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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 Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) is the seat of the Parliament of Romania, located atop Dealul Spirii in Bucharest, the national capital. The Palace has a height of 84 metres (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square metres (3,930,000 sq ft) and a volume of 2,550,000 cubic metres (90,000,000 cu ft). The Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world, weighing about 4,098,500,000 kilograms ”
  • 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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“Favorite Hangout for The Locals & Tourists The Old Town is located in the center of Bucharest, Romania and is popular throughout the world for its nightlife. Bucharest’s Old Town is a mix of history, local culture and life style, a trendy entertainment district and favorite hangout for the locals.”
  • 142 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!”
  • 150 locals recommend
Park
“King Michael I Park (Romanian: Parcul "Regele Mihai I"), formerly Herăstrău Park (Romanian: Parcul Herăstrău), is a large park on the northern side of Bucharest, Romania, around Lake Herăstrău, one of the lakes formed by the Colentina river. The park was initially intended to be called National Park (Parcul Național), but it was renamed Parcul Carol II during the period of the Carol II of Romania's cult of personality. Following World War II, it was renamed Parcul I. V. Stalin, featuring a statue of Stalin at its entrance. In 1956, during the de-Stalinization period, Stalin's statue was torn down and the name of the park was changed to "Herăstrău". The name Herăstrău referred to the Herăstrău lake, and has its origin in a dialectal version of the word ferăstrău in standard Romanian, meaning saw or sawmill,referring to the water-powered sawmills that were once found on the Colentina river which flowed through it.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Romanian Athenaeum (Romanian: Ateneul Român) is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and home of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Museum
“The National Museum of Art of Romania (Romanian: Muzeul Național de Artă al României) is located in the Royal Palace in Revolution Square, central Bucharest.[1] It features collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.”
  • 52 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.”
  • 44 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History (Romanian: Muzeul Național de Istorie Naturală "Grigore Antipa") is a natural history museum, located in Bucharest, Romania. It was originally established as the National Museum of Natural History on 3 November 1834.It was renamed in 1933 after Grigore Antipa, who administered the museum for 51 years. It was reopened in 2011 after a $13 million renovation.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The terrace of Control Club might just be the best place in Bucharest to mingle with the locals and let conversations spark while queuing for a drink. Over the years got drawn into the electronic sphere, tuning into more obscure sounds. The consistent dedication and passion for music of the people behind it has rightfully earned them a loyal audience, not to mention the great ambient and spectacular urban terrace. If you happen to go by on a Tuesday, you’ll give yourself a present – all drinks are 50% off.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Museum
“Museum on the folk art and traditions of the Romanian peasant, in a neo-Romanian landmark building.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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 !”
  • 46 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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 Mall
“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!”
  • 150 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The terrace of Control Club might just be the best place in Bucharest to mingle with the locals and let conversations spark while queuing for a drink. Over the years got drawn into the electronic sphere, tuning into more obscure sounds. The consistent dedication and passion for music of the people behind it has rightfully earned them a loyal audience, not to mention the great ambient and spectacular urban terrace. If you happen to go by on a Tuesday, you’ll give yourself a present – all drinks are 50% off.”
  • 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
“Awesome setting, 2 levels different in style, beautifully designed, great food.”
  • 32 locals recommend

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