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41 most instagrammable places in Bucharest (tips from a local!)

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while because I am always so thrilled to discover amazing spots in my city. I’ve been putting it off for about 2 years now since I never had time to go out and explore all the places I wanted to take photos of. But being stuck at home with my baby (although I can’t wait to go on urban explorations with her!), made me finally start this piece on the most instagrammable places in Bucharest. And instead of exploring the city, I explored the heck out of Instagram!

So never mind inserting only shots I took myself, I chose instead my favorites ‘grams. And I came up with no more, no less than 41 instagrammable places! Some old buildings, some elegant French-style palaces, industrial vibes, cobbled stone streets, murals, eye-candy interiors, we have it all in this mix of a city! Can’t wait to show them off and hopefully surprise you!

I must tell you from the start that Bucharest was known as The Little Paris at the turn of the century, because our intellectuals studied in France and brought home many influences, from architecture to cakes! Communism destroyed much of that spirit, that’s why you’ll see such a strange mix of styles everywhere, but we still have so many gorgeous buildings built in an eclectic French-like style, plus the street signs are identical to the Parisian ones.

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

I’ll leave google maps links for each place, I suggest you save your favorite spots on maps, this way you can’t miss them. It’s also a good idea to create a collection on Instagram with your favorites. And don’t forget to also follow me on Instagram if you like my posts!

Where to stay in Bucharest

I recommend you stay close to the city center, the sights are prettier, there are tons of restaurants and pubs, the evenings are lively and the nightlife is strong. Otherwise, choose a place with a metro station close by, it’s useful to get around quickly.

A few places that look amazing and have very good reviews, in the city center, are:

Instagrammable places in Bucharest – Old Town

Streets of the old town

The cobbled stone streets of the old town in Bucharest are ever so charming! Packed with restaurants and nice terraces, the area is a local favorite for summer evenings.

Pasajul Macca Villacrosse

The Macca Villacrosse passage is such a cozy, intimate place! The yellow glass cover gives a soft light all day long. There are cafes and bars all along the two sides of the passage, and it’s a popular place for smoking shisha.

Cărturești Carusel

Cărturești Carusel must be the most beautiful library in town and the perfect Instagram spot in Bucharest! The beautiful 19th-century building was rehabilitated and transformed by a talented local architects group and reopened in 2015 as a library. It brings a bright, contemporary charm to the old vibes of the area. The all-white design and the spiral staircases are an Instagram dream!

 

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Mănăstirea Stavropoleos

You’ll find a beautiful sight at Stavropoleos Monastery, right in the heart of the old town in Bucharest! The small church was built in 1724 in the Brâncovenesc style (a mix between Byzantine, Ottoman, late Reinassance, and Baroque architecture). Next to the church, there’s a wonderful little garden, surrounded by columns with accolade arches that give the place an Oriental feel. It’s such a quiet spot in the hustle and bustle of the city center, and outrageously beautiful! Just make sure to keep quiet, because there are nuns that live there.

Muzeul Național de Istorie

The National History Museum is right around the corner, and although you could visit the exhibitions, I recommend it for one of the best Instagram spots in Bucharest, the portico in front of the building. For maximum effect, stay in one end and zoom in to take the shot 😉.

Palatul CEC

Ohhh the CEC Palace is the most amazing building!! It’s the headquarters of CEC Bank, the oldest bank in Romania, built in 1900 in an eclectic style, with a magnificent glass and metal dome on top.

Unfortunately, you can’t visit the inside, they open up for the public on rare occasions. Fortunately, I was there on such occasion, and I can share some photos 😄.

 

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Palatul CEC - interior

CEC Palace – inside

Palatul CEC - interior

Palatul CEC - interior

Linea – Closer to the Moon

Linea is a rooftop terrace very close to the CEC Palace. The view is really nice, but I put it on the most Instagramable places in Bucharest list for the domes they put up when the weather is getting cold. I think they look amazing, and you can catch quite the sunset shot up here.

Banca Națională a României

The Museum of the National Bank of Romania, in the old city center, is a real gem! One of Romania’s greatest architects, Ion Mincu, has declared it “the most beautiful building in Bucharest” at the end of the 19th century. The Old Palace (there are two buildings) was built in 1890 in an eclectic style with some neo-classical elements.

Besides the impressive coin and money collections (with coins dating back from the Roman times), the new Gold exhibition (with gold coins, bars, and even ore), and an original Nicolae Grigorescu painting (one of the greatest Romanian painters), you’ll find here some truly amazing architecture!

You can visit the museum with free guided tours, also in English, from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5 pm. You have to book a tour in advance by sending an email, you can find more info here.⠀

Instagrammable places in Bucharest – North of Old Town

Epoque Hotel

Hotel Epoque is a hotel next to Cismigiu Park. It’s a new building, but it was built in the Belle Epoque style as a tribute to the city’s Petit Paris age. I kind of like how it looks and find it very instagrammable ☺.

 

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Palatul Crețulescu

Palatul Cretulescu is one of the most elegant palaces in Bucharest and you’ll find it in the Cișmigiu Park. It was built in 1904 in a French Renaissance style for one of the country’s wealthiest families.

Cișmigiu – Bistro la Etaj

This bistro is an Instagram heaven, you just have to get creative! It’s on the top floor of Hotel Cismigiu, a gorgeous building built in 1912 in an eclectic style, with neoclassical and Art Nouveau elements. It was called Palace Hotel and was one of the most impressive hotels in Bucharest at that time.

 

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Teatrul de vară Capitol

Capitol was a Cinema and Summer Theatre opened in 1912. It was a local favorite between the wars, people loved spending their free time here and lots of famous plays were acted on this stage. Today it’s closed and forgotten. But I love the grandiose entrance, and the mural was painted by a well know local artist, Pisica Patrata.

Pasajul Victoria

One of the many instagrammable places in Bucharest is our very own umbrella passage, Pasajul Victoria. You’ll find that many locals don’t know where it is, since it’s kind of hidden, although very central.

 

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Pasajul Englez

For some industrial, urban decay vibes, check the passage next door, the English Passage. This building was built in 1855, and it soon became a hotel, The English Hotel. But its rooms were too small and it couldn’t compete with the larger hotels that were appearing at that time, so it was converted into a luxury brothel. The working girls were on display on the balconies above for the clients that went through the passage. It served as a brothel until 1947 when communists shut it down, and now people live there. So make sure to be quiet if you visit.

Twenty Eight Cafe

I love the oriental vibes at Twenty Eight, it looks like something straight out of Arabian Nights!

 

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Muzeul Național de Artă

The staircase at the National Museum of Art is out of this world! You should also visit for the art collection, the ticket is 15-30 ron (3-6€).

Ateneul Român

The gorgeous Romanian Athenaeum was built in 1888 in a neoclassical style with Greek inspirations. It’s a concert hall, its outside is one of the most popular Instagram spots in Bucharest for photoshoots, but you can also visit the interiors, which are quite fascinating! The cost is 10 ron (about 2€), but they don’t have an exact visit schedule, you have to go when they finish rehearsals, usually after 2 pm on weekdays and even earlier on weekends. It’s best to call beforehand, you can find the number on their website.

Nicolae Golescu Street

The street behind the Ateneu is one of my favorites in the city, it’s quiet, and it has beautiful buildings, cobbled stones, and pretty restaurants.

Casa Macca

Casa Macca is another favorite of mine. It’s in an advanced state of decay and unfortunately, there are no funds to restore it… You can’t visit officially, I was lucky enough to see it during a #cronicaridigitali event, but the Institute of Archeology is set up here, so if you go on a weekday you’ll find the courtyard open. And if you ask nicely they might just let you in to take a shot of the gorgeous staircase!

Casa Oamenilor de Știință

Casa Oamenilor de Știință is one of my favorite Instagram spots in Bucharest! The staircase in the back is just phenomenal, it makes you feel transported in romantic 19th century Paris! It was built in 1904-1905 in an eclectic style with Beaux-Arts elements and is now a restaurant. You can go to the back of the building and take a photo without eating here, but if you go during summer, you might find some ugly umbrellas blocking out the view.

Street Delivery (Strada Arthur Verona)

The Arthur Verona Street is well known for the Street Delivery festival that takes place each year here. On this occasion, all the walls on the street get repainted by local artists. So it’s always a pretty sight and also a powerful social message. For 20+ great murals in Bucharest, check out Ella’s post. It’s in Romanian, but you should be able to distinguish the locations.

Casa Universitarilor

Casa Universitarilor looks like a medieval castle and is right in the middle of the city! It’s a restaurant, so you can visit whenever you prefer.

 

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Biserica Italiană

An Italian church in the middle of grey flat buildings is not a sight you see every day. The church has such a strong Italian/Tuscan feel to it, and I find the contrast with its background very interesting. It was built in 1916 according to the plans of the architects Giuseppe Tirabosch and Mario Stoppa, inspired by the Milanese church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The style is that of the churches in northern Italy, old Lombard.

 

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Hong Kong or Bucharest?

You don’t have to travel all the way to Hong Kong to have your “high buildings around you” shot, just go across the street from the Thailand Embassy in Bucharest.

Muzeul Frederik și Cecilia Cuțescu Stork

I went to this museum with a #cronicaridigitali event, but somehow missed this amazing view of it. I think it has such a fairytale look to it. A half-timbered house and a pretty garden in front take me to Grimm Brothers’ childhood stories.

Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei is a lovely avenue in downtown Bucharest, oozing of history, dance balls, elegant evenings and chic outfits, kings and queens, politics and so many secrets and stories. It’s the place where people met at the turn of the century, be it royalty, politicians, intellectuals or artists!

It was first paved in 1692, so its history is closely tied with the entire city’s history. It stretches from Piata Victoriei to the city center, winding through old palaces, villas, and charming hotels. It makes for a nice 3 km walk and some really cool photos.

 

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Muzeul George Enescu

The Cantacuzino Palace, which now hosts the George Enescu Museum, is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in 1903 in the Beaux-Arts style by the very wealthy Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, who was mayor of Bucharest and prime minister, it has a fabulous Art Nouveau entrance.

In the back of the palace, there is a smaller house, where George Enescu, one of Romania’s greatest musicians, used to live. The house has a lovely stairway that’s also very Instagrammable!

You can enter the courtyard to shoot these two buildings without paying a ticket, just make sure you go during visiting hours.

 

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Hotel Union

Hotel Union was built in the 1930s as a luxury hotel, and its Art Deco style reminds a lot of the buildings in New York, don’t you think? That’s why I included it on the list of the most instagrammable places in Bucharest!

Instagrammable places in Bucharest – South of Old Town

Dealul Mitropoliei

Up on Dealul Mitropoliei you can get some nice views of Bucharest’s rooftops and Casa Poporului.

Also, there’s a nice mural with two Romanian singers/actresses from the 80s. Actually, it’s not a mural, they are merely posters, but I always liked the look of this almost hidden spot. You can find it here on google maps, you have to go down some stairs.

Palatul Parlamentului (Casa Poporului)

The People’s House, or Palace of Parliament, is the heaviest building in the world (at 4 million tons 😳), and the largest administrative one. It’s a statement of communist leader Ceausescu’s megalomania. I’m not putting it on this list for its lavish interiors, but for the beautiful portico outside.

 

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Parcul Carol

Carol Park is named after Romania’s first King, Carol (Charles) I. I confess it’s one of my favorite parks in the city because my grandma used to live nearby, so I practically grew up here. There are a couple of spots worthy of the most Instagrammable places in Bucharest list!

The first one is the George Cantacuzino fountain, a fairytale setting if you ask me ♥.

The charming Vila Bosianu is the second one. Another gorgeous building in Bucharest, it looks just like a castle! It was built in 1856 in a Neogothic style and it’s so rich in history, here they secretly planned the Union of two Romanian Principalities in 1859, and here they kept Alexandru I. Cuza, the first ruler of the United Principalities, safe from assassins.⁠

It now holds the largest astronomy library in the country, and they only allow group visits, so if you’re interested go to their website and send them an email request.⁠

Deschis Gastrobar

Deschis Gastrobar is such an eye-candy place, don’t you think?

 

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Instagrammable places in Bucharest – West part of the city

Cartierul Cotroceni

Cotroceni must be my favorite neighborhood in Bucharest! Its quiet streets, filled with crazy gorgeous houses built at the turn of the century, are such a wonderful escape from the busy city. Time seems to have stopped here (if it weren’t for all the cars…), because the neighborhood wasn’t touched by the communist bulldozers that destroyed so much of this city, and new buildings were built with respect to the chic spirit here. It’s a place that still holds the charm of old Bucharest!

Do yourself a favor and just walk around the winding streets, in a search for the most beautiful house. It’s quite the challenge!

 

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Ceainăria Infinitea

Other than just walking on the streets, there are some pretty Instagrammable places you shouldn’t miss! Infinitea teahouse is one of them! The garden is incredibly lovely, and they have so many tea flavors and homemade cookies!

Colored Stairs

Right next to Infinitea you can find our very own colored stairs! They’re actually called the Happiness Stairs, and in 2020 they got a colorful makeover.

Râul Dâmbovița

Dâmbovița River flows very close to Cotroceni. You can take a nice stroll on it, and it also makes for some cute photos.

Instagrammable places in Bucharest – North part of the city

Arcul de Triumf

Did you know that Bucharest has its very own Arch of Triumph? It closely resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, although smaller, and it was built in 1936 in a neoclassical style. You can also climb on top for a pretty view.

Muzeul de Artă Veche Apuseană Casa Minovici

The beautiful building of the museum looks like a castle! It was built in 1942 in Tudor style, with Flemish and Venetian elements. To see this view you have to enter the courtyard and head to the back (although its front is very nice too). You don’t have to pay a ticket to enter the courtyard, just make sure you go during visiting hours.

Instagrammable places in Bucharest – Outside the city (North)

Capela de la Știrbei

The Holy Trinity Chapel in Știrbei Park is absolutely amazing! One of my best friends got married here, it was so romantic! And hot, there’s no shade whatsoever 😂

Știrbei Park is about 25 km north of the city center, outside Bucharest. Besides the chapel, you can also visit a palace and water tower. I wasn’t there recently, but there should be a cost of 50 ron to enter, which you can spend at the restaurant on site.

 

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Palatul Mogoșoaia

The Mogoșoaia Palace is about 10 km north of the city. It was built in 1702 in the Brâncovenesc style (the same style as the Stavropoleos Monastery). It’s really beautiful and the surrounding huge park makes for a wonderful afternoon stroll. It’s free to enter the park.

 

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The most instagrammable 41 places in Bucharest

There you have it, my extended list of Instagrammable places in Bucharest! What do you think? Did you know about all these places? Are you already planning a photoshoot?

If you have in mind other places, feel free to let me know in the comments, I’d love to complete the list!

Have a lovely trip to Bucharest!

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41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

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41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

41 Instagrammable places in Bucharest

 

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