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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Capitol Building
“The Parliament Palace is the second largest administrative building for civilian use as a surface in the world, so you must visit this place if u are in Bucharest.”
  • 169 locals recommend
Park
“The most central of the city's public gardens, Cismigiu is a haven of lawns, trees, flowers and lakes. Often mistakenly referred to as a park, Cismigiu is actually a large garden, first designed and laid out in 1845 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, but not completed until 1860. More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought in from the Romanian mountains, while exotic plants were fetched from the botanical gardens in Vienna. Highlights of the 17-hectare garden include the Roman Garden, laid out in the style of ancient Rome, and including busts of Romania's most famous writers, the lake, which can be explored by rowing boat in summer or skated upon during the winter, and Ion Jalea's French Memorial in Carrara marble, which commemorates those French troops killed on Romanian territory during World War I. The park has a couple of cafes, refreshment kiosks and - in summer - terraces, as well as some good, large children's playgrounds. It can get very busy in good weather, but it is a lovely place to spend time.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Café
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“If you go to the old center of Bucharest, you will not get borred. Here you can find a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs, surounded by historical buildings. Now that you are in the old center, you should also visit the Villacrosse passage and enjoy the Bucharest night life.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Romanian Restaurant
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“At the foundation of Caru’ cu bere’s identity lays a history of more than 130 years, starting with the Mircea brothers, among which Mircea Nicolae as the founder, his legacy and the historical building. The place which keeps immortal the spirit of old Bucharest: Caru’ cu bere (The beer wagon) A wonderfull place to eat traditional romanian food and drink good beer!”
  • 151 locals recommend
Park
“I recommend you to visit this park because it's the biggest park in Bucharest, is a nice place, quiet, for a chilled walk around the lake.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Home to the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic, the stately Romanian Athenaeum is the city's most prestigious concert hall. The 19th-century building, designed by French architect Albert Galleron, resembles an ancient Greek temple with a 41-meter-high dome and a peristyle of six Ionic columns.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Museum
“The National Art Museum of Romania is the most important art museum in the country. The museum was established in 1948 and is housed in the Royal Palace of the Capital.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Museum
“The National Museum of Romanian History (Romanian: Muzeul Național de Istorie a României) is a museum located on the Calea Victoriei in Bucharest, Romania, which contains Romanian historical artifacts from prehistoric times up to modern times. The museum is located inside the former Postal Services Palace, which also houses a philatelic museum. With a surface of over 8,000 square meters, the museum has approx. 60 valuable exhibition rooms. The permanent displays include a plaster cast of the entirety of Trajan's Column, the Romanian Crown Jewels, and the Pietroasele treasure.”
  • 42 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Museum of Natural History Grigore Antipa is a museum in Bucharest, located on Kiseleff Road no. 1. The patrimony of the museum consists of over 2 million pieces, grouped in different zoological, paleontological, mineral and rock and ethnographic collections.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“This is a cool night club with a lovely terrace. It is very popular with both locals and tourists. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Museum
“Museum on the folk art and traditions of the Romanian peasant, in a neo-Romanian landmark building.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“AFI Cotroceni is a shopping mall in Bucharest, Romania. It is located in the central-western part of the city, between the city center and two of the largest residential districts, Militari and Drumul Taberei. Here you will find a large food court, a large category of brands clothes and a IMAX cinema !”
  • 45 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Opened in 1976 and enlarged in 1989, it was the largest department store in Communist Romania.[2] It was converted into a shopping centre during the 1990s. The complex has a total area of 83,971 square metres (903,856 sq ft) and 1000 parking spaces.[1] The closest metro station to the shopping centre is Piaţa Unirii metro station. Its very close to the Unirii Fountains!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Big shopping mall North of the city. Has a large cinema and lots of stores.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Museum
“It exhibits old traditional Romanian houses from the villages. It is great if you want to know more about the Romanian folklore and traditions”
  • 49 locals recommend
Romanian Restaurant
“Manuc's Inn (Romanian: Hanul lui Manuc, pronounced [ˈhanu(l) luj maˈnuk]) is the oldest operating hotel building in Bucharest, Romania. It also houses a popular restaurant, several bars, a coffee-house, and (facing the street) several stores and an extensive bar. Its massive, multiply balconied courtyard hosted many performances and fairs and was a popular place for Romanian Television crews to shoot folkloric performances. The hotel and restaurant were refurbished in 2007. !!!MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! If you go there to eat , make sure to save some space for my favorite traditional romanian dessert called : “papanasi” Papanași[1] is a Romanian traditional fried or boiled pastry, doughnut shaped with a small sphere on top. They are usually filled with a soft cheese such as urdă. Papanași are served covered in sour cream and with a sour jam topping.”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Romanian Restaurant
“At the foundation of Caru’ cu bere’s identity lays a history of more than 130 years, starting with the Mircea brothers, among which Mircea Nicolae as the founder, his legacy and the historical building. The place which keeps immortal the spirit of old Bucharest: Caru’ cu bere (The beer wagon) A wonderfull place to eat traditional romanian food and drink good beer!”
  • 151 locals recommend
Nightclub
“This is a cool night club with a lovely terrace. It is very popular with both locals and tourists. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“During the day, this place can act as a fancy restaurant, relaxing garden or as a cool lounge bar. After nightfall, it turns into an exuberant club, hosting parties & musical events. The establishment has class and an intriguing design, both extravagant and friendly in the same time.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The music selection is very nice, patio comes with air-conditioner, food is awesome and after midnight they serve some really delicious pizza!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Romanian Restaurant
“Amazing traditional Romanian food in a very funky atmosphere. Highly recommend, but not the cheapest place (order the "sarmale" (cabbage rolls) and "fasole batute" (bean dip)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Urban PUB and inspiring HUB for foodies Why locals love it? Hosted in a former printing house with industrial-style interior design, Energiea is one of the best places in town for cultural happenings and various events, workshops or exhibitions.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Pub
“Located in a 2 story house, on a side street near Piata Romana, Shift is still The place to go for good food.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“Great breakfast, beautiful garden, cosy atmosphere. A lovely place to have a coffee, a drink or to eat. ”
  • 33 locals recommend

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