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Forget Xanadu, forget Amsterdam. For hedonists Bucharest is now Europe's top destination. The Romanian capital - so long a stuffy, traditionalist kind of place stuck in a 1950s timewarp - has over the past few years become one of the most deliciously decadent cities on the planet.
Anything goes in Bucharest these days, with a number of outrageously over-the-top pubs and clubs leading the way. Friday and Saturday summer nights go on forever, with parties carrying on well into the next day.
For foodies, Bucharest is equally appetising. An outstanding range of decent restaurants and bistros serve an inventive range of dishes at prices a fraction of those elsewhere. Order one of Romania's finest wines to wash it all down, and then relax with a few more bottles as the evening wears on: no restaurant in this city will ever tell you to leave until you are ready. The concept of a sitting is alien, and the city's dining scene is all the better for it.
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Bucharest In Your Pocket has been publishing the complete insider's guide to this unique city for seventeen years. Indeed, in April we celebrated the publication of our 100th issue. Amid libel battles and law suits, we continue to bring you the best (and sometimes the worst) of this unique city. If you know of a place we have not featured, or think we have been unfair in our assessment, please contact us at bucharest (at) inyourpocket.com.
If you want to get your hands on our print guide, you can generally find one at any Bucharest hotel. Alternatively, download the full guide in PDF, for free, right here, before you leave home.
And if you're planning on tripping elsewhere in the country, check out our guides to Sibiu, Brasov or Poiana Brasov.
For an alternative look at the city there's the Editor's Bucharest Life Blog here. You can also now follow the Editor's adventures in Bucharest via Twitter, and while you are there sign up to follow the main In Your Pocket account too.