The 12 Best Cafés in Bucharest

Dianei 4 in Bucharest city centre. Courtesy of Dianei 4
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.

Beans&Dots

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$

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.

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Dianei 4

Cafe, Gastropub, Contemporary, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, $$$

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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The Urbanist

Cafe, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Fast Food, $$$

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.

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J'ai Bistrot

Bistro, Cafe, European
J’ai Bistrot, Bucharest
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.

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Dialogue

Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, Pub Grub, European, $$$

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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Energiea

Gastropub, Cafe, Healthy, European, Pub Grub, $$$
Cismigiu Gardens, Bucharest
Cismigiu Gardens, Bucharest | ©Felix/Flickr

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.

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Sheida Coffee&Stories

Cafe, Fusion, Tea , European, Middle Eastern

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.

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