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3 Days in Bucharest

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It was a tough task, but I've just about managed to pack the best and most important sights, activities, attractions, and venues in the Romanian capital into a three-day itinerary. From travelers interested in the country's troubled recent history to hedonists looking for sensational nightlife, everyone will find something in Bucharest. Enjoy!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

14 Places

4 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Palace of Parliament

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Restaurant Hanu' lui Manuc

Restaurants

Cismigiu Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Corso Brasserie

Restaurants

MOJO

Bars & Clubs, Karaoke Bars, Comedy Clubs

Day 2

Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

Architectural Buildings

Herastrau Park

Parks

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Casa Di David

Restaurants

Day 3

Bucharest Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Bus tour

Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman)

Art Museums, History Museums

Metuka

Restaurants

Old Town

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Caru' cu bere

Restaurants

Craig T's City Tips

  • With just a few exceptions, dining out is cheap in Bucharest. Go ahead and indulge!
  • Invest in an Activ Card, valid on all of Bucharest's trams and buses. There's a small charge to buy the card, and then it can be topped up with as much credit as you wish.
  • Be warned that smoking is still allowed in Bucharest's bars and restaurants: very few have non-smoking sections.
  • Tipping is not obligatory, but it is typical to leave a 10% gratuity if you are pleased with the service.
    Day 1
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    Palace of Parliament
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    Craig T Says:

    Bucharest's Palatul Poporului is one of the largest buildings in the world. While the commentary on the obligatory guided tour can be a little stilted, the building itself is amazing — a real monument to megalomania.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your passport or ID card; you will not be admitted without it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ultimate dictators vanity project 22/09/2018
    • Cool 22/09/2018
    • Palace of Parliament
    Address:
    Izvor St., 2-4
    Bucharest 050711
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 733 558 102
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Restaurant Hanu' lui Manuc
    Restaurants (International, Grill, Romanian)
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    Craig T Says:

    This 19th century caravanserai (coaching inn) is the perfect spot for lunch, and the perfect contrast to the modernism of the Palatul Poporului.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In the right weather, the peaceful interior courtyard is fabulous.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good in serving big groups 21/09/2018
    • First Time 21/09/2018
    • Restaurant Hanu' lui Manuc
    Address:
    Str. Franceza, nr. 62-64
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 730 188 653
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    09:00 - 02:00
    Sat - Wed
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Cismigiu Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Craig T Says:

    Offering classy walks along tree-lined paths, flower gardens and a boating lake, Bucharest's most central park is an elegant place to mix with locals and a see a little of the real city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a number of terraces in the park offering refreshments, as well as huge playgrounds for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a lovely park 18/09/2018
    • Definitely worth a visit 18/09/2018
    • Cismigiu Gardens
    Address:
    Intersection of Piata Revolutiei and B-dul Kogalniceanu
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Other:
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    Corso Brasserie
    Restaurants (European, International)
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    Craig T Says:

    The terrace here overlooks historic Piata Universitatii — a scene of much fighting during the 1989 revolution — and is perhaps the best place in town to simply watch the world go by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • On Sundays from 12pm to 4pm, this place does the best brunch in town. We bring our kids here all the time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    • Breakfast 09/09/2018
    • What a lovely place! 06/09/2018
    • Corso Brasserie
    Address:
    Bulevardul Balcescu Nicolae 2-4
    InterContinental Bucharest
    Bucharest 010051
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 730 644 807
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    MOJO
    Bars & Clubs, Karaoke Bars, Comedy Clubs
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    Craig T Says:

    In the heart of the Old Town, MOJO doubles as Bucharest's best live music venue and the city's liveliest karaoke bar. A guaranteed good night out, Mojo offers well-priced drinks and stays open very late.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Every other week there is a quiz night (in English), and live stand-up comedy once a month.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 30 Concerts & Shows in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breath of fresh air. Greats Sports bar and Music 02/07/2018
    • Fantastic Venue 29/05/2018
    • MOJO
    Address:
    Str. Gabroveni Nr. 14
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 737 220 220
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 05:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
    Architectural Buildings
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    Craig T Says:

    A Bucharest essential, this superb outdoor museum set around Herastrau Lake offers a look at the life, traditions, architecture, and food of the Romanian countryside. Plan on spending a whole morning here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a restaurant in the museum, but finding a table can be tough: make a reservation if you want to eat lunch here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating collection 22/09/2018
    • Lovely place if you take the time 22/09/2018
    • Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
    Address:
    Kiseleff Road 28-30
    In Herastrau Park
    Bucharest 011347
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 317 9103
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Herastrau Park
    Parks
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    Craig T Says:

    Bucharest's green lung, the city's biggest park offers boat trips on the central lake, playgrounds, a fun fair, and statues of every great Romanian writer who ever lived. There are also superb dining options on the northern side, which in summer attract the wealthiest diners in the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can hire bikes at the southern entrance (by Aviatorilor metro station). Hire is free but you need a passport or ID.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyable Stop 21/09/2018
    • Lovely 18/09/2018
    • Herastrau Park
    Address:
    B-dul Aviatorilor
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 786 042 404
    Other:
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    Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub, International)
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    Craig T Says:

    One of Europe's biggest Hard Rock Cafes, the Bucharest incarnation is on the edge of Herastrau Park. Expect the usual excellent Hard Rock food and drinks, and by night, great local bands.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This is one of few places in Bucharest with a genuine non-smoking section.
    • You often need to reserve in advance if a particularly well-known band is playing.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Robert is FANTASTIC 21/09/2018
    • Awesome 21/09/2018
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    Sos. Kiseleff, Nr. 32C
    Herastrau Park
    Bucharest 011343
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 206 6261
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Casa Di David
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Contemporary)
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    Craig T Says:

    The best of the many upmarket restaurants which line Herastrau Lake, Casa Di David offers outstanding Italian dishes and a huge range of fresh fish and seafood. There's also a fantastic terrace which attracts the city's highest rollers in summer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • You will need to reserve in advance if you want a table outside.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Afternoon for drinks 22/09/2018
    • Good food and location 13/09/2018
    • Casa Di David
    Address:
    7-9 Nordului Street
    Herastrau Park
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 232 4715
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    12:30 - 23:00
    Thu - Sun
    00:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Bucharest Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Bus tour
    Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
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    Craig T Says:

    Just to be sure you don't miss a thing, why not see almost every important Bucharest sight from the top of an open-top, double-decker bus? Though obviously a huge tourist magnet, it's also great value: Tickets are valid all day, and you can jump on and off as many times as you like.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buses run from around 10am to 9pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 156 Tours in Bucharest
    • very good 15/09/2018
    • We loved it 14/09/2018
    • Bucharest Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Bus tour
    Address:
    1, Dinicu Golescu Blvd., 1st District
    Bucharest 010861
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 307 4212
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman)
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Craig T Says:

    Romania's finest museum, this is a fascinating, moving look at the ingenuity of the Romanian peasant. The museum's shop also stocks high-quality traditional Romanian gifts and souvenirs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Craft fairs and peasant markets are held in the courtyard most weekends during the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    • Still closed for refurbishment 26/07/2018
    • A must see 09/07/2018
    • Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman)
    Address:
    Soseaua Kiseleff 3, Sector 1
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 317 9660
    Other:
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    Metuka
    Restaurants (International, European)
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    Craig T Says:

    Slow food at its very best. This tiny place, just off central Piata Romana, has a daily-changing menu, and there's always something tasty and well-priced to choose from. The perfect Bucharest lunch venue!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Closes early (around 8pm).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #350 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    • Slow food. Eat good 29/12/2017
    • Disappointing 23/08/2017
    • Metuka
    Address:
    B-dul. Lascar Catargiu, nr. 7
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 740 055 549
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Old Town
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Craig T Says:

    Best known these days as Bucharest's liveliest nightlife district, the Old Town is worth exploring by day, too. Eclectic architecture, Byzantine churches, and hundreds of cafes await.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Look out for the Old Court Church and Museum on Strada Franceza — all that remains of the 15th century palace which formed the basis of the original Bucharest.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 353 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • —> abominably! 20/09/2018
    • Depends want you want out of life 19/09/2018
    • Old Town
    Phone:
    +40 723 205 959
    Other:
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    Caru' cu bere
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Barbecue, Grill, Eastern European, Romanian)
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    Craig T Says:

    This is Romania's most historic and famous restaurant. The food here is good if not great, though what you come for is the amazing place itself, complete with stunning interiors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The restaurant's own brand of beer, brewed onsite, is a drinkable bargain!
    • Live music and dancing most evenings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 1,727 restaurants in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A step in history 22/09/2018
    • A nice place with a long tradition 22/09/2018
    • Caru' cu bere
    Address:
    Strada Stavropoleos 5
    Bucharest 030081
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 726 282 373
    Hours:
    Fri
    08:00 - 02:00
    Sat - Thu
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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