LIST: 10 wondrous places to help you see Bucharest in a new light
Bucharest may seem all grey and dusty at a first glance, but there are places that bring colour to it, making both locals and travellers enjoy spending time out in the city.
Chatting over a few drinks, grabbing lunch or dinner and enjoying the beautiful interior design these places have to offer along with the varied and tasty menus will surely make you see Bucharest in a new light!
Here’s a list of 10 wondrous places that will help you see beyond the dull slant of the city and satisfy your hunger and thirst with style!
Str. Polonă, no. 40
Acuarela is a small and creative bistro for the bohemian Bucharestians and travellers, with a beautiful garden full of colourful umbrellas and vintage items that you can enjoy in the summer. The lively decorated interior, the smell of coffee and the jazz music blend into a delightful atmosphere. Every month you can enjoy contemporary art exhibitions, social events, live concerts and theatrical performances.
Str. Speranţei, no. 6
Burger Van Home is the newest project from the Burger Van team, a place for burgers and culinary experiments. The new location is open from Monday to Sunday between 12pm and 10pm. The new menu reinvents the concept of street-food and uses fresh local products.
Str. Nicolae Golescu, no. 16
CAJU it’s the place where Chef Joseph Hadad proposed to bring to the table the tastes of his childhood together with his present gastronomical endeavours, with strong North African influences. The restaurant is located downtown, on a picturesque street, behind the Romanian Athenaeum, a symbol that represents one of the main attractions of the city. The space has three areas, the centre that brings together 14 tables and is dominated by a curved wooden ceiling, each table featuring a chandelier above, made of a mix of ceramic and metal.
Str. Lipscani, no. 55
Located on Lipscani Street, at number 55, Cărturești Carusel is spanning on six levels, amounting to 1000sqm. The place is an experimental cultural experience in the old city centre, providing space for reading, socializing and artistic exploration. With a bistro on the top floor, a multimedia space in the basement, a huge bookstore and a gallery dedicated to contemporary art on the first floor, the rehabilitated building is telling a new story on a street with a vibrant tradition behind. Browse carefully the Romanian publications and spot the feeder insider booklet #02.
Intrarea Bitolia, no. 4
Scandinavian loveliness at its purest: Nordic design, exceptional coffee experience, cold-pressed juices, healthy eats and good reads. Frudisiac also practices “farm-to-table cuisine” so expect fresh food directly from local producers.
Bd. Nicolae Titulescu, no. 4-8
Located in the heart of the city, Gram Bistro is a carousel of senses, a place where you can enjoy a delicious homemade menu, cocktails or a good coffee in a funky and friendly atmosphere. The modern design, which harmoniously combines rustic, industrial and urban elements, gives the place a vibrant energy. The menu is varied and prepared in their own kitchen with an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients.
Ivan Pescar & Scrumbia Bar
Str. Uranus, no. 150, The Ark building, groundfloor
Do you like Black Sea snails and roe salad only from 5 components? Do you like the storceag (n.e. sturgeon soup)? Do you crave a malasolca a la Mila 23? Would you like kids to savour and devour fish food? Have you visited the Danube Delta and have not recently returned? Does your love for it and for local culture haunt you? In Bucharest, there is no place to eat the culinary specifics of the Danube Delta and the Black Sea. No place to connect the local catch, cooking and the plate of consumers. Until now: Ivan Pescar & Scrumbia Bar offers the original taste of the Danube Delta. NO fusion. Specialities cooked by Lipovan women. Wines from Dobrogea. Restaurant & fish bar.
Str. Dionisie Lupu, no. 78
Lente is a colourful space where you eat, play and make friends. Located in a classic yet imposing and elegant old house, Lente wants to bring imagination and personality to the concept of going out in the city. Sorina Vazelina, Livia & Reg, Irlo, Pisica Pătrată, Praf de cretă, Saddo & Pren, Ada Muşat, Cutărică, Kitră and Aitch are some of the contemporary artists who left behind intriguing and beautiful artworks as a result of the Pictăm Pereți (Painting Walls) installation, which is part of the Un-hidden Bucharest campaign.
MAIZE farm to table
Str. Paris 61A, 3rd floor
Inspired by nature, Maize explores the concept of farm to table, offering dishes prepared only with fresh farmed ingredients from local producers. The Head Chef Alex Petricean and his team propose a dialogue with the clients, revealing information about the dishes and the cooking process while enjoying the varied menu from the 3 areas of the restaurant: Friends’ Bar, Chef’s Table and Laid Back.
Str. General Eremia Grigorescu, no. 10
POINT is a powerhouse for the whole spectrum of contemporary arts, a true cultural hub that aims to play an active role in Bucharest’s cultural community by challenging the minds of the citizens. The hub is a patrimony building with cultural heritage, unfolding itself on 3 versatile levels equipped with moveable furniture in order to accommodate any type of event. A gourmet kitchen is always at the public disposal, as well as a bar with mixologists, a theatre scene, a garden terrace and a basement, mostly used for private parties and concerts to stay true to its DNA of multi-disciplinary venue. Each floor has a capacity of around 120 people. Its architecture and design are internationally awarded. If you walk by the building, on one of its sides you’ll notice a huge mural signed by Sweet Damage Crew.
What’s your favourite place that brings colour to Bucharest? Let us know!
Words by AndreiB
Photos by Alex Iacob, the authors