A city that has been described as ‘little Paris’ or ‘Paris of the East‘, coffee culture in Bucharest is well developed and lively.
The first coffeeshop opened here as early as the 17th century when Bucharest was under the domination of the Ottoman Empire. These places became more and more popular throughout the centuries culminating with the French style cafés in the early 1900s.
Even though during Communism the consumption of coffee was a luxury, the last decade has seen a resurgence on this market
Here are some of the coolest cafés in Bucharest in terms of coffee quality, design and atmosphere:
M60 is a cosy little café with a great Scandinavian design that brings together groups of artists and other people from the creative fields.
It is a place to enjoy a specialty coffee locally roasted and to eat a healthy bite.
Is a small yet very popular coffeeshop located very close to the Old Town.
Some of the best coffee in town and the best place to hang out in the morning.
STEAM Coffee Shop is small but offers fantastic cups of coffee to help you start your day in a fab way.
ORYGYNS Specialty Coffee offers roasted coffee from different places in a location with an eye-catching design.
Warm, cozy, excellent selection of craft coffee. Amazing people, good vibe and lovely music.
A place to enjoy your coffee.
The concept is simple: everything here costs 5 lei (around 1 EUR!) and it’s usually to go, since there is little space inside.
Despite the low prices, the quality is high and this explains their incredible success.
French Bakery will remind you of Paris: enjoy a nice coffee and a croissant on a quiet cobblestone.
Luckily, you can treat yourself in several of their locations.
Enjoy the flavour of high quality coffee in a friendly environment with passionate people.
Espresso-based & alternative methods for preparing quality single origins coffee.
Home-made cakes and all-day-breakfast are a must.
A flat-white and a Pavlova on the terrace served in a historic and quiet part of the city are a delight for a coffee enthusiast as well as a freelancer looking for inspiration.
Cremier offers two of the best things in life: great coffee and delicious icecream.
The other good news? It’s located near the meeting point of our free walking tour Communism vs Monarchy, just behind the Athenaeum building!