Travel guide from Gabriel

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About Gabriel

21 years, Freelancer

Web designer

Om-nom-noming delightful moments in life with the joy of Pac-Man, I am!

Love/Hate Bucharest:

Love:

What I love most about Bucharest is its recent increase in the series of manifestations, actions and events within the cultural field, especially regarding arts. On a different but yet sometimes related topic, the nightlife possibilities are getting richer and richer, with many great places to party your days and nights out!

Hate:

I try to avoid the use of the term “hate” as much as I can; preferring instead to come up with suggestions on how to improve the things that I dislike. Of course, the city could be a bit tidier and more implication could be invested in the situation of beggars and the homeless; also some improvement in the promotion of museums and monuments wouldn’t do any harm.

Travel tips from Gabriel:

FOOD: Since I love cooking so much – but also since I’ve just finished college and I’m still in search of a good way to earn some money, I prefer eating at home most of the time. However, La Vie En Rawz is a place that you shouldn’t miss out if you’re into vegan food.

DAY: As for my hobbies, I enjoy dancing, biking, taking long walks through the park during daytime (you should definitely try out Herastrau and Al. I Cuza parks) or all around the city at night (it feels like having the city all for yourself; there’s a whole other world after the evening falls). I also like chilling out in tea-gardens and tea houses – I recommend Serendipity, La Metoc and Ceai la Cotroceni.

NIGHT: If you’re into dance sport, you should totally check out Salsa 5 for crazy Latino nights, or perhaps watching out for the Tango evenings occurring at The Floor every now and then.

Nevertheless, my passion for music leads me from once in a while in karaoke bars - Scarabeo’s got a very good sound system and the atmosphere is really cozy. As for clubs and pubs, Atelierul Mecanic is a nice place in the heart of the Old City, its design somewhat inspired by the communist period, with good music and nice people. Another great place to party is Control club, with a touch of indie and (soon enough, a bit more) electro music on the way to your eardrums, determined to set loose those dancing moves within you.

SHOPPING: I love hunting down stores with second hand clothes, in some of them you can find real treasures – some great, unique vintage pieces of clothing that please the eye and raise the spirit of the beholder.

CULTURE: I do prefer smaller cinemas such as Scala, Europa or the movie screenings at the Romanian Peasant Museum – in summertime, right outside, in its garden. "Ion Dacian" National Operetta Theatre offers some nice musicals, and at Sala Radio you can listen to great classical music concerts.

BUCHAREST DISCOVERY: Keep an eye out for the parties held at Vertigo, they’re a real blast! The place has a splendid view of the city, being located on Calea Victoriei, near Cercul Militar, in Universitate area; right on the rooftop of a 10-leveled building. The vibe, the people, the music, Diana (the host), the breeze, and the seagulls at sunrise – if you’re keen to party all night long – make you experience a trip in a whole new world, not within the city, but above it. Unfortunately, Vertigo is open only when special events and parties are being thrown – but maybe that’s what makes it even more exquisite!

Places Gabriel thinks you should go