Fun things to do in Bucharest

10 Fun Things To Do In Bucharest

For the past couple of weeks I have been in a bad mood (hence my absence on the blog), so I ended up spending most of my time on my couch, watching Netflix. I know, I know, not healthy at all. (Though binge-watching Daredevil is totally worth it!). That’s why I asked a couple of friends to help me make a list of fun things to do in Bucharest. While Bucharest may not be the most visited or most beautiful city in Romania, it’s definitely the one that has the most options for locals and visitors alike. From hundreds of bars and restaurants, to many different activities, here are the 10 most fun things to do in Bucharest.

1. Pub crawl

Let’s start with an obvious one. There are more than 100 bars and clubs in the Old Town of Bucharest, so why not go to a few of them? Why not go to more than a few of them in the same night? They’re all open until late at night and if you’re worried about not managing to find your way back to your bed, there’s a lovely hostel right in the city center, ready to welcome you 😉

2. Take a walking tour

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea (especially after doing #1), but not only is a walking tour the best way to learn about the city, it’s also one of the best things to do in Bucharest. There is a free walking tour every day, or if you want to go off the beaten path, you can choose a hidden gems walking tour.

3. Go to a concert or maybe Comic Con

Fun things to do in Bucharest: going to a concert

As you may know already, I love concerts almost as much as I love traveling and if I can combine the two and travel for a concert, then I’m over the moon happy. But sometimes I don’t have to travel too far to go to a great concert or festival, all I have to do is take a bus downtown to see my favorite artists. There are many great concerts happening every day in Bucharest, from local bands, to huge names. For instance, some of the names that will play this summer are Queen, Maroon 5, Muse, Iron Maiden, Rihanna and Sia (yaaasssss!).

For the last three years Bucharest has been the host of the East European Comic Con convention, if you’re a sci-fi, fantasy, or comic books fan, then this is the place for you. Fair warning though, your wallet will feel lighter after you’ve seen all those comic books, action figures, and other cool stuff 😉 In addition to that, great actors came to chat with their fans and I got to meet the awesome Natalia Tena (Tonks in Harry Potter) and this year I’ll meet David Anders (who currently plays the villain Blaine in one of my favorite tv shows, iZombie).

4. Find your way out of an escape room

Escape rooms are all the rage in Bucharest lately and there are more than 90 different rooms! I’ve only tried two so far, but there are a lot of cool themes, from Sherlock Holmes, to Star Wars and even Harry Potter. I’ve been to the Harry Potter one and it was a lot of fun, even though we were one step close to being locked in the Chamber of Secrets forever. 😳

5. Relax at the largest wellness center in Europe

Although I haven’t been personally (yet), I hear a visit to Therme is one of the most relaxing things to do in Bucharest. From saunas to water slides, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, especially if you’re visiting in winter when it can be -20C on the outside but over 25C on the inside.

6. Watch a movie

If you find yourself on a rainy day and you don’t feel like spending time in a museum or restaurant, you can choose one of the 20 cinemas in the city, half of which are multiplex cinemas, so you can definitely find a movie you’ll like. What’s more awesome though is that during the long and hot summer nights, there are outdoor cinemas in some of the city’s biggest parks.

7. Go bowling

Do people still play bowling? Regardless, I love it and I always have a great time even though I’m terrible at it. You don’t even have to venture far from the city center for this, it’s at the top floor of the Unirea Shopping Center, so if you want a fun break from all the sightseeing, this could be it.

8. Play board games

If there’s something I do almost every week that never fails to put me in a good mood, it’s this. Usually I invite my friends over at my place, but sometimes we go out (because I don’t feel like cleaning) to one of the board games pubs like Creative Board Gaming or Tabiet where you can have a drink and choose between a lot of different games (just make sure not to pick the friendship-ruining types).

9. Go ice skating

Although I rarely find people to go with me, ice skating is one of my favorite things to do and during the winter, there are many outdoor skating rinks where you can go. However, with summer approaching, there’s only one still open, the one in the AFI shopping center.

10. Take a day trip

Visit the Peles Castle, the most beautiful castle in Romania

Granted, you need to go a bit outside Bucharest for this, but with such gorgeous views, it may be well worth it. If you don’t want to go too far, the Mogosoaia Palace is the perfect choice, but if you want to ski or see the most beautiful castle in Romania, then a day trip to Sinaia is the one for you.

Regardless of what you choose, there are a lot of different things to do in Bucharest and it’s unlikely you’ll get bored here. 😉

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  • comic con and board games are my husband’s thing for sure:)

    • Perhaps he’d be interested in visiting Bucharest then 😉

  • Untold Morsels

    Hope you are out of your bad mood now! I like the look of the wellness centre – AMAZING, who doesn’t need to be more well?. #citytripping

    • I am going to Italy tomorrow so I’m definitely in a better mood 😉

  • I will be the western part of Romania in less than a month. Great suggestions, though, for when I do get to visit Bucharest.

    • Have a great time in Romania! 😀

  • Beautiful picture and a great post. This made me wanna go to Bucharest right away!

  • Wander Mum

    It’s such a good idea to reflect positively on your own city…I hope it got you out of your bad mood and I’m glad that you are back with us blogging! I’m not familiar with Escape Rooms…the Therme looks amazing! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • I didn’t know much about escape rooms either and I thought I’d be terrible at it, but it was a lot of fun 😀

  • World Journeys

    that wellness centre looks amazing!

    • It does, I’m hoping to go soon!

  • What a lovely introduction to the city – and I think it’s so easy to forget about the great places on your own doorstep, with so much world to explore (I know I do for London). The walking tour followed by a lounge at Therme sound pretty good to me! #citytripping

    • I can only imagine what it’s like to live in such a huge city like London when each weekend you could explore a different part 😀

  • Whow! Lots to do in the city. Sign me up for the wellness center and the day trips. Hope you are feeling better. Sometimes I the need to do nothing too.

    • And this is without counting the museums and all the sights 😉

  • I didn’t know about that sky bar in the Old Town. I’m going to check it out next time I come to Bucharest. Also, I’ve never visited the Wellness Center. It looks grandiose.

    • They are both new, I think the wellness center opened at the end of last year actually. Definitely worth checking out when you visit Bucharest. There’s also a sky bar that overlooks the Universitate Square, but it’s very pricy (for Romanian standards anyway)

  • Sign me up for the Sky Bar and the Wellness Center – but I’m not sure in what order! Ha! I’m currently deciding on a European destination for a city break later in the year – thanks for bringing Bucharest to my attention! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Glad you liked it, let me know if you decide to visit Bucharest, I’ll give you a lot of tips 😉

  • Congratulations! When have you visited Bucharest?

  • Escape Room games are so fun to play! They are popular here in Riga, too.

    • Need to do that on my next trip to Riga 😉

  • Loove this post!! I so want to go to Bucharest!! I’d love to try the sky bar, it’s exactly the sort of thing I like 😀
    When I finally make there we have to do some of these!!

  • I was never a spa person till my vacation in Tunisia last month. Now that wellness center looks so appealing – not to mention, pretty!

    • Well if you come to Bucharest I’ll go with you, I’ll finally be motivated enough to go there, haha

  • Adding stuff now to my Romania itinerary for out honeymoon!! Thanks for the tips! 🙂