Old Town Bucharest
Romania had eluded me for many years and I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to visit this fascinating country. My first stop after Bulgaria was Bucharest, the capital of Romania. I spent two weeks in Bucharest so there will be several posts about this eclectic city. This post will focus on the Old Town and its fascinating history and dynamic vibe.
Old Town Bucharest is a very popular area of the city, visited by both visitors and locals. It’s a blend of modern day bars, old school beer halls, and beautiful old churches which creates a rich environment for visiotrs. I found old town to be eclectic, vibrant, and welcoming. I have highlighted my favorite museums, churches, restaurants, and bars to help you navigate your way through this part of the city if and when you visit.
Passage Villa La Cross-Macca
This area of old town is hidden off the street Calea Victoriei. You can also access the passage from the street E. Carada near the Romanian national bank. Once you find it and walk through the main gate you will see why it’s a popular area in Old Town. The passage is littered with hooka bars and small bistros. Many of the bars have free wifi so it’s a perfect places to sit down and relax after a long day of site seeing.
Stravropoleos is a Romanian word which means “The City of the Cross”.* The church is centrally located in the old town and it relatively easy to find on any map. According to my guide book, the church was built in 1724 during the reign of Nicolae Mavrocordat. The site used to be a monastery but all that remains is the church and a nearby building (pictures below) that is from the early 20th century.
Biserica Ort. Sf Anton
This church is locate on Franceza Street adjacent to the Old Princely Court Museum.
There are several museums in old town. Below are three museums worth visiting.
- The National Museum of Romanian History
- The Bucharest Museum Stutu Palace
- The Old Princely Court Museum and Old Princely Court Church
Food & Drink
There are no shortages of bars and restaurants in old town, but if you are visiting for the first time, I highly recommend eating at both Caru cu Bere, Hanul Hanuc, and for some good beers I am recommend visiting Oktoberfest.
Caru cu Bere
If you are looking for an historic place to eat and have a drink, Caru cu Bere is a must see. Caru cu Bere is one of the oldest breweries in Bucharest and it dates back to 1879. The food is amazing and the beers are enormous. The staff are professional, friendly, and welcoming. The prices are reasonable and their lunch menu is amazing.
For more information visit Caru cu Bere.
Another amazing place to eat is Hanul Hanuc. I don’t know enough about the history of the restaurant but I know the food is fantastic and the setting is historic and well worth a visit.
For more information visit Hanul Hanuc.
There were many key football matches during my time in Bucharest so I had to find a place that served good beer and had TVs so I could watch the games. Luckily, I found Oktoberfest on Franceza Street near the National Museum of Romanian History.
The Streets of Old Town
The most fascinating thing for me about old town is its streets. They are diverse with both modern and old architecture. I spent days simply walking around taking pictures. Of course many of the places I previous mentioned are located on these streets, but I wanted to show you my photos of other parts not mentioned above.
Visiting Old Town Bucharest is a must see for anyone touring the city. I enjoyed the history, culture, cuisine, and refreshing beer during my many visits here. However, please be careful with cab drivers near and around the old town. One driver wanted charge me 78 Lei for a 5 minute cab ride. Always negotiate the price before entering the cab and ensure it’s not a private cab.
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