Bohemian Bucharest Markets And Mahallas Small Group Food Walking Tour With A Local Guide

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From the heart of the city to the tastes of the country, this tour takes you on a historical, architectural, and culinary adventure through the many faces (and tastes) of Bucharest! Journey deep into the neighbourhoods of La Belle Époque Bucharest, while sampling the traditional peasant foods that define Romanian cuisine.
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Highlights

  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Vegetarian meal option available
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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. 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, you’ll 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 recherché little hideaway.
To help us digest all those treats, we’ll 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 Époque, Modernist, New-Romanian, Balkanic, eclectic — this quarter boasts all these styles, including the oldest documented house in Bucharest, which you will visit.
Crossing into the old Jewish quarter, we’ll 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, we’ll 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, you’ll enter into Communist Bucharest, with its regimented blocks and housing projects, as you make your way to the famous Obor Market.
Since you’ll be on the trail of the sights, scents, and tastes of Romanian cuisine, we’ll stop for a drink of traditional Romanianpalinca (brandy) to prepare the palate. Next, we’ll enter the indoor market to sample a range of Romanian cheeses: cow, sheep, and goat. After that, it’s 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 — at least for Romanians — is called mici, which translates as 'little.'  A kind of skinless sausage, these are served with mustard and cold beer, and here you will get to try them for yourself!  And finally, because your gastronomic adventure would not be complete without a dessert, we’ll grab a sweet Wallachian doughnut, served piping hot, before sending you happily on your way home.

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Inclusions for Bohemian Bucharest Markets And Mahallas Small Group Food Walking Tour With A Local Guide

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Food and drink samples, including a ‘peasant platter’ (local cheese and meats, plus seasonal vegetables and homemade bread) Street snack, 2 mici (includes bread and mustard), A platter of local cheeses, 1 Wallachian doughnut, 3 beers, A shot of palinca

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Exclusions for Bohemian Bucharest Markets And Mahallas Small Group Food Walking Tour With A Local Guide

  • Additional food and drinks

  • Souvenirs and personal shopping from the market

  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • What an amazing tour - our guide, Mircea, gave us incredible insight into the local neighborhoods and markets. He gave us a true sense of the communities and their way of life - both past and present. We learned so much! We tasted some amazing foods and had a variety of beers - as well as some Palinca! Mircea went above and beyond - spending extra time with us to give us quite an experience - he also took notes and followed up with us regarding any questions and/or recommendations for our time in Bucharest. This tour is great for singles, couples, and families. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bucharest!

  • Highly recommend this tour - great value and Insights into Bucharest. Livia our guide was exceptional and really looked after us with great stories and commentary on life in Romania

  • It absolutely chucked it down with torrential rain all day but our guide, Mircea, was a real star and made the day for us we were only supposed to be on the tour for 3 hrs but in the end it lasted 7.5hrs because of the extended stops in the various bars/cafes/restaurants let's face it there was nothing else we could have done that day. Besides the weather this was a great informative tour both in an information and culinary sense even got to go behind the screen in an Orthodox church and the priest gave us a free bottle of communion wine - very tasty. Could not recommend this more highly - got a real feel for Romania beyond the usual tourist stuff.

  • A fun insightful tour of the more authentic neighborhoods of Bucharest's past and plenty of local fuel to keep you going! Highly recommended but come with an appetite!

  • Looooooovvveeedddd this tour and our guide Mircea was freaking awesome!! It was a very rainy but he made it awesome. Great food and great company. He is very knowledgeable and I love when a guide is open and also shares an opinion instead of trying to be middle of the road. Thank you for a wonderful

  • We had an incredible tour and experience with Lala who was very knowledgable and filled in a lot of the gaps after taking 3 days of tours with our river cruise company. It was truly an outstanding tour and we recommend everyone to take this opportunity also.

  • We started walking on the streets behind the Intercontinental hotel,by foot,we explore on the outside several old houses including one house that used to be the American Embassy till early 70s,when was moved to a safer area outside the city. Most of these houses architectural and style taking back as 1847 when a huge fire consumed the city of Bucharest ,later most of this houses that had survived the fire were engulfed by large apartments complex built by the government during the Communist era.Right now is winter, the streets are covered with ice and snow making very difficult for us to walk around town, being forced most of the time to walk on the road competing with traffic, less desirable considering safety. We went to an old bar inside an old house dated back to 1800s, that was occupied by soldiers and destroyed. The owner decided to not refurbished the place, to show some originality and scars left by the destruction of private property imposed by the regime during Russian occupancy. We had a plate of cheese, pickles ,two kind of Italian and hispanic style salami,bread, and the choice of coffee or local beer, I had coffee . We left and took the electric trolley toward the market called Obor Market, that sells everything from jewelry, shoes, clothes ,etc. The Guide stated if you can't find at Obor Market, is because does not exist. From there we went to a fruit,vegetable,cheese and meat market,from fresh meat to smoke ham/pork sausages specialty. We went out to an open restaurant and ate MiciRomania skinless sausage,bread and beer,typical Romania food. Returned on the same electric Trolley toward downtown, and our tour was finished. So ,is a short and sweet tour, That I am not sure is worth the price, maybe better in the Summer. BTW I was the only one on the tour making into a private one. So is all by foot and short trip on thee trolley. If you have problem walking a couple of miles,this trip isn't for you. I was hoping to see a lot more of the costumes and traditions when come with food from the Romania people.

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