My latest trip to the Romanian capital was everything but worthy. It started with the best intentions and great excitement from my side but every attempt to like it miraculously failed! You’ll rarely hear me say that I absolutely dislike a destination and I would never ever want to return there, but Bucharest is a first.
I always want to be honest with you guys and I don’t try and beautify every destination just to make me sound cooler. When something is bad, you have to call it by its name, even if that means that certain people won’t like what you have to say.
There are several reasons why Bucharest is a no-no, but I’ll just name a few and give some examples:



Taxi drivers are the worst I’ve ever encountered


They tried to rob us X times (I lost count). They didn’t want to put on the taximeter – they preferred to charge as they wish; they kicked us out twice when we asked them to turn on the meter! They drive like mad men; we almost crashed 3 times. The only solution was to enter a hotel and politely ask to call for a taxi. The driving was the same, but at least we could pay the normal fee and not 3 times more. Avoid them at all costs.



Low English level

This is always a con. I mean, I can understand it until a certain point, but when you are at a shopping mall or at your hotel’s lobby, you expect to use the universal language which, hello? It’s English!


Service at restaurants beyond bad

The waiters act like they are doing you a favor to serve you. One even asked us for a specific amount of tips. Well, I only tip if I’m satisfied with the service. This is the point of tipping. Rude service = NO TIP. Oh, note that we got scammed at Beraria H twice. One was when we ordered pork ribs but received pork shank instead, even if we made the waiter repeat our order once we placed it, specifically to avoid that. But no… shank was more expensive so we were getting that no matter what. And instead of an apology – even after we accepted the plate and said to hell with it, we got “you probably don’t know what you ordered”. NICE!


Hideous food

Meat full of fat, bad salad quality etc. The worst was what was supposed to be a “safe” Italian restaurant we picked for a normal Aglio Oglio spaghetti in a plate full of soupy sauce. Thank God for KFC and McDonald’s, we honored them 3 times!


Depressing – gray – screams communism

Bucharest just felt wrong. It was a very gray and quite unfriendly city – too cold (not temperature-wise) and with quite poor architecture (apart from 4 churches and 3 important buildings). I just expected more. After visiting almost the whole Balkan area. I can definitely say that it is my least favorite place. All those blocks and the dull lack of color helped me say so.


Gypsy beggars all over


The legend has it that Roma people come from that part of Europe. So I expected something of cultural value. Instead I saw the same thing I’m used to: young gypsy children asking for money in parking lots instead of being at school. Adults knocking at your car’s window demanding for cash. Teenagers following us and waiting for us outside restaurants & cafes asking for some change in every language possible – even in Greek. Ew.


(very) Dangerous drivers

Well, apart from the crazy taxi drivers, even normal people drive dangerously. The moment they see the green light, the race for life or death (literally) begins. We drove all the way up to Bucharest from Athens, and it was probably the worst idea I ever had. We got the middle finger countless times for just being legal and respecting their speed limit and traffic lights.


Even if I try hard, I can’t seem to find anything good to say about this city. I disliked it so much that I wanted to leave a day earlier, before I even made it to Transylvania that was one of my dreams to visit. Now I’m not even sure that I want to go back there ever again. Not even for Dracula’s castle – at least not anytime soon.

Every trip I’ve ever taken has offered me something positive. Not this one.



The only thing that made my stay tolerable was the treatment from the staff at Hotel Ambiance that was exactly the opposite from what I’ve described above. They were kind, helpful and generous. And they didn’t even know I’m a blogger, they were just genuine. So if you must visit Bucharest (I’d avoid it if I were you), I recommend them.


My advice to its people?

Not sure that my opinion will matter to most of them and they will probably hate me for trashing their city. BUT! If you want to avoid public opinions like mine, try and change your city for the best! Be kinder. Be friendlier with tourists. Put some color in this colorless place. Put a smile in your face!

The Romanians I have met outside this city while traveling, have nothing to do with what I experienced there. Such a shame!


  • Denise says:

    What a shame I loved my time in Bucharest and found it the very opposite.

  • sarah says:

    Unfortunately, there is truth here.

    The taxi drivers are the worst – either they’ll rip you off or not have any change to give you so you’re stuck leaving them an extra 10-20 lei tip. The expats prefer Uber to avoid this and because most of the drivers speak English.

    The level of English is indeed low. Now that it’s part of the EU, more tourists are adding Romania to their destination list and the city needs to step up to be more accomodating. The food prepared in most restaurants need inspiration, to put it nicely: from the presentation, to the attitudes of the servers, and even sometimes the quality of the ingredients. It doesn’t cost you a thing, for example, to put a smile on and make customers feel welcome. Many times if we want to eat out somewhere new, we over look all this, because of the very low prices, and we keep our expectations low – it’s rare that you can sit at a restaurant in the West to have dinner for two with drinks for less than 25 Euros. But after a few years in Bucharest and many disappointments, we have learned to stick to our favorite 4-5 places for dining out where the quality and service is good and consistent.

    Bucharest is by far the drabbest and least foreign friendly city in Romania, the ugly gray buildings a constant reminder of the past. Yes, the city has been through a lot in their recent history and yes, they still have a long way to go. Strangely though, this is only in Bucharest. It sucks that you didn’t get a chance to see the rest of the country as the other cities, to the north and the west, are more picturesque with friendlier people and a better vibe.


    • NIKI says:

      One day I might recover from the shock and get all the way up to Transylvania and the Carpathian and Brasov. That was my initial goal anyway, I should have sticked with it.

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one sharing this opinion!

  • Lolo says:

    I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy Bucharest! We were just there and absolutely loved it! We found many people spoke English. Yes Taxi drivers totally try to rob and we encountered that once too but our hotel was kind enough to have us download a taxi app on my phone which was way more legit. I understand he ugly Communist buildings as I too just recently published a post as to why I HATED Sofia, Bulgaria.
    https://www.caliglobetrotter.com/im-sorry-but-i-hated-sofia-bulgaria/ and it’s ok that you didn’t like a place. To each their own! Hopefully you didn’t get much hate mail!

    • NIKI says:

      Love is a very big word for me to put it even close to that city! LOL! The drivers the hotel called us where fine (just didn’t know how to drive). The problem was when we wanted to get back. Also the gypsies. We were followed all the time. At a certain point it felt unsafe. I only got 1 hate mail so I guess I’m good 😛 Funny enough, most messages coming from Romanian people agree with me and they suggest me other routes for a more genuine experience of their beautiful country.

  • Anna says:

    I was to Romania twice and I actually liked it. Bucharest however, was a bit ‘raw’ and I didn’t have a very good experience there. The whole country though is amazing.

  • Farah says:

    Thank you for the tips! I must bear in mind when decided where I am going to spend my December 2017 –

    Also, feel free to visit my country Malaysia – Let us show you some Malaysian’s hospitalities – where we made it slogan for our national airlines.

    Nevertheless – thanks for the tips again

  • Kasia says:

    Oh wow, that’s so sad to hear that the city of Bucharest is so drab and full of con artists. I visited Romania only once and honestly I can’t even remember whether it was Bucharest or not. I suspect it was because from what you described it reminded me of my experience. We got swarmed by gypsies and robbed there. It was truly sad. I was only with my mom so they took advantage of that. I definitely didn’t feel safe there. Hopefully it will change for the better one day.

    • NIKI says:

      Oh sorry to hear that Kasia! Now I feel a bit luckier that I didn’t get robbed! I hope it’ll change soon; it’s a shame for a beautiful country like Romania to have such a (…….) capital.

  • Globejamun says:

    Omg looks like you really had a bad time..I’m sorry..I guess all this is a part of the ‘lesson’ travelling teaches us.

  • marine says:

    wow I’m very surprise at this, it looked like a beautiful place to visit … Maybe I’ll go somewhere else in Romania …

  • Muhammad Ameen Sheikh says:

    Wow!! I can deal with low level english, but taxi drivers robbing and rude restaurant service is a big NO. I can’t believe they demanded a tip!

  • Tahnee says:

    Oh what a shame for you! It’s always so disappointing when so.ething isn’t what you wanted it to be. However I’m sure you’re glad it’s another place ticked off the map! Great post thanks for sharing

    • NIKI says:

      Well to be honest with you, I’m not. I wish I had spent my time and money in another place where I could enjoy! But that’s life! You can’t have rainbows all the time! xx

  • Wow that’s a big warning in red 😀 I have been meaning to travel wherever possible, but maybe I will be careful about this one. Still I would like to tick it off my list 🙂

    • NIKI says:

      You can go there and see for yourself! If I were you though, I would wait a couple of years. Things might get better in the future. They don’t seem very ready for tourists.

  • I think it’s an utter shame you had such a bad experience. My own couldn’t have been further from this. I went on my own as a single female traveller and was a bit nervous having heard reports of bag snatching, begging and the like. I wasn’t prepared for the utter beauty of the city. Yes Ceaucescu levelled the old market area and created his bland palace and apartments for his cronies, yes there are some areas of concrete, but there is so much faded grandeur and beauty that remains. You are right that the standard of taxi driving is atrocious but Uber works fine and is really cheap – the drivers are better and cars nicer. There are so many delicious places to eat and the coffee culture is amazing – beautiful coffee shops everywhere. I didn’t find anyone rude and in fact people seemed to go out of their way to be nice to me… I got invited into an amazing art exhibition, someone let me into the porch of their apartment when I was caught in an unexpected rain shower, and everyone was happy to chat. I think judging people for their lack of English is wrong, and actually more people spoke English in Bucharest than they did in Moscow for sure. I came back from my trip bursting with enthusiasm for this incredible city and people (who have been through an awful lot). I hear that the countryside is utterly spectacular and I hope to return to explore more. We will have to agree to disagree!

    • NIKI says:

      I wish I could relate. Every experience is different and I am genuinely happy for you that you managed to enjoy it.

      Honestly, the fact that its people have been through a lot is not an excuse for the treatment I received. Serbian people have been through 3 wars in the past 30 years, yet they are much more welcoming – or at least, that’s what I’ve experienced.

      I think I will return at some point because indeed, the countryside seems amazing and I wouldn’t want to judge a whole country (as huge as Romania) by its capital. It is just that coming from the Balkans and knowing personally many Romanian people, I expected much more from Bucharest.

      As for Moscow, I haven’t been there yet. Going this upcoming Spring though, so if you say that the English level is worse, then I might need to take some Russian classes! LOL!

  • Fiona says:

    That’s such a pity. But at least you can tick that one off your return list

  • Abhinav says:

    Well, some bad experiences should not ruin the taste of the travels, better luck next time

  • Radu says:

    All the things you mentioned I find to be true, unfortunately. Bucharest, as a community, has a lot of work to do. While reading your post, I was thinking that I don’t know what I would recommend a foreigner to do in Bucharest that you cannot find somewhere else, in another country. There is Therme. And there are the streets with the nice old, renovated houses, away from the ugly “Old Town”. And the specialty coffee shops, for people moving up from Starbucks. As in any town, avoid “touristy” locations and try to meet the cool people. Actually, I think Bucharest and Cluj (maybe Cluj even more) have some of the most open minded people in the country. And the cool thing is that, outside of August, there is always something happening, be it an airshow, a festival of some sort (e.g. CraftBeer or Burgerfest). There are indeed many bad things about Bucharest, but crime is generally relatively low and most people are trustworthy and usually willing to help. The nerve racking parts, the congestion, the pollution, the social inequality (beggars next to SUV’s parking on the sidewalk), some (many) people’s bad manners – all these I see as the price to pay to live next to many very nice people and, of course, to be in the most economically (and culturally) developed city in the country. For tourists, unfortunately I think Bucharest makes itself difficult to enjoy. Bottom line is that best things in Bucharest are its people and its events, maybe August is not the time to visit it, I would say May or even September would be nicer 🙂

    • NIKI says:

      Of course. Every comment is welcome unless there is hate speech or swearing. I will copy my answer too.

      I appreciate your long comment, I really do. But let me set some things straight.

      1) I did not come to Bucharest and tried to compare it with Athens. I came to enjoy a city with a different culture – my intention is never to compare. But if I had to compare it with Belgrade, I would say that the Serbian capital is way better.

      2) You keep mentioning Romania (in general). I never said anything wrong or bad about the country. I just disliked the city.

      3) You keep comparing my every point to Greece/Greeks. The fact that people in Bucharest drive like mad, doesn’t mean that in Athens we drive any better. Don’t compare.

      4) We did go to some traditional restaurants. The meat was full of fat and too salty. Not for me. I think I just needed to go to some mountainous villages to try the real deal.

      5) That was the only experience I had in Romania. Did not visit a single thing because I got so fed up.

      6) I believe the English level in touristic spots should be WAY better. The receptionists, the waiters, the baristas at the cafe, the lady at the exchange office, the freaking taxi drivers, people at the shopping mall… too many people I “spoke” with, were struggling with the basics. I have encountered that in Serbia too, but outside Belgrade. I believe the capital city should be way better than what I would expect in a forgotten village.

      To your surprise I have traveled quite a lot and lived in 3 different countries. I always travel with an open mind and always travel to enjoy it. BUT, I am always honest. I say things how they are and that has costed me in my life. People do not always appreciate honesty. But I don’t care about the mass. I’m not here to satisfy everyone and beautify things just to sound nicer. From what I have experienced after traveling almost everywhere in Europe, Bucharest is along with Monte Carlo (surprise-surprise) on the bottom of my list.

      PS: Thank you for all your compliments about my country. You have highlighted the good parts. There are so many things wrong with it too though! In another post maybe. If I survive this one. LOL

  • Oliver says:

    I lived here my whole life and i can say 100% of this is true but as a resident you get to now where to go and what to avoid and after all i love this city and i recomand you next time you visit bucharest try to make some habitant friends and ask them to guide you (and btw use a uber, its almost cheaper than taxi;) )

  • Tudor says:

    With your permision I am going to paste my FB comment here so others can see it too.

    Interesting read. Fair warning – I am going to make a long post. No, not because my national feelings are hurt or because you didn’t say anything true, but because I feel that some things you missed entirely and some other things need some context.

    So, here it goes… I am a 36 year old romanian guy, who has traveled the world a bit. When I say that I mean that I flew more than 1 million miles, I have been from Paris to Barcelona, from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, from Hawaii to Zanzibar, and from Greece to Taiwan. I have stayed in lavish 5 star hotels which costs more than 1k USD per night in Paris, China or Hawaii, and I have stayed in small huts which cost 10 USD per week in Tanzania. You can say I have been a bit around the world, and still, for me the experiences I have generally reflect my own opinion and my own filter.

    Come to think about it, I am not extremely proud of my nation – I know it’s flaws and I am tired of some things. Being a guy who was raised up in the mountains, I have hated Bucharest with all my being for more than 20 years.. And it still disgusts me sometimes… it’s just that I got used to it and the accommodations it can offer me compared to a mountain village.

    However, when you judge a city, a country or it’s people, you have to always remember that it is more related to you and your experience than it is to the place itself. For instance, most westerners love Bucharest, because of it’s decadence, because it’s cheap, because of the beautiful and easily accesible ladies. However, I have noticed that easterners don’t feel the same, mostly because they are used to beautiful women, and because it is not cheap for them here. And some nations are more civilized than ours

    Now, in you case, being from Greece, I feel that I need to add some context. For you, but also for the romanian people reading this and getting pissed. So, let’s go through all your affirmations and take them one by one.

    1 – Taxi drivers are the worst I’ve ever encountered

    Yes, they are. Not the worst in the world (have fun in India or New York), but for a foreigner, and especially for a lady, they are a nightmare. That is why we use Uber and Taxify, simple and affordable, all on card, no money changing hands. Maybe you are not used to it, but we are, and it is a great service…So use that next time…

    2 – Low English level
    I am sorry, but with this I cannot agree. I do not know what type of places you visited and what type of ppl you interacted with, but a fair amount of romanians speak english. No, we cannot compare with greeks, which are masters of tourism and master not one language but many, making you feel welcomed everywhere with a few words in your language, but english is really not an issue here.

    3 – Service at restaurants beyond bad

    Well…yeah… service here is subpar if you ask me. No, it is not beyond bad, and if you visit nice places, not tourist traps (really… Beraria H… REALLY???) you can have an ok experience, but generaly service in Bucharest is subpar. BUT… YOU say that… people need to understand that YOU say that. For a French our service might seem ok. For americans might feel like shit. But for you? Well… I love Greece. And one of the reasons I love it is because I have rarely found such friendly people and such amazing service. Never a day without a smile… Never a meal without something extra… Never a place where you come back 4 years later and they remember you by name! Your country (at least the Ionian islands) has some of the warmest, most welcoming people working in tourism. For you, of course our services are utter shit.

    4 – Hideous food

    Ah… no… ah hell no! I don’t care where you are from, but this is …no… just no. You come to Romania and go to an Italian restaurant… You go to Beraria H… WTF?!?!?! How did you even find these places? No, no, no and no! You guys have amazing food! I always lick my fingers after I finish a meal in Greece. Your cuisine is amazing and the way you use sea food, lamb and pork is amazing, together with dairy products and fresh vegetables. Each time I go to Greece I feel I am going to explode… I simply adore your food. You guys fking rock! But I never go to Greece to try a Turkish restaurant… I never go to the tourist trap…or to all inclusive… I go to taverns… small places in villages…where not only the food but the people are absolutely extraordinary. You know what… I never had a proper steak in Greece…you guys don’t know how to BBQ a proper Black Angus or A9 Kobe… But that is not why I go to Greece. So when you come here, go to one of the millions of places with ROMANIAN food… Not Italian… not tourist traps. Maybe you will not like it… it is possible.. But I can guarantee that our food is not hideous (after all some was inspired by your people).

    5 – Depressing – gray – screams communism

    Yes, this is partially true. It is grey… It is communist. But not as much as you describe it. Did you like Sofia or Belgrade more?? Now here is the problem. Even if Athens is a shithole infested with junkies, jobless people and horrendous traffic… you have 2-3 thousand years of history still there. Which are amazing. Bucharest does NOT have that. We do have it, but not there. So yeah, it is a communist shithole… but remember what iconic buildings you have in Athens… of course we don’t compare… After all, we were left to the Russians because Churchill wanted to keep Greece out of eastern influence…

    6 – Gypsy beggars all over

    Yes, that is true. And you do not have that like we do. But they didn’t come from here, they are the lowest indian cast that came into Europe behind the Moors, first into France and Spain. And we don’t have them as much as France or Spain has.

    7 – (very) Dangerous drivers

    A hell fking no again. Really???? No, I am not even thinking that in India this is a joke. But YOU are talking? With your guys driving on the middle of the road every day? I nearly had a hear attack every day in Greece because of this. Nooo. Heeell no. Yeah they are horrible… no manners… chaotic… But not even close to how you drive in Greece.

    Now… I don’t want to leave you the impression that I am defending Bucharest. Listen to me… I hate this city! But I hope you understand that some of the things you say are just your experience through your filter. With some of the things I totally agree. With some I don’t. But before you judge so hard… see as much as the world you can. I do have the feeling you didn’t travel too much until now. And also… be aware of what your strong points as a country are.

    Of course service is bad here – you guys are some of the most amazing people in the world when it comes to this. Of course it is gray – you country is one of the most beautiful countries I have been in. Of course food is bad if you eat in a tourist trap or a random Italian restaurant. You guys have amazing cuisine. We have it too… just go and try it where you should… not in Italian restaurants.. Of course you feel like we have low level english – your guys speak 4-5 languages in order to cater to tourists. All in all… put things in perspective… realize where you come from… compare to the right standards… And in the end, enjoy your trips… Of course Bucharest is shit..But…what other experiences did you have in Romania? I do not see a sponsored post about that…

  • onu says:

    I think you came to Bucharest with the wrong state of mind. All that you said is and can be true but this can happen anywhere. I can’t agree about the part about low English level.

    Overall Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is ok and you can have the time of your life only if you chose to see it with the right eyes.

    Always try to see that point of light even if you are sorounded by darkness.

    • NIKI says:

      I went with the best intentions. It can indeed happen everywhere, but to me it happened to happen there. I always try to find the best things to say, but here I just spoke how it really was for me 🙁

  • Adrian says:

    You ate at Beraria H and stayed around the old city? full of gipsies and stupid people :)) Try the northern area of the city and you will change your opinion, but when you want quality you have to pay more. Try Argentine, Capsa, E3, Brasserie, Chocolat, Trattoria Calcio etc.. And also you can try Uber, Taxify or Black Cab. Nightlife?? The best in Europe- Nuba, Fratelli, Gaia and many many more + private electronic music events everywhere(rooftop, forest, malls..). If you want to change your mind about Bucharest, contact me and I will show you the real Bucharest. I can show you the ghetoos but also the best places to visit in and around the city like Mogosoaia palace, Cernica, Natural parc Comana etc..

    • NIKI says:

      I don’t do clubbing or listen to electo! But when I get back to Romania to visit Transylvania (it’s one of my dreams), I will definitely email you for more suggestions. Beraria H was just one of the many places we tried! And I don’t have an issue paying for quality! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Xx

  • jj says:

    The little gypsy boy you pictured is cute though. Did he or any others have music talent?

  • Megan says:

    I’m so sorry that the taxi driverS were scary.

  • Mary says:

    I’m sorry to hear you had such a bad time!

  • hellzbellz says:

    bucharest is crap and only deluded people would even bother to defend it.
    low level of english skills, rude people, dishonest people (you only dealt with the more obvious taxi drivers), childish and unprofessional people, dirty and noisy.
    but rather than fix that their low self-confidence (disguised as arrogance) and delusional mentality puts them in auto-defence mode. even romanians that you meet abroad will be reticent to admit the truth about ‘home’.
    then you have other compounding issues in society related to rationality and nationalism but we will not go into those here. suffice to say if it ain’t the gypsies it’s the immigrants, the hungarians, the russians, the jews, stalin/churchill, the ottomans, the politicians, the rich etc etc.. any and everyone is to blame for the state of and behaviour in bucharest (and broadly in romania) rather than ‘romanians’. in their minds they are the best (at everything) and only circumstances have conspired to rob them of their glory.
    romania is around #60 per capita GDP in the world – behind countries everywhere on this planet. rather than be humble, welcoming and working on improving that you get irrationality, faux arrongance and rudeness.

  • Me says:

    What a joke. The only pictures of Bucharest you could post are stock photos of a manhole cover, a gypsy toddler, a communist flat, a KFC.
    So you tried some spaghetti which were bad enough to make you go at McDonald’s and KFC? Seriously?
    I am living in Bucharest, and while it’s not the best city it’s definitely not how you painted in this article either.

    Most likely you won’t publish this comment but I wish you good luck.

    • Niki says:

      Of course I will publish the comment. Here it is.

      EXACTLY. The only pictures worth sharing were those stock images. Everything I took a picture of – I found it appalling. Everything I tried was disgusting. I have never tasted anything worse in any of my trips in Europe. Maybe I have a spoiled palate, or maybe our taste differs. I have nothing against Bucharest but I cannot lie. I hated it. All of it. And no matter how much you like it or experience it, you cannot change my opinion. I am not trying to convince anyone, just sharing my views on this city. This is a personal blog and I am sharing MY personal experience which was completely and utterly horrible.

  • emi marinescu says:

    I think you’re a liar. No waiter in Bucharest is requesting a tip in advance. In America, maybe, but not in Bucharest, or anywhere in Romania.
    English, the universal language? I have not heard of this law. Maybe it’s true in movies, there even the Klingons speak English. By the way, how many foreign languages ​​do you speak?
    I’m sorry, but a person who appreciates the KFC or McDonalds products can not give food advice to anyone.
    Only four churches and three important buildings? Are you sure you left the hotel room?
    The only real thing – the taxi drivers are some bastards. However, not everyone. But if so many have tried to cheat on you X times (how long did you stay in Bucharest, a year?) I think it’s a problem with you.

    Do not forget – the most miserable country I was in Greece. Especially Athens. Do not you know how to be clean?
    On many occasions when I was in Greece, I met many good people. For some of them, it was true until I had to pay. At that moment, the most gentle Greek turns into a thief.

    • Niki says:

      I think you are an ignorant nationalist. I have no reason to lie as I am not getting paid for my posts. The waiters do ask for a tip but probably not from you since you are Romanian. Generally the customer service was hideous, even at the malls. English is the international language whether you like it or not. Google it! Simple as that!
      Take your judgmental and offended self elsewhere as I couldn’t care less about your opinion. It would be awesome if you could pick a couple of things from Greeks when it comes on how to treat tourists. And generalizing all Greeks as thieves just show how much you just want to attack me for hating my time in Bucharest and kinda get back to me but honey… you failed.
      PS: I speak 4 languages, satisfied?

  • Veljko says:

    Niki I strongly disagree with you, it looks me like we visited two different cities. I visited Bucharest in month of May and I liked it a lot. As for „poor architecture“, I dont know whether you heard that people called Bucharest East Paris in interwar period, and that is obvious in Lipscani district and district around Atheneum. I saw less beggars then in my home town Belgrade. Night life is quite good and youngsters look very westernized. I dont share your impression about low English, on the contrary what I noticed is that lot of people speak French…what amazed me. You were right for the restaurants…they were pretty bad, but I am not sure was it because my choice was bad or the general offer is of a under the needed quality. All in all, I recommend Bucharest to people who are ready to overcome their internal prejudices

    • Niki says:

      I strongly disagree too. It’s an insult to compare Belgrade to Bucharest. Belgrade is so much better comparing to the Romanian capital in every aspect. I have spent 2 years in Belgrade and my husband is Serbian. Beggars? Not even 10% of what you can find in Bucharest. I used to live in Donji Dorcol and spent most of my time around Stari Grad and Vracar. My flat was too close to Bajlonova Pijaca yet the beggars I encountered in 2 years were half of what I saw my first day in Bucharest – in the first parking lot I entered.
      After being bombarded so many times within the past 80 years, Belgrade’s architecture is incomparable. The buildings all over Stari Grad, Vracar, Dorcol, the central part of Zemun even.. come on. You cannot compare it to the joke of Stari Grad in Bucharest. It’s like 200sqm all and all.
      I have no prejudice whatsoever and I have great appreciation of Eastern Europe. I have been all over it – Ukraine, Bulgaria, FYROM, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Hungary, Czech Republic and so on. The worst capital I have ever been in my entire life is BY FAR Bucharest and that is my honest opinion. I wish I could change it because I hate it when I have this feeling about a destination, but honestly, there is just nothing good there for my taste. At least not now. Maybe if I return in 10-20 years, I will change my mind.

      • Veljko says:

        It flatters me that you see my hometown so beautiful, I am not objective regarding Belgrade…OK… as for Bucharest we agree that we disagree … I am not convincing you that my vision of Bucharest is the right one, it would be stupid. I wish you to come back sooner to us. Pozdrav snajka 😉

  • Nick says:

    I have been living in this city for 5 years now and I can confirm word for word that what you said it’s true with only a minor objection being that this city does have some buildings and areas that are pretty nice if you take a walk there. I know you won’t go to this city again at least in the foreseeable future, but if you do take a walk in Bv.Dacia and go check herastrau park if you haven’t already. One last thing, you forgot to include the sexist and predatory nature of the locals, I have plenty of female friends that have experienced catcalling, awkward looks and in some cases outright aggressive sexual behavior from the locals even in broad daylight.

  • Gabriel says:

    Although I’m Romanian, I agree with most of what you wrote.
    I’m amazed only by one thing: you and other people think that the rest of the country is better, which is not true.
    The only reason why Bucharest is in some ways worse than the rest of Romania is its size: the bigger the place, the bigger the problems.
    Even Transylvania is overhyped. That is the only place in Romania where I witnessed a reservation not honored (in the village of Albac – thank God I wasn’t the victim) and I was denied service at my hotel’s restaurant (in Băile Felix) because they had a high school graduation party and all the waiters were busy there.
    Also, in a small restaurant named “Doinel” near Sarmisegetusa Regia (the capital of the Roman province of Dacia) they didn’t allow us to use the toilet after lunch. They sent us to a miserable portable toilet for the visitors of the Roman ruins.
    You may encounter such behaviour in other place as well: also in Horezu, which is in Oltenia, another Romanian region, we were denied access to the toilet.
    I notice you posted a photo of Bran Castle. I visited last summer and it was a nightmare. So crowded you could hardly move, let alone take decent pictures. The road from Brasov to Bran was terrible.
    Roads as well as trains are awfull. Trains have always been filthy and unconfortable in Romania, but since 2017 all students and postgraduate students travel by train for free. Therefore, trains are also overcrowded.
    Landscape may be nice in Transylvania or other places in Romania, unless you happen to find some illegal logging site, which is not so unlikely.
    So, my advice is to avoid this place. I would avoid it too if I could.

  • Robert says:

    Sadly Bucharest is like a jungle now. Everybody wants to show they are more tough and dangerous they everybody else. A tourist is seen like someone weak are sensitive guys tend to be put down.
    The other cities are starting to adopt this attitude as well because this is a general problem in Romania right now. You see the rich underhanded politicians and business men and you want to be like them. You want to get rich and you wanna do that fast so you are rude and strive to push your way through to the success.

    This is the mentality in Romania and I’m sad to admit it. You have to arm yourself with a lot of patience and be assertive. If you are sensitive and too polite they will rip you apart.

    Next time be calm and straight forward. Tell them you know the score and they can not play you :))

    I hope this helps and wish you knew about this before … but it’s never too late.

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