Bucharest Hidden Gems  Tour

Welcome to a 2.5 hour walking tour exploration of Bucharest: architecture, picturesque streets and great stories

The sites

  • quaint neighborhoods full of history
  • belle époque and modernist architecture
  • the most romantic hang out places available in the city
  • the oldest house in Bucharest
slow travel for fast people

What is slow tourism?

We  believe very much in the slow movement: slow food, slow cities, slow design, slow living.

You are on holiday. You should never have a schedule in your holiday. That’s why we start  with a smile and a quick chat about what you’ll see on the tour.

Slow tourism also means:
  • good connection with the local community
  • authenticity
  • cohabitation
  • support for the local artists
  • enjoy the experience
  • time to wonder and understand
  • take plenty of photos.
  • per person
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visit places only 10% of ‘Bucharestians’ know about

Romantic neighborhoods full of history and charm ready to be explored

Off the proverbial beaten path

People’s Palace, Arc de Triumph , Village Museum, Calea Victoriei, Old Town. They’re all fine and dandy but that’s not what Bucharest is about and it’s not what we are about, here at Interesting Times Bureau.

If you really want to see a completely different city venture into the old  neighborhoods our professional guides will help you discover the history, the architecture and the charm of some hidden places most locals don’t even know exist.

Historical Context

The evolution of Bucharest is one of the best instances of the ambiguous  relationship existing between the Romanian lands and the Ottoman Empire. Although it was not an Ottoman town, it shared many aspects with towns in the Ottoman area of influence.

One of these shared aspects was the division by MahallasMahallas were small quarters of the town which arose around a religious building and which were often inhabited by a homogeneous community of people belonging to the same ethnic, social or religious groups.

As the town grew, mahallas fused with each other giving birth to wider neighborhoods that suffered  through waves of modernization and demolitions (in communist times).  This was the fate of places like Armeneasca, Mantuleasa, Old Jewish Quarter, Batistei.

Tour details


4.5km / 2.8miles


6 persons
(for larger give us a message and we’ll try to accommodate)

The prices include one street food snack and of course, the guide.

  • per person
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It was very nice walk and a different view of Bucharest. Our guide Roxana was very nice, smiled and well prepared, she answered to all our questions and made us felt like part of the city. Definitely we had the best meal in the cutest restaurant! I recommend Interesting times Bureau to every visitor of Bucharest, for sure you will be able to find your tour among all they are offering! Visited July 2015
Mila A
Sofia, Bulgaria
This was a small walking tour group that felt very personal. Rather than being herded as a large crowd like other tours, there were only 6 of us and it seemed more like a close friend passionately showing us her beloved city. Many locations, which would otherwise not have been noticed had a background which Roxana shared with us. It was a relaxed pace suitable for all. Highly recommended and thanks for the memories, I hope to return!! Visited July 2015
Montreal, Canada
I would highly recommend one of the tours early in your stay in Bucharest. We met up with Doru on our second day and found numerous places we wanted to return to (including a great recommendation for lunch that day). Doru was knowledgeable, approachable, and kept up a good pace throughout the tour. His enthusiasm for Bucharest is great to witness. We went on the Hidden Gems tour, which was fantastic (even in 35C heat!). Visited July 2015
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