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Where to stay in Bucharest

Where to stay in Bucharest, a fascinating blend of communist past and Byzantine architecture

Mix up some Byzantine history with communist dictatorship, add some edgy, alternative lifestyle to the mix, and you will get — Bucharest! Romania’s capital is remarkable in every way. From its tumultuous history to picturesque Old Town, there’s nothing to dislike in this fantastic city. Bucharest is not only interesting but also incredibly safe. It is also a heaven for foodies and party animals alike. Keep scrolling and we’ll help you decide where to stay in Bucharest.

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5 amazing neighborhoods to stay in Bucharest

Bucharest is packed with wonderful neighborhoods with all sorts of accommodation options, so it’s hard to pick just one. To help you make the decision that suits your taste and interests, we have made a rundown of our favorite places to stay in:

  1. Cismigiu area
  2. Piata Unirii 
  3. Old Town
  4. Piața Victoriei
  5. Cotroceni


Where to stay in Bucharest
Best for your first visit Cismigiu area A gorgeous downtown neighborhood close to the major tourist spots
Best for hipsters Piața Unirii  A lively area with interesting architecture and awesome bars
Best for parties Old Town A medieval area with the best party scene
Best on a budget Piața Victoriei An affordable area with historical and cultural attractions
Best long term Cotroceni A peaceful residential neighborhood ideal for expats

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Where to stay in Bucharest on your first visit: Cismigiu area

If you want to stay in the city center but avoid the Old Town hoards of tourists, the area around the Cismigiu park may suit you perfectly. This downtown neighborhood is known for its laid back vibe and friendly atmosphere. The streets surrounding the park are filled with historic and cultural gems, and the whole area is packed with bars and restaurants. Since Cismigiu is so close to all major attractions, we highly suggest it to first-time visitors.

What to see and do near the Cismigiu park

The Cismigiu area offers plenty of sightseeing and entertainment options. Since the neighborhood is located right next to the Old Town, you can easily reach and explore its attractions. Here are some ideas where you could go to:

  • Ateneului Român
  • Muzeul Național de Arta
  • The Old Princely Court
  • Stavropoleos Monastery
  • Control Club
  • Botanical Bar Terrace
  • Alt Shift

Ateneului Român

Ateneului Român is not just any concert hall: it is one of the most stunning Romanian buildings. The exterior is impressive and the interior walls are decorated with frescos summarizing Romanian history. To all classical music lovers, we recommend attending its symphony orchestra performances. 

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Where to stay in Cismigiu area

As one of the city’s central neighborhoods, the Cismigiu area has countless accommodation options to offer. On average, one night in an AirBnB costs somewhere around $40. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: this cute apartment near the park.

Midrange option: this amazingly comfy apartment.

Luxurious option: this fantastic apartment with a view.

You can find more AirBnBs here.

Where to stay in Bucharest for hipsters: Piața Unirii 

Sitting south of the Old Town, Piata Unirii is a neighborhood with outstanding historical significance. Its architecture style will remind you of Romania’s communist era and you will get to learn more about Ceaușescu’s rule. Bohemian souls will love this part of the city as much as history buffs as it is filled with unusual spots, as well as with authentic bars and restaurants. As it is close to the Old Town, you can hop there and satisfy your need for mainstream attractions any time you like. 

Best places to visit in Piata Unirii

Since Piata Unirii is such a cultural and historical hotspot, you will never run out of things to do. If you’re not sure where to go and what to see, you can start with these fantastic places:

  • Palace of the Parliament
  • Dealul Mitropoliei
  • Zodiac Fountain
  • The Palace of Patriarchate
  • Alouette
  • The Temple Social Club
  • 1000 de Chipuri

Palace of the Parliament

The Palace of the Parliament is one of the largest and most remarkable buildings in the city. It was built for Nicolae Ceauşescu, although he was executed before the construction was finished. If you want to take a guided tour, make sure to schedule it at least a day in advance.

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Where to stay in Piata Unirii

Piata Unirii has plenty of accommodation options, ranging from budget to more luxurious. On average, a night in an Airbnb will cost you around $50. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: this apartment with a balcony.

Midrange option: this chic apartment on a great location.

Luxurious option: this elegant high-end apartment.

You can find more accommodation options here.

Where to stay in Bucharest for parties: Old Town

The heart and the soul of Bucharest, Old Town is its historic center and the most vivid neighborhood. Dating back to the 15th century, it is full of outstanding architecture and fantastic sights. In recent years, Old Town has seen the transformation from a strictly historical attraction into the nightlife epicenter. This is especially noticeable in its Lipscani district, which is memorable for its vibrant bars and energetic clubs.

Top places in Old Town every party animal should visit

Do you like sleeping through the day and club-hopping all night long? If so, you’ll never get bored in Old Town. With so many fantastic venues, it’s not hard to find a great party. If nightlife is your thing, make sure to head to these places:

  • Linea / Closer to the Moon
  • Interbelic
  • Beer O’Clock
  • The Urbanist
  • Shoteria
  • Pure Vida Sky Bar


Walking into Interbelic is like traveling through time and entering a speakeasy. With the wonderful ambiance, first-rate DJs, and delicious cocktails and food, it is a place no party-goer should miss. 

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Where to stay in Old Town

Despite its superb location, Old Town isn’t more expensive than other Bucharest neighborhoods. One night will cost you around $40. Have a look at our favorite places:

Budget option: this cozy studio in Piata Universitatii.

Midrange option: this gorgeous bohemian apartment.

Luxurious option: this fantastic apartment with a river view.

You can check out more AirBnBs here.

Where to stay in Bucharest on a budget: Piața Victoriei

Bucharest is an amazingly affordable city and finding accommodation that fits your budget is easy peasy. Out of all inexpensive areas, Piața Victoriei is our absolute favorite. Not only does this neighborhood suit everyone’s pocket but it is also filled with amazing sightseeing and entertainment options. What makes it even better is that it is not too far away from the city, so you can easily get to the city center by public transport.

Best things to see and do in Piața Victoriei

Piața Victoriei is a fantastic place for both social butterflies as it is home to many bars and restaurants. History buffs will also adore it as it is where you will find the city’s main museum scene. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • Calea Victoriei
  • Peasant Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Geology Museum
  • Calea Victoriei
  • The Dubliner
  • Nido Kitchen & Wine

Natural History Museum

Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History is a landmark with a remarkable number of specimens. You will see thousands of animals in their natural environment and the whole experience is amazing. You don’t believe us? Wait until you stand next to a dinosaur skeleton!

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Where to stay in Piața Victoriei

Piața Victoriei is incredibly attractive to backpackers and budget travelers as it offers lots of affordable accommodation options: On average, a night in an Airbnb costs somewhere around $40. Check out our top picks:

Super budget option: this private room in a nice loft.

Budget option: this apartment with a fantastic location.

Midrange option: this great apartment near the museums

You can find more AirBnBs here.