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Things to do in Bucharest on a rainy day


Nobody is happy when it rains. Especially if it’s also cold and you are travelling.
A lot of rain means that most of your travel plans will be ruined.
No more strolling in the parks, no more enjoying the historical avenues or visiting open air museums.
But that doesn’t mean there is nothing interesting that you can do instead in Bucharest.
The city is packed with museums, great shops and other fascinating places where you can enjoy your time even when it’s raining outside.



Things to do in Bucharest
There are a few museums that you should not miss while in Bucharest and fortunately they are all located close to Metro stations, making your walk to reach them not very long.

Palatul Primaverii: the former house where Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, lived with his family for around 25 years. This place shows how lavish the lifestyle of an absolute country leader can be. You will get to see their bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, spa and huge wardrobe. Guided visits in English are organized very hour, the groups are small, so it’s a good idea to reserve your spot. Check out their website for more details

Bulevardul Primăverii 50, București

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National Art Museum: located in the former Royal Palace of the Romanian Royal Family, this museum is perfect for those who love art, be it Romanian or European. Check out their schedule here

Calea Victoriei 49-53, București

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum: the first museum to feature dioramas in the world, it is a fun place to discover nature for kids and adults alike. It’s closed on Mondays, but otherwise open from morning until the evening. You can find the schedule and location here

Şoseaua Pavel D. Kiseleff 1, București

Book shops

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Bucharest has some of the loveliest book shops in the world! They are so adorable, cosy and filled with many cool things, you will end up spending hours chilling in these places:

Carturesti Carusel:
the largest book store in Romania, this place is a work of art. The building stands in the heart of the Old Town. They sell everything from books in various languages, music, DVDs, tea cups, bags. There is even a nice little bistro if you are hungry.

Strada Lipscani 55, București

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Carturesti Verona:
the first book shop from the Carturesti company. It is still a favorite for many Bucharest locals who want to get away from the busy city life for an hour or more. They play some really great music inside.

Strada Pictor Arthur Verona 13-15, București

Coffee shops:

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Romanians love coffee and not just in the morning, but throughout the whole day.
That is why there are plenty of superb places where you can enjoy a perfect cup of coffee and warm up from the cold weather outside.
Check out our special article about the best coffee shops in Bucharest here

Top Cafés in Bucharest

Top Cafés in Bucharest – Bucharest Old Town


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This is a favorite activity for locals on weekends and that means there are plenty of big shopping malls to choose from.
Even if most are located outside the city center, many of them are close to Metro stations. So they are easy to reach by Metro.
The shopping malls we would recommend in Bucharest are:

Unirea Shopping Center at Piata Unirii

AFI Cotroceni Mall near the Politehnica Metro station in the West

Sun Plaza Shopping Center near the Piata Sudului Metro station in the South

Promenada near Aurel Vlaicu Metro station in the North

Free Walking Tour

Things to do in Bucharest

I know it might appear as a strange choice. But even if you have to spend time outside on a free walking tour, you will not get very wet. This is because during the presentations on the BTrip Bucharest Free Walking Tour, the group stands under roofs. Otherwise, there will also be a 15 minute break at a historical cafe to get warmed up.
However, you will have to get out in the rain a bit and this is during the walks between stops.
But, be sure that in 2,5 hours you will learn a lot about the city and its rich history. Don’t remember to bring an umbrella with you, rain proof shoes and you will be OK.
This being said, we hope you will not experience a lot of rain while in Bucharest. After all, Bucharest is one of the driest places in Romania with plenty of sunshine all year round.

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