10 Things to eat in Bucharest and where

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Joel Fulleda

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A visit to the Romanian capital Bucharest cannot fail to include also the discovery of typical flavors of the country. The mysterious and fascinating city, in addition to possessing a large architectural and artistic heritage consisting of museums, theaters and palaces, boasts a varied and rich gastronomy, all to be discovered.
There are many places that offer typical food, accessible to all budgets and all palates! The culinary offer of Bucharest is very varied, so much so that it is not possible to indicate precisely a food that dominates the tables. You can certainly find the influences suffered by the cuisine of Bucharest, in particular the Turkish one. Without waiting any longer, here are the 10 things to eat absolutely in the Romanian capital and some information on city restaurants.


  1. Mititei or Mici
  2. Tochitura cu mamaliguta
  3. pussy
  4. Sarmale
  5. Musacá
  6. skewers
  7. Ciorba
  8. pies
  9. Cozonac
  10. Salam de biscuiti
  11. Where to eat in Bucharest: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Mititei or Mici

It is a dish suitable for meat lovers, it is in fact cylindrical meatballs based on beef mixed with pork and sheep, flavored with pepper, garlic, savory and other traditional spices. They are cooked on the grill and served with mustard sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: about € 6,00 per portion
  • Main ingredients: beef, pork and sheep, spices

2 - Tochitura cu mamaliguta

It is a typical stew or stew based on beef or pork that can be prepared in two variants, one that also includes tomato sauce and one without. In the more traditional version, in addition to beef and pork, smoked sausage, garlic and various offal such as liver, lung and heart. The meat is accompanied by the Romanian version of polenta.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 8,50
  • Main ingredients: beef or pork, offal, polenta

3 - Mosses

Another second course and more meat, this time it is the correspondent of ours mixed grill, in this case based solely on pork. The dish is accompanied by mixed vegetables, always grilled.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, mixed vegetables

4 - Sarmale

Typical not only of Romania but of all the countries of the Balkan area, the Sarmales are cabbage rolls (or grape leaves) stuffed with a mix of minced meat, rice, egg and semolina. They are subsequently cooked in a pot.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 5,20
  • Main ingredients: cabbage, ground beef, rice, egg and semolina

5 - Musacá

It is a dish that many regions of the Balkans they have in common, it is also typical of Greece. Obviously each country has its own version, the Romanian one outwardly looks like a lasagna but it is stuffed with aubergines, courgettes, potatoes and bechamel, in addition to minced meat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: minced meat, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, bechamel

6 - Frigarui

There are skewers of marinated meat cooked on a spit, they are very similar to our classic skewers that make up the mixed grill but also to the typical Turkish kebab.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: marinated mixed meat, vegetables

7 - Ciorba

It is a sour soup based on fermented bran, to which tripe, chicken meat or vegetables are sometimes added.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 4,50
  • Main ingredients: fermented bran, tripe or chicken meat or vegetables

8 - Placinte

The name of this dish sounds very similar to the Latin word placenta, which literally means stuffed cake. That's what it's all about, it is a cake filled with cheese round shape.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: around € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: sweet pastry, cheese

9 - Cozonac

It is the Romanian dessert which is prepared and consumed during the holidays. Simple but tasty, it consists of a mixture of flour and eggs and stuffed with nuts, sugar, milk and cocoa, everything is baked in the oven but served cold.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: around € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: eggs, flour, nuts, sugar, milk and cocoa

10 - Salam de biscuiti

We know it very well because it is a very popular dessert also in Italy, it is in fact the chocolate salami with cookies.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: around € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: eggs, cocoa, cracked dry biscuits

Where to eat in Bucharest: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Bucharest there is a great variety of restaurants with local and international cuisine that allow the traveler to eat well.
The gastronomy is varied; you can find dishes based on meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and polenta. It is a kitchen that it is affected by the strong Balkan influence.
The most cooked fish is there tent and freshwater prawns.
Cheeses such as brinza de burduf and the urda, two types of pecorino and the cascaval, similar to caciocavallo.
The meal can be concluded with the typical dessert: an almond cake dipped in rum. Here are the best places to eat in Bucharest:

1 - Ciorbarie

  • Description: rustic restaurant serving mostly soups and meat
  • specialty: tripe soup, meatballs, goulash
  • Average price: from € 3,50 per person
  • Address: Calea Dorobanți, 73 - Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Stadium, Restaurant, cu atrium

  • Description: very particular place in the decor that offers Central European cuisine but also pizza and sandwiches
  • specialty: burger
  • Average price: from € 11,00 per person
  • Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu - Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Carù, cu bere

  • Description: very large liberty style restaurant, specializing in grilled meats and the possibility of ordering a set menu
  • specialty: grilled meat
  • Average price: from € 7,00 per person
  • Address: Stavropoleos Street, 5 - Get Directions - Website

4 - Prime Steaks & Seafood

  • Description: intimate location inside the Raddisson Blu where you can enjoy both meat and fish dishes in nouvelle cousine mode
  • specialty: meat and fish tartare
  • Average price: from € 60,00 per person
  • Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81B-4 - Get directions

5 - Restaurant Casa Doina

  • Description: location set in a typically Romanian construction where you can enjoy a romantic atmosphere and taste refined and creative cuisine. Outdoor garden where you can eat in the summer
  • specialty: typical Eastern European cuisine
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Șoseaua Kiseleff - Get Directions - Website

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