About Craig T
Lives in Bucharest, Romania
Since Jan 2015
35-49 year old male
Editor-in-chief of In Your Pocket, Europe's biggest publisher of locally-produced city guides. Resident of Bucharest for almost two decades.
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
Bars & Clubs, Karaoke Bars, Comedy Clubs
Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Art Museums, History Museums
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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.
This 19th century caravanserai (coaching inn) is the perfect spot for lunch, and the perfect contrast to the modernism of the Palatul Poporului.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.