Universitate is also Bucharest's meeting point: first dates begin in front of the (newly renovated) National Theatre, look for the neervous young men holding a single flower, wondering if she will or will not show up. The building from which the square gets its name, Bucharest University itself, is a gem, although the once lovely gardens opposite have in recent years been turned into a vast expanse of concrete: not then Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu's finest hour.
The area around the square itself is packed with shops, bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as a number of hotels. You will not have to go far to find whatever it is your are looking for. Bucharest's Old Town is directly south of the square.
The first skyscraper to be built in Bucharest (from 1968-71), this is still the tallest hotel in the city (complete with a swimming pool and – during the summer, sun terrace - on the top floor). The InterContinental was the first major five-star
British Romanian Chamber of Commerce
Str. David Praporgescu 1-5
The British Romanian Chamber of Commerce is the premier business-led organisation promoting bilateral trade and investment between the United Kingdom and Romania. Its mission is to facilitate and increase the trade between the two countries through busin
This latest project from Carturesti - Romania's finest bookshops - is a sublime space on the ground floor of Bucharest's Architecture Faculty. Visually stunning Carturesti Modul opens up an area of the building previously off-limits to the public and red
Occupying perhaps the very best location in the city centre, with views on to Bucharest's busiest street and square (Universitate), this is a gem of a restaurant and terrace. The lunch buffet is a hit with business types (there is a splendid and very
Delightful shop selling a fine range of Romanian souvenirs, including superbly handcrafted bags, rucksacks, waistcoats and other finery all carrying colourful traditional Romanian motifs. There is food and drink too, alongside a whole host of amazing pro
Unveiled in October 2009, Romania's Holocaust Memorial finally recognises the country's role in the genocide of Europe's Jews. As the Wiesel Report - commissioned by the Romanian government to investigate the Holocaust in Romania - concluded, no country
Probably the highest swimming pool in Romania (it's on one of the top floors of the InterContinental hotel). The views are great (especially when swimming at night!), there is a gym and steam room too, and when it gets really hot in summer y
Legendary and rather historic hotel bar in the lobby of the Inter, which was a den of iniquity and intrigue during the communist period, all spies and journalists, plots and honey traps. Now it's merely a very cool place to meet and have lunch (
Mesteshukar ButiQ is a Bucharest-based social enterprise working on revaluing traditional Roma craftsmanship. In their charming shop just a few steps from Piata Universitatii you will find all sorts of handcrafted goods, including clothes, pottery, ceram
The InterContinental is one of very few hotels in Bucharest which really does go the extra mile to make sure that us diners are kept happy, and this amazingly good Italian restaurant simply knocks our socks off every time we come. Boasting top c
Ten stone crosses on the traffic island in the middle of B-dul Nicolae Bălcescu pay homage to those killed during the revolution, while a black cross at number 18 marks the spot where the first victim of the revolution fell in Bucharest. Mihai Gâtlan die
Fabulous new hotel in the heart of Bucharest. Within walking distance of the Old Town and all of the major sights and attractions this place offers visitors comfortable rooms at a more than affordable price. All of the six rooms have balconies (a rarity