Your Bucharest tour begins in University Square. Absorb all that sociopolitical history before taking a short walk to Strada Batistei, formerly known as the 'St Germain' of Bucharest and the site of the old American embassy, now an overgrown testament to different times.Â Our first stop will be an exquisite turn-of-the-century townhouse, lovingly restored but with the sense of elegant decay so typical of Bucharest. Under trees and vines, with grapes dangling overhead, youâll sample a selection of Romanian entrees (gustari), including goat cheese, cured meat, spring onions, homemade bread, and locally brewed craft beers, and you can relax and absorb the atmosphere of this recherchÃ© little hideaway.
To help us digest all those treats, weâll then make our way to the Armenian quarter. The Armenians were a vibrant and successful merchant community in the 18th and 19th centuries, thanks to their valuable role as 'middlemen' for the Ottomans. Based around the Armenian church, their mahalla (neighbourhood) features a spectacular variety of architectural styles from all over Europe and the Ottoman empire, as the wealthy merchants strove to out-do each other in taste and elegance. Classical, Belle Ãpoque, Modernist, New-Romanian, Balkanic, eclectic â this quarter boasts all these styles, including the oldest documented house in Bucharest, which you will visit.
Crossing into the old Jewish quarter, weâll then stop for the most famous street-food, covrigi, before heading on further on our Bucharest tour to discover one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the city: Mantuleasa.
After exploring 19th-century and inter-war Bucharest, weâll stop for an ice-cold Romanian weissbier, in a space that can only be described as art-gallery-meets-bookstore-meets-summer garden, before experiencing the quintessential Bucharest public transport: a short ride on a tram. Rattling along the famous Mosilor Street, youâll enter into Communist Bucharest, with its regimented blocks and housing projects, as you make your way to the famous Obor Market.
Since youâll be on the trail of the sights, scents, and tastes of Romanian cuisine, weâll stop for a drink of traditional Romanianpalinca (brandy) to prepare the palate. Next, weâll enter the indoor market to sample a range of Romanian cheeses: cow, sheep, and goat. After that, itâs on to the vegetable market, amid a riot of colours and textures, to taste and photograph the fresh local produce.
Probably the most famous and typical of Romanian foods â at least for Romanians â is called mici, which translates as 'little.'Â A kind of skinless sausage, these are served with mustard and cold beer,Â and here you will get to try them for yourself! Â And finally, because your gastronomic adventure would not be complete without a dessert, weâll grab a sweet Wallachian doughnut, served piping hot, before sending you happily on your way home.
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We can cater to dietary needs, such as vegetarian/vegan and gluten intolerant. Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance as to whether you have any allergies or sensitivities
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people