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What to do and see in Bucharest in May

Published on 18 May 2022

May is probably the best month to plan a visit to the capital of Romania, Bucharest.

The weather is perfect, not too hot, but warm and pleasant, and all the chic terraces are open and ready to welcome you! Some of the best outdoor events are happening in May, with an agenda full of activities that are going to keep you busy during the visit. Plan a city break now and get ready for some really cool things to do and see in Bucharest. Make sure you have accommodation right in the city center, where all the fun happens, and you will not miss a thing. Hotel Cismigiu is located minutes away from the Universitatii Square (“Km 0” of the city center), has perfect connection with the means of transport, including the ones to the city’s main railway station or the airport. You can find us near the main points of interest, including museums, shops, galleries, architectural monuments and sightseeing “must-do’s”.

When you book direct via our website, you will get the best fees for accommodation in modern suites. Enjoy 4* facilities in spacious apartments with balcony, bedroom, kitchen, living room and a generous bath. For those of you who prefer to work while traveling, the living room has a desk, high speed internet and a seating area that you can use for meetings. Discover the city starting from its center, with a building that has heritage value, amazing views and a million stories to tell!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s discover what is there to do and see in Bucharest!

What to do in Bucharest: Art events and entertainment

This week, until the 22nd of May, design lovers will enjoy Romanian Design Week, a 10-day festival that promotes design, architecture, creativity and innovation as tools for cultural, social and economic growth. Organized yearly, the festival takes place in several places around the city, including showrooms, creative hubs, art galleries or shops. You will discover more than 150 recent projects signed by local architecture and design studios. Tickets and more information can be found on the festival’s website. Art takes over the city with Art Safari (May 12- August 7), another cultural event that starts in Bucharest in May. The most important event dedicated to art in Romania will feature guided tours and art exhibitions (including the ones of Picasso and Dali), open to the public in several locations throughout the city, including Dacia Romania Palace.

Also, in May, other outdoor projects have started and will last until October. “Open Streets” is a program organized by the Bucharest CityHall, that features cultural activities (concerts, participatory projects, contemporary dance performances, artistic interventions, theater performances), sports and educational activities prepared by several cultural institutions of the city and private cultural operators. The festival started as an experiment during the pandemic, and it is organized on the central streets of the city that, during the weekend, are closed to traffic and open only to pedestrians. Some of those streets and pedestrian areas that will host cultural events are in the very close neighborhood of Hotel Cismigiu.

Last but not least, we will mention the Bucharest Fountain Show, a spectacular water, music and light show organized by the City Hall and Apa Nova. Every evening during the summer, Unirii Square in Bucharest transforms into a giant entertainment arena that attracts thousands of tourists every year.  

What to do in Bucharest: Some of the world’s best coffee shops 

Did you know that the capital of Romania is one of the cities with the largest number of coffee shops in the world? For instance, Cismigiu Gardens (the city’s oldest park and the one that gave our hotel its name) is surrounded by no less than 20 coffee shops, bars and pubs that will serve you specialty coffee and will delight you with the story of its preparation and origin. When it comes to coffee, these baristas take their job very seriously! Origo, Beans and Dots, We Cafe, Artichoke Social House or Perfect Simplu Coffee Shop are only some of those charming cozy little coffee shops that you will discover at a stroll near the hotel.

Of course, we couldn’t have finished this without mentioning Cismigiu - Bistro La Etaj, the restaurant situated on the rooftop of our hotel. The perfect view welcomes you at your morning coffee, while the most romantic atmosphere waits for you at dinner. Not in vain is it considered the most “instagrammable restaurant in Bucharest”!

Did you like our recommendations or do you need more? Just ask at the hotel concierge, and we’ll be very pleased to guide you through the most interesting places and things to do and see in Bucharest!


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