What’s your favorite place to enjoy a perfect coffee or a flavourful tea in Bucharest? You have 50+ options to choose from the list below
If we choose to look at a half full glass, Bucharest is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and this 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.
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.
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Str. Polonă 40
Open: Mon: 14:00-23:00; Tue-Thu: 12:00-23:00; Fri-Sat: 12:00-00:00; Sun: 12:00-23:00
Calea Victoriei 100
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-19:00; Sat-Sun: 10:00-19:00
Calea Victoriei 45
Open: Tue-Sun: 09:30-18:00
Specialty Coffee. All Day Breakfast. Visual Art. Not necessarily in this order.
Bd. Dacia 23
Open: Tue-Sat: 10:00-18:00
“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.
Str. George Vraca 7
Open: Mon – Thu: 09:00-17:00; Fri: 10:00-18:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-17:00
The brain-child of Cosmin Mihailov (Bandit) and Kami Chirazi (Panda), our coffee shop focuses on serving some of the most badass coffees from the best European specialty coffee roasteries. We serve 3 different origins that we change on a weekly basis.
Str. Actor Ion Brezoianu 23-25, Corp B, ground floor
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-20:00; Sat: 09:00-15:00
“Specialty Coffee Shop & Concept Store. 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 our little store.
Uber cool brands discovered in our journeys around the world, magazines about art, design and sartorial matters and people like you. And like us.
Beans & Dots is about what we drink, what we eat, what we wear and what we use. Is about us.”
Piața Charles de Gaulle 3
Open: Mon-Thu: 08:00-19:00; Fri: 08:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-21:00
“A coffee shop is an extension of the Roasting Lab. Here is the place where the philosophy of the perfect roasted coffee continues through tests and experiments. Paul is a worldwide awarded barista and has the concentration skills of a shaolin master. He works with the essences and takes into consideration many tiny details in order to create a masterpiece from the cup of coffee that you taste.
The most important elements in the coffee making process are water and the roasting of the coffee beans. Both have to be perfect. The rest is all about techniques and creativity. Paul and his team create a unique recipe for each different product. They work with modern machines that are capable of stabilizing the water temperature and the pressure of coffee extraction. They weigh each coffee dose and then they measure the coffee yield from the cup in order to deliver a constant taste quality.”
Str. Daniel Constantin 25
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-16:00
“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.
Boiler coffee selection includes fresh single-origin coffees grown by farmers from around the world, shifting every month, roasted in local micro-roasteries and poured with crafted Latte Art.
Take your time to explore and understand coffee. Trust your barista, ask questions. We grow together. As well as the coffee world.
Counting only 20 square metres, Boiler Coffee Shop design & architecture project was developed by Attila KIM and Gabriel CHIS BULEA, a real challenge to blur the barriers between the client and the barista, but still, clearly, mark the meeting point between the two.
The interior architecture summarises the functional needs of both parts to the level of abstract models, which do not overlap perfectly where connected. The floors, the ceilings, the pieces of furniture of each side express their own identity, that in spite of the differences, connect in an architectural dialogue and allow fluid communication between the two. More here: www.attilakim.com/
Bd. Unirii 45
Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-22:00; Sat: 09:00-20:00
F64 Café 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.
Calea Vitan 17A
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:00-17:00; Sat: 08:00-14:00; Sun: 08:00-12:00
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”.
Calea Victoriei 134
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 10:00-21:00
“It is said that most people dream in colours. But some of us dare and dream in flavours.
In 2017, we inaugurated a unique roastery in Romania: dedicated to people for whom the subtlety of flavours matters, but also to those who know that unique, special products can be created right here, in Romania.”
Șos. Mihai Bravu 47-49
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:00-15:00; Sat: 09:00-14:00
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.
Str. Lt. Av. Beller Radu 26
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 08:00-19:00
Fresh Roasted Coffee, Coffee and Tea Shop
Str. Căderea Bastiliei 12
A small specialty coffee shop located near Romana Square. Serves specialty coffee and soft drinks.
Bd. Elisabeta 9
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-19:00; Sat: 10:00-16:00
“Coffee Up! is an invitation but it’s also a statement. It’s the spot you recharge your batteries on the go, it’s the coffee shop where you like to work, your nearest specialty coffee bar or maybe it’s that place where you’re having brunch on Sundays. We are all of that! We are collaborating with Romanian roasters & professionals for an authentic experience. Our dishes are made with love & care from fresh ingredients, daily delivered. Let us make your day better!”
Str. Franceză 44
Open: Mon-Sun: 11:00-22:00
“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!”
Str. Profesor Ștefan Mihăileanu 42
Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-23:00; Sat: 10:00-23:00; Sun: 10:00-22:00
“Coftale is proud to be considered one of the few 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!”
Bd. Regina Elisabeta 54
Open: Mon–Fri: 07:45-23:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-23:00
Feed your inspiration with a good coffee in the warm and cosy atmosphere of Contego The Coffee Factory.”
Calea Dorobanti 56
Open: Mon–Fri: 07:30-18:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-17:00
“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.”
Bulevardul Iuliu Maniu 7
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00
Str. 11 Iunie 35
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-18:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-18:00
FRESH COFFEE MADE TODAY. Tomorrow, too.
Calea Victoriei 143
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-18:30; Sat-Sun: 10:00-18:30
“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.”
Str. Băniei 5 | Piața Sfântu Gheorghe
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-19:00; Sat-Sun: 08:00-18:00
“What is behind our coffee shop? It’a s passion for coffee and a story of course.
Why… FIRST COFFEE? Because we really want to share with you an amazing experience with coffee, that kind of experience…unforgettable! Like first love, f irst kiss, first smile from the girl/or boy that you like, first coffee with you mom, dad, sister, lover, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, that experience is unique and unforgettable! Why? Because this is human nature, full of sensations and emotions!”
Intrarea Bitolia 4
Open: Mon-Sun: 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.”
Str. Barbu Delavrancea 7
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:30-15:00, 15:45-20:00; Sat-Sun: 10:00-15:00, 15:45-18:00
“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.”
Str. Mihai Eminescu 182
Open: Mon: 09:00-19:00; Tue-Wed: 09:00-20:00; Thu: 09:00-19:00; Fri: 09:00-20:00; Sat: 10:00-18:00
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.
☕️ Editor’s note: If you haven’t by now, we recommend you try Guido’s Brazilia Sertãozinho with its deep multilayered chocolate and cocoa flavours.
Str. Liviu Rebreanu 4
Open: Mon-Sun: 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.
Bd. Carol I 23
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:30-18:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-18:00
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!
Str. Mendeleev 2
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-22:00
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!
Splaiul Independenței 2K
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-17:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-17:00
“Join us and our MAD.GOAT for freshly roasted single origin coffee. Our goat is the descendant of the Ethiopian dancing goat who chewed with great pleasure the red berries with dark leaves. And then … they discovered coffee. And we are happy to extract it for you, add some milk if you please, a good smile, a story, a laugh from time to time and a lot of passion for specialty coffee.”
Bd. Aviatorilor 8A
Open: Mon-Sun: 08:00-22:00
Last image in gallery © Lucas Sandor
Bd. Regina Elisabeta 40
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:30– 20:30; Sat-Sun: 09:00–20:30
“Everything starts with today. This minute. This second.
Let’s enjoy this sip of coffee and look around to find the beauty in our surroundings.
We are Meron, and we want to give you the boost for a great and amazing day: alluring flavours, delightful company and a quick reminder that life is about NOW, about this MOMENT. Our name has greek roots and it means „day”. It’s the reason why we want to shape your day, and we will provide you with the absolute equilibrium & taste for you to build on.”
str. Bărăției 33
Open: Mon–Fri: 09:00-19:00; Sat: 10:00-16:00
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.
Bd. Iancu de Hunedoara 54B
Str. Anastasie Simu 6
Open: Mon-Thu: 08:00-21:00; Fri: 08:00-22:00; Sat: 09:00-22:00; Sun: 09:00-21:00
Bd. Vasile Milea 4, AFI Cotroceni
Open: Mon-Thu: 08:00-22:00; Fri: 08:00-23:00; Sat: 09:00-23:00; Sun: 09:00-22:00
“We wanted to have a place to focus on specialty coffee as it should be. No syrups, no fireworks, no burning taste, no claims. A place to ask for coffee and get coffee, whether it’s black or milk.”
Str. Lipscani 9
Coffee hours: Mon–Fri: 07:30-20:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-20:00
Bar hours: Mon-Wed: 20:00-01:00; Thu–Sat: 20:00-02:00; Sun: 20:00-01:00
“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.”
str. Jules Michelet 12
Open: Mon–Fri: 08:00-19:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-19:00
str. Aviației 2
Open: Mon–Fri: 07:30-17:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-15:00
“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.”
Str. Nicolae Paulescu 61
Open: Mon–Thu: 09:00-18:00; Fri: 09:00-22:00; Sat: 10:00-22:00; Sun: 10:00-18:00
Specialty Coffee, Brunch, Cocktails, Tea, Wine, Beer, Good Vibes by the Underground Coffee Culture.
Str. Fluierului 33
Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-23:00; Sun: 14:00-23:00
“Rockers Vinyl Coffee Shop is the first bistro selling vinyl in Bucharest, taking one step further, the love for music and authenticity. Nowadays, when it comes to music, it seems like everyone sacrificed sonic quality for convenience.
At Rockers Vinyl Coffee Shop we aim to provide a cosy, eclectic space where you can find authentic sounds, recorded on vinyl, authentic coffee, tasty food and authentic friends. The Coffee Shop was born from the love for peaceful music, soul-feeding vibes and passion for people alike.
We encourage and support people who look to detach from daily chaos, people in love with the idea of interconnection and ideas-exchange in general.
Rockers Vinyl Coffee Shop aims to become the place where you come to find inspiration, peace and the joy of doing what you love, while you sip, listen, sing, repeat!”
Str. Uruguay 22
Open: Mon–Fri: 07:30-19:00; Sat-Sun: 08:00-18:00
str. Visarion 2 (Bd. Dacia 19)
Open: Mon–Fri: 07:30-18:00; Sat-Sun: 08:30–18:00
“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.”
Bd. Aviatorilor 8A
Open: Mon-Sun: 08:30-00:00
Str. Maltopol 26 bis
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-18:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-18:00
Str. Architect Ion Mincu 1
Open: Mon-Sun: 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.”
Str. Ion Câmpineanu 23
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 10:00-20:00
“Sheida is a social café in the heart of Bucharest. We redirect all of our profits towards the Social Medical Clinic, Baba Novac. Sheida is a relaxing space, allowing you to rest while filling up with energy, allowing your mind to travel to the warm lands of Old Persia. The Gourmet Coffee, 52 types of tea, and Persian cakes with aromas of good deeds can be found only at 23, Ion Câmpineanu Street.
Sheida is a story about people and made for people. For us, it is a welcoming place to spend time with our friends after a full day of short deadlines, where we can start a project with our partners or where we can just rest with our loved ones.
Sheida was started by Sheida Enayati and her parents, to involve more people and encourage them to do more good, while bringing a smile on the faces of the patients from Baba Novac Medical Clinic and the children from the 2 educational centres of the “Policlinici Sociale Regina Maria” Foundation. No matter how busy our lives might be, there is always time for a good cup of coffee and a good deed.”
On the façade, you can see Eclectarte’s design and Graffete’s outstanding execution.
Ted’s Coffee Co. Herăstrău | Drive Thru
Șoseaua Nicolae Caramfil 4
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:30-20:00; Sat: 08:30-20:00; Sun: 10:00-20:00
“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 :)”
Ted’s drive-thru is designed by LAMA Arhitectura.
Photos © The Institute, Cosmin Dragomir
Calea Știrbei Vodă 104-106
Institute The Cafe | Open: Mon: 09:00-14:00; Tue-Fri: 09:00-18:00
THE Institute is an ecosystem for creative industries in Romania. We create and organise events and bring together designers, entrepreneurs and the audience of creative industries.
Str. Constantin D. Aricescu 50A
Open: Mon-Thu: 08:00-18:00; Fri: 09:00-18:00; Sat: 09:00-17:00
“Very small coffee shop in Bucharest.”
Str. Dianei 1
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00; Sat-Sun: 10:00-16:00
“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.”
Str. C.A. Rosetti 14-16
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00; Sat: 09:00-15:00
“A small café in the centre of Bucharest, for the collectors of moments, smiles, but especially for those who love the quality coffee!”
Str. I.C. Visarion 9
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:30; Sat-Sun: 09:00-18:00
Urban Barn. Specialty coffee shop
Bd. Primăverii 32
Open: Mon-Thu: 08:00-20:00; Fri: 8:00-21:00: Sat-Sun: 09:00-21:00
Speciality Coffee, Bio Tea, Fresh Pastries, Prosecco & cigars, Pet-friendly
Photography © Radu Malasincu for LAMA Arhitectura, other authors
Str. Ion Câmpineanu 21
Open: Tue–Fri: 09:00-17:30; Sat, Sun: 10:30-17:30
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.
Vanfruct is designed by LAMA Arhitectura.
Str. Dr. Joseph Lister 1
Open: Tue–Fri: 08:00-17:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-16:00
“Probably the smallest specialty coffee shop in Bucharest, getting our coffee from the best roasters around the world.”
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Universitate, str. Ion Nistor 6
Open: Mon–Sat: 11:00-21:00; Sun: 15:00-21:00
str. Gen. Eremia Grigorescu 5 (Grădina Icoanei)
Open: Mon–Fri: 11:00-22:00; Sat: 11:00-21:30, Sun: 11:00-21:30
Str. Mendeleev 22
Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-22:00
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.
Str. Popa Rusu 21
Open: Mon-Fri: 15:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 13:00-22:00
The fig tree garden in the Armenian neighbourhood.
Str. Aurel Vlaicu 47
Open: Mon-Fri: 17:00-00:00; Sat-Sun: 13:00-00:00
Tea at Vlaicu is a new sister of Cotroceni, Metoc, Vasiliada teahouses. The same tradition of well-done tea awaits you in an inviting house.
Intr. Tudor Ștefan 39
Open: Tue-Sat-Sun: 14:00-22:00
Located in the Dorobanți district, in the heart of Bucharest, the “Aphrodisia” teahouse will delight with dozens of natural teas.
Str. Poiana Narciselor 1
Open: Mon-Sun: 12:00-23:00
Bohemia Tea House is a tea house with a fairytale-like atmosphere, where relaxation, tranquillity and intimacy help you completely lose the notion of time. Here tea is respected, adored, well-infused and of the highest quality. We offer you dozens of tea varieties from which to choose and we know how to make the right recommendations according to the moment of the day, the season or according to your cravings and preferences.
Str. Dr. Burghelea 24
Open: Mon: 13:00-23:00; Tue-Fri: 11:00-23:00; Sat-Sun: 12:00-23:00
GreenTea Teahouse is a place created with love for those who appreciate the beauty in all its forms.
Str. Dr. Grigore Romniceanu 7
Open: Mon-Fri: 14:00-23:00; Sat-Sun: 11:00-23:00
“When the city’s pulse becomes too vibrant, lift your spirit and relax in a sophisticated atmosphere surrounded by a classic Baroque décor. Discover the Infinitea summer garden, an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city, a place that offers a natural intimate setting and makes you think about the suspended gardens of Semiramida. You will enjoy the infinite flavours of tea, a colourful jam palette, fresh fruit juices and homemade desserts in an ambience defined by classical music and jazz rhythms.”
Str. Radu Ceauș 7
Open: Mon-Fri: 14:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 13:00-22:00
A teahouse and library.
Matcha Bar Bucharest
Bd. Dacia 25
Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 12:00-22:00
The first Matcha Bar in Romania! Serving you pink flamingos & matcha love! 🌱💖🍵💗
Str. Lipscani 104
Open: Mon-Sun: 09:00-22:00
Santhé Fitoceainarie is a social economy structure (SES), set up by the General Social Assistance Directorate of the Municipality of Bucharest, created within a project with non-reimbursable financing within the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The primary purpose of the project was to provide a professional qualification in the bartender-tea profession to a number of 28 people from disadvantaged groups and to provide 6 jobs for them.
Str. Dumbrava Roșie 12
Open: Mon-Thu: 14:00-00:00; Fri: 14:00-02:00; Sat: 12:00-02:00; Sun: 12:00-00:00
A quiet and green terrace, library, free wi-fi, painting and photo exhibitions, live music events.
Str. Bălcești 9, inside X Hostel
Open: Fri-Sat: 11:00-21:00
At T-Bar: Bucharest you can experience the true taste of tea brewed in classical Chinese methods: Gong Fu Tea and Bowl Tea. Learn about the health benefits of tea, history of tea production and teaware, all 6 types of tea and of course taste the finest cups of tea.
Str. Olimpului 13
Open: Mon-Sun: 10:00-22:30
With a philosophy of learning, sharing and community, Teahouse 5 is much more than just a cafe; we provide the space and means for locals with a story, skill or talent to shine, be creative and share their gift with the world.
Ceainaria 5 is a beautifully designed tea house offering warm snacks, cold drinks and over 50 varieties of tea from around the world.
Located in the heart of Bucharest, our garden is filled with flowers/trees, swinging hammocks and is a perfect oasis for relaxing and unwinding. Come and kick back in our colourful Arabic tent and enjoy one of our regular fun events or workshops!
Enjoy the flavours! ☕️🍵
If your favourite places are not on the list, drop a comment & link and they might be added.
The Un-hidden Bucharest street art map shows you where to find interesting street art in public spaces and features all these places and a few more as options to stop for refreshments and energize yourself on the way.
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]
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 80+ Fresh Places to Enjoy a Great Time and Awesome Cooking in Bucharest .
Photos © the authors