn 2017 TOP 10 Best places to eat in Bucharest, as assessed by you, the readers.


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