Dianei 4 in Bucharest city centre. Courtesy of Dianei 4
Bucharest has some amazing cafés. Start your tour of the city’s best, from the quirky and colourful, to those found within some of the city’s architectural jewels. Also, keep an eye out for those that after dark turn into live music and party venues. Here are the best 12 cafés you’ll find in Bucharest.
A top contender for the title of best coffee shop in town, at Origo you can always find a great cup of coffee made from the finest selections, using its own roaster by their very skilled baristas. After dark, the café turns into a bar, serving refined cocktails that always attract a good crowd.
Located on a quiet street near the hip Amzei Square, M60 are famous for their delicious avocado toast, decadent carrot cake and minimalist design. Plus, they serve great coffee and cultivate that cool, relaxed vibe you crave while in a big, bustling city.
A corner of cool, minimalist Sweden in the bustling Romanian capital, Frudisiac serves great healthy food, including some vegan options, alongside heavenly smoothies and delicious homemade pancakes. On sunny days, browse through their well-curated selection of magazines on the little storefront terrace.
Located in the newly-renovated Universul Palace, right in the city centre, Beans&Dots is the perfect spot to start your morning or to kick off a day of remote work. Try their coffee selection and delicious tarts while mingling with Bucharest’s creative crowd. Make sure you head out onto the terrace, regardless of the weather.
With its unmistakeable bohemian vibe, Dianei 4 sums up Bucharest’s spirit. Celebrating heritage while embracing the new and edgy, in a search for enduring quality and passion. Hosted in a 19th century villa, it serves delicious hearty food from breakfast until dinner time, and a well-curated selection of craft beers and fine wines.
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A cool mix between a café and a denim and sneakers shop, The Urbanist is a must-stop when visiting Bucharest’s Old Centre. Its cozy, relaxed vibe gives way to an electric atmosphere as soon as the sun sets and DJs start performing. One of the city’s favourite pre-party venues, it also has a lovely street terrace.
J’ai Bistrot, Bucharest | Courtesy of J'ai Bistrot
J’ai Bistrot is that café that everyone knows and goes back to time and time again. While the food is great, people flock here for another reason: the laid-back vibe and live music evenings, be it by local bands or DJs. Located in one of Bucharest’s least touristy neighbourhoods, it is surrounded by old houses and villas that will catch an architecture lover’s eye.
Dialogue is a fresh presence in Bucharest, and was opened by owners of local coffee chain 5 to Go. Housed within a superbly renovated 19th century palace, Dialogue is both a café and a social hub. A meeting place for the city’s creative minds, it also serves great food provided by organic chain Fru Fru and, as you’d expect, has fantastic coffee.
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One of the first cafés to open in Bucharest’s Old Centre after its recent reinvention as the city’s party district, Grand Café Van Gogh has amassed a loyal following. Hosted in a beautiful historic building, it adds a Dutch touch to one of the main arteries in the neighbourhood.
Located in an old printing house, Energiea is known for delicious contemporary food, great smoothies and a perpetually cool vibe. Their spare ribs are truly memorable as is the potato platter that lifts the humble potato to new heights. Over the years, the vintage industrial decor and lively terrace have turned this café into one of Bucharest’s best.
Acuarela is friendly, laid-back, colourful and serves great burgers. When visiting in summer, you’ll be welcomed by the rainbow of umbrellas hanging in a cloud above the courtyard, while in winter you can warm up near the big terracotta heater.
A new opening, social entrepreneurship project Sheida Coffee&Stories scores major points when it comes to the modern design inspired by Persia and the overall chilled vibe. Offering seriously good coffee, over 50 types of teas, and exotic desserts, it has everything it takes to catch the eye of the city’s design loving crowds who want to support a social cause.