From cafés serving raw food and Scandinavian delicacies, to restaurants offering traditional Romanian food or carefully sourced local gourmet ingredients to hotels proposing a 5-star experience, Bucharest has got it all. We handpicked the 12 best breakfast and brunch spots to awaken your taste buds when in Bucharest.
Brunch specialists Dianei 4 believe this is the most important meal of the day and will take your experience to another level. Try their colourful omelettes, warm sandwiches and salads, made using local and organic products, all served alongside a speciality coffee of your choice. Whatever you choose, save some space for Ella’s Gulyas, perhaps the best goulash in town, as well as their scrumptious desserts!
Hosted in one of Bucharest’s historic villas, Therapy is a social enterprise as well as one of the city’s best cafés. Start off with one of their delicious pies, dips or soups in preparation for their delicious burger or pulled pork sandwich. And while you’re there, make time to browse their collection of inspiring books and check out the beautiful handmade ceramics on offer.
If you want to start off your day with a healthy (and Instagram-worthy) breakfast or brunch, look no further than Frudisiac. Open at 8am everyday, they elevate all their meals to gourmet standards, so expect exotic local ingredients such as foraged mushrooms, red basil and some of the best selection of ingredients in line with the venue’s Scandinavian spirit.
Famous for their delicious salads – try the Asian beef or the grilled halloumi -, toast, burgers and pretty much everything on their well-curated menu, Simbio is one of the most popular places in town. Take that as an incentive and not a deterrent, and you will find relaxation in their cozy back yard.
Rawyal Brunch & Cakes
You’d better be hungry when you step in, because at Rawyal Brunch&Cakes they make it their mission to make sure you eat like a royal. A vegan royal, that is. Luckily, their food is light, so you can have more than one go at the wide selection of raw rainbow coloured cakes.
When looking for fresh organic food in the heart of Bucharest, look no further than Pukka Tukka. Located in one of the up-and-coming areas of the city, Piața Amzei, it serves delicious breakfast and brunch dishes inspired by world kitchens.
On Sundays, the InterContinental hotel in Bucharest offers a 5-star brunch designed around Italian cuisine. You will be served with fresh pasta cooked right in front of you as well as with a large selection of salads and tapas. This is definitely the place to bring your children along, so they can play in the hotel’s newly renovated playground while you find your way to the seafood bar, champagne in hand.
You won’t find a better place to have a Romanian traditional brunch than at Clubul Țăranului. Start off with one of their cold platters that includes meat specialties, like babic, ghiudem, pastrami, and several cheese types, while keeping in mind that a bowl of sarmale alone is enough to set you up for the day. Still, no Romanian lunch is complete without a portion of papanaşi, so make sure to try some or get take away.
Alt Shift – Control
Alt Shift has made a name for itself by serving that lightt version of pizza that is full on flavour as well as mouthwatering warm salads inspired by world kitchens. Standards are pretty high, so whatever you try on the menu, it won’t disappoint, and that goes for the music too. Part of the Control nightclub, one of Bucharest’s best, it features a carefully curated music list.
Relais & Chateaux Le Bistrot Français
Located in one of Bucharest’s most buzzing areas, just steps away from the Romanian Atheneum, the city’s primary venue for classical music, Relais & Chateaux Le Bistrot Français is a good bet for those looking for refined brunch options. While the oyster platter is always a good idea, try the refined dishes that combine outstanding Romanian ingredients, such as black truffles from Transylvania and Mangaliţa pork, with classic French ones in one-of-a-kind dishes.
For a cool relaxed vibe, exceptionally great coffee and flawless dishes, start off your day at M60, near Piața Amzei, one of the hippest areas in the city. Famous for their avocado toast, they also serve mouthwatering desserts, such as carrot cake and cheesecake.
Rawdia’s wide selection of salads, spreads and soups is the perfect choice for a nutrient-packed brunch. Their creamy tarts in pastel shades are are tasty as they are beautiful, as well as a source of healthy protein, so make sure to check them out.
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