Old Town
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hirtopanu
London, UK11 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a fragment of Bucharest that seems to be packed with old and new.

Having survived the butchery of communist town planning, its a wedge just outside the bank of Dambovița River that is both Urban and oh, so Fin de Siecle.

It is amazing how very different features co exist cheek by jowl. !9th century buildings, some of them high, solid and striking, surround the old church of St Dumitru, where they still carry out the old tradition of ,,toacă,, - the sound of two pieces of wood ,, clapping,, to call the faithful to the sermon. The sound is pleasant and woody, the summoning is subdued, floating pleasantly above the cocktail bars and trattorias, just a few steps away.

Lots of stray cats surround the church, they look a little fearful, like stray cats do, but the proximity of the church gives them a parochial self assuredness.

The Comedy Theatre has many enchanting features: a flock of attendants that are not ,,old style,, (i.e. aloof and harsh), but mature and.. maternal, deco heavy doors and handles, a well proportioned auditorium, intimate but generous, where the public can enjoy themselves and stay comfortable for a couple of hours. Its what a theatre should be, big mirrors welcome you on the way to the auditorium, theatre is not for everyone, but for the extroverts who like a bit of preening, or at least understand its alchemy, and are ready to applaud.
Written March 8, 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania25,081 contributions
Jun 2021
Most of the tourists come to the old town for the dozens of clubs, bars and restaurants. But there are also a number of old buildings, with beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, most of the buildings, including many of the above-mentioned clubs, are not well maintained at all of them present a high seismic risk. But who gives a f...penny, let's have some fun...
Written August 15, 2021
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Tom M.
Orange County, CA155 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Bucharest's Old Town has a lot to offer. You can find souvenir shops, restaurants, pubs, fast food, snack shops, currency exchange, a casino, the most beautiful bookstore, various shops, churches and a whole lot more. During the day you may be privileged to listen to various street performers playing the violin, accordian or other musical instrument. At night there are sometimes talented singers performing. The weekend nightlife is the happening place to be. Pubs and restaurants are full with people having a good time as well as the people out walking around. You can take a free walking tour during the day that meets at the park across the street from the Old Town provided by Bucharest Walkabout free tours that will give you some history and information about the Old Town. When I visit Bucharest I rent an apartment near the Old Town because it has everything to offer. 3 of my favorite restaurants are located in the Old Town (Vibes19, The Red Angus and the City Grill). If you're ever in Bucharest check out the Old Town.
Written March 20, 2020
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dragonflyazul
Eatontown, NJ94 contributions
Dec 2019
Packed with a variety of bars and restaurants, the narrow streets from Old Town Bucharest were once the main commercial streets of the city. Their name is, in fact, the legacy of the past days when merchants brought goods from all the corners of the world and sold their products to the elites of the capital.

The houses’ particular architecture is also a sign of this key activity. They were aligned directly on the street and had a narrow façade in order to save space while the traditional houses of Bucharest had a garden close to the street and the Bucharest has a vibrant and crowded old town with plenty of historical attractions, restaurants, small shops and bars. Three of the most beautiful churches from the capital are located here Stavropoleos, Zlatari and Selari are exquisite religious monuments.
Written January 11, 2020
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Bob S
5 contributions
Nov 2022
That Romania is only 33 years 'free' after a fairly repressive communist regime is obvious. A lot of what one might expect in an Old Town is missing, although what IS left is interesting. Architecture ranging from run-down, through 'pleasant' to occasionally opulent. Weird place to be, but plenty of good food and drink to be had.
Written November 28, 2022
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Steph
Toronto, Canada75 contributions
Aug 2021
Was here for a documentary shoot and then we got dinner after and did some shopping. It's a beautiful, old area with many restaurants and shops, plus a couple of old churches. The architecture is beautiful. I forget the name of the restaurant we went to, but it was great- food was delicious and there was live dancing and music! The Cărturești Carusel bookshop was gorgeous! Definitely go see!
Written December 5, 2021
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agalro
Bucharest, Romania26 contributions
Jan 2020
Take a stroll in the old city of Bucharest (Victoriei avenue, Dacia bulevard) and discover the old French style architecture of Bucharest (called between the 2 WW the "little Paris"). Enjoy a coffee in a nice place (e.g. Capsa restaurant and coffee shop or at Victoriei galleries) and then have a traditional lunch and a home-made beer at Caru cu Bere. Enjoy the evening (or the whole night....) into one of the numerous pubs and clubs in the old historical centre, a pedestrian area where you can find lots of options.
Written January 13, 2020
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lottie119
London, UK22 contributions
Sep 2020
Visited in September 2020, wonderful to walk around, look at the architecture & soak up the atmosphere.
We were required to wear face masks on the Friday evening around town, but not mandatory at other times. Victoria Pasajul is a little gem. In the evening lots of restaurants hawking for business but all pretty friendly if not interested. Would recommend!
Written September 13, 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Nov 2019
The old town of Bucharest is easily explored on foot, covering a relatively small area. Seems to be dominated now by a lot of small pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars. But also in the area are a number of quite attractive buildings which have been carefully restored to their historical appearance. Worth the effort of visiting when you're in Bucharest.
Written February 17, 2020
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Wolf
Bucharest, Romania133 contributions
Oct 2020
Bucharest old town is a magic place. Full of positive energies. Each time I go there it seems I'm recharging my batteries. A lot of nice restaurants and pubs, a lot of building just restored and old ones to be seen and visited. You can find also new stores, libraries and a lot of things to see. Everything in a little number of square kilometers.
Written November 14, 2020
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