Hour 1 – Taking It Easy
Your guide will welcome you with a savory Romanian street snack in University Square – the very spot where Romania fought for change in 1989. Here, in the heart of the city, the story of the Revolution of 1989 will unfold before your very eyes as you will go through the events that left their mark on the landmarks around you. This is the context to the story of how Romania went from communism to capitalism.
Leaving the city center behind, we will venture into the charming Armenian neighborhood, learn about the Mahallas of Bucharest, uncover the many influences of the city, thus making your way to the largest and oldest market in the city – Obor Market.
Time for some fun, as your guide will give you your shopping list, a few Romanian lei and send you off into the unknown of trying to haggle with a Romanian local vendor and come back with much needed sustenance for lunch: extremely tasty vegetables and cheese.
We will catch our breath over an early lunch in the market, savoring your ‘catch’ of the day alongside traditional Romanian finger food: 2 mici (skinless sausages) , bread and a nice cold beer.
After such an adventurous start we will continue to our next experience – meeting the Funky Citizens Non profit – local non-profit whose mission is to fight corruption in Romania. Be prepared for a blast from the past of Communist Romania by paying an exclusive visit to a communist apartment and interact with locals.
No visit to Bucharest is complete without a ride on the trolley – bus. Next up University Square and a unique project in Romania : a social enterprise that brings together high end designers and rroma craftsmen in a one of a kind setting. Stop a while, admire the amazing talent of their culture, hear their story and why not, shop a little.
Drop in for a quick, exclusive, look at some of the most impressive street art in the city, hidden away on the terrace of the University of Architecture.
Our adventures are not over yet. By now you should be craving a nice warm (or cold) cup of coffee. The up and coming coffee shop scene of Bucharest has a lot to offer but that does not mean we will make it easy. We have organised a fun coffee brewing workshop for your benefit. It will taste so much better if it is brewed by your very own hands, led by the expertise of some of Bucharest’s most skilled baristas.
Coffee goes very well with a stroll in Cismigiu park, particularly if it is the oldest garden park of the city: stroll through the winding alleyways, take beautiful photos and complete your memories of Bucharest.
We exit the park towards Victory Avenue – the epicentre of Bucharest in the interwar period, the very heart of Little Paris, in order to land in our last stop – the Good Beer Factory – no joke – this is the name of the first Craft Beer Bar in the city where will we will finish our day with a sampler of 4 local brews.
Congratulations, you just went through 27 years of transition in half of day and have lived to tell the tale, hopefully show the pictures of it. You and your guide will part ways, not before you get some final recommendations about what to do with the rest of your time in Bucharest.