A brief overview of Romanian history

Many Romanians are rightfully proud of their country’s very long and eventful history.  Here are five key historical topics all visitors should know about: Dacia Dacia was the name of an ancient kingdom that covered most of what is now Romania. Its rich resources attracted the Ancient Greeks, who colonized the shores of the Black Sea. The ruins of their stunning cities are still to be found in Histria, Tomis (today Constanța) and Callatis (Mangalia). Hundreds of years later, the mighty Roman Empire decided to annex Dacia. Trajan’s Column (pictured on the following page), which can still be seen in

Bucharest’s authentic spots: the traditional markets

Rachel Sargent of the London Street Atelier wrote about Bucharest traditional markets in the 2014 edition of the City Compass Romania: Bucharest & Beyond guide. Below is an extract from her text. You can check info on traditional markets in Bucharest in our 2017 edition available here.  When I first came to Bucharest, one of my biggest delights was to be able to wander around Amzei market right in the heart of the city and buy produce directly from locals. For me visiting markets is a way of observing the markers of the seasons: the first young fresh garlic (“leurdă”)

Bucharest’s oldest public garden: Cismigiu Park

The oldest public garden in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the Cismigiu Park is one of the city’s most accessible and popular sites. Listed as one of the city’s historical monuments, it is landscaped similar to English parks, with a varied vegetation and colorful flower beds. The history of the park begins in 1779 when local ruler Alexandru Ipsilanti ordered the construction of two fountains in the city. (In Romanian a cismea is a type of fountain and a possible start for the formation of the name of the park.) The first one was built on the side of the park which today faces

Five Romanian foods to try out

If you didn’t get the chance yet to discover the treats of the Romanian cuisine, here are five of the most mouth-washing traditional dishes. You can order them while you try out a Romanian traditional restaurant or you can even make them at home. Bulz One of the simplest and most popular traditional types of food is bulz. It is actually sheep cheese wrapped in polenta and cooked in the oven or on embers, as shepherds still make it in some parts of the country. In time, the recipe was diversified so that now you will find in restaurant menus

How to make the delicious Romanian “cozonac”

A must-have on Christmas in Romania are the famous cozonaci, one of the delights of local traditional cuisine. A cake with origins in the Roman bread, it is usually baked on Christmas and Easter. A cozonac can be round or rectangular, simple or braided and it is usually filled with chopped nuts, poppy seeds, cocoa cream or dried fruits. In the past years, it has become available in food stores all year round, but its baking on holidays, at home, is a tradition women still pass on from mother to daughter, especially in the country side. In the past years, it has become

Traditional after-party remedies in Romania

Whether it is an all-night dinner or a clubbing night, sleepless hours like those on New Year’s Eve always leave partygoers, literally, with next-day headaches. Romanians have some famous traditional remedies for curing after-party headaches, dizziness and nausea. Here are a few of the most popular: The juice from the pickled cabbage is one of the best-known hangover remedies in Romania. The juice resulted from the salted water in which the cabbage is traditionally pickled is excellent as a detox treatment, helping the body vitaminize at the same time. Besides the vitamins and the antioxidants found in fresh cabbage, other good substances

Where to buy Christmas trees from in Romania’s capital

Thinking it is about time to buy the Christmas Tree? In the past week, a variety of offers sprawled across Romania’s capital Bucharest. See below where you can buy cut natural Christmas trees, trees in pot, decorated trees or artificial ones. Do-it-yourself stores Dedeman – prices vary from RON 39 up to 900 Brico Depôt – natural trees (Abies Nordmanniana), RON 75 Mr. Bricolage – natural trees (Abies Nordmanniana), prices starting from RON 79.99 Praktiker announces as well they will soon start selling trees. Traditional markets Local company Silva Group Romania officially opened Christmas tree markets in Obor Market, Floreasca Boulevard, Kaufland Mihai Bravu,