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BUCURESTI what, where, when | No. 4 • May 2012 |



May 2012 brings a true European perfume over the capital of Romania, place for too many experiments over time. I told once to a foreign friend that if he wants to see the splendor of Bucharest it’s essentially he returns in spring. I continue to think this, because spring is the season that brings us back to life, returning to a stream of events not influenced by snow or by unfinished budgets... the beautiful Bucharest women return to happier dress and especially the Hope returns! But this spring brings something more. On a new National Arena, as we wanted it for years, we organize a major European football event, the Europa League final. Football fans expect a “total war” on the field, a confrontation that would truly bring Bucharest on the continental football map. Hotel owners, bars and restaurants expect massive revenue betting on at least 30,000 Spanish fans to consume as the devils in Bucharest. They would have preferred that at least one of the finalists to be from England... but the Spaniards are also “good consumers” and they would rediscover a city much better prepared for their pre- and post-match enjoyment. So much until now about football, because another friend recently asked me how do I find Bucharest as a culturally tourist city. How do it looks like, when also in May another famous Spanish, Jose Carreras, comes back for a super concert! Plus many events of some bands with a large number of fans in concerts, they all preparing the two rock mega-fests in June! Returning to the average Bucharesters, who rediscovered the historic city center as a place for nonstop fun, for them the managers in the area compete in offerings, increasing the number of live concerts in the area. Even politicians who are campaigning for Bucharest will complete the cultural offer for everybody. Or EUROPAfest, which continues to delight us every mid-May or the International Jazz Festival at Green Hours... These are just some of the reasons I hope that Bucharest should remain from now with this European scent that feels everywhere and in everything.



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news • events • attractions Horvath and Vlady Sateanu are ready for a concert to enjoy them all. is a state of mind, it is unfortunately the state of today’s Romania. As were defined from their beginning - “less comfortable... less conformist... a little annoying... so cold”, Sarmalele continue to upset, stating their views on the energetic rhythms when they are dealing with ease with matters relating today’s society, with lyrical notes, when the subject matter relates to intimate feelings. You may buy tickets in the Eventim network (Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, and Domo stores, Humanitas and Carturesti bookstores, online on

AGENDA MAY 4: OPENING CONCERT - EUROPE DAY The festival’s opening concert celebrates Europe Day, created in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Romania. The evening promises moments of jazz, blues, pop and classical music with the best bands in the event.



MAY 5 TO 12: CONCERTS - JAZZ, BLUES, POP The following evenings, jmEvents propose jazz, blues and pop concerts with wellknown bands from Sweden, Italy, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain.

MAY 5 TO 18: CAFFE FESTIVAL Caffe Festival is among the most famous and beloved parts of the festival - live music in unconventional spaces, with well-known bands or singers, but also with the new generation.

MAY 12 TO 19: BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPETITION The competition is ranked among the top three in Europe. It addresses bands and vocalists, aiming the international recognition of the jazz values.

MAY 12 TO 19: JEUNESSES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION - VIOLIN with one or more places at the table, and with 60 Lei at the bar at the Hard Rock Café. Online is cheaper, plus you can reserve seats at the table for the evening of the concert only with a ticket bought online! Concert starts at 21:00 sharp.

On May 18, at the National Palace of Children will be held the Stand Up Comedy Awards Gala, a major show where irony and improvisation will be sprinkled with laughter


FRIDAY, MAY 18, 20:00, HARD ROCK CAFE, SARMALELE RECI LAUNCH CONCERT FOR HAOS.RO it’s a typical product Sarmalele Reci, containing ten songs in their style, with lyrics by Florin Dumitrescu. The album is a production Gazeta Sporturilor & Sarmalele Reci, with support from Rock FM, and will be

This is the second competition held under the EUROPAfest umbrella, well-known classical music competition. The competition has a record number of 138 violinists registered from 38 countries, Both those already in love with classical music and those who decide to discover the EUROPAfest, may find here the future international masters.

MAY 19: EUROPAFEST GALA The festival ends with a special event – EUROPAfest Gala, an evening in which the public has the opportunity to rediscover the most popular tunes and the most impressive attendances in the festival. On this occasion id offered also the Excellence Diploma for Cultural Support, awarded by the Romanian Royal House.

available on the market starting with May 9, together with the Gazeta Sporturilor appears, in all the media stands. Sarmalele Reci celebrate the launch of their new album with the concert. Sarmalele Reci fans and lovers of quality


MAY 10, 21:00, HARD ROCK CAFE Sprint Media Group and invites us, on Thursday, May 10, at Hard Rock Cafe, for a great live concert with Smiley and his band. Also has to be mentioned Smiley’s accompanying guitarist on stage, probably the best Romanian guitarist - Marius Pop, Calin Pop’s son (from Celelalte Cuvinte - Other Words). Since the show was not officially announced and over 25% of the tickets were already sold is expected to have another sold out concert in Hard Rock Cafe. You can buy concert tickets: 50 Lei - exclusively online on http://www. 2

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rock are invited Friday, May 18, at the most prestigious rock club in Bucharest. Zoltan Andras, Emil Viciu, Gabi Dragan, Mircea

and unpredictable reactions. During over four hours of show the audiences will have humorous coverage offered by: Teo, Vio, Costel, Micutu, Radu, Sorin, Badea and Bordea. On an event which brings together first eight big names of the Romanian stand-up on the same stage, Radu said: “After eight years since the stand-up aroused in Romania, I am glad that it will be a Gala for Stand-up Awards. It’s a sign that the industry matures and grows. I hope it will be not just a gala, but to turn into a tradition.” On their participation in the event Radu adds:” I’m glad I was invited on the stage this year. I hope that industry will grow not so fast so that next year to no longer be welcome, but if it happens, I’ll rejoice. In a larger industry we all benefit. I want to come to surpass music and film. I expect you to the gala to see that I’m not kidding.” Radu Isac is one of the founding members of the Aristocrats group, multi-awarded. Tickets are available throughout the BILETOO network. Points of sale are in the

news • events • attractions Unirii Shopping Center (ground floor, entrance near McDonald’s), Adevarul and Eminescu bookstores, stores Diverta, Flanco, Victoria, Sala Palatului, the National Palace of Children and online on,, and JOSE CARRERAS IN CONCERT

MAY 25, 20:00, SALA PALATULUI Jose Carreras return to Romania for a special concert. The famous tenor promises to his spectators a great concert which will not miss La Donna e Mobile or Nessun Dorma. With each concert, Jose Carreras carries his audience into a theatrical world where characters have identity, moving in a time and a space that is transformed from the first sound. Tracks like La Donna e Mobile, Nessun Dorma or Core `Ngrato, exceptionally interpreted by Carreras make us want to stay as much as possible in the world the master modestly takes us with his unique voice! For the May 25 concert ticket prices are between 200 and 1,000 lei (VIP category). Tickets are available throughout the BILETOO network. Points of sale are in the Unirii Shopping Center (ground floor, entrance near McDonald’s), Adevarul and Eminescu bookstores, stores Diverta, Flanco, Victoria,

Our starting point, so that GHIJFest was born of necessity is confirmed by the success of previous editions, the festival has already become an annual landmark in Bucharest’s cultural landscape. FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 19:00: Sebastian Burneci / Sorin Romanescu / Carmelo Graceffa (RO / IT): 3 is a good number CONTEMPORARY NOISE SEXTET (PL) - Ghost writer’s joke SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 19:00: Luiza Zan & Sorin Romanescu (RO): Mahala (Slum) NILS PETTER MOLVAER Trio (NO) - Baboon Moon

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 19:00: Mario & the Teachers (RO): Balcan Tree PHRONESIS (DK / UK / SE) - Walking Dark MONDAY, JUNE 4, 19:00: Vlaicu Golcea & Marta Hristea (RO): Spitalul (Love affair STIAN WESTERHUS (NO) Solo Guitar Project The news of this year is the two concerts organized two weeks, and one week before the festival, to “warm up” the Bucharest public: • warm up 1: Saturday May 19, 20:00 –Yair Dalal, Erez Monk & Trei Parale concert • warm up 2: Saturday May 26, 20:00 –Iordache: One life left concert – vinyl launch WORLD THROUGH OUR EYES


Sala Palatului, the National Palace of Children, Unirii 1 Metro station and online on www.,, and GREEN HOURS INTL JAZZ FEST 2012

WARM UP MAY 19 & 26, 4TH EDITION OF JAZZ FEST JUNE 1-4, 19:00, GREEN HOURS JAZZ CLUB TERRACE The first edition (pilot) of outdoor cultural event Green Hours International Jazz Fest took place in 2008 (May 8 to 11). It was simply the natural result of 14 years of work at Green Hours jazz club, and of the great success enjoyed by the hundreds of concerts in Green Terrace, and was based on the idea of the opportunity and the need to celebrate jazz by a unique festival - at least in our country - (re) bringing it into space where he was born: in clubs.

Nicolae Cosniceru (pictured), Gabriella Pascaru Bisi and Alex Bisi - photo Dana Tudor jewelry, Anca Vintila - hand painted porcelain. At the opening of May 31 – special recital Alexandru Petrovici. World through Our Eyes is a joint exhibition project – photo, fine arts, hand painted porcelain, unique jewelry and music. The basis of this project is a close friendship between the exhibiting artists, love for the art and the desire to promote exceptional works to a niche public. Nicolae Cosniceru has higher education in IT and being passionate about technology and art chose to express himself through the camera, and after 1990 he changed his passion into a profession. Gabriella Pascaru Bisi has a passion for photography and video for years but only a few years ago she began to study photography because of her husband Alex. Alex Bisi is an Italian photographer from Sardinia Islands. He has inherited the passion for art from his father, master of art and architecture, known painter and photographer in Italy. For Alex will be the second exhibition in Romania.

Dana Tudor studied architecture and began making jewelry in 2008, studying alone the wire wrapping technique. Current line of her jewelry is part of the classic author jewelry, and the materials used are mainly silver and semiprecious stones. Anca Vintila is a successful manager but the passion for art is her spiritual food. Anca creates hand-painted porcelain and she will exhibit a collection of unique porcelain.


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MAY 31 – JUNE 3 Three events for family and leisure open simultaneously.

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GEORGE ENESCU PHILHARMONIC All concerts begin at 19.00 hours and are held at the Romanian Athenaeum Concert Hall. The complete program on THURSDAY/FRIDAY, MAY 3/4, 19:00 Messiaen - Les Ofrandes Oubliees, Berlioz - Nuits d’Ete, Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe (Suita no. 2), Bolero The Philharmony Orchestra and the Choir of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic SATURDAY, MAY 5, 19:00, the Small Hall Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov Iulia Artamanov – soprano, Alexandra Andrei - mezzo-soprano, Adriana Sarau - piano SUNDAY, MAY 6, 11:00 Clasic e fantastic – How to understand music: Europe’s Day Old and traditional music from allover Europe in the arrangement and composition of Lupus Dacus group. With the ballet soloists Laura Blica and Vlad Toader TUESDAY, MAY 8, 19:00, the Small Hall Tuesday Night Season, Co-producer: Radio Romania Muzical Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy Chamber recital: Octavian Lup – violoncello, Daniela Badoi – piano. WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 19:00 Haydn, Mozart, Schubert Dan Podlovschi – violin, Nicolae Licaret - piano WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 19:00, the Small Hall Prokofiev, Yannuay, Dediu Chamber recital: Diana Mos – violin, Eugen Bogdan Popa – violoncello, Verona Maier – piano THURSDAY/FRIDAY, MAY 10/11, 19:00 Shostakovich - Concerto no. 2 for violoncello and orchestra, Debussy - Jeux The Philharmony Orchestra of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Conductor: Amaury du Closel; Soloist: Anton Niculescu SATURDAY, MAY 12, 19:00, the Small Hall Liszt, Rachmaninov Szacz Botond - piano SUNDAY, MAY 13, 19:00 Rameau, Debussy, Beethoven Gabriela Ungureanu - piano SUNDAY, MAY 13, 19:00, the Small Hall SaintSaens, Elgar, Jacobi, Mozart, Hummel, Mignone Fagot recital: Gadri Orban, Cristian Crociu, Alexandru Triscariu, Mihai Boboiescu, Sorin Paraleu Piano: Carmen Fratila TUESDAY, MAY 15, 19:00, the Small Hall Tuesday Night Season, Co-producer: Radio Romania Muzical Baroque sonatas: Veracini, Corelli, Finger, Bach, Locatelli, Vivaldi Natalia Colotelo Pancec – violin, Maxim Belciug - guitar WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 18:30 Arts confluences Beethoven II A show by Cristina Vasiliu WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 19:00, the Small Hall Nicole Mancas – soprano, Stefania Bolos - mezzosoprano, Cristian Mancas – clarinet, Viorela Ciucur - piano THURSDAY/FRIDAY, MAY 17/18, 19:00 Brahms - Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra, Strauss - Don Quichotte The Philharmony Orchestra of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Conductor: Gerd Schaller; Soloist: Andrei Licaret

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 19:00 Mozart - Requiem “Universitaria” - the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Music University Bucuresti Conductor: Cristian Mandeal SUNDAY, MAY 20, 19:00, the Small Hall Carmelo Giudice - piano TUESDAY, MAY 22, 19:00 Mozart, Beethoven The Choir of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir conductor: Iosif Ion Prunner TUESDAY, MAY 22, 19:00, the Small Hall Tuesday Night Season, Co-producer: Radio Romania Muzical Schumann, Massenet, Faure Tiberius Simu – tenor, Silvia Sbarciu - piano WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 19:00, the Small Hall Zoltan Kodaly - 130 years from his birth. Event organized with the support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre Balassi Institute Bartok, Enescu, THURSDAY/FRIDAY, MAY 24/25, 19:00 International New Music Week Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Paganini theme, Alexei Rybnikov - Symphony no. 6 The Philharmony Orchestra of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Conductor: Horia Andreescu; Soloist: Gunilla Sassmann SATURDAY, MAY 26, 19:00, the Small Hall Sonatas Integral for piano and violin by J. Brahms Valentin Serban – violin, Liliana Iacobescu piano SUNDAY, MAY 27, 19:00, the Small Hall Liana Alexandra - Cameral Jewelries II Georgeta Stoleriu - soprana, Adrian Prelucan - baritone, Elder Fonnesbeck - baritone, Daniel Mihai - violin, Serban Nichifor - violoncello, Inna Oncescu - piano, Violetta Stefanescu - piano TUESDAY, MAY 29, 19:00, the Small Hall Tuesday Night Season, Co-producer: Radio Romania Muzical Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt Iulian Ochescu - piano TUESDAY, MAY 29, 19:00 Nicolae Maxim - flute THURSDAY, MAY 31, 19:00 Khachaturian Concerto for violin and orchestra, Bartok - Profane Cantata, the Miraculous Mandarin The Philharmony Orchestra and the Choir of the „George Enescu” Philharmonic Conductor: Jin Wang; Soloist: Evghenia Epstein Choir conductor: Iosif Ion Prunner

BUCHAREST NATIONAL OPERA 70 72, M. Kogalniceanu Blvd. Ph.: 021.313.1857; National Opera performances begin at 19:00 and only longer performances will be scheduled at 18:30. From the current repertoire of the institution, one show - “Faust” by Charles Gounod - is scheduled at 18:00. For each show, start time it is also specified on the official website - www., the calendar section. To meet the demand of the public the National Opera Bucharest sell tickets online to save time. Tickets can be purchased online through its own sale system, at Payment shall be made by credit card. Tickets can also be purchased directly from the National Opera Bucharest box office (payments with cash or by credit card). Open: Mon.-Sun. 9:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 – 19:00. WEDNESDAY MAY 2, 18:30 AIDA Italian language show

THURSDAY MAY 3, 19:00 DON QUIJOTE Event show THURSDAY MAY 3, 19:30 Winners’ recital – Lyrical Art Masters Contest SEOB Show, Studio Hall FRIDAY MAY 4, 18:30 LE NOZZE DI FIGARO SATURDAY MAY 5, 18:00 LOHENGRIN German language Event Show SUNDAY MAY 6, 11:00 CHILDREN’S ROOM SEOB show, Studio Hall Choreographic show for children SUNDAY MAY 6, 19:00 BAIADERA WEDNESDAY MAY 9, 19:00 TANGO. RADIO AND JULIET Contemporary dance show THURSDAY MAY 10, 21:00 CYRANO de BERGERAC FRIDAY MAY 11, 18:30 EVGHENI ONEGHIN FRIDAY MAY 11, 19:30 NIJINSKI – The other face of the genius SEOB show, Studio Hall Soloists: Monica Petrica, Filip Ristovski SATURDAY MAY 12, 18:30 DON GIOVANNI SUNDAY MAY 13, 11:00 THE TOY BOX Claude Debussy SUNDAY MAY 13, 19:00 BALLET GALA European Days of the Opera Show directed by Alin Gheorghiu Soloists: Laura Blica Toader, Bogdan Canila, Noellie Coutisson, Bianca Fota, Andra Ionete, Mariya Lozanova, Mihai Mezei, Marina Minoiu, Takashi Okita, Gabriela Popovici, Mihaela Soare, Valentin Stoica, Vlad Toader, Gigel Ungureanu WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 21:30 LA FILLE MAL GARDEE THURSDAY MAY 17, 19:30 L’ELISIR D’AMORE: Love, magic and other illusions Studio Hall. Conference realized by Calea Victoriei Foundation in partnership with ONB, within the program “Why we go to the Opera?” Moderator: Tiberiu Soare FRIDAY MAY 18, 19:30 VIENNESE MUSIC EVENING SEOB show, Studio Hall Piano Madalina Florescu SATURDAY MAY 19, 19:00 MADAMA BUTTERFLY Event Show SUNDAY MAY 20, 11:00 HARAP-ALB SEOB show, Studio Hall SUNDAY MAY 20, 18:30 L’ELISIR D’AMORE PREMIERE By Gaetano Donizetti. Conductor - Ciprian Teodorascu Event Show TUESDAY MAY 22, 19:00 KAOSS BIRDS IN NOWHERE’S VILLE Studio Hall, during New Music International Week. Soundtheatre performance with Free Sound Group: Irinel Anghel - voice, performance, Sebastian Burneci – trumpet, Sorin Romanescu Kaoss Pad, Kaosscillator WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 19:00 EVGHENI ONEGHIN WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 19:30 RITA THURSDAY MAY 24, 19:30 LE CANTATRICI VILLANE By Valentino Fioravanti SEOB show, Studio Hall Opera show adults’ recommended FRIDAY MAY 25, 19:30 VOCAL-INSTRUMENTAL RECITAL SATURDAY MAY 26, 19:00 MOMAI SI MUMII – PREMIERE Studio Hall, during New Music International Week. Cor Director - Stefan Neagrau, choir conductor - Jinga Daniel, piano Dan Dediu SATURDAY MAY 26, 19:30 BALLET EVENING SUNDAY MAY 27, 11:00 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT DREAM SEOB Show, Great Hall SUNDAY MAY 27, 18:30 L’ELISIR D’AMORE By Gaetano Donizetti. Conductor - Ciprian Teodorascu Event Show WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 19:00 DON QUIJOTE WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 19:30 TANGO EMOCION SEOB show. Passion scenic story by Oana Andra Solists: Oana Andra, Andras Chiriliuc, piano: Alexandru Petrovici Adults recommended show. THURSDAY MAY 31, 18:30 L’ELISIR D’AMORE By Gaetano Donizetti. Conductor - Ciprian Teodorascu Event Show

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Globalstar Travel Management Annual Conference, in Romania Globalstar Travel Management, one of the largest worldwide network of travel agents, present in 77 countries, with 91 members and a turnover of over 13 billion dollars in 2011, organize in Bucharest its tenth Annual Conference, from May 23 to 25. The event, organized for the ďŹ rst time in Romania, is hosted by Perfect Tour, the Globalstar travel agency partner in Romania. Globalstar holds an annual meeting of all partners, and also suppliers and other tourism players as guests. From this perspective, the organization of the 10th Annual Conference of the Globalstar Travel Management in our country is an opportunity for Perfect Tour agency and also for Romania to be present in front of guests from around the world as a provider of quality business travel, but also as an attractive tourist destination for both leisure tourism and business tourism. For the national and multinational companies in our country and for the businesspeople in Romania, working with a Globalstar network partner travel agency means the guarantee of their service quality to international standards, prompt and

appropriate response to their requirements and the most competitive business travel oers, also the best conditions for travel and accommodation. The 10th Annual Conference of the Globalstar Travel Management includes a series of workshops and meetings between participants and a meeting with the media in Romania, the ďŹ rst meeting of the Globalstar with the Romanian journalists. Representatives of Globalstar, Jeremy Bull - Chairman, Steve Hartwell - President and Mark van Iersel - Marketing and Recruitment Partner Director, will present the results of the network for last year and forecasts for 2012, while representatives of Perfect Tour, Corina Pacuraru - General Director and Sorina Vaduvoiu - Executive Director, will review the progress and expectations of the business travel market in Romania. Globalstar is a worldwide network of national tourism agency, from the top specialized companies in the local markets, which was founded in 2001 and, after 11 years developed the network to 91 travel agencies in 77 countries. Only last year, 10 new partners

have joined Globalstar. Globalstar Travel Management has chosen Romania to host the Annual Conference this year, following a competition involving agents from various countries - Turkey, Luxembourg, Greece, Kazakhstan, South Africa, United Kingdom, Croatia, Egypt and Jordan. Previously, Globalstar annual conferences were held in Buenos Aires (2006), Las Vegas (2007), Dubai (2008), Macau (2009), Sao Paulo (2010) and Miami (2011). Established in 2004, Perfect Tour is in top three travel agencies in Romania and became a Globalstar partner in November 2010.

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Welcome to the GAME! The National Arena, UEFA Elite Stadium

The new National Arena is a football stadium just completed in Bucharest, in the Lia Manoliu Sports Complex. Finished mid-2011, it hosts Romania national football team’s games, the Romania Cup, and the Romanian Supercup finals. The official inauguration was on September 6, 2011, featuring the official football match between Romania and France (0-0). Despite the delays, the stadium was finished before the deadline, in order to host the UEFA Europa League 2011–12 final, scheduled in Bucharest on May 9, 2012, starting at 20:45. So, now we welcome you for the finals! The total cost of the new arena is Euro 170 million, paid by the Municipality of Bucharest and the Romanian Government and it is estimated that the construction costs will be earn within 25 years. In October 2009, it was also decided that the stadium include a retractable roof which can be opened or closed in 15 minutes, allowing for year around usage. The venue has 55,200 seats, with a potential expansion to 63,000. 3,600 VIP seats are available, and 364 seats are prearranged for the press sector (with a possible expansion to 548 seats, as in the case of this final). For smooth operations, many of the services available at the stadium will be leased

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Romanian sports teams have won many trophies in international competitions and they deserved a grand and modern national arena in the Capital. Of course, we never won a major competition in football with the national team, but this sport is without any doubt the most popular in Romania. That’s why the new national football arena is a dream came true. And hosting the Europa League Final match, on May 9, tops any football event hosted by Romania ever.

out, including the stadium operations, and commercial spaces around the arena. This way the stadium will have a functional aspect not only during the games, but in the daily life of the neighboring community. The landscape and business facilities should become soon a pole of attraction and recreation for Bucharesters. The entire stadium can be completely evacuated in 8 minutes; access to the stadium will be on foot or by car from city streets. There are 3,000 parking places for people coming to the stadium, with access roads. Two underground areas are designed as parking spaces (200 places) and technical areas for football teams, coaches and media representatives, and the access for the players to the football arena. On the ground floor there are some loges and entrances for fans, the first floor includes VIP loges while the second floor has the circular ring for spectators, leading to the balcony of the stadium, which seats 35,450 people. Welcome to the GAME!

National Complex: Capacity: 55,200 Football (Soccer). Surface: Grass. Owner: Municipality of Bucharest. 37-39, Basarabia Blvd. Ph.: 021-318-0080/81/82


The previous National Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium. It was built in 1953, in five months, for the 4th World Festival of Youth and Students, which the Communist regime specifically wanted to be held in Bucharest. Opened on August 2, 1953, it was at first known as “Stadionul 23 August”, and later on as “Stadionul National”. It had capacity for 60,120 people at football or rugby games and 70,000 for concerts, but there were major events when almost 100,000 people attended. The sports complex that included the National Stadium, is called Lia Manoliu after the famous Romanian athlete. Although the stadium was mostly used for football matches, starting with 1990, it hosted a number of concerts, including Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour concert on October 1, 1992, as well as the History World Tour on September 14, 1996. Some 70,000 people attended the concert. Other major concerts included Aerosmith (1994), Metallica (1999), Depeche Mode (2006), The Rolling Stones and George Michael (2007). In October 2005, it was decided to completely rebuild the stadium, but only a few repairs were carried on. The work began in December 2007, when funds became available. The last football match played at the National Stadium, after 54 years of service, was a 6-1 win against Albania on November 21, 2007. Immediately after the match, a few seats were removed from the stadium, as a symbolic start of construction. The original stadium was demolished to make room for a new one


1. ITALY: 15 (9 wins / 6 defeats) 2. GERMANY: 14 (6 wins / 8 defeats) 3. ENGLAND: 11 (6 wins / 5 defeats) 4. SPAIN: 10 (6 wins / 4 defeats) – Spain already is no 3, with 12 games in the final at the moment Real Madrid CF 2 (Winners – 2, 1985, 1986) Sevilla FC 2 (Winners – 2, 2006, 2007) RCD Espanyol 2 (Runners-up – 2, 1988, 2007) Valencia CF 1 (Winners – 1, 2004) Atlético de Madrid 1 (Winners – 1, 2010) Athletic Club 1 (Runners-up – 1, 1977) Deportivo Alavés 1 (Runners-up – 1, 2001)

The Trophy

The UEFA Europa League trophy weighs 15 kg, stands 65 cm high and is silver on a yellow marble plinth, which carries the names and flags of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners. It was designed by Swiss artist Alex W. Diggelmann and crafted by the Bertoni workshops in Milan for the 1972 final. Unusually, it has no handles, its beauty lying in its simplicity. Just above the plinth, a group of players seem to be jostling for the ball. In fact they are supporting the octagonal cup which is emblazoned with the UEFA emblem. While the trophy itself has not changed during the shift from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League, the regulations pertaining to it have. Previously, the original UEFA Cup was kept by the winners for 11 months, before being ceremoniously handed over to the host city of the next final. The holders were also entitled to keep a four-fifths size replica to celebrate their achievement. Under the UEFA Europa League regulations, the original trophy stays with UEFA and a full-size replica is presented to the winning club to keep. Only four captains have managed to lift the trophy more than once. The most recent was Sevilla FC captain Javi Navarro, who led his team to victory in Eindhoven in 2006 and Glasgow in 2007. The only other captain to get his hands on the trophy in successive

seasons was another Spanish defender, Real Madrid CF skipper José Antonio Camacho, in 1985 and 1986. Berti Vogts took slightly longer to complete his double, winning the trophy with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1975 and 1979, while Emlyn Hughes was victorious at the 1973 and 1976 finals with Liverpool FC and FC Internazionale Milano’s Giuseppe Bergomi held the trophy aloft in both 1991 and 1994. UEFA Europa League trophy visited Bucharest About one month before the final, UEFA President Michel Platini has presented the UEFA Europa League trophy to the city of Bucharest as the countdown began to the final. The trophy handover ceremony was at the National Arena Bucharest, venue for the final. The UEFA Europa League trophy was handed over to the mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, by UEFA President Michel Platini. Sorin Oprescu, Bucharest’s mayor, told us at the event: “Romanians know how to welcome their guests – teams, officials, fans, tourists – and this final between two Latin teams in a Latin country will represent an immense joy for all Bucharest people.” After the trophy handover ceremony the UEFA Europa League trophy’s started its tour of Bucharest. The famous silverware has been hosted in ten important locations during the last month. The tour’s final destination was again the National Arena.


• Club FC Internazionale Milano 3(1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98) Juventus 3 (1976/77, 1989/90, 1992/93) Liverpool FC 3(1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01) FC Porto, Feyenoord, IFK Göteborg, Parma FC, Real Madrid CF, Tottenham Hotspur FC, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, Sevilla FC 2 • Coach Giovanni Trapattoni 3 (Juventus 1976/77, 1990/91, 1992/93) Juande Ramos 2 (Sevilla FC 2005/06, 2006/07) • Country Italy 9 England, Germany, Spain 6 Netherlands 4 Portugal, Russia, Sweden 2 Belgium, Turkey, Ukraine 1 Most UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup goals in one season: Falcao - 17 (FC Porto, 2010/11)

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Road to the final The UEFA Europa League comprises three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and five knockout rounds. Qualifying - In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the playoffs, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw. Group stage - The 38 play-off round winners join the ten losers from the UEFA Champions League play-offs. The clubs are split into 12 groups of four teams, playing home and away against each of their pool opponents. Two sides from each section advance, proceeding into the round of 32 alongside eight third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage. Knockout phase - From the last 32 until the semi-finals, clubs play two games against each other on a home-and-away basis. Final - The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at the National Arena, Bucharest on Wednesday 9 May. Extra time and penalty kicks - If the result stands as a draw at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes shall be played. If one of the teams scores more goals than the other during extra time, that team shall be declared the winner. If the two teams are still equal after extra time, the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark. 8

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All-Spanish Final in Bucharest The two finalists first competed in 1921 but Athletic Club and Club Atlético de Madrid’s rivalry gain a new dimension for their meeting in the UEFA Europa League final. The competition will be decided in an all-Spanish final. That was also the case in the UEFA Cup final in 2006/07, when Sevilla FC beat RCD Espanyol on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Of the last nine editions of this competition, four have been won by Spanish sides. With their same coloured shirts and similar names, there will be no need for introductions when Athletic Club and Club Atlético de Madrid meet in the final. These are teams who have been rivals since the Liga began. Atlético can point to more experience of the big stage in Europe, having contested five previous UEFA competition finals, winning two: the 1961/62 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, in which they defeated ACF Fiorentina, and the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, when they beat Fulham FC. Athletic’s only previous European final brought defeat on away goals by Juventus in the 1977 UEFA Cup. Athletic may have less European final experience but they share with Barcelona the

record for most Copa del Rey final appearances – 35 ahead of the clubs’ showdown in this season’s final on 25 May. The Basque club have won 23 domestic cups to Atlético’s nine. Athletic Club Bilbao has domestic cup finals to look forward to Athletic meeting FC Barcelona in the Spanish Cup on May 25. Athletic’s coach is former Argentina defender Marcelo Bielsa, who briefly led Espanyol in 1998 before taking charge of Argentina (1998–2004) and Chile (2007–11). This is his first season as a player or coach in UEFA club competition. Athletic have never played in Bucharest. Athletic have never met Club Atlético de Madrid in UEFA competition, though they have met plenty in the Spanish league. For Atlético Madrid, the final would be their 100th UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League appearance. Atlético have been to the Romanian capital three times, with the record W1 D1 L1. Diego Simeone replaced Gregorio Manzano as Atlético coach on 23 December. The former Argentina midfield had two spells at the club as a player, winning a domestic double in 1995/96. He lifted the 1997/98 UEFA Cup with Inter and is coaching in Europe for a second time, having helped Calcio Catania avoid relegation from Serie A in 2010/11. Simeone turn 42 on 28 April.

SQUAD LIST Athletic Club Bilbao Goalkeepers: 1 Gorka Iraizoz ESP 13 Raúl ESP 30 Aitor ESP 33 Kepa Arrizabalaga ESP Defenders: 3 Jon Aurtenetxe ESP 5 Fernando Amorebieta VEN 6 Mikel San José ESP 12 Koikili ESP 15 Andoni Iraola ESP 16 Iban Zubiaurre ESP 20 Aitor Ocio ESP 22 Xabier Castillo ESP 23 Borja Ekiza ESP 31 Jonás Ramalho ESP Midfields: 8 Ander Iturraspe ESP 10 Óscar de Marcos ESP 17 Íñigo Pérez ESP 18 Carlos Gurpegi ESP 21 Ander Herrera ESP 24 Javi Martínez ESP 32 Inigo Ruiz De Galarreta ESP 34 Aitor Seguín Cid ESP 35 Álvaro Peña ESP Forwards: 2 Gaizka Toquero ESP 7 David López ESP 9 Fernando Llorente ESP 11 Igor Gabilondo ESP 14 Markel Susaeta ESP 19 Iker Muniain ESP 26 Igor Martínez ESP 27 Guillermo Fernandez ESP 28 Ibai Gómez ESP Coach Marcelo Bielsa ARG Top goalscorers: Fernando Llorente 7 Markel Susaeta 5 Iker Muniain 5 Óscar de Marcos 4

Club Atletico de Madrid

Athletic Club Formed: 1898 Nickname: Los Leones (The Lions)

UEFA club competition honours • UEFA Cup finalist - 1977

Domestic honours (most recent)

League title: 8 (1984) Spanish Cup: 23 (1984) UEFA Cup/Europa League Records • Biggest home win: 5-0: Athletic v Újpest FC • Biggest away win: 1-7: R. Standard de Liège v Athletic • Heaviest home defeat: 0-3: Athletic v SV Werder Bremen • Heaviest away defeat: 5-1: Juventus v Athletic, 4-0: RSC Anderlecht v Athletic

Goalkeepers: 13 Thibaut Courtois BEL 25 Sergio Asenjo ESP 47 David Gil ESP Defenders: 2 Diego Godín URU 3 Antonio López ESP 6 Filipe Luis BRA 17 Sílvio POR 18 Álvaro Domínguez ESP 21 Luis Perea COL 23 Miranda BRA 36 Ángel Propin ESP 38 Luis Ruiz Sayago ESP 40 Miguel Linares ESP 43 Adrián Formigo Pérez ESP 45 Andrés ESP 49 Gallas SEN Midfields: 4 Mario Suárez ESP 5 Tiago POR 11 Arda Turan TUR 12 Paulo Assunção BRA 14 Gabi ESP 15 Pizzi POR 19 Koke ESP 35 Papa Ibrahima Diatta SEN 39 Pedro Astray ESP 42 Sergio Cidoncha ESP 44 Sergio Marcos ESP 48 Saúl Ñiguez ESP Forwards: 7 Adrián López ESP 8 Eduardo Salvio ARG 9 Falcao COL 20 Juanfran ESP 22 Diego BRA 26 Abdelkader Oueslati FRA 31 Ndoye Momar SEN 34 Domenech Fernández ESP 41 Pedro Martín ESP 46 Juanjo Muko EQG Coach - Diego Simeone Top goalscorers: Falcao 10 Adrián López 8 Eduardo Salvio 4 Arda Turan 2

Club Atlético de Madrid Formed: 1903 Nickname: Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers)

UEFA club competition honours

• European Champion Clubs’ Cup - 1974 • UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League - 2010 • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1962, (1963), (1986) • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2010 • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 2007, (2004)

Domestic honours (most recent)

League title: 9 (1996) Spanish Cup: 9 (1996) UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup Records • Biggest home win - 4-0 on three occasions, most recently v Udinese Calcio • Biggest away win - 0-5: Kayseri Erciyesspor v Atlético • Heaviest home defeat - 1-3: Atlético v Parma FC • Heaviest away defeat - 4-1: Boavista FC v Atlético

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Visiting the Wine Princess and Recas Cellars My recent presence as a media partner at the International Wine Fair VINVEST brought me great surprises offered by the organizers. The evening of the first day brought the first thematic visit of the delegation of tourism journalists, at the Wine Princess Cellar. For a compact group of 50 people is ideal to understand wine at home, and the cellar manager, Balla Geza, also enologist of the Wine Princess wines, constantly organize such professional wine tasting. Situated in Arad county, in the Minis vineyard, the Wine Princess cellar is recognized by the public for its wines in “bottles in paper bags tied with raffia,” as less familiar customers use to say. For their part the Wine

journalists have been seduced by the charisma and passion shown by their guide and wine cellar manager, Balla Geza. During the tasting, but also at the end, everybody applauded the wines presentation. Saturday, the second day of the International Wine Fair VINVEST, the group of journalists we went to the Recas cellars, where we were greeted by Ioan Georgiu, general manager of Recas Winery. Within the well-known Banat vineyards, and in the winery special arranged for visits and tastings for professionals, we tasted seven wines, among which those medal awarded at the Wine and Spirits National Competition VINVEST 2012. The tasting began with the 2011 Italian Riesling, then 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, both tasted for the first time. We continued with Chardonnay and with an interesting

Princess wines lovers, is seen as the “place” of the best “Cadarca”. Along with the delegation of journalists I have had the opportunity to first taste wines that have not yet been placed on the shops shelves, along with wines that made the prestige of the Wine Princess Cellar. After I visited the cellars and I saw the wine line, along with the other journalists I tasted 10 wines: three white and seven red. The tasting began with a Maderat Mustoasa, has continued with Pinot Gris, Minis Furmint (rare in Romania), and we arrived to the Stone

Wine family, 2009 Pinot noir, and then Minis Cadarca Reserve, designed for the hospitality industry. A much appreciated wine was 2009 Black Feteasca, but also Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Burgund (also rare in Romania). The tasting ended with Cadarisima, who made ladies delight. During the nearly four hours, all the 10

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assortment of four white wines and one red, gathered under the name Solo Quinta. Last three wines were Rose, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and the awarded 2011 Cabernet Savignon “Castel Huniade “. The wines were accompanied by appetizing French and international dishes. But we should note that Saturday brought at the International Wine Fair VINVEST, organized in the Regional Business Center, many groups of Romanian visitors, delegations from abroad, but also many wine lovers. On Saturday took place the medals awarding festivity for the winning wines at the Wine and Spirits National Competition VINVEST 2012. One of the great gold medals went to Jidvei sparkling wine. After the ceremony, these wines were tasted by journalists and guests. In the afternoon, several manufacturers have launched their recent harvest wines.


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city life • ESSENTIAL INFORMATION • HOTELS • MUSEUMS • SHOW BIZ • CULTURAL INSTITUTES • MUST SEE IN BUCHAREST ESSENTIAL INFORMATION POLICE - Like all cities, Bucharest too has dangerous spots; however, it is considered a safe city in European terms. The city center is usually safe, but at night be careful in parks and peripheral areas. General Emergency number: 112 for Police, Ambulance & Fire Department. There are also private ambulance services: dial for Puls 9737 or 021-243-1333, for Doris 978 or 021-335-5065, for SOS Medical and Ambulance Services 9761 or 0722-333-000, for Village Medical Clinic Ambulance 0723-343-219. TELEPHONES The payphones in the city are phone card operated. When calling into Romania, you need to dial 004, then the eight digit subscriber’s number - dropping the first 0 of the area code. When dialling a mobile number from abroad, the initial 0 is also dropped. Romanian city codes (selected): Brasov (0268), Constanta (0241), Bucharest (021), Cluj (0264), S biu (0269), Sinaia (0244), Timisoara (0256). International country codes (selected): Australia (61), Austria (43), Belgium (32), Canada/US (1), Danmark (45), France (33), Germany (49), Greece (30), Hungary (36), Irealand (353), Israel (972), Italy (39), Japan (81), Moldova (373), Netherlands (31), Poland (48), Romania (40), Russia (7), Spain (34), TRANSLATORS Translingua: 306, Calea Mosilor, Bl. 56A, Ap. 11 Ph.: 021-211-70-46, 0722-250-908; Fax: 021-211-70-46. Prosper - ASE Language Centre: 2, Calea Grivitei St., 2nd floor, room 4211; Ph./Fax: 021-21178-00. Talk Partners: Ph.: 0771-540-479; 0724-353-215; Central European Translation: 19, Unirii Blvd., Bl. 4B, 1st Entr., 4th floor, Ap.13; Ph.: 021-336-28-25; Fax: 021-336-27-24. Serious Business: 3, Corneliu Coposu Blvd.Bl. 101, 1st floor, Apt. 17. Ph.: 021-321-46-41; Fax: 021-320-33-13. POST OFFICES The Central Post Office is at 10, Matei Millo St. (near the Phone Company building on Calea Victoriei). Open: 7:30-20:00. Closed Sunday. MONEY Money can be exchanged at banks, hotels and private offices (Casa de schimb valutar). There can be major differences in rates, especially between the banks and the private exchange offices. Changing money in the street is illegal and inadvisable. Bank notes are in the following denominations: LEI 1,00; 5,00; 10,00; 50,00; 100,00 and 500;00. Coins: Bani 1; 5; 10; 50. Banks are open


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Rely on these pages for guidance on where to go and what to do during your visit. The letter/number combinations at the end of listings are coordinates for the map (back cover). For subway map see also the back cover. Locations marked in a red square are situated in Old Town.

weekdays from 8:30 to noon and from 14:00 to 16:00. VISAS EU and American citizens with a valid passport can visit for 90 days with no visa requirement. All other visitors will need a visa. Visas should be obtained prior to the arrival, from Romanian Diplomatic Missions’ Offices in your country. A list of the nations for which a Romanian visa is required can be found at Three day transit visa: US$ 15/25. One entry visa: US$ 25, multiple entry visa US$ 60. For a few exceptional situations a 10-day special visa can be obtained at customs, entering Romania. For visa extensions and other information go to the passport office at 29, Nicolae Iorga St., near Piata Romana. PRIVATE CLINICS & EMERGENCY HOSPITALS

advices. 54, Sf. Elefterie St. Ph.: 021-410-9852, 0745-830-388. Open: 10:00 – 22:00. Le Club: Members and Pullman guests only. Indoor swimming pool, outdoor and indoor tennis and squash court, fitness equipment, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, sauna, massage. 120, Soseaua Nordului. Ph.: 021-232-3405. Open: 08:00 – 22:00. Diplomatic Club: Outdoor pool, tennis and football courts, 8-hole golf course, table-tennis facilities and massage salon. 1, Aleea Minovici. Ph.: 021-222-8497. Open: 09:00 - 18:00. FitClub: With customized fitness routines and body rituals, FitClub invites guests to indulge in a new wellness dimension. 5 – 7, Calea Dorobantilor (Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel), 2nd floor; Ph.: 021-201-5077, Open Monday-Friday : 07:00 – 13:00 , 14:00 – 21:00 ; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-19:00. Fit & Fun Club: The club is complimentary to

Biomedica International: 42 Eminescu St., Ph. 021-230-8001 Emergency Clinic Hospital: 8, Calea Floreasca, Ph. 021-317-0171; 021-317-0121 Medico Clinique: 9, Visarion St., Ph. 021-650-7060, 021-315-5426 /27 Medicover Medical: Centre96, Calea Plevnei, Ph. 021-310-4410 Ophthalmology Emergency Clinic Hospital: 1, Piata Lahovari, Ph. 021-319-2753 Regina Maria: • 57, Unirii Blvd, Ph. 021-3271188 ; • 2, Staicovici St, Opera Center. Ph 021-412-0110 • 12, G Enescu St, Ph. 021-316-5876/77/78 NON-STOP PHARMACIES There is no problem with finding a pharmacy in your neighborhood, no matter where you are in Bucharest. Here are some pharmacies with nonstop service: Farmacia Verde: 15, Calea Dorobantilor, Ph. 021-230-1451 Sensiblu: 65, Calea Dorobantlor, Ph. 021-211-1127, Farmadex: 19, N Titulescu Blvd, Ph. 0744-650-078 MedFARM: 34, I.C. Bratianu Blvd, Ph. 021-315-2309 DENTISTS Alpha Dent Company: 300, Calea Calarasilor St., Ph. 021-321-3099 Dent Elysee: 51, J.L. Calderon St., Ph. 021-312-3300; 0723-380-498 Dent Estet: • 15, Aviatorilor Blvd. Ph. 021-2221108 • 7, G. Alexandrescu St, Ph. 0723-602-020 HEALTH CLUBS & SPA Cella Center: Anti Age therapies, Sunspectra, Iow ozon bath, reflexotherapy, shiatsu, lymph drainage and Swedish massage, Acupuncture, Beautification techniques with Dysport and NewFill, facial and body peeling. Cellulites treatment, Physiotherapy, SPA therapies, nutrition

all hotel guests and offers the possibility to relax and feel in perfect shape at the same time. You can enjoy the swimming pool & whirlpool, sauna, Jacuzzi, or be active and try the fully equipped gymnasium or the tennis courts. Personal trainer available for a monthly fee. 1, Poligrafiei Blvd. (Crowne Plaza Hotel); Ph.:; Open: 08.00 – 23.00. Eden Spa: 39, Primaverii Blvd., Ph.: 021-3168148; 0721-321-294. Open: Mon. – Fri. 09:00 - 21:00, Sat. 09:00 18:00. Epoque Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation for body and spirit. Facilities: indoor pool with different types of hydro-massage (waterfalls for neck and shoulders massage, geyser etc), steam room, dry sauna & bio-sauna, emotional showers, traditional cold shower, massage and fitness. 17C Aurora Street Ph: 021 / 312 32 32 Open: Monday to Sunday

10:00 – 22:00. Floreasca Club: Members only. Indoors pool, body building center and outdoors tennis courts. 1, Mircea Eliade St. Ph.: 021-230-7970. Open: 10:00 - 22:00. Grand Hotel Continental Spa: A calm and peaceful retreat with relaxation facilities including a maxi-jacuzzi, massage salons and sauna, providing an extensive range of body beauty and care treatments. Any of these therapies renew your energy. You can enjoy fitness and aerobic sessions with guidance from personal trainers available by appointment. C.C. accepted. 56, Calea Victoriei (Grand Hotel Continental), basement; Ph.: 021-310-6550; 0751-268-706. Open: Mon. - Sun. – 09:00 –21:00. Hilton Health Club: 1-3, Episcopiei St. (Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest) Ph.: 021-303-3777 ext.6808. Open daily 06:00 22:00,. InterContinental Health Club: Public access on the 22nd floor. Full range of facilities. Sauna, massage, solarium, fitness centre, hexagonal swimming pool. C.C accepted. Parking lot. 4 Nicolae Balcescu Blvd. (InterContinental Hotel), 22nd floor; Ph.: 021-310-2020. Open: 06.00 22.00. Magnolia Spa: 20, Sperantei St. Ph.: 021-3112779; Open: Tue. – Fri. 12:30 - 20:00, Sat: 10:30 - 18:00. “Majestic” Wellness Club: Thoughtfully designed facilities for the benefit and convenience of the Ramada Majestic Bucharest Hotel guests. The Majestic Wellness Club includes: Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Cardio & Fitness Center, Sauna, Massage. Aerobic, Step, Tae-bo, Body-flex; Aqua Gym; Swimming lessons. 38-40, Calea Victoriei. Ph.: (021) 310 27 20; Fax: (021) 310 27 99 Open: daily 07:00 – 21:30. Novotel Bucarest City Centre Wellness Centre: After a busy day we invite you to relax and unwind in the Wellness Centre. Indoor swimming pool with artificial waves, fitness centre, gym, massage, hammam and Power Plate are at your disposal. Underground parking available. Credit Cards accepted. 37B Victoriei Boulevard , District 1 (Novotel Bucarest City Centre), mezzanine floor. Ph.: 021 308 85 61 – outside call, 8561 – from your room. Open daily: 06:00 - 22:00. Pro Estetica Medical Spa: 38-40, Tudor Stefan St., 4th floor. Ph.: 021-230-5921, 0788-171-052. Open: Mon. Fri. 09:00 - 20:00, Sat. - on request. World Class Fitness Center at Plaza Romania: 26, Timisoara Blvd., Ph.: 021-318-3681. Fitness&Spa Jolie Ville: Jolie Ville Galleria, 103 bis, Erou Iancu Nicolae, Ph.: 021-269-0160, 0731-832-299. • Health Academy Downtown 61-81, Calea Victoriei, Ph.: 021-313-1104 • Health Academy at InCity 188, Calea Dudesti, Ph.: 031-432-8600 • Health Academy at Upground 9-11, Fabrica de glucoza St., Ph.: 021-796-1365 DRIVING IN ROMANIA The legal speed limit is 50 km/hr in cities, 90 km/ hr outside the city and 120 km/hr on highways. Driving above these limits will result in fines with the poss bility of losing your license. Most international driving licenses are accepted in Romania, but check with the rental company to be sure. Some rental car companies also provide the service of hiring a car with a driver. A blood alcohol level of any kind is not tolerated, and talking on a cell phone while driving is also proh bited.

RENT A CAR Cars can be rented in a variety of places. Several offices are available in the Arrivals Hall at the Otopeni International Airport and most upscale hotels. Major cities in Romania are also covered for both pick-up and collection services. Active Rent a Car: Reservations: Ph.: 0727-644644 Avis: Reservations: Ph.: 021-210-4344, 021-210-4345; Fax: 021-210-6912.; Bavaria Rent a Car: Reservations: Ph.: 021-2014534; 0730-333-705. Head Office: Ph.: 021-312-9857; 0744-586-724; 0744-638-292. Fax: 021-312-9982. Compact Premium: Head Office: Ph.:021- 3129857; 0744-586-724; 0744-638-292. Fax: 021-312-9982. Reservations: Ph.: 021-335-7533; Fax:021-335-7532; AIRPORTS Henri Coanda International Airport: – for international and domestic flights. Ph.: Switchboard: (+4021) 204-1000 Customs: ext.: 1514 ; Lost luggage: ext. 1043 Airport Police: ext.: 1523 Aurel Vlaicu Airport (Baneasa): – for domestic and international flights. Ph.: (+4021) 9371, 021-232-0020 ext.: 131. Transportation to/from Henri Coanda Airport: RATB: City Bus #783 Connecting Otopeni to the City center. Important stops: Pullman Hotel, Piata Victoriei, Piata Romana, Piata Unirii. TAXI SERVICES Airport taxis are available at the arrivals hall but they may charge you 3 to 10 times as much as a Bucharest regular taxi. Euro Fly Taxi is the official airport taxi, and they are queued outside Henri Coanda Airrivals terminal. If not, call 9440. The average price from Haenri Coanda Airport to Bucharest: 15 Euros. CITY TAXI SERVICES You can olso call a city taxi by phoning one of these numbers: 9427, 9439, 9451, 9425, 9435, 9444, 9422. Prices vary from one taxi company to another. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Relatively safe and efficient, Bucharest’s public transport system covers the entire city with buses, tramways, trolleys and metro (subway) services, operating from 5 a.m. to midnight. Magnetic cards can be bought at RATB kiosks, located on the main thoroughfares in the city, for ground transportation, and in every Metro station for the underground network. Bus, Tram, Trolleys – LEI 1,30 per ticket, LEI 8,00 for one-day pass, LEI 50,00 for a monthly pass. EXPRESS buses use a magnetic card. Metro – LEI 3.00 for two-fare pass, LEI 10,00 for ten-fare pass, LEI 6,00 for one-day pass, LEI 27,00 - for a 62 fare passcard. SHOW BIZ Concerts usually start around 6 pm except for Opera and Musical Comedy matinees which start around 11 am. The Music University of Bucharest presents mostly classic recitals which are usually free of charge. The Opera has an extensive repertoire and enjoys international renown. The Athenaeum hosts concerts featuring the Romanian National and Inter-national Philharmonic Orchestras. The Romanian Radio Society organizes concerts in its two halls

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starting at 7 pm; Generally, individual tickets for opera shows and classic music concerts range between 5 - 15 RON. In Bucharest, cinemas change program every Friday. Movies are shown in their original language with Romanian subtitles. The majority of cinemas show American movies, but one can also find European movies at the French Institute Cinema or the Cinemateca. The row and set number is indicated on your ticket or separate stub. Ticket prices vary from Lei 5 - 35 RON OPERA & CONCERTS Atheneul Roman: 6D 1, Franklin St. Ph.: 021-315-6875; 021-315-2567 National Opera: 7D 70-72, Mihail Kogalniceanu Blvd. Ph.: 021-314-6980; 021-311-5254 Sala Radio (Romanian Radio Society): 6C 60-64, G-ral Berthelot St. Ph.: 021-303-1153; 021-314-7770. Sala Palatului: 6D 1, Cretulescu St. Ph.: 021-315-9710 / ext. 761; 021-315-7372 Teatrul National de Opereta “Ion Dacian”: 7D 2, N. Balcescu Blvd. Ph.: 021-313-6348. George Enescu Philharmonic: 6D 1-3, Franklin St. Ph: 021-315-0024; Box Office: 021-315-6875

Andreescu, Luchian, Tonitza, Pallady, Petrascu, Brâncusi, Paciurea. The Village Museum: 5C 28-30, Soseaua Kiseleff. Ph.: 021-224-2759. Open daily: Nov.-Apr.: 09:00 – 17:00 May-Oct.: 09:00 - 19:00. One of the most valuable ethnographic museums in the world. A creation of sociologist Dimitrie Gusti in 1936, the outdoor museum covers 30 hectares with over 70 exh bits of houses, 99 auxiliary buildings, churches and traditional techniques and utensils (water and windmills, oil presses, etc) from all of the country’s provinces. Folkloric art collections and souvenirs. Art Collections Museum: 6D 111, Calea Victoriei. Ph: 021- 211.17.49, 021- 212.96.41. Visiting hours: Saturday- Wednesday 11.00 –19.00 (May-September); 10.00 – 18.00 (October-April); Closed: Thursday, Friday, 1st January, Easter Sunday, 25th December. Founded in 1978, the museum houses previously

MUSEUMS Bucharest is a city of history and arts. It probably has more museums per capita than any other capital in the world. Below you’ll find a list of selected museums. Usually there is a nominal entrance fee. Multi-lingual guides are typically available on request at no charge. Most museums are closed on Mondays. National Museum of Art of Romania: 6D 49-53, Calea Victoriei. Ph: 021-314 81 19; 021-313 30 30. Visiting hours: WednesdaySunday 11.00 –19.00 (May-September); 10.00 – 18.00 (October-April); Closed: Monday, Tuesday, 1st January, Easter Sunday, 25th December. The National Museum of Art of Romania is

housed in the former Royal Palace which is located on Victoriei Avenue, in an area of great architectural and historical value. The European Art Gallery includes painting, sculpture and decorative art. The most important schools of European art are well represented by works of Domenico Veneziano, Lucas Cranach the Elder, El Greco, Pieter Breughel the Younger, Rembrandt, Monet, Sisley, Rodin and other great names. The Gallery offers an overview of the most important artistic movements that marked art history from the early Renaissance till the first decades of the 20th century. The Medieval Romanian Art Gallery displays works from the 14th to the 19th century: frescoes, icons, embroideries, manuscripts, silver and gold objects and sculptures. The Romanian Modern Art Gallery illustrates the development of Romanian fine arts from the first decades of the 19th century till the second half of the 20th century. It includes works of Aman, Grigorescu,


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private collections that have been donated to the state in the course of time. They mirror accurately the development of Romanian art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries giving a fair view of the history of taste and of the economic power of native Romanian collectors. European as well as Oriental art works are also present The Museum of Bucharest City: 7D 2, I.C. Bratianu Blvd. Ph: 021-31025.62, 021-3156858. Open daily 10.00 -18.00, Closed: Monday and Tuesday. In the heart of the Capital, very close to the University Square, the outstanding building of Sutu Palace, a monument dating back to 1838, hosts this Museum of Bucharest City’s History. You will find here collections of archaeology, numismatics, photography, maps, documents, paintings, drawings, funeral stones, coats of arms, furniture, uniforms, flags, costumes and many others. “George Enescu” Museum: 6D 141, Calea Victoriei. Ph. 021-212-9649. Open daily 10:00–17:00; closed Monday. Houses collections

of the Mediavale Cotroceni Church (17th Century) and the old Royal Residence of King Ferdinand, Cotroceni Museum is a valuable architectural and historic site. Works of art for sale. The Observatory: 5D 21, Lascar Catargiu Blvd. Ph.: 021-212-9644. It includes both a science fiction and an astronomic club. This small museum of Romanian history of astronomy is worth visiting. CINEMAS Cinema City: 4, Vasile Milea Blvd., AFI Palace Cotroceni Ph.: 021-407-0000 Cinema City Sun Plaza: 391, Calea Vacaresti, Sun Plaza Ph.: 021-386-0600 CinemaPro: 3, Ion Ghica St. Ph.: 031-824-1360 Cinemateca: • Eforie Hall: 2, Eforie St. Ph.: 021313-0483; • Union Hall: 21, Ion Campineanu St. Ph.: 021-313-9289 Corso: 5, Regina Elisabeta Blvd. Ph.: 021-315-1334 Cityplex: City Mall, 3rd floor; 2, Oltenitei Ave. Ph.: 021-319-8226 Europa: 127, Calea Mosilor Ph.: 021-314-2714 Festival: 34, Regina Elisabeta Blvd. Ph.: 021-315-6384 French Institute “Elvira Popescu”: 77, Dacia Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-9930/0224 Glendale Studio: 9, Cotroceni Ave. Ph.: 021-316-3286 Gloria: 6, Bucovina St. Ph.: 021-324-4675 Hollywood Multiplex: 55-59, Calea Vitan, Bucuresti Mall Ph.: 021-327-7020/22 The Light Cinema: 151-171, Progresului Ave., Liberty Center Ph.: 021-369-9740, 021-369-9797 Movieplex Cinema: 26, Timisoara Blvd., Plaza Romania; Ph.: 021-407-8300 NCRR: 3, Kiseleff Ave., the National Museum of Romanian Peasant Ph.: 021-317-9660 Patria: 12-14, Magheru Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-9266 Scala: 2-4, Magheru Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-6708 Studio: 29, Magheru Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-5526 CULTURAL INSTITUTES Learning French, English, Italian or German is what you wanted for so long but you never had the time to do it? The cultural institutes in Bucharest have language classes to suite your learning appetite. Many of them also have impotrant l braries and mediateques highlighting the culture they represent. Subscriptions to the cultural centres’ libraries can vary from 10 to 30 Euro. British Council: 6D 14, Calea Dorobantilor, Ph. 021-307-9600. Fax: 021-307-9601/01 Open 09-19, Sat. 09-13, Sun closed. Goethe Institut (German Institute): 6C 8-10, Tudor Arghezi St. Ph. 021-311-97-62; 021311-97-82. Fax: 021-312-05-85; Open Mon - Thu 10-18, Fri 10-15. Free lending l brary program. German language courses available. L’Institut Français (French Institute): 6E 77, Dacia Blvd. Ph. 021-316-38-36; 021-316-02-24. Fax: 021-316-02-25; Open 10-20.30, Fri 10-14. Sat, Sun Closed. Theatre & film hall Elvire Popesco. Exhibition hall. Huge books, magazines, CDs and videotapes libraries. Internet café. French bistro. Language courses available. Instituto Cervantes (Spanish Institute): 6E 12, M. Serghiescu St. Ph. 021-210-27-37; 021210-47-27; 0921-210-6777; Fax: 021-210-77-67; Open Mon-Fri 09-19. Sat & Sun closed. Library & Spanish language courses available BUCHAREST JEWISH COMMUNITY

illustrating the history of music composition and documents from the life of eminent Romanian musician and composer George Enescu. National Cotroceni Museum: 7A 1, Geniului Blvd. Ph. 021-430-4485. Open daily 9:30–17:30 ; closed Monday.Reconstructing the atmosphere

The Great Synagogue: 11, Vasile Adamache St., sector 3; It was built during 1845 -1846 by the Ashkenazi Polish-Jewish community. Since 1992, the Great Synagogue hosts the exhibition The Memorial of Jewish Martyrs. Visiting hours: Mon – Thu 8:30 – 15:00, Fri & Sun 8:30 – 13:00.

Prayer Hours: Morning Prayer Sun - Fri 8:00, Evening Prayer Sun - Fri 19:00, Sat Morning Prayer 9:30. The Jewish Museum: 3, Mamulari St., sector 3; Located in the former Templul Unirea Sfânta (United Holy Temple) synagogue which survived both World War II and Nicolae Ceausescu unscathed. Displays a collection of books written, published, illustrated, or translated by Romanian Jews, an archive of the history of Romanian Jewry, a collection of paintings of and by Romanian Jews that, while relatively small, consists of works of a caliber worthy of a major art museum. Visiting hours: Mon - Thu 9:00 – 14:00, Fri 9:00 – 12:00, Sun 9:00 – 13:00. Choral Temple: 9-11, Sfanta Vineri St., sector 3; Currently closed to visitors and services due to heavy renovation works. Bucharest Jewish Community: 9-11, Sfanta Vineri St., Sector 3; For information please contact the office of the president, Erwin Simsensohn. Ph.: 021.313.1782, e-mail erwin@ HOTELS See our list featuring a growing number of hotels in Bucharest, from top-of-the-line, five-star international hotels to local Bed & Breakfasts. All telephone numbers are in area code 021 (+4021 if calling from abroad). See map (page 22) for the letter/number coordinates. Alexander ★★★★★ 1/VI, Pipera Blvd. ph: +40-21-569-5120; fax:+40-21-569-5119 Ambasador ★★★ 6D : 8-10, Magheru Blvd. ph: +40-21-315-9080; fax:+40-21-312-3595 angelo Airporthotel Bucharest ★★★★: 283, Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni. ph: +40-21-203-6500; fax: +40-21-203-6530 Armonia ★★★★ 7E : 112, Calea Mosilor, ph: +40-21-312-0477; fax: +40-21-312-0406. Athenée Palace Hilton Bucharest ★★★★★ : 6D 1-3, Episcopiei St. ph: +40-21-303-3777; fax: +40-21-315-2121. Banat ★★ 7E : 5, Piata Rosetti ph: +40-21-312-5784; fax: +40-21-312-6547. Best Western Plus Mari Vila Bucharest ★★★★: 44-50, Balta Doamnei St. ph: 021-5666666; fax: 021-568-8888 Capitol ★★★ 7D : 29, Calea Victoriei ph: +40-21-313-9440; fax: +40-21-312-4169 Carol Parc Hotel ★★★★★ 9D : 23-25, Aleea Suter , ph: +40-21-336-3377; fax: +40-21-336-3736 Caro ★★★ 2E : 164A, Barbu Vacarescu St. ph: +40-21-208-6100; fax: +40-21-208-6101; Casa Capsa ★★★★★ 7D : 36, Calea Victoriei ph: +40-21-313-4038 Casa Victor ★★★★ 4C : 44, Emanoil Porumbaru St. ph: +40-21-222-5723, +40-21222-9626 fax: +40-21-222-9436 Centre Ville Aparthotel ★★★★ 6D : George Enescu St. and Luterana St. crossing ph: +40-21-305-3666; fax: +40-21-312-0927 Central ★★★ 7D : 13, Brezoianu St, ph/fax: +40-21-315-5636/37. Class ★★★★ 1B : 30A, Gârlei St. ph: +40-21-233-2814; fax: +40-21-233-2886 Crowne Plaza ★★★★★ 2A : 1, Poligrafiei St. ph.: +40-21-224-0034; fax: +40-21-318-1302 Dalin ★★★ : 70-72, Marasesti Blvd. ph.: +40-21-335-6306; fax: +40-21-336-6284 Dalin Center ★★★ : 33A, Soseaua Stefan cel Mare. ph.: +40-21-211-0070 Double Tree by Hilton ★★★★ 8F : 3A, Nerva Traian St.

ph: +40-21-200-6270; fax: +40-21-200-6273 Duke ★★★ 6D : 33, Dacia Blvd, ph: +40-21-317-4186/87/88; fax: +40-21-317-4189. Epoque 6C : 17C, Aurora Alley ph: +40-21-312-3232; Euro Hotels International ★★★ 6B : 4, Ghe. Polizu St. ph: +40-21-316-88-39; fax: +40-21-316-8360 Euro Hotels Int’l Triumf ★★★ 4B : 32-34, Maresal Averescu Blvd. ph: +40-21-224-5496; fax: +40-21-224-5554 Erbas ★★★ 2D : 27, Av. Alex Serbanescu St., ph: +40-21-232-6856, +40-21-232-6857. fax: +40-21-232-6527. Golden Tulip Bucharest ★★★★ 6C : 166, Calea Victoriei. ph: +40-21-212-5558; fax: +40-21-212-5121 Golden Tulip Times ★★★★ 7G : 19, Decebal Blvd. ph: +40-21-316 6516; fax: +40-21-316-6517 Graffiti ★★★ 5D : 25 Albac St., ph./fax: +40-21-231-6006. Grand Hotel Continental ★★★★★ 7D : 56, Calea Victoriei ph.: +40-372-010-300; fax: +40-372-010 301.

Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel ★★★★★ 6D : 5-7, Calea Dorobantilor, ph: +40-21-201-5000; fax: +40-21-201-1888. Hello Hotels ★★ 6B : 143, Calea Grivitei, ph: +40-372-121-800; fax: +40-372-121-801 reservation: +40-372-716-464 Herastrau ★★★ 2C : 7-9, Soseaua Nordului, ph: +40-21-232-9666; fax: +40-21-203-9923. Ibis Gara De Nord ★★★ 6B : 143, Calea Grivitei, ph: +40-21-300-9100; fax: +40-21-300-9098. reservation: +40-21-401-1011 Ibis Palatul Parlamentului ★★★ 8C : 82-84, Izvor St., ph: +40-21-401-1000; fax: +40-21-402-2898. One Ibis reservation: +40-21-401-1011 InterContinental ★★★★★ 7D : 4, Nicolae Balcescu Blvd., ph: +40-21-310-2020; fax: +40-21-312-0486. JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel ★★★★★ 8B : 90, Calea 13 Septembrie, ph: +40-21-403-1012; fax: +40-21-403-1001. Lev Or ★★★ 6C : 25, Occidentului St., ph: +40-21-210-1274; fax: +40-21-319-0910.

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It is a part of the Cotroceni National Museum. The Cotroceni Palace, church and monastery reflect a three-century old history that interweaves political, military, diplomatic, religious and cultural aspects, with the general evolution of Romanian society. The palace was built in the 17th century by the Prince Serban Cantacuzino. The Cotroceni National Museum exhibits a rich range of objects of art, illustrative of the Romanian decorative art. The Cantacuzino space is most suitable for organizing presentations of old art objects that can only outline the exceptional artistic accomplishments of a distant epoch.

It is the second largest administrative building in the world (after the Pentagon) in terms of all-out surface: 330,000 m2. It was built between 1984 and 1989 by a team of architects led by Anca Petrescu. and was destined for the members of the Communist Party; Besides offices, Ceausescu planned to make personal living places, so the Palace’s surface would have been bigger. The building currently houses Romania’s Parliament. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (By appointment only)

Here is a selection of the most representative landmarks of Bucharest which are a must to see during your stay in the city. You will see these and much more on one of our regularly scheduled or customized tours while benefitting from the expertise and knowledge of our experienced licensed guides. For more information please see the ads inside the magazine.

Visiting hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (by appointment only). THE PEASANT MUSEUM

The museum is a component of the European family of Museums of Popular Art and Traditions. A national museum, under the Ministry of Culture’s patronage, it has an especially rich collection of objects, hosted in a Neo-Romanian style historical monumentbuilding close to Victoria Square. The museum developed a highly original museography honored in 1996 by receiving the EMYA – the European Museum of the Year Award. The originality of the exhibiting style is continued in the Museum’s publications, in actions such as the Missionary Museum, the Village School, concerts, conferences and exhibition openings. Visiting hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 (17:00 - last admission). Closed: Monday

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Marshal ★★★★ 7E : 2, Dr. Emanoil Bacaloglu St. ph: +40-21-314-0880; fax: +40-21-314-0888 Minerva ★★★★ 5C : 2-4, Gh. Manu St., ph: +40-21-311-1555; fax: +40-21-312-3963 Monte Nelly ★★★★ 6E : 30, Corbeni St., ph: +40-21-211-0979; fax: +40-21-211-0980 Novotel Bucarest City Centre ★★★★ 7D : 37B, Calea Victoriei, ph: +40-21-308-8500; fax: +40-21-308-8501 NH Bucharest ★★★★ 7E : 21, Mircea Voda Blvd., ph: +40-21-300-0545; fax: +40-21-317-9154 Opera ★★★ 7D : 37, Brezoianu St., ph: +40-21-312-4857; fax: +40-21-312-4858. Parliament ★★★★ 8C : 106, Izvor St., ph: +40-21-411-9990; fax: +40-21-411-9991 Pullman ★★★★ 2B : 10, Piata Montreal, ph: +40-21-318-3000; fax +40-21-316-2550 Radisson Blu ★★★★★ 6D : 63-81, Calea Victoriei, ph: +40-21-311-9000; fax: +40-21-313-9000 Ramada Bucharest Parc ★★★★ 2A : 3-5 Poligrafiei Blvd. ph: +40-21-549-2000; fax: +40-21-549-2330 Ramada Hotel & Suites Bucharest North ★★★★ 2C : 44A, Daniel Danielopolu St., ph: +40-21-233-5000; fax: +40-21-233-5001; Ramada Majestic Bucharest ★★★★ 7D : 38-40, Calea Victoriei, ph: +40-21-310-2715, +40-21-312-1967; fax: +40-21-310-2799 Ramada Plaza Bucharest ★★★★ 2A : 3-5, Poligrafiei Blvd., ph: +40-21-549-3000; fax: +40-21-549-3001 Razvan ★★★ 7F : 159, Calea Calarasilor, ph: +40-21-320-0173 / 83; fax: +40-21-322-0811 Rembrandt ★★★ 7D : 11 Smardan St., ph/fax: +40-21-313-9315, +40-21-313-9316. Residence Arc de Triomphe ★★★★ 4B : 19, Clucerului St. ph. 021-223-1978; 037-215-0700 Residence Domenii Plaza ★★★★ 3B : 33, Alexandru Constantinescu St. ph. 021-224-5044, 037-215-0600 Residence Club Palace ★★★★ : 367B, Odaii Road, ph. 021-315-1666 Rin Airport ★★★★ : 255A, Calea Bucuresti, ph: +40-21-350-4110/16; fax: +40-21-350-4110-16 Rin Central ★★★ 7F : 55, Traian St. ph.: +40-21-308-3153/4; fax: +40-21-308-3155. Rin Grand ★★★★ : Soseaua Vitan-Barzesti ph: +40-31-106-1111; 0731-111-000 Royal ★★★★ 8E : 28 Mircea Voda Blvd., ph: +40-374-11-9120/21, +40-21-528-1100/20; fax: +40-374-11-9101, +40-21-528-1101 Samaa ★★★ 3A : 319C, Ion Mihalache Blvd., ph: +40-21-224-0282/83; fax: +40-21-224-0284 Siqua ★★★★ 7C : 59A, Calea Plevnei, ph: +40-21-319-5160; 319-5161; fax: +40-21-319-5162 Starlight Suite Hotels ★★★★ 5D : 89-97, Grigore Alexandrescu St., ph/fax: +40-21-211-3413 / 14 Tempo ★★★ 7E : 19, Armand Calinescu St., ph: +40-21-310-1216; fax: +40-21-310-1241 Trianon ★★★: 9, Grigore Cobalcescu St., ph: +40-21-311-4927; fax: +40-21-316-2281 Venezia ★★★★ 7C : 2, Pompiliu Eliade St., ph: +40-21-310-6878; fax: +40-21-310-6873 Z Executive Boutique Hotel ★★★★ 7D : 4, Ion Nistor St., ph: +40-31-140-0200

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Nestled on the shore of the Herastrau Lake, the museum displays 85 peasant homes, barns, churches and mills relocated there from all over Romania. Tall-roofed Transylvanian houses with beautifully crafted shingles sit alongside rustic wooden churches to form a unique neighborhood. The overall impression is that Romanian peasants take great pride in their work and homes. Everyday accessories: tools, butter-churns, hay forks, beer kegs and clothes are displayed inside the house. This museum can take a whole day to explore and, in fine weather, families settle down for picnics in the scenic grounds. Visiting hours: Nov.-Apr.: 09:00 - 17:00., May-Oct.: 09:00 19:00, every day, including Monday THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART

The museum is hosted by the former Royal Palace and is the most representative art gallery in Romania. The Royal Palace was the official residence of the Romanian kings. Its current facade was given the finishing touches in 1937 when Carol II was King of Romania. The National Art Museum Palace is located in downtown Bucharest (in the so-called Revolution Square). The Palace displays an extensive collection of European and Romanian fine art. The European Art Gallery offers an overview of teh most important artistic movements that marked art history from the early Rennaissance till the first decades of teh 20th century. The Romanian Modern Art Gallery illustrates the development of Romanian fine arts from the first decades of the 19th century till the second half of the 20th century. Visiting hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September) 10 a.m - 6 p.m. (October - April) Closed: Monday, Tuesday THE OLD ROYAL COURT

During the early Middle Ages, Bucharest became a commercial center; important enough to enable the XIV century princes to build the Princely Court – nowadays known as “The Old Court” - which formed the development core of the medieval town. The first written mention of the name of “Bucharest” dates back to September 20, 1459: it appears on a document issued from the chancellery of the famous Prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler). By the year 1599, a new Princely Court was built. Matei Basarab (1632-1654) renovated the Old Court. By 1640, because the prince’s relations with the Turks worsened, Matei Basarab moved his Capital back to the town of Targoviste. Bucharest still remained a princely residence. In May 1654, Prince Constantin Serban Basarab (1654-1658), Matei Basarab’s successor, left for Targoviste after a rebellion of his mercenary troops, and he ordered the Old Court to be set of fire. The Old Royal Court is an outdoor site that can be visited any time. THE ROMANIAN ATHENAEUM

Is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city’s main concert hall and home of the “George Enescu” Philarmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival. It has the aspect of a Greek temple with Ionic columns at the entrance. The wonderful interior with round frescoes depicts important events in Romania’s history. Extensive reconstruction and restoration work has been conducted in 1992 by a Romanian construction company and restoration painter Silviu Petrescu, saving the building from collapse. Visiting hours: every day, unless concerts or rehearsals are held.

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INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Delegation Of The European Union: 31, Vasile Lascar St. Ph.: 021-203-5400; Fax: 021-316-8808, European Bank For Reconstruction EBRD: Metropolis Center, 56-60, Iancu de Hunedoara Blvd. Ph.: 021-202-7100; Fax: 021-202-7110; International Monetary Fund: 7, Halelor St., 2nd floor Ph.: 021-311-5833; 031-805-7040; Fax: 021-318-1410. Unicef: 48A, Primaverii Blvd. Ph.: 021-201-7872; Fax: 021-231-5255. United Nations Information Centre: UN House, 48A Primaverii Blvd. Ph.: 021-201-7877; Fax: 021-201-7880; World Bank: 31, Vasile Lascar St. Ph.: 021-201-0311; Fax: 021-201-0336 NATIONAL & LOCAL INSTITUTIONS Presidency of Romania: Cotroceni Palace, 1-3, Geniului St. Ph.: 021-410-0581; Fax: 021-410-3858; Chamber of Deputies: Parliament’s Palace, 2-4, Izvor St. Ph.: 021-316-0300, 021-414-1111; Senate of Romania: Parliament’s Palace, 1-3, 13 Septembrie Ave. Ph.: 021- 316-0300, 021-414-1111; Fax: 021- 315-8942; Government of Romania: 1, Victoriei Sq. Ph.: 021-314-3400; 021-313-1564; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: 2-4, Carol I Blvd. Ph.: 021-307-2300; Ministry of Communication and Information Society: 14, Libertatii Blvd. Ph.: 021-311-4104, Fax: 021-311-4121; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business: 152, Calea Victoriei. Ph.: 021-202-5106; Fax: 021-202-5108; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 31, Alexandru Alley. Ph.: 021-319-2108/25; Fax: 021-319-6862; Ministry of Public Finance: 17, Apolodor St. Ph.: 021-319-9759; 021-226-1110; Fax: 021-312-2509; Ministry of Justice: 17, Apolodor St. Ph.: 037-204-1999; Ministry of European Affairs: 50A, Aviatorilor Blvd. Ph.: 021-308-5319; Fax: 037-410-4500; Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection: 2-4, Dem I. Dobrescu St. Ph.: 021313-6267, 021-315-8556; Ministry of National Defense: 3-5, Izvor St. Ph.: 021-319-5698, 021-402-3400; Fax: 021-319-5698; Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure: 38, Dinicu Golescu Blvd. Ph.: 021-319-6124; Fax: 021-313-8869; Ministry of Administrations and Interior Affairs: 1A, Revolutiei Sq. Ph.: 021-303-70-80; Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports: 28-30, Gen Berthelot St.

Ph.: 021-405-6200/6300; Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism: 17, Apolodor St. Ph.: 037-211-1409/43; Ministry of Health: 1-3, Cristian Popisteanu Entr. Ph.: 021-307-2500/2600: Fax: 021-307-2671; Ministry of Environment and Forests: 12, Libertatii Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-0215; Fax: 021-316-3874; Ministry of Culture and National Heritage: 30, Kiseleff Ave. Ph./Fax: 021-224-3947. The Prefect’s Office: 47, Regina Elisabeta Blvd. Ph.: 021-312-6525/021-9866; www. City Hall: 24, Regina Elisabeta Blvd., temporary moved to 291-293, Splaiul Independentei Ph.: 021-305-5500/50/55; • Sector 1: 7-9, Banu Manta Blvd. temporary moved to 9-13, Bucuresti-Ploiesti Ave. Ph.: 021-319-1013/14/15/16/17; Fax: 021-319-1006; • Sector 2: 11-13, Chiristigilor St. Ph.: 021-209-6000. Fax: 021-209-6282; • Sector 3: 2-4, Parfumului St.

Ph.: 021-318-0323/24/25/26/27/28/29; • Sector 4: 6-16, George Cosbuc Blvd. Ph.: 021-335-9230; www. • Sector 5: 29-31, Regina Elisabeta Blvd. Ph.: 021-314-2838/4318; • Sector 6: 147-149, Calea Plevnei Ph.: 021-318-0147 MOVING COMPANIES AGS Bucharest: 9, Pipera St., entr. 2, 2E Bld., 3rd floor, apt. 11. Ph.: 021-201-17-91; Fax: 021-232-52-89; Allied Pickfords: 29,Topraisar St. Ph.: 021-221-95-46; Fax: 021-221-94-42. Corstjens Bucharest: 7-9, Intrarea Gherghitei Ph.: 021-240-37-02; Fax: 021-240-37-03. De Groot IRS: 20, Parangului St. Ph.: 021-224-25-63; Fax: 021-668-64-25. www. Orbit Worldwide Movers: T98, T370 Bucuresti Urziceni, Afumati, Ilfov; Ph.: 021-350-15-00; Fax: 021-350-15-01.

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FOREIGN TRADE CHAMBERS The American Chamber Of Commerce: Union Int’l Center, 11, Ion Campineanu St. Ph.: 021312-4834; Fax: 021-312-4851; Deutsch - Rumänische Industrie Und Handelskammer Bukarest: 35, Clucerului St., 2nd floor Ph.: 021-223-1531; Fax: 021-223-1538; Foreign Investors Council: ING Building, 11-13, Kiseleff Ave. Ph.: 021-222-1931; Fax:021-222-1932; French Romania: 21, Andrei Muresanu St. Ph.: 021-317-1284, 021-230-0377; Japan External Trade Organization: IBC Modern, 34-36, Carol Blvd. 5th floor Ph.: 021-310-6801/02; Romania Turkey T.I.C.C.: 58, Austrului St., Ph./Fax: 021-326-9722 Romania China T.I.C.C.: 28, Ion Campineanu St. Ph.: 021-313-5114; Fax: 021-312-1371. Source: Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry Union

NATIONAL AGENCIES Bucharest Office Of Trade Registery: 1, Sectorului Entr. Ph.: 021-316-0820; Competition Council: 1, Presei L bere Sq. Ph.: 021-405-4429; Fax: 021-405-4402; National Association of Travel Agencies In Romania - ANAT: 59, Horia Macelariu St. 4th floor, Apt. 401 Ph.: 021-321-1908, 021-323-0855, 031-106-9810; Fax: 021-323-6843; National Trade Registery Office: 74A, Unirii Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-0804; Fax: 021-316-0803; Romanian Foreign Trade Center: 17, Apolodor St. Ph.: 021-318-5050; Fax: 021-311-1491; Romanian Agency For Foreign Investments: 22, Primaverii Blvd. Ph.: 021-233-9103 T.I.C.C. Of Romania: 2, Octavian Goga Blvd., Ph.: 021-319-0114/18; LAWYERS Biris Goran: 77, Emanoil Porumbaru St., Ph.: 021-260-0710, Fax: 021-260-0720; www. CMS Cameron McKenna SCA: 11-15, Tipografilor St., S-Park, B3-B4, 4th floor, Ph.: 021407-3800, Fax: 021-407-3900; wwwcms-cmck. com Mazars, Duncea, Stefanescu & Associates: 31B, Econom Cezarescu St. Ph.: 031-229-2600; Fax: 031-229-2601; Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen: Bucharest Business Park, Entr. A, 4th floor, 1A, Bucuresti-Ploiesti Ave. Ph.: 021-201-1200; Fax: 021-201-1210;


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Pachiu & Associates attorneys at Law: 4-10, Muntii Tatra St. 5th floor Ph.: 021-312-1008; Fax: 021-312-1009; Rubin Meyer Doru & Trandafir Attorneys At Law Affiliated With Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.: 7, Putu cu Plopi St. Ph.: 021-311-1460; Fax: 021-311-1465. Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu in association with Allen&Overy LLP: 60, Dacia Blvd., Ph.: 031-405-7777, Fax: 031-405-7778; Salans-Moore, Vartires & Associates: 28-C, G-ral C. Budisteanu St. Ph.: 021-312-4950; Fax: 021-312-4951; Schoenherr Romania: 30, Dacia Blvd., Ph.: 021-319-6790, Fax: 021-319-6791; www. Vasile Deleanu Attorneys At Law Member Of Warwick Legal Network: 2, Maresal Josef Pilsudski Entrance Ph.: 021-201-6684; Fax: 021-201-6685; Wolf Theiss: 58-60, Gheorghe Polizu St., Bucharest Corporate Center12th- 13th floors; Ph.: 021-308-8100; Fax: 021-308-8125; COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES Cosmote: America House, 4-8., N. Titulescu Blvd. Ph.: 021-404-1234, 0766-121-234; Fax: 021-413-7530; Orange Romania S.A.: Europe House, 51-53, Lascar Catargiu Blvd. Ph.: 021-203-3030, 021203-3333; Fax: 2021-03-3599; RCS & RDS: 73-75, Dr. N. Staicovici St. Ph.: 031-400-4414, 031-400-4600; Fax: 031-400-6060 Romtelecom: 3-5, Presei Libere Sq. Ph.: 021-408-8068; UPC Romania: 62D, Nordului Ave. Ph.: 021-9399; 031-100-0400; Vodafone Romania: 4A, Vasile Milea Blvd. Ph.: 021-302-2222; Fax: 021-302-1413; SCHOOLS The following English-speaking schools are located in Bucharest: International British School: 21-23, Agricultori St. Ph. 021-253-1698, International School for Primary Education: 72, Petre Aurelian St. Green Lake Residences Ph. 021-380-3535, Mark Twain International School: 25B, Erou Iancu Nicolae St. Ph.0724-000-900; 021-267-8912, Lauder Reut Kindergartden: 15, Barsch Iuliu St. Ph.: 021-320-1538 American International School: 196, Soseaua Pipera-Tunari. Ph.: 021-204-4300 International Computer High School of Bucharest: 428, Mihai Bravu Ave, Ph. 021-327-5443

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BANKS Alpha Bank: Neocity Tower. 237 B, Calea Dorobantilor, 3rd9th floors; Ph.: 021-209-2100; Bancpost: 6A, Dimitrie. Pompeiu Blvd. Ph.: 0800-110-200, 021-302-0789 Banca Comerciala Romana: 5, Regina Elisabeta Blvd. Ph.: 0801-0801-22; Fax: 021-407-4200 Banca C.R. Firenze Romania: 55, Unirii Blvd. Ph.: 021-201-1930; Fax: 021-201-1931 Banca Italo Romena: 2-4, Gara Herastrau St., ground floor - 3rd floors; Ph.: 021-232-0712/26; Fax: 021-232-0738 Banca Romaneasca: 35, Unirii Blvd. Ph.: 021-305-9300; Fax: 021-305-9191 Bank of Cyprus: 187 B, Calea Dorobantilor Ph: 021-409-9100 BRD - Groupe Societe Generale: 1-7, Ion Mihalache Blvd. Ph.: 0800-803-803; 021-301-6100; Fax: 021-301-6636 CEC Bank: 11-13, Calea Victoriei Ph.: 021-311-1119; 0800.800.8488; Fax: 021-312-5425 Citibank Romania: 145, Calea Victoriei Ph.: 021-203-5550; Fax: 021-203-5565 Credit Europe Bank: 26Z, Timisoara Blvd. Ph.: 021-406-4000; Fax: 021-317-2066 Emporiki Bank: 19, Berzei St. Ph.: 021-310-3955; Fax: 021-310-3991 Garanti Bank: 5, Fabrica de Glucoza Ave., Novo Park 3 Business Center, F Building, 5th-6th floors Ph.: 021-208-9260; Fax: 021-208-9286 Ing Bank: 11-13, Kiseleff Blvd. Ph.: 021-222-1600; Fax: 021-222-1401 Intesa Sanpaolo Bank: 11-15, Tipografilor St., S Park B3-B4 5th floor Ph.: 021-405-3600; Fax: 021-405-3606 Libra Bank: 4-6, Semilunei St. Ph.: 021-208-8000; Fax: 021-230-6565 Marfin Bank Romania: 90-92, Emanoil Porumbaru St. Ph.: 021-206-4230; Fax: 021-206-4280 Otp Bank Romania: 66-68, Buzesti St. Ph.: 021-307-5700; Fax: 021-307-5730 Piraeus Bank Romania: 29-31, N. Titulescu Ave., Ph.: 021-303-6969, 0800-801-802; Fax: 021-303-6968 Raiffeisen Bank: 15, Charles de Gaulle Sq.

Ph.: 021-306-1000; Fax: 021-230-0700 Royal Bank Of Scotland: 10, Montreal Sq., World Trade Center-E, 2nd floor Ph.: 021-202-0400, Unicredit Tiriac Bank: 23-25, Ghetarilor St. Ph.: 021-200-2000 Volksbank Romania: 171-173, Mihai Bravu Ave. Ph.: 021-209-4400 AIRLINES Aegean: Henri Coanda Int’l Airport. Ph: 021-204-19-68; 021-201-45-50 Aeroflot 5C : 5, Gheorghe Manu St. Ph: 021-315-03-14; Fax: 021-312-51-52 Air France 6C : 85, Calea Buzesti, 2nd floor. Ph: 021-206-92-00; Fax: 021-206-92-11. Air Malta (GSA) 1B : Baneasa Int’l Airport, 14-22, Soseaua Bucuresti-Ploiesti. call centre: Ph: 021-201-1852/2, Fax: 021-201-18-53 Air Moldova 7E : 3, Toma Caragiu St. Ph: 021-312-08-22 Alitalia 6D : 1, Louis Blanc St. Ph: 021-318-76-65; 021-318-76-61. Austrian Airlines 6D : 9A, Aleea Alexandru. Ph: 021-204-45-60; Fax: 021-204-84-28 Balkan Air (GSA) 6D : 5-7, Eugen Carada St. Ph: 021-314-39-45; Fax:021-314-39-49 British Airways 7D : 28-30, Academiei St. Excelsior Centre, 9th floor Ph: 021-303-22-22; Fax: 021-303-22-11. CSA 7D : 27, Uruguai St., 1st floor. Ph: 021-223-32-05; Fax: 021-223-08-84. Delta Airlines (GSA) 5C : America House 1st floor. 4-8, Sos. N. Titulescu; Ph: 021-313-35-82; EL AL: 1, Dimitrie Cantemir Blvd. Ph: 021-317-88-60/61 Fax: 021-317-88-62 Emirates (GSA) 5C : 57, Dr. Iacob Felix St, 1st floor; Ph: 031-403-5030 KLM: 85, Buzesti St., 2nd floor, Ph: 021-206-9222; 0800-070377; Fax: 021-206-9211. Lufthansa 6D : 9A, Aleea Alexandru, Ph: 021-204-84-10. Fax: 021-204-84-24. Lot 6D : 41, Magheru Blvd., Ph: 021-314-1096; 021-317-4228 Malev 9G : PGV Tower 6-6A, Calea Vitan, Ph: 021-326-8072/73; Fax: 021-326-8074. Olympic Airlines 6D : 6, Anastase Simu St., 1st floor,

ap. 18; Ph.: 021-316-6360; Fax: 021-316-6365. Quatar Airways: 202, Calea Victoriei; Ph.: 021-212-5020, Fax: 021-312-6860. Regional Air Services Air Taxi: Ph.: 0745-058-654; 0742-055-095 SAS Scandinavian Airlines (GSA) 5C : 57, Dr. Iacob Felix St, 1st floor; Ph: 031-403-5040; Fax: 031-403-5049 SN Brussels Airlines (GSA) 1B : Baneasa Int’l Airport; Call centre: 021-201-1851/2; Fax: 021-201-1853. Swiss Int’l Air Lines: Ph: 021-312-0238; Fax: 021-212-5774 Tarom: 17, Splaiul Independentei. Ph: 021-303-4400; Fax: 021-316-44-44. Turkish Airlines: 35A, Balcescu Blvd., Ph: 021-311-3210. PRIVATE FLIGHTS Eurojet Aviation: 61-63, Ion Ionescu de la Brad Blvd., suites 1&2. Ph: 0374-222-777, 0374-222-888, Fax: 021-2693-779 Ion Tiriac Air: Sos Bucuresti-Ploiesti, Km 16,5; Ph: 021-230-6081, Fax: 021-204-2224 InterAviation: Operations office: 44A, Ficusului Blvd; Ph.: 0743-163-338, 0747-111-544 Fax: 021-310-8237.

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stores & more more… • SHOPPING CENTERS • COSMETICS & BEAUTY • FASHION • JEWELRY • FOOTWEAR • SPORTS & TRAVEL and more... SHOPPING CENTERS One can easily find ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, watches, sportswear, lingerie, perfumes and gifts. Food courts

On the following pages, boutiques, major department stores and specialty shops and markets are grouped by the type of product they sell. Most establishments are open Monday to Saturday from 10 or 11 am to 6 or 8 pm closing time. Malls and other boutiques are also open during the weekend, though some may close earlier on Sundays. Locations marked in a dark blue square are situated in Old Town.

Plaza Romania: 26, Timisoara Blvd. Unirea Shopping Center 6D : 1, Unirii Square World Trade Plaza 3B : 10, Montreal Sq. CASH & CARRY Metro: • Militari • Baneasa • Berceni • Voluntari Selgros: • Pantelimon, 90, Biruintei Blvd; • Baneasa, 55-65, BucurestiPloiesti • Berceni, 92-108, Turnu Magurele St.HIPERMARKETS Auchan: 33A, 1 Decembrie Blvd. Carrefour: • Militari, Autostrada Buc-Pitesti, km11/12. • Colentina, Soseaua Colentina 426 426A; • Orhideea, 210, Splaiul Independentei, • Baneasa - Feeria, 44A, Soseaua Bucuresti Ploiesti • Unirii, 2, Corneliu Coposu Blvd. Cora: • Lujerului, 19, Iuliu Maniu Blvd. • Pantelimon, 20, Sos. Vergului Billa: • 102-104, B. Vacarescu St. • 23, Brasov St. • 24, Postavaru St. Ikea: 42A, Soseaua Bucuresti Ploiesti XXL: 38-40, Soseaua Fundeni

• 6A Orhideea Shopping Center • Esplanada Shopping Center • 103, Erou Iancu Nicolae St. - Jolie Ville • Cora Lujerului • 7A Afi Palace Cotroceni Marionnaud: • 7A Afi Palace Cotroceni • 7D 27, I Campineanu St. • 6D 14-16, CA Rosetti St. • 3B WTC Galleries • 4D 172, Calea Dorobantilor • Mario Plaza Shopping Center • 8E Unirea Shopping Center • Carrefour Militari Gallery, • Carrefour Colentina Gallery, • Selgros Baneasa • Selgros Berceni, • Selgros Pantelimon FASHION Bliss 7D : Valentino, Louis Feraud, Calvin Klein, Lorenzini; 23, Calea Victoriei Bershka: Baneasa Shopping City C & A: Fashion for Men and Women. • Militari Shopping • 7A Afi Palace Cotroceni

DEPARTMENT STORES can often be found on or near the premises. These shopping centers might be similar in many ways with those that you are already familiar with. Afi Palace Cotroceni 7A : 4, Vasile Milea Blvd. Baneasa Shopping City: 42D, Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti Bucuresti Mall 8F : 55-59, Calea Vitan Carrefour Militari Commercial Gallery: Autostrada Buc-Pitesti, km 11/12 City Mall: 2, Sos.Oltenitei. Cocor Store 7D : 29-33, I.C. Bratianu Blvd. Commercial Center Feeria: 44A, Sos. Bucuresti Ploiesti Commercial Center Orhideea 6A : 210 - 210 B, Spl. Independentei Esplanada Shopping Center: 20, Sos. Vergului. Grand Arena Mall: 12 Metalurgiei Blvd.. Grand Avenue Shopping Gallery 8B : 90, Calea 13 Septembrie JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel Jolie Ville Galleria:103 Bis, Erou Iancu Nicolae St. Liberty Center 9C : 151-171, Progresului St. Mario Plaza Shopping Center 4D : 172, Calea Dorobantilor Militari Shopping: 546-560 Iuliu Maniu Blvd.


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Old department stores in Bucharest are in a transition period. Besides specialized departments, it is not unusual to find a large number of small private “Turkish-bazaar” type stands inside. Crowded but convenient because of their diversity, the Bucharest department stores offer low- to mid- sometimes even high- quality products. Galeriile Victoria 6D : 17, Calea Victoriei Bucur Obor: 2, Soseaua Colentina SUPERMARKETS There are stores in each section of town that present a complete range of products, from European to American, Arabian and Asian. Many world-wide brands are available. Prices may differ slightly because of the location of the store (downtown – periphery) or the availability of products. Gima: Bucuresti Mall Mega Image: Every neighborhood has at least one! COSMETICS & BEAUTY Beauty Shop: • 8F Bucuresti Mall • 6D 27-33, Magheru Blvd. • 26, Timisoara Blvd. - Plaza Romania Sephora: Orhideea Shopping Center Clinique 6D : 100, Calea Victoriei Estee Lauder 7D : 100, Calea Victoriei

Cacharel: Fashion for Men. Baneasa Shopping City Canali 4D : 196, Calea Dorobantilor Casa Frumoasa JW Marriott 8B :“Ready to Wear” & “Made-ToMeasure Session”: Loro Piana, Brioni, Scabal, Salvatore Ferragamo, Santoni, Lorenzini. 90, Calea 13 Septembrie. Casa Frumoasa L. Catargiu 5C : CF Men: “Ready to Wear” & “MadeTo-Measure Session” VIP RECEIVING/ Valet Parking. Loro Piana, Stefano Ricci, Tom

Ford, Brioni, Scabal, Salvatore Ferragamo, Santoni, Lorenzini. CF Ladies Floor : “Ready to Wear”: Loro Piana, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brioni, Santoni. 40, Lascar Catargiu Blvd. Coccinelle Shop 6C : Women handbags & leather goods. 63-81, Calea Victoriei, Radisson Blu Hotel, entrance from George Enescu St. Day & Night: Multibrand luxury store for young people. MCQ by Alexander McQueen, DKNY Jeans, Dsquared, Ice Iceberg, Love Moschino. Baneasa Shopping City Ego Men`s Fashion Concept: A multi-brand fashion boutique for men, housing international labels of clothes, shoes and accesories, including Tombolini, Louis Purple, Massimo Rebecchi, Fratelli Borgioli, Ducal, Carnaval de Venice , Lanvin, Tateossian, and more. The boutique presents different collections - from the classical rigor to casual outfits. Beside the ready-to-wear range of clothes, Ego Men`s Fashion Concept offers a premium made-to-measure suit service. Baneasa Shopping City, Fashion Street, Ground Floor Elegance Boutique 6C : Radisson BLU Hotel Bucharest - 63 – 81, Calea Victoriei entrance from George Enescu St. Emporio Armani Flagship Store 6D Luxury Men’s and Womenswear : Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, EA7 60-64, Calea Victoriei Ermenegildo Zegna Flagship Store 6C Luxury Menswear: Ermenegildo Zegna, Z Zegna, Zegna Sport 63-81 Calea Victoriei, Radisson Blu Hotel Gant: • 7D 52, Calea Victoriei • Bucuresti Mall • Baneasa Shopping City Guess 6D : 87-89, Calea Victoriei JKristensen Store 6C : “Ready to Wear” Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fabiana Filippi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Santoni. Radisson BLU Hotel Bucharest - 63 – 81, Calea Victoriei Kenvelo: Bucuresti Mall Lancel: Feeria Shopping Center L’Armoire 5C - Concept Store: Special evening & office clothing, limited series or even uniques created by Romanian designers such as: Lena Criveanu, Wilhelmina Arz, Elena Perseil, Irina Marinescu, Dorin Negrau, Sepala by Mihaela Glavan, Kinga Varga, Ludmila Corlateanu, Zasha. 1, Intrarea

Noptii with 18, Ion Mihalache Blvd. Louis Vuitton 8B : 90,Calea 13 Septembrie (Grand Avenue Shopping Gallery) Mango: • 8F Bucuresti Mall • Plaza Romania Marella Franchisee 6C : Womenswear: Marella , Marella Sport, Marella Accessories. 63-81, Calea Victoriei, Radisson Blu Hotel, entrance from George Enescu St. Marks & Spencer: • 7D Bucuresti Mall • Orhideea Shopping Center

River Woods: • 6A Orhideea Shopping Center • 4D Mario Plaza Shopping Center. Steilmann: • 6D 1-5, Magheru Blvd • Plaza Romania • 8F Bucuresti Mall Terzoatto 3B : Italian Fashion. 172, Calea Dorobantilor Victoria 46 6D : Multibrand luxury store. Women’s collections - clothes and accessories from: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Christian Dior, D&G, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Roberto Cavalli, Sergio Rossi, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney. 46, Calea Victoriei Victoria Men 6D : Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Zilli, Paul Smith, Coerneliani, Ralph Lauren Black Label. 84-85, Calea Victoriei Zara: • Baneasa Shopping City • Plaza Romania FASHION FOR KIDS Petit’s: Latest designer collections for youngsters from 4 to 14. Baby Dior, Cavalli Angels, D&G Junior, Iceberg Kids, Moshino, Moncler, Miss Blumarine. Baneasa Shopping City groundfloor Z: • 6D 112, Calea Victoriei • 8F Bucuresti Mall, 1st floor • 6A Orhideea Shopping Center • 8D Unirea Shopping Center JEWELRY & TIMEPIECES

Max Mara Flagship Store 6C Luxury Womenswear: Max Mara, Max Mara Elegante, Max Mara Bridal Collection, Sportmax, ‘S Max Mara, Max Mara StudioS, portmax Code, Max Mara Accessori, Max Mara Occhiali, Max Mara Bodywear, Max Mara Hosiery, Max Mara Profumi 83, Calea Victoriei Mengotti 7D : Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Fendi, Neil Barrett, Moncler, Valentino, Marni, DVF, Parosh, Zagliani, Halston Heritage 48-50, Calea Victoriei Moda & Style: Valentino Roma, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Furs (Roma), Red Valentino, Love Moschino, Class Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, D & G, Donna Karan, Donna Karan NY, Roccobarocco, Ermano Scervino, Galliano, Stuart Weitzman, Karl Lagerfeld, Cristiano Burani, Givenchy, Love Sex Money, Ferre, Nando Muzi - Jolie Ville Galleria, first floor. Motivi: • Baneasa Shopping City • 8F Bucuresti Mall • Plaza Romania Pal Zileri Franchisee 6C : Menswear: Pal Zileri, Lab-Pal Zileri, Pal Zileri - Cerimonia. 63-81, Calea Victoriei, Radisson Blu Hotel, entrance from George Enescu St. Seroussi: Seroussi, Pierre Cardin - • 8F Bucuresti Mall, ground floor Peek & Cloppenburg: Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss, Vogue, Burberry, Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein Jeans, DKNY Jeans • Baneasa Shopping City Pull & Bear: • Baneasa Shopping City

Gold jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones, silver jewelry, timepieces, purses and other similar goods from famous designers. David Sandu Jewelry 7D : 30, Smardan St. 1st floor Folli Follie: Jewellery, Watches & Accessories. • Baneasa Shopping City • City Mall - groundfloor Frey Wille 6D : Framed in 18 carat gold or gold-plated settings, each piece is a work of art in itself: the integrated design sets can be collected as one might collect fine art; also silk scarves and leather handbags, as well as men accessories: cufflinks, leather belts and silk ties. 118, Calea Victoriei GMT Everytime 4D : Men & women watches: Omega, Mont Blanc, Longines, Revue Thomen, Tissot, Tag Heuer, Rado, Sector, Calvin Klein. 172, Calea Dorobantilor - Mario Plaza Shopping Center Helvetansa 6D : Swiss watches: Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Movado, Longines, Piaget, IWC, Tissot, Rado, Vacheron Constantin, Carl F. Bucherer. 88, Calea Victoriei Tonino Lamborghini: Jewelry for men & smoking accessories • El-Unico - AFI Palace Cotroceni • Baneasa Shopping City • 6D Athenee Palace Hilton • Presents Mario Plaza Shopping Center • 6D The Room 122, Calea Victoriei • 7D Overseas Gift Shop, Cocor store, groundfloor • 4C Nic Classic, 6, Radu Beller St. • 6D Muzica, 24, Ion Campineanu St. • Travel Shop, 2B, Soseaua Bucuresti - Ploiesti

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Vendome Fine Jewellery 6C : Based on exclusivity, experience and trust, VENDOME Fine Jewellery was opened to bring these values to Bucharest as you might find them in Paris, London, Milano and New York !… VENDOME Fine Jewellery is offering you the luxury jewellery with diamonds, pearls and natural precious stones (emerald, ruby, sapphire, etc…). Our high quality jewellery of 18k gold or platinum and the perfect cut, color and clarity of the precious stones are certified by the G.I.A (Gemological Institute of America). In the same time you can find at VENDOME Fine Jewellery, the most famous brands of watches. VENDOME gained in Bucharest, a very good reputation as a fine jewellery store. Their professional team is waiting to please you with any information, in a nice atmosphere and a high quality of service. Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest 63-81, Calea Victoriei Zehava Jewelry 7D : Gallery of hand crafted gold & precious stone jewelry, 43, Lipscani St. Zen Diamond: Baneasa Shopping City OPTICIANS Optica Malaga 6D : Large selection of top designer’s frames. 26, C.A. Rosetti St. Optiplaza: Top designer’s frames, sunglasses, accessories. • 8F Bucuresti Mall • 6A Orhideea Shopping Center • Plaza Romania Sover: • 5D 102-110, Calea Dorobantilor • 8D Unirea Shopping Center, Central wing ground floor. •

18, Vergului St. Cora • Esplanada Shopping Center Granitul • 7D Galeriile Victoria 17, Calea Victoriei • Sover Medlife 365, Calea Grivitei • Cora - Lujerului • Sover Bucur Obor, 2, Soseaua Colentina FOOTWEAR Cesare Paciotti: • 6D 101, Calea

BOOK STORES Carturesti French Institute 6D : 77, Dacia Blvd. Carturesti Quinet 7D : 9, Edgar Quinet St. Carturesti Verona 6D : 13-15, Artur Verona St. Carturesti MTR 5C : 3 Kiseleff Ave. - Peasant Museum Humanitas Kretzulescu 6D : 45, Calea Victoriei Libraria dinnfundul curtii ( The Backyard Bookstore) 6C : 120, Calea Victoriei Noi 7D : 18, N. Balcescu Blvd. INTERIOR DESIGN

Victoriei • 6D 118, Calea Victoriei Ecco: Men, women, kids & performance footwear. • Commercial Center Feeria • Baneasa Shopping City Geox: • Commercial Center Feeria • 8D Unirea Shopping Center • 7A AFI Palace Cotroceni groundfloor Humanic: • Baneasa Shopping City • Militari Shopping Maftei 7B : Tradition of custom shoemaking since 19th century. 38, Luis Pasteur St. Mihai Albu 8B : Selling his own creations of leathergoods and


One of the unique and more pleasurable forms of food shopping in Bucharest are the outdoor markets. Due to transportation difficulties, supplies are often copious at one market and non-existent at another. Of the markets listed here, Amzei market has the best selection and prices. It is advisable to bring your own shopping bags when shopping at the outdoor markets.


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Deluxe footwear. Grand Avenue Shopping Gallery Otter: • Commercial Center Feeria • 8D Unirea Shopping Center • Carrefour Militari Commercial Gallery • 8F Bucuresti Mall • 5F 235, Mosilor Ave. • 6A Commercial Center Orhideea • Plaza Romania • Militari Shopping • 7A AFI Palace Cotroceni • Esplanada Shopping Center.

Anatolian Carpet Boutique: Massive silver objects, Romanian Handicraft, glass objects, home life collection. • Carrefour Colentina. • 4C 31, Soseaua Kiseleff. • 8D Unirea Shopping Center. Casa Mia 4D : Mario Plaza Shopping Center. Innova 7D : Crystal, design home accessories, home textiles, Christmas decorations, Limoges porcelaine. 4, Patriei St. SPORTS & TRAVEL Adidas: • 6D 28-30, Magheru Blvd. • 8F Bucuresti Mall. • 5D 116-122, Calea Dorobantilor Decathlon: Militari Shopping

PIATA OBOR 5D : A huge covered market located behind the Bucur Obor Department Store at the intersection of Calea Mosilor and Calea Stefan cel Mare. Although the selection of goods is big, the market is crowded and appears dirty. Watch your pockets and bags. If you’re looking for a truly Romanian market experience, this is your spot. Pets, including aquarium supplies, are available, as are fishing needs (including live worms, poles, lures). Wooden and woolen goods, ceramics, clothing, as well as plants cut and growing, are available. A large pedigree dog and cat market at least once a month on the street nearest Mosilor is a fun experience. PIATA 1 MAI 5D : Located near La Fourmi on Ion Mihalache Blvd. It is a small market but has a good selection of fruit, vegetables and flowers. As with all the above markets, clothing, shoes, and household items for cleaning and cooking may also be found. Honey and other bee byproducts are a national pride of Romania and are found at all of these outdoor markets. PIATA DOROBANTILOR 5D : Located indoors on Calea Dorobantilor north of Calea Stefan cel Mare. It offers produce and flowers. The quality is better than Amzei, but the prices are olso higher. Out of season exotic fruits and vegetables can be found here. There are several other stores in this area. The meat market inside is particularly good.

Diadora: Auchan GBS - World of Brands: Samsonite, Lacoste - accessories, Showroom: • 8B 71, Soseaua Panduri (JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel) • 3B World Trade Plaza (Sofitel Hotel) 10, Montreal Sq. • Henri Coanda Int’l Airport Hervis Sports: • 9C Liberty Center • Militari Shopping Intersport: • Bucuresti Mall • AFI Palace Cotroceni • Baneasa Shopping City Lacoste: • Baneasa Shopping City • 8F Bucuresti Mall. Lotto: • 6F 225, Calea Mosilor • Auchan - 33A, 1 Decembrie 1918 Blvd. • City Mall Nike: • 6D 25, Magheru Blvd. • 8F Bucuresti Mall. • 6C 95, Stirbei Voda St. Puma 8D : Unirea Shopping Center. Sergio Tacchini: Carrefour Autostrada Buc.-Pitesti km. 11-12 ART GALLERIES AnnArt Gallery 4C : 1, Mahatma Ghandi St. Caminul Artei 7D : 16, Biserica Enei St. Gallery of the National Museum of Art of Romania 6D : 49-53, Calea Victoriei Hanul Cu Tei - Antiques, Art

Galleries 7D : 63-65, Lipscani St., 1st floor. Hilton Gold Art 6D : 1-3 Episcopiei St. Athénée Palace Hilton. Orizont 6D : 23A, Nicolae Balcescu Blvd. Simeza 6D : 20, Magheru Blvd. Wagner Fine Arts and Fairytales: Ana Wagner porcelain, special gifts. • 7E 39, Carol I Blvd. - shop • 7B 19, Dr. Staicovici St..showroom ANTIQUES Make sure you get a signed receipt when buying antiques in Romania. Ask about an export permit as well. Galeria Numismatica 7D : Coins, medals, banknotes-expertise &

sale. 35-37, Academiei St. Hanul Cu Tei - Antiques, Art Gallery 7D : Antiques, furniture, porcelain, art glass, jewelery, paintings, decorative art, Oriental carpets, old coins, medals, clocks, ikones & collectibles. C.C. accepted. 63-65, Lipscani St., 1st floor. Thomas Antiques 7D : combines the shopping experience with the atmosphere of an old, classy bar. Special book collection in the attic; great variety of antiques - furniture, clocks, wall clocks and standing clocks, paintings, decorative art, carpets and other various decorative objects. 19 Covaci St., 1st floor + Attic GIFTS Art Glass 7D : 9-11, Selari St.

: 4, Patriei St. Romartizana 7D : 18-20, Calea Victoriei Sarra Blu’: • 8D Unirea Shopping Center • 4D Mario Plaza Shopping Center • 8F Bucuresti Mall Totem: Handicrafts & decorations from South-East Asia, India, Africa, South America; Aromatherapy items; Jewelery & fashion accessories; Personalized gifts. • 8F Bucuresti Mall • 8D 1, Unirii Square Wagner Fine Arts and Fairytales: Ana Wagner porcelain, special gifts. • 7E 39, Carol I Blvd. - shop • 7B 19, Dr. Staicovici St..showroom

at Curtea Sticlarilor, a courtyartd dating back to 1857. 9-11, Selari St. TOBACCO SHOPS La Casa Del Habano 6D : Large

ROMANIAN HANDICRAFTS Obart 6D : Vases, glassware,

selection of original Cuban cigars; accessories. 1-3, Episcopiei St. Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest The Room - Cigars & Spirits 6D : 112, Calea Victorieit LIQUOR SHOPS “Craii De Curtea-Veche” 7D : Furniture, artifacts, photography, art deco, documents from the last period of the 19th century. 14, Covaci St. Inside-Forever Gifts By Innova 7D

contemporary icons. 20, Magheru Blvd. Curtea Sticlarilor 7D : Authentic glass artifacts made on the spot

Vinlux 8C : Large selection of special Romania & Imported wines, cognacs, champagnes, whiskies, etc. 8, Libertatii Blvd., Bl. 115, ground floor

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haute cuisine To make your choice a bit easier, we have selected a number of places for you. The following restaurants currently advertise in B3W Magazine or are otherwise worthy of note. The letter/ number combinations inside the listings are coordinates for the map (back cover). For subway map see also the back cover. Locations marked with a blue square are situated in Old Town. Hours, prices and entertainment are subject to change.


ASIAN CUISINE Benihana Restaurant 6D : offers authentic Japanese teppanyaki cuisine and a renowned sushi bar. Six skilled Asian cooks prepare the food in front of your very eyes,

tantalizing your senses. For any lover of premium-quality fish and sea-food, a dinner at Benihana becomes an unforgettable experience. Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel,

Calea Dorobantilor 5 – 7, Phone: 021 201 5030, Open: 12:00 – 15:00, 19:00 – 22:30 last order.

Cafe’ Shangrila 4D : Thai, Filipino, Chinese and Japanese food prepared by world class and versatile Asian chefs. Also serves choices of continental breakfast, salads, selection of wines and beverages. A place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and have a taste of the scrumptious cake selections. Take out food service available. 172, Calea Dorobantilor (Mario Plaza Shopping Center) Ph.: 021-230-47-69. Open: 10:00 - 21:00 Maiko 2C : One of the most fashionable Restaurant, Bar

& Lounge. The ethos behind Maiko is that the true aims of cooking are to give pleasure and satisfaction to guests, to communicate trough each individual ingredient emotion, personality and culture; to create a special event with every dish, to produce a series of little surprises that invariably introduce a new flavour. The restaurant is always delighted to host your Business Lunches, daily between 12:00 and 15:00, and to offer you the perfect 25 Euro meal for such an occasion ( Includes Salad, Rice, Miso Soup, Meat or Fish Dishes). 27-29,

Grigore GafencuSt. Ph.: 021-233-2633, 031-8053985, 0751-262-465, 0730-562-456; Open: daily 12:00 - 24:00 Mandarin: Explore the exotic flavor of the Asian with

Mandarin cuisine. Come join us and taste! C.C. Accepted. Guarded parking. JOLIE VILLE GALERIA – 103

bis Erou Iancu Nicolae Street, first floor. Ph.: 021-206-8066. Open: 12:00 – 22:30 (22:00 – last order) Orasul Interzis (The Forbidden City) 6E : “Orasul Interzis” is the first luxury Chinese restaurant which aims at offering a true gastronomic experience due to the specialties that feed both the body and the soul. The restaurant as well as the terrace can host private and corporate parties, business lunch/ dinner, work groups, meetings and other events, in a selected and refined ambiance. Enjoy the exotic menu and the business lunch special offer, Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 16:00. For those of you who are very busy but still want to flatter their senses by trying these dishes, this little Asian gastronomic paradise can come to their homes. C.C. accepted, wireless Internet, air conditioned, smokers/ non-smokers area, home delivery. 3, Silvestru St.

Ph.: 031 425 47 47; 0720 99 3333. Open: 12:30 – till the last guest. BELGIAN CUISINE La Belle Epoque 4D : The largest selection of

Belgian beers in town. Belgian and international cuisine. Air conditioning. C.C. accepted. 6, Aviator Radu Beller St.

Ph.: 021-230-0770; Open: 11:30 - 24:00. Le Bistro 6D offers you the opportunity to enjoy the real

Belgium Flavor with a special delight for every moment of the day. Here you can enrich your morning senses with delicious croissants, waffle, pancakes and a coffee to go, have a healthy lunch time in no time with smoked salmon or fried scallops with Belgian endive, spoil yourself in the afternoon with the aroma of the Belgian Chocolate and savor an authentic dinner. 63-81,

Calea Victoriei, Radisson Blu Hotel, ground floor, Open: 08:30 a.m.- 01:00 a.m and closed on Sunday. Smoking. Waterloo 7F : Original Belgian recipes with Belgian Beer. C.C. accepted. Guarded parking. 188, Traian St. Open daily from 12:00 - until the last guest leaves (24:00 last order) FINE DINING The Vinyard 2A : The feather in the Crowne Plaza’s

cap, this is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, a work of great detail where everything is lovingly prepared by Executive Chef Ashlie Dias and his highly experienced team. Based around Mediterranean cuisine you can always expect to find something special and a bit different on the daring menu, as well as a number of hot dishes requiring waiter and audience.


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An indulgent treat. Reservations highly recommended. Air Conditioning, CC accepted, Parking, Non-Smoking. 1,

Poligrafiei Blvd. (Crowne Plaza Hotel); Ph.:; Open: 17.00 – 23.00, Closed Sat, Sun. FRENCH CUISINE Casa Vernescu 6D : Exquisite restaurant in a historical building, hosting Casino Palace. Luxurious interior. Also Romanian cuisine. C.C accepted. 133, Calea Victoriei.

Ph.: 021-311-9744; Fax: 021-311-1645. Open: 18:30-01:00. La Bastille 5D : Down the Caderea Bastiliei St. c’est

la France qui vous acceueille... French specialties mastered by the Chef Philippe Faynot, served in refined atmosphere accompanied by a perfectly balanced choice of execelente french and romania wines. Special business menu (12:00 - 16:00). C.C. accepted. Air conditioning. Ph.: 021-310-

7359; Fax: 021-310-7360. Open: 12:00-24:00. La Bonne Bouche 7D : Bistro & Wine Bar. Warm

of gourmet food such as the world’s best steak, Irish Hereford Prime Rib-eye, or King Crab from Alaska, everything prepared in the inviting open kitchen. Complementing the gourmet menu, the extensive list of beverages includes worldwide famous wines, as well as a unique selection of awarded Romanian wines. 44 places. Red glass for show kitchen, walk in wine cellar. CC accepted. Non-smoking. 63-81, Calea Victoriei,

Radisson BLU Hotel groundfloor. Ph.: 021-3119000; Open daily 18:30 - 23:30. INDIAN CUISINE Agra Palace: From the City of Agra, once capital of the

famous Mogul Empire, where the white marble of Taj Mahal guards the banks of river Yamuna, among the Hibiscus flowers and majestic archways, chef Arun Kumar has brought the essential: the mysterious taste of India. C.C. accepted; Free Wi fi internet access; Guarded parking lot.

Open: 12:00 .- 24:00 Sos. Pipera-Tunari nr. 47. Ph: 021-350.31.14

Taj 8B : Genuine Northern Indian menu creared by Indian chef. Special brunch offer. Indian live show, Fri & Sat. Indian decoration, soft music, pleasant atmosphere, separate smoking area. Air conditioned; terrace. C.C. accepted. Parking lot. 127-131, Calea 13 Septembrie. Ph.: 021-410-1820. Open: 12:00 - 02:00. INTERNATIONAL CUISINE Allegro 6B : Enjoy the flavors of International -

Mediterranean refined cuisine superbly executed and served with professionalism. Cosmopolitan and casual atmosphere at breakfast & lunch and more elegant overtoues in the evening. CC accepted. 44A, Daniel Danielopolu St. - Ramada

Bucharest North Hotel. Ph.: 021-233-5000. Open: breakfast 07:00-10:00; lunch 12:00-15:30. dinner 18:30-23:00. American Beer House 7G : American-style

decorations, first - class service. Also Romanian cuisine. CC accepted. 92, Drumul Taberei St.

atmosphere, friendly staff. Check the extensive wine list. Chef’s weekly menu. Not cheap, but good value for money!

30, Franceza St. (Old Town); Ph.: 0731-247-876; Open: 12:30 – 24:00, Mon. 18:30 – 24:00 La Cantine de Nicolai 5C : Semi-gastronomique French restaurant. Sami Babou, the “Special Delegate” of Chef Alain Ducasse, brings great joy to your sense of taste with his elaborate recipes. Pop-art sculptures and paintings complete the sophisticated atmosphere. The terrace - away from the public eye - is perfect for discreet business lunches or romantic dinners. Their credo is: Delight - Privacy - Art. 15-17,

Povernei St. Ph.: 0725-210-608, 037-274-6213. Open daily: 11:00 till late (23:00 last order). L’Estaminet 6B : French restaurant, within the new Ibis Continental Nord Hotel. CC accepted. 143, Calea Grivitei. Open: 7:00-22:30. The Epoque Bistro: Would you like to see the Chef in

action? The Epoque Bistro features an open kitchen in which you can actually witness the creation of our splendid French cuisine and Steak house specialities. The Epoque Bistro welcomes you with a winter garden and 90 seats, available for private parties & events. Epoque Bistro’s Chef is renowned for its modern French menu featuring delicate flavours created from luxury and quality ingredients. Extensively trained in the best international cooking schools, he welcomes you every day to his authentic exquisite Frech Cuisine specialities and last but not list the Steak house dishe. The restaurant’s speciality is its 6-course tasting menus, but there is also catering for vegetarians, as well as an à la carte menu. The facilities are: smoking and non-smoking feature; free high speed WI-FI internet access; air conditioning; daily newspaper; CC accepted, guarded free parking lot. 17C, Aurora Entr. (Epoque

Hotel); Ph.: 021-312-3232. Open: 06:30 – 23:00. FUSION/CONTEMPORARY Avalon 6D : A fine dining atmosphere, fusion and avantgarde cuisine using exquisite ingredients and innovative cooking techniques make dining at Avalon restaurant an unforgettable experience. Howard Johnson Grand

Plaza Hotel, Calea Dorobantilor 5 – 7, Phone: 021 201 5030, breakfast 06:30 – 10:30, lunch 12:00 – 15:00, dinner 19:00 – 22:30 last order. GERMAN CUISINE Die Deutsche Kneipe 5D : Traditional German cuisine, drinks and atmosphere. C. C. accepted. 9, Stockholm St. Ph.: 021-233-9462, 021-230-1120 0722-284560. Open: Mon.-Sat 15:00 - 23:00. Sunday closed. GOURMET CUISINE JW Steakhouse 8B : An American concept restaurant, based on quality, good-taste and comfort. Guest star is one of the best beef in the world - USDA Black Angus, with supporting act from England Aberdeen, both cooked to perfection with the house broiler. Fresh seafood and crisp salads complete the menu, together with the generous sized desserts, like New York Cheesecake. The Bourbon bar holds a remarkable collection of carefully chosen boutique Bourbons and the Cigar Lounge offer the perfect finish to a grand dinner experience. JW

Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, 90, Calea 13 Septembrie, Ph.: 021-403-1903, Open: breakfast 06:30-11:00; dinner 18:30-23:30; Sunday brunch 12:00-16:00. Prime Steaks & Seafood 6D : An outstanding culinary experience, either for a business lunch or simply for a relaxing escape. The menu showcases an elegant selection

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Ph.: 021-444-1777. Open: 11:00 - midnight Arcade - Atmosphere & Gourmet 4C : Finest

culinary experience in a charming setting surrounded by paintings from a well-known art gallery. Refined atmosphere, excellent service. Two private rooms, non-smoking area, Guarded parking lot, CC accepted. 8, Prof. Ion

Cantacuzino St. Ph.:021-260-2960; 0753-999333; Open: 12:00-24:00. Balkan Bistro 7D : You are invited to Balkan Bistro,

where the enticing dishes will offer you the perfect Balkan flavor. The restaurant hosts a modern atmosphere dominated by the red and black colors (specific to all Balkan countries). The menu offers traditional dishes allowing you to sense the gastronomic influence of the countries which belong to this particular region: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia. Every dish has an interesting story behind it, giving any gourmand a hint of what is to be expected. C.C. accepted.

Grand Hotel Continental, 56, Victoriei Ave. Ph.: +40 372 010 300. Open: Breakfast 06:30 - 10:30 weekdays; 07:00 - 11:00 weekends. Daily 12:30 - 15:30 and 18:30 - 22:30 Barbizon Steak House 3A : Pullman Bucharest

World Trade Center introduces its restaurant with a capacity of 65 seats. Taste premium quality meats and choose from over 50 International wines (Red, White and Rose). Live cooking in the show kitchen. 40 seat designated smoking area. Air Conditioning. CC accepted. Free WiFi access. Free parking.

Hotel Pullman, 10, Montréal Square. Open: Monday – Friday: Lunch 12:00 – 15:30; Dinner 18:00 – 23:30; Saturday & Sunday: Dinner 18:00 – 23:00; Ph.: 021 202 1635. La Brasserie 2A : Less about fine dining but more about

good quality, simply food for the whole family. The menu is available buffet-style or a-la-carte and gives a great choice for groups. The wine list remains a work of art and the atmosphere is cozier than ever. Sunday Brunch is back, with playground and a professional nanny to supervise the kids, smoking area and free parking. Air Conditioning, CC accepted, Parking, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Away. 1, Poligrafiei Blvd.

(Crowne Plaza Hotel); Ph.:; Open daily: 06.00 – 23.00 Café Athénée 6D : Cafe Athenee is a contemporary place

paying homage to its historic location on Revolution Square, the site of some of Romanian history’s most momentous events. During the day the menu offer brings classic European dishes with a modern twist, linking the contemporary design with the glamorous history. As the evening comes the Cafe becomes more of a lounge with candles and music, providing a casual and cozy atmosphere. Specialties to spoil the appetite are served during the night from the ‘Bubbles & Bites’ menu. Deluxe gourmet items along with sparkling wines in all variations are among the best one can get in Bucharest. C.C. accepted. 1-3, Episcopiei St. Ph.: 021-303-3777.

Open: 08:00 - 24:00.

Cafe Theatro Restaurant 7D : The heart of the hotel is the elegant Cafe Theatro restaurant, known for its distinct ambiance, international cuisine and superb buffets. Summer terrace and underground parking available. Credit Cards accepted. 37B Victoriei Boulevard, District 1. Ph.:

021 308 85 30 – outside call, 8530 – from your room. Open daily: 06:00 - 23:00. Caredy * Casa Ardeleneasca 4C : Transylvanian

& International cuisine restaurant, placed in an esquisite villa. Large offer and special selection of wines. C.C. ccepted. Guarded parking lot. 1, Sofia St. Ph.: 021-230-2769.

Open: 11:00 - until the last guest leaves. Casa Capsa 7D : Established in 1852, Casa Capsa is

the symbol of the Romanian high-life society. The founder, Grigore Capsa (1841-1902) introduced from the very beginning the occidental standards of quality and refinement. He made Capsa’s name a well known commercial brand all over the continent. Having a very good position, this old and famous restaurant is placed right in the focal point of the Bucharest historical center. CC accepted. 36, Calea Victoriei. Ph:

021-313 40 38 Open: 12:00-24:00 Casa Doina 7A : Large villa dating from the 19th century

transformed into a very nice restaurant. Wine cellar. Terrace. C.C. accepted. 4, Soseaua Kiseleff.

Ph.: 021-222-3179. Open: 12:00 - 01:00. Casa Doina La Parc 2A : The perfect mix of Romanian

and International cuisine; a traditional ambiance with modern elements. Its garden is the perfect place for our guests to spend the midday or evening. 3-5 Poligrafiei Ave, (Ramada

Parc Hotel), phone 021-315200 ; 021-549-2541. Open: 12:00 - 23:30. Chez Marie 6D : Try the wide selection of international

cuisine and special wines in this recently opened restaurant located in the heart of the city. 48, Dionisie Lupu St.

Ph.: 031-107-2033; 0721-376-118. Open: 12:00 until the last guest leaves. Concerto 7D : We recommend you will take your time

to indulge in the special dishes of our fine dining restaurant, Concerto. Concerto is a gastronomic restaurant based on a modern concept of cooking – “nouvelle cuisine”. Delicate dishes made up with creativity invites you in a delightful journey of tastes. The wine list is complex, including selections from all the regions of our country and also from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, North and South America. A professional team will counsel you regarding the dishes and the wines, accompanying you through the whole meal. C.C. accepted. Grand Hotel

Continental, 56, Victoriei Ave. Ph.: +40 372 010 300. Open: Mon. - Sun.: 12.0016.00; 19:00-23:00. Corso 7D : You may take your business downtown

and treat yourself and your partners with a special mix of International and Romanian cuisine, on a light lunch buffet. In the evening, a team of Romanian chefs wows you with authentic Romanian dishes presented with cosmopolitan attitude. The

spectacular view on to the Bucharest’s busiest boulevard is complimentary! 85 seats. Air conditioned. C.C accepted. Parking lot. 4, N. Balcescu Blvd. - InterContinental

Hotel - Ground floor, Ph.: 021-305-1060, Open: 06.30 - 23.00, business lunch buffet Mon-Fri 12:00 - 16:00, enjoy “Great Brunch! Guest Love!” Kids room with entertainment. Dacia Felix Restaurant 6D is the perfect location for

breakfast, conference and group meals. The menu theme of the restaurant is world cuisine and its particular concept signature is represented by buffet islands with live cooking, our wonderful Super Breakfast Buffet, live entertainment Sunday Brunches, occasionally thematic, soft smell of freshly brewed coffee and light sound of pink sparkling wine. 63-81, Calea Victoriei,

Radisson BLU Hotel groundfloor. Ph.: 021-3119000; Open 06:30 - 10:30, Sat, Sun 07:00 11:00. Sunday Brunch 12:30 - 16:30.. Doncafe Brasserie 4C : Located just off Dorobanti

Square, Doncafe has a particularly airy space flooded with natural light. The varied menu lets you choose between classic savory salads, a delicious Wiener schnitzel, numerous grills and homemade pastas, and a whole range of fresh snacks (including bruschetta, ciabatta or sandwiches).You can start your day with Continental or English breakfast. For lunch or dinner you can also pick the menu of the day. The location is adapted perfectly to private parties or events. Air conditioning. CC accepted. Guarded Parking. Free WiFi access. 7, Ankara

St. Ph.: 0746-222-444. Open: 08:30 – 24:00. Hotel Marshal Restaurant 7E : From the glassy

salon, the open kitchen and the charming covered terrace, Marshal Restaurant is waiting for you with delicious dishes carefully selected and prepared in front of you. Our secret: the charcoal grill. Fresh imported Argentinean beef and New Zealand lamb. C.C accepted. Air conditioned. Guarded parking.

2, Dr. Emanoil Bacaloglu St.; Ph.: 021-314-0880; Open: 07:00-01:00 Ici et La: Philippe Dupré, French chef, welcomes you in a

warm ambience ideal for business lunches or family dinners. The restaurant has an open kitchen and a view to Piata Romana, where you will taste their specialties: home made smoked salmon, beef tartar or even a French cheese and charcuterie plate. Special evenings every Thursday. 43, Mendeleev St.

Ph: 0731-453 608 Open: Mon.-Sat.10:00 to 23:00 Jadoo 7E : Mediterranean & International cuisine restaurant. Special lunch offer - 20% discount (food only). Wood oven baked pizzas. Catering services available in neighborhood (12:00 - 15:00) Smoking and non-smoking areas. Parking lot available. C.C accepted. 3, Nicolae

Racota St. - entrance from Clucerului St.; Ph.: 021-222-0502; 0724-365-583. Open: 12:00-until the last guest leaves (23:30 - last order) La Boema 7D : Enjoy the European cuisine, the selected

French dishes in the “La Boema” Restaurant. The relaxing atmosphere and the delicious dishes will make you realize why it is called “La Boema”... And if you have not understood yet, we bring especially for you an entire collection of refined wines. C.C. accepted. Air Conditioning, parking. Calea Vitan

Barzesti; Ph.: 031-106-1111 ext. 345 Open: 11:00 - until the last guest leaves. Majestic 7D : The Majestic Restaurant offers Romanian

and International cuisine, accompanied by excellent service, in an attractive ambience. Capacity: 100 places; air conditioning, smoking/non-smoking areas, main CC accepted; summer terrace. Besides the Restaurant, Ramada Majestic Bucharest Hotel offers the clients Multi-functional BallRooms - elegant locations for parties, weddings, cocktails. Ramada

Majestic Bucharest Hotel – 38-40, Calea Victoriei. Ph.: 021-310-2720; Fax: 021-310-2799 Open: daily 07:00 – 23:00. Manolo 6F : Elegance, refinement, finesse, good taste, privacy and discretion, an ideal place for meetings. Top chefs spoil their guests with specialties and are waiting for you. Nelu Ploiesteanu, Rodica Cretu and their guest entertain you daily starting 18:00 hours. 97, Pache Protopopescu Blvd.

Ph.: 021-252-4513; 0724-263-271 Paris Bucarest Brasserie 2B : Pullman Bucharest’s newest restaurant. Indulge yourself with a tempting buffet for breakfast and lunch. Free WiFi access. Air conditioning. Non smoking area. Breakfast Buffet: Mon. – Fri.: 06:00 –

10:00, Sat. & Sun.: 06:00 – 11:00; Lunch Buffet: Tue., Wed., Thu.: 12:00 – 14:30. 10, Montreal Sq., Ph.: 021-318-3000 Poem 9D : Modern European Cuisine. Indulge in the

intimate and classic atmosphere, enjoy a refined menu and quality service. Offering breakfast, lunch & dinner, business lunch. Special wine collection and drinks at the Tower Bar or the Piano Club. C.C. accepted. Guarded parking lot. 23-25,


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Suter Entr. (Carol Parc Hotel) Ph : 021-336-3377; Open 07:00 – 1:00 Pool Side Grill 6D offers the guests a relaxed, cozy

party atmosphere, right in the heart of the city, away from the exciting rhythm of the urban life. The Radisson’s hidden terrace is situated at the side of the hotel’s big outdoor swimming pool, in the courtyard. Come for barbecued meats, terrific bar food including a genuinely great burger. 63-81, Calea Victoriei,

Radisson BLU Hotel ground floor garden. Ph.: 021-601-3436. Opened during the summer. Opened between 12:00 - 23:00. Red Angus Steakhouse 7D : Located in the

Old Downtown of Bucharest, in front of the Old Court, this restaurant wants to be your first option for a steak. They are committed to provide you with outstanding hospitality and serving you the best steaks. Their USDA Choice steaks are highly marbled with enriching flavor, tenderness and juiciness of the meat. Whether you are planning a business dinner, an anniversary or a large corporate meeting, they will satisfy your preference in a friendly and professional manner. CC accepted, air conditioning, smoking and no smoking area, Wi-Fi, TV;

56, Franceza St, Old Town Ph: 021-312-0383 Open daily: 12:00-24:00

Sangria 5D : International menu, few Spanish dishes, nice atmosphere. Open/covered terrace! C.C. accepted.

78, Caderea Bastiliei St. Ph.: 021-211-2276; Open: 12 pm - 12 am. Times Restaurant 7G : Panoramic view restaurant with

great Romanian and International cuisine at Golden Tulip Times Hotel. C.C. accepted. 19, Decebal Blvd.

Ph.: 021-316-6516. Open: 12:30-23:00. The Harbour 6D : You’ve come a long way... you need

to relax... dock to The Harbour where you will find a buffer zone, the taste of the finest international cuisine and maybe an acquaintance just to make you feel you belong... Terrace and parking. C.C. accepted. 10-22, Piata Amzei;

Ph.: 0724-388-686; Open: 11:30 - until the last guest leaves. The Sunlight Restaurant: The culinary world of the

angelo Airporthotel Bucharest is provided by this restaurant. A copious buffet breakfast, a gala dinner and a variety of Romanian and international dishes are at your disposal every day. The Sunlight Restaurant has a capacity of approx. 110 persons. For special events such as cocktail parties, anniversaries or dinner parties, the conference rooms can be turned into functional restaurant rooms. And the stylish live music may even put you in the mood for dancing. CC accepted.

283 Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni. Ph: 021 20 36 500; Fax: 021 20 36 530; Open 24 hours a day. Veranda 5C : Casa Frumoasa is pleased to welcome you

to its new restaurant: Veranda Casa Frumoasa. A remarkable concept signed by the Italian architect, Elena Busato, the restaurant comes as a modern interpretation of a greenhouse at the end of the 18th century, with Art DÈco influences and exotic touches. They will be glad to receive you in a unique intimate setting, with a sophisticated menu, created by Chef Avi Steinitz, in which French cuisine meets Mediterranean elements and a most prestigious wine and champagne selection. Air conditioned, free wifi internet, guarded free parking lot

5, Clopotarii Vechi St. Reservation highly recommended Ph.: 021 - 317.60.07 ; 0733.735.932; Open: 11:00 until the last guest leaves White Horse Business & Events: Situated in the

Northern area of Bucharest, the new established business district of the city, the restaurant offers carefully prepared traditional and international specialties for daily lunch while being in the same time the perfect location for corporate & private events. 12 years of experience, professional services and equipment and the dedicated staff assigned complete the fine quality of the taste. C.C. accepted. Baneasa Business

&Technology Park, Building B, wing B2, 42-44, Soseaua Bucuresti Ploiesti, Ph.: 031-620-8412; Open: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00 ITALIAN CUISINE Bel’Mondo 7D : is much more than a restaurant, it is

a piece of Italy in the heart of Bucharest’s Old Town, a place where Italian cuisine, fine winery and live music come together, in the spirit of eternal youth. Summer terrace, hostess service, wifi internet, air conditionong, CC accepted. 6, Covaci

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St. Ph: 0725 966 636 Open: 12:00 until the last guest leaves (24:00 – last kitchen order) Caffé Città 6D : Styled as a Northern Italian city centre

cafe/bistro the emphasis here is on good, simple, urban food. Try the risotto with saffron, the saltim bocca and the tiramisu: all signature dishes and all done to perfection. The drinks menu is a bit special: go for the Apple Mojito or try any number of great wines, all available by the glass. Keep the kids happy with the freshly made ice cream. 63-68, Calea Victoriei,

Radisson BLU Hotel groundfloor. Ph.: 021-601-3436.Open daily 09:30 - midnight. Cucina 8B : At the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

Authentic Italian food served in rustic surroundings. Fine choice of wines. Calea 13 Septembrie 90. Ph. 021-403-

1902. Open: 12:00 - 15:00; 19:30 – 23:30 De Gustibus 6F : Restaurant, Terrace & Pizzeria. A

menu dedicated to only the most simple, appetizing and brilliantly executed Italian dishes, mainly with a Tuscan twinge. Happy Hours 11:30 - 16:00, From Mon. to Fri. 10% Off. Air conditioned. CC accepted. Parking lot. 10, Marcel Iancu

St. Ph. 021-211-1449; 0744-520106. Open: 12:00 - 24:00 Osteria Gioia 5C : Delicious Italian food. Excellent wine selection. Modern, elegant interiors, well trained and friendly staff. 16, Ion Mihalache Blvd; Ph.: 021-311-3750;

Open 12:00 till late (23:00 last order). Modigliani 7D : Pasta /Carne. An Italian Original. If you

ever feel like savoring an authentic Italian dinner, come at the Modigliani restaurant you can be the guest of its Italian Chef, Andrea Aiudi. Home made pasta, basil, creamy sauces and a whole new world of flavors are waiting to be explored in its cozy atmosphere. Air conditioned. C.C accepted. Parking lot.

9, Batistei St. (entrance also from the InterContinental lobby), Ph.: 0730-644-806, Open: Mon-Sat 18.00 - 04.00 Ristorante Da Renzo 8F : Delicious Italian food &

excellent wine selection. Daily special lunch offer. Smoking & non smoking areas; CC accepted. 13, Constantin Nottara

St.- close to In City Residences (ask your taxi driver), Ph: 0721 587 560; 0744 299 499, Open: 12:00 till late Roberto’s Restaurant 6D : At Roberto’s Restaurant

you can savour authentic Italian cuisine prepared from the finest ingredients for an unforgettable dining experience in a contemporary environment. Refurbished in 2011, Roberto’s Restaurant is the perfect venue for elegant dining, with cosy seating around the fireplace, a private dining room for up to 14 persons and open kitchen where you can enjoy watching our chefs at work. 1-3, Episcopiei St. Open hours: Breakfast Mon.-Fri. 06:30 - 10:00, Sat.-Sun. 06:30 11:00; Lunch Mon.-Sun. 12:00 - 15:00; Dinner Mon.-

Sun. 18:30 - 23:00 Ph.: 021-303-3777; Trattoria “Il Calcio” 6D : Extensive menu of

Italian dishes. Large selection of wines, beers and spirits. Nice interiors, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff. 14,

Mendeleev St. Ph.: 021-312-2430; 0722-134-299. Open: Sun - Thu: 12:00 - 24:00, Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 01:00.

splendidly decorated terrace, rich wine-cellar, large selection of Romanian wines, traditional Romanian customs and hospitality. CC accepted. 285A, Calea Bucuresti.

Ph.: 021-236-1510; Ph./Fax: 021-236-1511. Count Dracula Club 7D : Unique theme restaurant,

with a cozy atmosphere. Transylvanian and venison dishes. C.C. accepted. 8A, Splaiul Independentei.

Ph.: 021-312-1353; 0788-312-878. Open: 16:00 - until the last guest leaves. Crama Pandurilor: Traditional Romanian cuisine rich

offer in a special space where collection wines can be tasted. Our selection includes more than 200 wines. Enjoy the Romanian folklore songs presented by the live band - Taraful Pandurilor. 71, Soseaua Panduri, Ph.: 0727-703-

703 Open: 12.00 until the last guest leaves Decebal Rustic 7G : Exquisite Romanian dishes. C.C. accepted. 17, Decebal Blvd. Ph.: 021-321-67-00; 0723-515-009; Open:. 10:00 until the last guest leaves Decebal Classic 4D : Traditional Romanian cuisine, folk music band, select atmosphere, terrace. Business meetings, special events. C.C. accepted. 51, Barbu Vacarescu

St. Ph: 0724 891 819; Open:10:00 until the last guest leaves Hanul Hangitei 7D : Traditional Romanian cuisine. Daily special lunch offer. 16, Gabroveni St. Ph.: 021-314-7046. Open: 11:00 - until the last guest leaves. Locanta Jaristea: A genuine taste of Romania, both food and atmosphere, a real part of the city’s history. C.C. accepted. Reservation neccessary! 50-52, G. Georgescu St. Ph.:

Zigolini: A taste of Italy in Zigolini Ristorante! A deliciously intimate dining experience nestled in the most elegant Galleria of Bucharest! C.C. Accepted. Guarded parking. JOLIE VILLE GALLERIA – 103 bis Erou Iancu Nicolae Street, first floor. Ph.: 021-206-8069. Open: 12:00 – 22:30 (22:00 – last order). MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE Il Gambero Rosso 4D : Located in a small and

charming villa in the center of the city, this place offers you an original menu, a mix between the famous Italian and French kitchens. Marcello, an Italian who lived almost all his life in France, opened this restaurant where you will find specialties from various parts of Italy and the day specialty, almost always French. Aviator Stefan Protopopescu Str., 64. Ph:

021-230-3210, 0730 006 978. Open: 12:00-24:00 Il Giardino: Exclusive atmosphere; exotic cuisine; exquisite ambient. C.C. Accepted. 19, Clucerului St. Ph.: 021-223-1978; 0723-671-657. Open: 12:00 till the last guest. Neptunus 2C : Named after the Roman God of the Sea, the

021-335-3338; 0744.240.126; Fax: 021-301.98.45. Open: 11:00 - 02:00. Vatra 7D : Romanian cuisine. Air conditioning. 23-25, Brezoianu St. Ph.: 021-315-8375; 0721-200-800; Open: 12:00 - 24:00. SEA FOOD La Veranda 2A : The restaurant is housed inside a glass

terrace offering wonderful views of the garden outside. It serves exquisite fish and sea food as fresh as the day it was caught. Air Conditioning, CC accepted, Parking, Smoking free, Outside Seating. 1, Poligrafiei Blvd. (Crowne Plaza Hotel);

Ph.:; Open daily: 12.00 – 23.00. SPANISH CUISINE Valencia: The Spanish House. Spanish & Int’l cuisine, Paella and Sangria like matadores have it. A discrete and intimate

place, ideal for passionat encounters. Air conditioning. C.C. accepted. 12, Dr. Leonte St. Ph.: 021-312-81-96;

0722-204-884. Open: 11:00 – 24:00. VEGETARIAN CUISINE Casa Satya 5B : Vegetarian and Fish Cuisine. Organic Ingredients and Wines. 25, Banu Manta Blvd. Piata Victoriei area, near sector 1 Town-Hall; Ph.: 0788-788-111 COFFEE SHOPS Caffe & Latte 7C : Before or after a pleasant walk through

Cismigiu Park, in-between business meetings or... whenever, pay them a visit and let them spoil you with their home made specialities. They’ve got new goodies, breakfast choices, soups, salads and... lots of surprises that will keep on coming. Yours truly, Caffe & Latte! 35, Schitu Magureanu St.

Ph.: 031-415-8551 Open: 08.30 - 22.30 Cafe Klein 7D : At Rembrandt Hotel mezzanine, Café Klein

is an intimate and pleasant place for all guests who want to enjoy either a delicious breakfast or just a glass of wine. Open 12:00 – 19:00 also for those who are not the hotel’s guests. The bar is for non-smokers. Free wi-fi internet inside the bar for all clients. 11, Smardan St.

Ph/Fax: 021-313-9315; 021-313-9316 Crown Cafe 2A : The cafe welcomes you with fine cream

leather armchairs set around a small atrium in the inside garden of the hotel. Coffee, tea, beer, and - later in the evening - the perfect place for cocktails and digestive before bed. The cafe is an entirely ‘smoking allowed’ venue. Air Conditioning, CC accepted, Parking, Outside Seating, Smoking free, Take Away, Wifi. 1, Poligrafiei Blvd. (Crowne Plaza Hotel); Ph.:; Open: 09.00 – 02.00. La Galette Restaurant & Snacking 2B : Relaxed

& friendly dining atmosphere on the terrace. Wide range of snacks. French bakery. Cakes & pastries. Selection of Teas & Coffees. Take away. Designated Smoking Area. CC accepted. Free WiFi access. Free parking. Open: Mon. – Fri.: 08:00

– 20:00; Sat.: 09:00 – 18:00; Ph.:021 202 1633; Hotel Pullman, 10 Montréal Square. Geisha Cafe 6D : High quality coffe in a very popular downtown location. 10, C.A. Rosetti St. Ph.: 021-315-7298. Open: 08:30 - 24:00. Grand Cafe Galleron: Large selection of drinks & coffes, quality simple food. Charming interiors, cozy atmosphere. Located in the heart of the city close to Atheneum in a superb old villa. C.C. accepted. Air conditioning. 18A, Nicolae

Golescu St. Ph.: 021-312-4565. Open: 09:00 - 24:00.

Italian restaurant Neptunus brings a new dimension of deluxe gastronomy in a fascinating journey through Mediterranean cuisine. Cellar, breakfast room, summer terrace, hostess service, wifi internet, air conditioning, free parking lot.

7-9, Soseaua Nordului Ph: 0761 423 220 Open: 12:00 until the last guest leaves (24:00 – last kitchen order) Valencia: The Spanish House. Spanish & Int’l cuisine, Paella

and Sangria like matadores have it. A discrete and intimate place, ideal for passionat encounters. Air conditioning. C.C. accepted. 12, Dr. Leonte St. Ph.: 021-312-81-96;

0722-204-884. Open: 11:00 – 24:00. MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE Golden Falcon 7E : Best Turkish restaurant in town. Full

range of kebab dishes, Turkish aperitifs and traditional sweets. Catering service available. 18-20, Hristo Botev St. (near

C.A. Rossetti Square). Ph.: 021-314-2825; 3132833. Open: 12:00 - 24:00. ROMANIAN CUISINE Caro 4E : Caro Hotel’s Romanian restaurant. International

cuisine. Wine cellar and terrace. C.C. accepted. Guaranteed parking. 164A, Barbu Vacarescu Blvd. Ph.: 021-

208-6100. Open: (restaurant) 16:00 – 24:00. Sunday closed, (wine cellar) 12:00 - 14:30 Caru’ cu Bere 7D : Historical restaurant (established

1879) in the old town district, behind the National History Museum. Original German style interior. Live music and dancing on weekends. CC accepted. 3-5, Stavropoleos St.

Ph.: 021-313-7560; Open: 10:00 - 24:00. Casa Romaneasca: Authentic Romanian culinary

delight in the traditional setting of a Romanian mansion with a

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21st floor, Ph.: 021-310-2020 Open: 06.30 - 10.30 Dark Bla Bar 6D : Cognac & cigars bar for 34 persons. Single Malts, Cognacs & Cigars in an upscale & late night mood. CC accepted. Smoking. 63-81, Calea Victorie,

Radisson BLU Hotel groundfloor. Ph.: 021-3119000; Open: Mon.-Fri. 17:00 - 02:00., Sat.-Sun. 08:00 - midnight. The Dubliner Irish Pub 5B : Genuine Irish

atmosphere. Draught beer. Air-conditioned. Very popular among the members of the English speaking community. 18,

Titulescu Blvd. Ph.: 021-222-3737; 021-222-9473. Open: 12:00 - 02:00. English Bar 6D : Relax in the soft lighting and traditional

decor of the Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel’s inviting English Bar. Choose from over 40 whiskies, sip a cocktail or order form the international snackmenu. Enjoy a Cuban cigar to round off your night. C.C. accepted. 1-3, Episcopiei St.

Ph.: 021-303-3777/ ext. 6759. Open: 11:00-02:00. The Epoque Lounge Bar 6C : This is the place for Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest 2B : Over 1500 sqm building; one of the largest HRCs in Europe, the new Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest has inside seating for 300 guests plus an outside terrace with a view over the lake and additional seating for 150. 32, Kiseleff Avenue. Ph.: 021-206-6261. Open: 12:00 - 23:30 Jolie Cafe: Ideal venue for a coffee break or a business meeting. C.C. accepted. Guarded parking lot. JOLIE VILLE GALLERIA - 103 bis, Erou Iancu Nicolae St., groundfloor. Ph.: 021-206-8067. Open: daily 12:00 - 22:00. Kartell Cafe - Lounge 7D : Nice cafe located

downtown in historical part of the city. Friendly staff. Small summer terrace. St. Smardan 7. Ph.: 0749-057-770.

Open: 10:00 - till last customer. Serendipity Tea House 6D : Tea and lots of it. There

are more than 55 types of tea available, including the trademark Serendipity, an aromatic yet fruity green tea with more than a hint of strawberries. A quiet location just off an otherwise busy central street make this superb choice for long, peaceful afternoons reading a good book with a great cup of tea or two. Oh, and we should point out that coffee menu is not bad either. CC accepted, free wireless internet.12, Dumbrava

Rosie St. Ph.: 021-211.31.00. Open: Mon.-Fri. 15:00-22:00, Sat.-Sun: 12:00-22:00 Tekaffe 6B : In the beautiful surroundings of the city center, on Victoriei Ave , you can stop a while to pamper yourself with a special coffee or tea and enjoy a tasty cake. If you are leaving Bucharest by train, you can visit their second location near the North Railway Station to take a sandwich or salad for the road. The Tekaffe products are all made by a dedicated team in their own laboratory, with natural and fresh ingredients.143,

Calea Grivitei. Ph.: 0372-121 821 Open daily 11:00 - 22:00; 56, Victoriei Ave. (the intersection with Ion Campineanu str.) Ph: 0372 010 327 Open: Mon-Fri 08.00 – 20.00 Sat 09:00 - 15:00 Times Cafe: Large selection of coffee, cocktails and fancy

drinks, sandwiches, salads and deserts. Summer terrace. Within the Golden Tulip Times Hotel. C.C. accepted. 19,

Decebal Blvd. Ph.: 021-316-6516. Open: 09:0023:00. Vienna Cafe 8B : At the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand

Hotel. Chocolate, pastry and cake lovers, this is the place for you - known to be so good that ladies go there for a lunch of cakes only! Viennese and International desserts, freshly baked tarts, cakes and pastries. Wedding cakes on order.

Calea 13 Sept. 90. Ph.: 021-403-1901; Open: 09:00 - 23:00. PUBS AND COCKTAIL BARS L’Arpège Bar 2B : The perfect place to meet your

business partners or to enjoy a relaxing moment while drinking a delicious cocktail. CC accepted. Free WiFi access. Free parking. Open: Mon. – Fri.: 08:30 – 01:30 Sat.–

Sun.: 10:00 – 01:30 Ph.:021 202 1632; Hotel Pullman, 10 Montréal Square. Bar “37” 7D : Bar 37 gives you the opportunity to

experience the excellent view of Victoriei Boulevard, while enjoying a glass of wine or a gourmet meal among friends. Summer terrace and underground parking available. Credit Cards accepted. 37B Victoriei Boulevard, District 1.

Ph.: 021 308 85 00 – outside call, 7600 – from your room. Open Mon-Fri: 07:00 - 02:00, Sat-


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Sun: 09:00 - 02:00. Beach Bar 6D : For 64 persons, offering poolside comfort foods,draught beer, frozen Margarita & fresh lemonade. CC accepted. Non-smoking. 63-68, Calea Victoriei,

Radisson Blu Hotel, ground floor garden. Ph.: 021-601-3436. Open seasonal, May to September, 09:00 - midnight. Bla Lounge Bar 6D : Centre ice bar in atrium for 108

persons. Vodka, Cocktails, Beverages & Snacks in a hear, feel, taste mood. CC accepted. Non-smoking. 63-81, Calea

Victoriei, Radisson BLU Hotel groundfloor. Ph.: 021-311-9000; Open: Mon.-Fri. 08:00 02:00; Sat.-Sun. 08:00 - midnight. Centro Bar & Lounge 6D : The perfect place for a

business meeting or for a relaxing drink after a busy day. Our fresh selection of sandwiches, salads and pastry products make it a convenient place for any time of the day. Howard

Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel, Calea Dorobantilor 5 – 7, Open daily 09:00 – 00:30 Ph.: 021 201 5000 / int 340 Caffe & Latte 6C : Before or after a pleasant walk through Cismigiu Park, in-between business meetings or... whenever, pay them a visit and let them spoil you with their home made specialities. They’ve got new goodies, breakfast choices, soups, salads and... lots of surprises that will keep on coming. Yours truly, Caffe & Latte! 35, Schitu Magureanu St. Ph.:

031-415-8551 Open: 08.30 - 22.30 Champions 8B : At the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand

Hotel. The American Sports Bar and Restaurant. A place for good food, good times and good sports. Live TV Sport coverage on 27 flat screen TV sets. Calea 13 Sept. 90.

Ph.: 021-403-1917;Open: 17:00 - 01:00. Club InterContinental Lounge 7D : With a

contemporary design an authentic touch, this is the perfect place for a meeting, networking, a light meal or just for relaxation, reading, listening to music and watching the unique city view. Air conditioned. C.C accepted. Parking lot. 4,

Nicolae Balcescu Blvd. - InterContinental Hotel,

powerful business meetings but also for relaxation in front of one of the fireplace, while enjoying a refined drink or just peaceful music. The Epoque Bar welcomes you with its intimate and refined atmosphere, fireplace, terrace and a fine selection of wines and cigars, daily, from 6:30 to 23:00 hrs. Wireless Internet is available in the Lounge just as all around the hotel. The facilities are: smoking and non-smoking feature; nice and cosy summer terrace, free high speed WI-FI internet access; air conditioning; daily newspaper; CC accepted, guarded free parking lot. 17C, Aurora Entr. (Epoque Hotel);

Ph.: 021-312-3232. Open: 06:30 – 23:00. Frame Club 6D the movie club in town is inviting you

everyday to be part of the various events that are happening there: karaoke nights, live acts, weekend special DJ parties, chill-out nights or film screenings.Cozy place, perfect for private parties or any other special occasion. Some of the best cocktails in town. Free wifi internet, air conditioning, CC accepted. 38B, Magheru Blvd (Romana Square)

Ph: 021 - 211.01.44 / 0730.11.77.03 Open: Mon – Thur 10:00 – until the last guest leaves, Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 05:00, Sun: 15:00 – until the last guest leaves. The Gin Factory 7D : Irish Pub & Restaurant

International ciusine; Chef’s choice: fish & chips; beefsteak. Lunch: 12:00-17:00. Live music every Wed & Sun; DJ set every Thu, Fri & Sat starting 23:00 C.C. Accepted, free WiFi internet; Digi TV, Sky TV, Smoking areas; 37, Lipscani St.

Ph: 021-311-3836 Open: 10:00 – 05:00 (23:00 – last kitchen order; 22:00 – last reservation). Green Hours 22 Jazz Café 5C : Hip and unique.

Enjoy exotic cocktails and coffee in a neon-lit, tube-shaped bar, with live, trippy jazz-rock on one end and cozy couches on the other-like spending an evening in a surreal submarine. Also a relaxing outdoor patio that’s packed on weekend nights. Music most nights after 9 pm.. Morning coffee or nightly cocktails.

120, Calea Victoriei. Ph.: 0722-234-356. Open: non-stop The Harp Irish Pub 8D : Very popular Irish hangout

with great selection of beer, a warming atmosphere downstairs complete with fireplaces candle-lit tables and extensive seating upstairs. Guaranteed to be packed with younger Romanians and

expats alike any weekend evening. The second Irish hangout in Bucharest. Air-conditioning. C.C. accepted. 1, Piata Unirii.

Ph.:021-335-6508. Open: 09:00 - until the last guest leaves. Intermezzo Piano Bar 7D : Just the way you might

imagine a classic bar: sophisticated but relaxed, chic but comfortable. Located just off the InterContinental Hotel lobby, Intermezzo offers live piano music in the evenings, creating the perfect backdrop after a long working day. Air conditioned. C.C accepted. Parking lot. 4, Nicolae Balcescu Blvd.,

Ph.: 021-310-2020, Open: 08.00 - 01.00 James Joyces 6C : A real Iris pub run by real paddy. 1-3, Valter Maracineanu Sq. Ph.021-311-4177; Mora 4C : comes to redefine the bar concept, offering

customers the chance to taste a wide variety of French champagnes, wines and liquors, as well as champagne-based cocktails. Whether a light and sophisticated lunch, an afternoon business coffee or an aperitivo, a quality evening with friends before a night out listening to live DJ mixes. Parking lots available. Smoking venue. 22, Paris St. Reservations:

0748-544-911. Opened daily from 12:00 until late in the night. Onx Pub 6A : Lot of fun, karaoke, live concerts & special parties. 290, Splaiul Independentei, Regie P16 Open: 12:00 - until the last guest leaves. Orange Bar (lobby bar): If you are looking for a place to

enjoy the highest standards, a perfect coffee, fresh sandwiches, sft drinks and the best cognac in town, you most go high, go North! C.C. accepted. 44A, Daniel Danielopolu. St.

Ph.: 021-233-5000 Open: daily 10:00-24:00 Pavilion Lounge 8B : Within the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. Your favorite drink, accompanied by Chef’s choice of canapés, in a relaxed atmosphere. CC accepted. 90,

Calea 13 Septembrie. Ph.: 021-403-1904. Open: non-stop. The Sky Gate Bar: This bar of the angelo Airport hotel

Bucharest offers a pleasant and relaxing environment where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, an afternoon tea, a refined cocktail or simply a cigarette in pleasant company. The hotel’s

professional bartenders are always there just when you need them. Located right beside the lobby and restaurant, the bar offers its guests an intimate, private area. CC accepted. 283,

Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni. Ph: 021 20 36 500; Fax: 021 20 36 530; Open 24 hours a day. Thomas Antiques Bar 7D : Taste the house wine

and enjoy it on one of their sunny balconies. Wide range of beers and something special for ladies - „French Vanilla” or „Brazilian Nut”. Smoking & non smoking areas; Air conditioned; Free WiFi internet; CC accepted. 19, Covaci St. 1st floor

& attic, Ph: 0752 440 818, Open: bar (1st floor): Mon - Thu & Sun: 10:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 24:00, attic: Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 20:00, Sun: 10:00 – 16:00 Trafalgar Pub 5D : Beer, wines, spirits and snacks. Close to Turkish Embassy on Calea Dorobantilor. 4A, David Emanuel St. Ph.: 021-211-3151. Open: 11.00 - till the last guest. Tribute 6D : First class venue, great live music. 118, Calea Victoriei, Ph.: 0728-742-883; Open: Wed. : 21:00 - 02:00; Thu. - Sat.: 21:00 - 05:00. Victoria Club 7D : Classic mahogany furniture, leather Chesterfield sofas, warm beige nuances, exquisite services... these are the fine details that will catch your eye and soul in our English Bar – Victoria Club. Here you can taste our delicate teas & coffees brews while engaging in succulent conversation during traditional English afternoon tea time, taste some of our delicious snacks and try something from the list of over 100 spirits. Cigars are available to round off your evening. C.C. accepted. Grand Hotel Continental, 56, Victoriei

Ave. Ph.: 0372 010 300 Open: nonstop. White Horse 4D : Pub & Restaurant. English &

International cuisine. Wide selection of draught beers. CC accepted. 4A, G. Calinescu St. Ph.: 021-231-2795.

Open: 12:00 - until the last guest leaves. The Editor: We decline the responsibility for any changes in the schedule.

nightlife We have compiled for you a list of the nicest places in Bucharest for nightlife relaxation to help you lose your daily stress. For more details please read our Bucuresti by Night supplement, in the middle of the magazine (where available) CLUBS Bamboo: 39, Ramuri Tei St., Ph.: 0722-132-283, 0788-296-776 Cuando Club: 35-37, Academiei St.,; Ph.: 0722-505085 Diamond Club & Massage: 30, Regina Elisabeta Blvd, Ph.: 0727-402-436, 0751-370-490 Disco Club Maxx: 290, Splaiul Independentei,; Ph.: 021-223-00-39 Embryo: 3, Ion Otetelesanu St., Ph.: 0727-379-023 Fuchsia: 18, I. Brezoianu St., Ph.: 0727-315-713 Gossip: 9-11, Lanariei St., Ph.: 0721-GOSSIP Kristal Glam Club: 2, J.S. Bach St., Ph.: 021-231-21-36, 0721-993-988 Music Club: 31, Baratiei St. Ph.: 021-314-61-97 The Office: 8, Tache Ionescu St., Ph.: 021-211-67-48 Posh Club: 19, Orhideelor Ave., Ph.: 0751-157-575

Session: 47-49, Elefterie St., Ph.: 0729-292-541, 0721-151-649 Temple: 25, Splaiul Independentei,; Ph.: 0748-881-086, 313-35-75, 0727-297-610 Zebbra: 71, Soseaua Panduri., Ph.: 0749-200-002 MASSAGE PARLOURS Erotic Massage: 50 passion girls in 5 locations same quality and services for your sensual and relaxing moments. • J’Adore: Phone: 0735-885-522 • VIP Zone: Phone: 0735-885-511 • Thai Passion: Phone: 0730-331-133 • Jade Palace: Phone: 0730-881-188 • Exotique: Phone: 0735-885-500 Ibiza Massage: Erotic, Double, Body and Relaxing Massage. Phone: 021-316-9929; 0727-239-744; www. Karma Massage: Erotic body & relaxing massage. Hotel

visits or free car to the downtown salon and back (in 20 min). Free minibar. Open non-stop. By appointment,

Ph.: 0722-699-488; 021-327-3884; Perfect Massage: Erotic, Double, Body and Relaxing Massage.

Phone: 0733 571 690

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“Give them Bread and Circuses” a phrases from the Roman Empire of the B.C. era, and “Let them eat cake” from Marie Antoinette, just a few hundred years ago.

Dear Reader,

the last word

Our task at CPG, indeed the reason for our existence is to promote tourism in Bucharest and Romania. Our editorial team does their best to feature interesting stories and information about interesting events and places to visit in Bucharest. The good job they do, gives me the flexibility and freedom to use this page to share some of my concerns and more philosophical thoughts with those readers who make it to the last page. By the way, some years ago there was a research showing that many people, myself included, in fact start to read a magazine from the last page back so maybe I have lots of readers. As I sat to write this essay, and thought about the continuing economic malaise in Romania, as I was reminded that the Europe Cup in football is coming to Romania in May, two old quotes came to mind.

Of course we no longer have Emperors or Queens who could make such pronouncements, but I don’t believe that the football cup would be in Bucharest without substantial government involvement and support, nor do I think that the plethora of Hypermarkets and Shopping Malls could be built without official endorsement and support in terms of infrastructure. Yes, it is all “progress” and development, but other than being entertaining, or providing a “destination” if we can tear ourselves away from the myriad and one cable TV shows, do they provide long term employment, or involve us in thinking about our culture and traditions? Abut life? Romania has abandoned most of its capacity to produce, and is becoming increasingly a consumer society, and we proudly point to that “progress”, and the fact that we have become like many of the other Western European countries. To close with another ancient thought, we are trading “Cogito Ergo Sum” for “I consume therefore I am”. Is that the “progress” Romanians want for their country. But, you are in Bucharest, I while I hope you consider some of my thoughts, I also hope you will participate in the pleasure that springtime and football can offer here. Ludwig Gelobter, Publisher

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MAY 2012  

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