Things to do
Some of the best (and best-known) places in Bucharest are close to our Villacrosse Boutique Inn. Some are farther, but worth the walk as well. Before you switch to Trip Advisor, let us tell you our own favourite spots that you are bound to love.
The Old Palace of the Chamber of Commerce
King Carol the 1st inaugurated this building and it is still as beautiful as it was more than a century ago. The sculptures are made by Emil Becker, a Romanian-born German who served as the sculptor for the Royal House. Definitely worth a visit if you appreciate history and fine art.
The famous Palace of Parliament
We know you know it. But if you have never seen it, nor walked through its vast corridors and rooms, well, you should. This is the world’s second-largest administrative building, surpassed only by the Pentagon. Dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu ordered its creation in the early 80s and it’s still not unfinished, mind you. But it does have over 330,000 square metres and over 300 rooms. Perhaps your stay in Bucharest will not allow you to visit them all this time.
The National History Museum of Romania
Another beauty in the Old Town of Bucharest, The National History Museum of Romania has many marvelous collections. You should know that the permanent exhibition in the Lapidarium. You’ll find it in a building that was constructed especially so that it could house a full-scale copy of the basis of Trajan’s Column, as well as replicas of the scenes represented on this well-known monument of Antiquity.
The “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History
Feel like going out into the wild and explore some bygone fauna? No worries, the city has got you covered. The National Museum of Natural History bears the name of one of Romania’s most renowned biologists – Grigore Antipa. A man who studied the fauna of the Danube Delta and the Black Sea.
This is one of the oldest research institutions in biodiversity and public education. And with ever changing exhibitions of all sorts, it is a great venue for kids and adults alike. Make sure you check the schedule before you drop by.
Caru’ cu Bere
A great place to have a bite to eat, regardless of the hour you happen to pass by. More than 130 years old, Caru cu Bere has a rich heritage that has turned the place into a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. Try the soups, but also the ribs if you prefer red meat.
Nor Sky Casual
Also among our favourites – Nor. Which literally translates to “Cloud” in Romanian. Located in the northern part of the city; like the name suggests, this fancy restaurant is waaay up, on the 36th floor of Sky Tower, Bucharest’s tallest building. Good food with a view, basically, if you find yourself in the business neighbourhood of the city.