9 Gen. Bethelot St., District 1, Bucharest, 010167, Romania

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    Berthelot Hotel in Bucharest


    Our first night in Bucharest after a VERY long day of flying... Hotel is perfectly located within a few blocks of the Roman Athenaeum, Revolution Square, and Ci┬║migiu Garden. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, comfortable beds, free breakfast, and air conditioning (definitely NOT a given in Romania!). The staff were very friendly, offering maps and directions to the local attractions and restaurants. We enjoyed our stay very much.

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What to buy and where to eat local cuisine

by Leovero

I will go to Bucharest for work, but I will have one full free day. I would like to buy something to bring to my wife as a present and I would like it to be something local, but I know very little about Romania so I need information about local crafts and where to buy things.
I would like also some suggestions about restaurants and about local specialties I should try.
Thank you.

Re: What to buy and where to eat local cuisine

by davidlayba


if you want to found something to bring to your wife and to be local
go to LIPSCANI street at PIATA UNIRII area there is alot of shop
that sell local gift.

map :

not laso lipscani street all the seraund area is called the old bucharest city and you can walk there and see meny shops.

local crafts can be: ceramic/traditional clothing/wood carving

wait for local serfer to be more spesific then me ( - :

restaurants and local specialties you should try ...



this plave is jast near CISMIGIU PARK

local specialties :

sarmale romanesti cu mamaliguta

Re: What to buy and where to eat local cuisine

by Leovero

Thank you, very helpful!

Re: What to buy and where to eat local cuisine

by Golambers

For local food in a truly amazing setting, go to Caru cu Bere (, also in the old city centre (stavropoleos str.), or to terasa doamnei, a little bit to the north ( They might play live romanian music.

To buy local crafts, you might hope to run in to one of the many street markets. Otherwise, you could go to the museum of the romanian peasant (take the audio tour; it's hilarious), where they have a large museum shop offering all kinds of crafts in the back yard.
Have fun!

Travel Tips for Bucharest

Strange Place

by Mr_Furious

Yesyes, Bucuresti is a strange place. The buildings are the best example of this. On the left side on this picture you can see a strange, unfinished(-looking?) building. I was informed it is used by some radio station. Too many memories. Was it walking around at 4 Am in totally deserted streets? Was it spending 3 days in apartment with a great view on Gara de Nord? Was it sipping beer in the parcul Cismigiu? Was it hanging around the terrace at Elvis' Villa? Who knows?

Unirii Square (Piata Unirii)

by Fam_Stoica

This is the largest square in Bucharest situated in the center of the city. The area is one of the busiest in Bucharest.

Attractions : the fountains, the park, Unirea Shopping Center (Romania's largest department store).

Events : skating rink (during the winter), fireworks, Christmas tree

Quirky nest of antique and curiosity shops

by GhostBoobs

Head to Lipscani (the old district between Piata Unirii and Universitatii) to discover this hidden joy. My friend and I accidentally stumbled upon this area having read a brief paragraph on it in a traveller's magazine. We spent maybe an hour exploring the cluttered yet enchanting shops which are clustered in this district where you can find everything from Communist-era relics to costume jewellery to old Romanian treasures. Small, dusty with hushed tones--these shops gave us a glimpse into the history and culture of Romania outside of the Eastern Block-esque suburbs.

lady products

by lchelle

ladies, i went through an agonsing game of twenty questions and mime to find this out!!

tampons are called 'ob' after their brand out there, pronounced 'ohbeh'.

trust me, you'll thank me later...

Taxi in Bucharest

by josephescu

Cheap (~ 1,2 - 1,4 lei/km) and usually easy to find, taxis can be booked by phone or hailed in the street, but there are some sharks out there ready to charge a hapless foreigner as much as ten times the real fare, so if picking a car up use only one with a name you know and insist the driver use the metre; most will automatically.

Arriving at the airport i stongly advise taking cabs operated by FLY TAXI company, any other taxi is on your own risk. FLY TAXI cabs cost a bit more (~2 - 2,5, but are 100% reliable and can be found queueing in front of the international arrivals terminal 24h/24, 7 days a week. A ride downtown would cost 50-70 lei. By any chance, if there is no FLY TAXI waiting, wait a few minutes and if none arrives, order one at 9440 (fly taxi number). Under no circumstances allow being driven downtown by a "private" cab waiting in the parking, it's a rip off.

Within Bucharest I use the following cab companies:
- Meridian (tel: 9444)
- ProfTaxi (tel: 9422)
- Cobalcescu (tel:9451)
- other numbers i call: 9425, 9440


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