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You're Going to Love Bucharest

Romania's capital is full of surprises. Parts of the city feel like they could have been lifted from 19th-century Paris (as you'd expect in the "Paris of the Balkans"), others remain rooted in the Communist era, while most of this pulsating city is focused squarely on the here and now.

Bucharest offers a rare collision of a fascinating past and an optimistic future. You can tour the picturesque churches of Lipscani, catch a cut-price feast of high culture at the Bucharest National Opera and wonder at the megalomania that went into the enormous Palace of the Parliament - but that's not the whole story.

Fun, relaxation, and sheer hedonism await as well. Few destinations in Eastern Europe have the verve and energy of Bucharest. From the wave of gourmet food sweeping the city to the underground energy of the city's nightclubs, Bucharest is full of life and that's why so many people fall in love with this inviting city.

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Bucharest has a mild climate for most of the year, but bitterly cold winters. Temperatures start to rise rapidly from April, and late spring is the ideal time to go, with smaller crowds and plenty to see. September and October are also fine, but beware of encountering a few showers in October, as the seasons start to shift.

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Where to Stay in Bucharest

Bucharest is full of luxury accommodation options, including some of the finest in Eastern Europe. If you want to experience 19th-century grandeur, try the stunning Epoque Hotel or the Grand Hotel Continental. The JW Marriott Bucharest Grand offers a high-quality modern service, while the Crowne Plaza is closer to the airport, and just as comfortable. If you are traveling on a budget, look no further than the cozy Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel in the middle of town.

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Bucharest is an affordable city for luxury, second-hand, and everyday shopping, with no end of places to explore. The Promenada Mall in Floreasca is the place to head for designer chains (and has a fantastical postmodern design to complement its shopping options). Calea Victoriei in Lipscani is also a wonderful place to shop, lined with beautiful architecture, museums, boutiques, and prestigious restaurants.

Groceries and Other

If you need to stock up on basic groceries during a stay in Bucharest, the best places to go are supermarkets like Kaufland, Carrefour, and Profi. Expect prices to be low, at around RON15 for a gallon of milk and RON20 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Bucharest

Food is on the up in Bucharest, with a generation of talented chefs staffing a glittering array of bistros and gastro-bars. Some of the best of them specialize in authentic Romanian dishes, including Caru cu Bere (who brew their own beer) and Lente & Cafea. Others, like Energiea, place the emphasis on healthy ingredients, while some, like Vacamuuu, are a carnivore's delight. Prices are almost always very reasonable, even for gourmet food, at around RON40 for a meal.