I am writing this sitting on the plane back from Bucharest. Just as observed on my way from Berlin here, Romanian people like to dress up, wear strong perfume and clap upon landing. More observations are probably a good topic for another post.
As it happens almost every time when I am on my way back from holiday I am bursting with motivation and making plans on what I’m gonna do and what I’m gonna change when I’m home tomorrow. I have written numerous notes in such situations and this is one of them.
Bucharest food tour
aka how not to explode and stay somewhat healthy
It has been a very relaxing and interesting trip. I have learned quite a lot about myself interacting with people and my relationship with one of my closest friends. I have also learned a lot about the capacity of my stomach, and that’s primarily what this post is going to be about.
I hardly ever do research before I go on any of my gateways but, thanks to my friends, this time apart from a somewhat cultural this was also a gastronomical experience. The two friends I went with were in charge of everything, I just kindly ordered, ate and subsequently had a bit of a hard time coping with digesting the amounts consumed.
As per always, our main focus was on breakfast. Turned out that lunch, dinner and snacks were also our focuses. Anyhow – below you’ll fid a little list of the places we went to, ate and were merry.
- VanFruct – the first and the cutest place we visited. Great coffee and the best sweet and sour wholegrain waffles I have ever tried. Plus the nicest owner. 10/10
- Grădina Floreasca – a lovely outside pool with great music and drinks. We ordered some snacks there too and they were fantastic! It’s a little outside of town though. Funny story: our waiter was trying to explain to us in nearly perfect English that he didn’t speak any English and we had to order at the bar. Ha!
- Simbio – slightly hidden but reachable by foot (although we took Uber). All the brunch staples, really nice garden and very friendly staff. A few hipsters could be spotted there too. 10/10
- Stadio – all round nice place with modern decor and menu.
- Beautyfood – sweet little place with nice music and a lovely back garden with like 30 air con fans sticking out of the walls. Quite something!
- The Coffee Factory – your classic hipster-ish coffee shop where young aspiring YouTubers hold their strategic meetings surrounded by all the products Apple has to offer. Pretty big back garden with cats is a plus.
- Biutiful by the lake – we didn’t actually eat there but went for drinks on a Saturday night. The place was packed. I am including it mainly because it’s a really sweet location, place is done up nicely and the staff is friendly. Oh, and it’s by the lake!
- Gigi – this shop doesn’t have a website but if you get out of the tube at the University station you’ll see the queue leading up to a little window. Gigi sells a variety of pastries, of which our favourite was their take on a sausage roll and a pretzel looking thing filled with forest fruit jam thing. It’s also conveniently located next to a sex shop. 10/10
- FruFru – is where we stocked up on snacks and drinks for our transilvanian trip. They make all their food and have a variety of vegan, vegetarian, bio sandwiches, salads, smoothies, fresh juices etc. They have more locations in Bucharest as well as stands in some supermarkets. Real nice!
- Nomad Skybar – pretty touristy, yet pretty nice. The decor is a a bit of everything, the food as well, the music too and it’s pretty loud. Nonetheless it’s probably one of the places you should visit, especially if you’re travelling alone and want to meet someone to boogie with.
- Upstairs Rooftop – even though I have never seen a downstairs rooftop and I was initially put off by the name* we had a really pleasant last lunch there. The Aperol Spritz was rather small though. But the view was great! So were the waiters. The decor is a cross between a trashy hostel bar and a 4yo wall drawing. Definitely a must see!
The list may not look like a lot but if you were there with us you’d understand why there aren’t any more places. I was on a verge of a gastric stroke and I haven’t recovered yet. Liquids only cleanse is in order but we’ll see about that, it’s actually pretty expensive and I like my solid foods. But anyway, if you’re ever in Bucharest go eat in all the aforementioned places. Or drink. Or do whatever you like because you’re on holiday and there are no rules!
* I do hate pleonasms and all very obvious expressions. PASSIONATELY.
So if you ever offer me a chocolate brownie I’m gonna slap you with a tuna fish ,take your cash money and hide in a bloody dry desert .