After you had your coffee and you’re ready to start your adventure, you can head towards Victory Avenue, an iconic boulevard in the heart of Bucharest. When heading south strolling down this street, you will see numerous historic buildings that will catch your eye.
The first one we recommend visiting is the National Museum of Art of Romania, located in the Royal Palace on Revolution Square. Here you’ll see Romanian medieval and modern art in the National Gallery and works by famous painters like Rembrandt in the European Art Gallery.
After you’re done with your visit, you can cross the street to the Romanian Athenaeum, one of Bucharest's most recognizable buildings. You can take a few pictures outside and rest in the beautiful exterior garden, or you can go inside and admire the impressive architecture. Either way, it’s absolutely worth a quick visit!
For some special souvenirs, pay a visit to My Romanian Store, a little shop situated near the Athenaeum where you’ll find amazing traditional and modern Romanian items.
If you’re hungry by now, you can stop for lunch at Caju by Joseph Hadad, a great restaurant located behind the Romanian Athenaeum that serves Mediterranean and International dishes, and it’s also vegetarian-friendly. Make sure to save some room for dessert, because French Revolution is just a few steps away and they serve the most amazing éclairs in the city.
Continue walking down Victory Avenue and you’ll discover The Victory Passage, one of the most colorful little spots in town, and the CEC Palace, a stunning building with a glass-metal dome that everybody loves to photograph.
A visit to Bucharest is not complete without a stop in the Old Town, probably the most popular tourist attraction in the city center. While you’re there, make sure not to miss the Stavropoleos Monastery, a small church with a superb interior courtyard, and Carturesti Carusel, a bookshop located inside a beautifully restored 19th-century building.
If you’re thinking about trying some traditional Romanian food, Caru' cu bere is a famous restaurant that you’ll not regret visiting. This neo-gothic building decorated with stained glass windows and mosaics is the perfect place for a special dinner in a warm atmosphere.
You can end your one-day trip with a drink, or dancing at Control Club, one of the coolest and liveliest bars in Bucharest.