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Bucharest

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Meet Bucharest

A modern metropolis on the rise, this Romanian capital’s recent economic and cultural renaissance has transformed it into one of the best European cities for digital nomads.

Bucharest is the heart of Romania in nearly every sense. Along with being the capital and largest city, it’s the nation’s financial and industrial hub and its cultural center, home to a wide array of media, art, and performing outlets. Its sophisticated mix of historical and modern architecture earned it the nickname “The Paris of the East” in the early 20th century, and many of those buildings have survived damage from wars and natural disasters and are still standing today. Historically, Bucharest hasn’t been a well-known destination compared to other major European cities. This has been changing in recent years, however. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the EU for overnight tourism and was ranked the destination with the most growth potential by the Global Index of Urban Destinations in 2018 and 2019. Bucharest is increasingly a destination for remote workers and digital nomads, too, in parts thanks to its thriving tech industry, which is growing even faster than its popularity with tourists.

Where to live in Bucharest

Living in or around the city center almost always means living in an apartment--often a quite small one, by the standards of other cities. Those who want more personal space will want to look at more suburban neighborhoods, especially those to the north of the city, where you’ll find quite a few spacious residential neighborhoods with quiet, tree-lined streets. These northern suburbs are also well-connected to the city center via public transportation, as are the inner districts of the city, so you can feel free to choose where you live based on the environment without worrying about your commute.

Best Neighborhoods in Bucharest

The neighborhoods closest to the city center offer the most lively, urban feel of any area of the city. Neighborhoods like Tineretului and Lipscani are popular with younger residents because of their active nightlife and variety of dining and entertainment options. The only issue with these neighborhoods for some is that space is at a premium, and for some they can feel a bit crowded and claustrophobic. If you want more space, the neighborhoods to the north of the city are by many considered to be the best places to live. Floreasca is a nice middle-ground, blending parks and villas with apartment buildings and commercial areas. While neighborhoods like Dorobanti and Primaverii tend to be pricier than other areas of Bucharest, they’re still relatively affordable compared to other European cities.

Quick Facts About Bucharest

Romania is a member of the EU, but it is not part of the Schengen area or the European Exchange Range Mechanism. Euros are not yet widely used in Bucharest, and the local currency is still the Romanian Leu, which has been used since the 19th century. Here are some more things you might not know about Bucharest:
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Work in Bucharest

As Romania’s main financial center, Bucharest is the best city in the country to look for work. Its diverse economy gives job seekers an equally wide range of employment opportunities, and the local unemployment rate is only 2.1%, far below the national average. In recent years, increases in tourism have led to a corresponding growth in industries like construction, retail, and hospitality. It’s a major tech hub, too, home to delivery centers for many international software companies and known for being friendly to start-ups in fields like informational technology and software development. This makes it appealing for both entrepreneurs and digital nomads.

How good is Bucharest for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Bucharest. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Bucharest for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Bucharest

Traditional Romanian cuisine is hearty, best exemplified by dishes like Sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls) and Moldovian stew. The historic restaurant Caru’ cu Bere is a great place to celebrate local food and beer. Along with a varied and delicious menu, they’re one of the oldest breweries in the city. Torna Fratre is another local favorite for authentic Romanian food, and offer entertainment while you dine with music and folklore shows most nights of the week. For a more modern take on Romanian fare, Kane on Strada Dianei has an innovative menu that puts a fresh spin on local ingredients. The Artist (Calea Victoriei) goes a step further by using molecular gastronomy techniques. For a more casual experience, restaurants like Maize and Simbio are top choices for an updated take on the classics in a laid-back environment. Craft beer lovers will be in heaven in Bucharest. The city has tons of unique bars, most of which also serve food Arcade in downtown Bucharest is famous for its beer garden and karaoke nights. Energiea is a favorite spot with locals, built in an old printing house by the Cismigiu Gardens and with a surprisingly light menu of soups, salads, and smoothies. For some history, head to Hanul cu Tei in Lipscani, which has been serving up local food and beer since 1833.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Bucharest

Bucharest’s grand, historic buildings are some of its top attractions. Many of them now house museums, like hte Museum of the Palace in the Parliamentary Palace or the National Museum of Art in the old Royal Palace. For a more unique museum, check out the open-air Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum on the west side of the Herastrau Park, which displays hundreds of authentic historical buildings from across Romania. Herastrau Lake, at the center of Herastrau Park, is a great place to enjoy sunny summer days, with boat and bike rentals and gardens to explore. Cismigiu Gardens in the center of Bucharest is another beautiful place to stroll, with thousands of tree and plant species and memorial gardens commemorating writers and soldiers. If you’d rather take a stroll in the city, start at Revolution Square and walk down Calea Victoriei, the city’s oldest street, where you can view architecture from every era and enjoy some of the best shopping and dining in Bucharest.

Palace of the Deposits and Consignments

Calea Victoriei 13, București

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MNAC - Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană al României

Sector 5, București

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Curtea Veche

Strada Franceză 25, București

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Macca - Vilacrosse Passage

Pasajul Macca, București

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National Museum of Romanian History

Calea Victoriei 12, București

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Museum of Senses

Bulevardul General Vasile Milea 4, București

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