Bucharest is a city of gardens, with many churches, monasteries, villas and houses surrounded by leafy greenery. Behind the main boulevards of the city one can pass an enjoyable time in the backyard of a ‘boyar’ house (the old Romanian aristocracy), now turned terrace, while admiring the local architecture and its baroque, yet unique, detail.
Cafe Verona/ Verona Garden
3-15 Pictor Arthur Verona St,
0732 003 060
The backyard extension of the Carturesti bookstore has steadily expanded since it first opened in 2008 and is now one of the busiest terraces in town. While keeping the bohemian sprit of the landmark Bucharest bookshop, it has also built up a diverse following of professionals who use the place as their office, drawn by the ‘all-you-can-eat’ lunches and outdoor plug sockets. The relaxed, casual atmosphere also attracts families. On some evenings, the terrace hosts live concerts by local indie bands. The menu offers vegan and vegetarian alternatives, pasta and varied value-for-money brunch options. There is also a good wine selection. All in all, an urban oasis in downtown Bucharest.
Manuc Bistro (in picture)
62-62 Franceza St
021 313 14 11 / 0769 075 844
Located inside the flagship Old Town historical building is the Romanian food restaurant of Manuc Inn, next to the Lebanese one. We recommend the cabbage duck, a house specialty, and for those who want to understand the special flavors of Romanian cuisine, the haidouk sour soup with lovage (the taste and smell of these green leaves at their best). Enjoy the large open terrace in the inner courtyard of the inn, and the 18th-century décor and atmosphere of the three-storey interior.
This is the place to savor a carefully prepared Turkish coffee, just one of the dozens of blends on the menu. Try the Manuc coffee (rum, espresso, cream) and all the caffe frappe specialties.
16 Gheorghe Manu St
(near Calea Victoriei)
021 212 77 88
This is the place for lunch or an early dinner if you have just finished visiting the Enescu Museum, in the Cantacuzino Palace. The restaurant is located within a building complex that was originally an annex of the palace, very popular in the summer for its beautiful terrace. The menu includes several Romanian specialties such as eggplant salad (one of the best in town), sour cabbage rolls and mititei. Wash it down with a Turkish coffee.
Iconic Food Wine & Design Slow Food
7 Aleea Alexandru Street,
0727 333 693, www.iconic-fwd.ro
Prepare yourself for a gastronomic journey into the esthetics of food, where the nutritional ethos emphasizes a healthy and balanced diet, harmony in living and respect for your body. The charismatic David Contant, a highly reputed chef with over 30 years of experience in some of the top global locations, joined Iconic because his vision met the owner’s intentions: he wants to create a true Esthetic Space of Life, with cuisine sur mesure, based on the enjoyment of each unique experiment and conviviality.