Bohemian Bucharest: Markets & Mahallas Tour

From the heart of the city to the tastes of the country, this tour takes you on a historical, architectural, and culinary adventure through the many faces (and tastes) of Bucharest! Journey deep into the neighbourhoods of La Belle Époque Bucharest, while sampling the traditional peasant foods that define Romanian cuisine.


  • Explore the neighbourhoods and flavours of Bucharest, from the grand old centre to the cultural mahallas
  • Taste traditional Romanian food, including the best local cheeses, the beloved mici street snack, and a doughnut only found in this part of the country
  • Browse through the biggest and liveliest peasant market in Bucharest
  • Sample local beers, and brave a shot of homemade Romanian brandy
  • Hop aboard a tram and ride through the city alongside locals

Local English-speaking guide
Food and drink samples
Including a ‘peasant platter’ (local cheese and meats, plus seasonal vegetables and bread)
Street snack
Tram tickets
2 mici (includes bread and mustard)
Selection of local cheeses and produce
1 Wallachian doughnut
3 beers (or 1 beer, 1 wine, and 1 sour-cherry brandy)
A shot of tuica (Romanian brandy)
Soft drinks and coffee/tea are available as alcohol drinks replacement if required.
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local English-speaking guide, food and drink samples, including a ‘peasant platter’ (local cheese and meats, plus seasonal vegetables and homemade bread), street snack, tram tickets, 2 mici (includes bread and mustard), a selection of local cheeses, 1 Wallachian doughnut, 3 beers, and a shot of palinca

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide

Where do we meet?

On the stairs of the National Theatre in front of the main entrance, Nicolae Bălcescu 2, Bucureşti. If you are using Uber, please use this address: Bd. Nicolae Bălcescu 2 instead of writing National Theatre.

Where does the tour end?

Saint George Square/ Unirea Square

What is the duration of the tour?

5.5 hours

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +40 744422522

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.


Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • Your tour visits venues that serve food from local sources, and also goes to the farmers' market where we buy produce from small family farms from around Bucharest.
  • This tour also cuts out single-use plastic by offering tap water at the locations we visit.
  • Your tour visits off-the-beaten-path locations, avoiding the overcrowded touristic sites of the city and giving you more insight into local life.
  • Your Bucharest tour begins at the National Theatre the geographical and administrative heart of the city, and the scene of titanic street battles between miners and students immediately after the Romanian Revolution. Absorb all that sociopolitical history before taking a short walk to Strada Batistei, formerly known as the 'St Germain' of Bucharest and the site of the old American embassy, now an overgrown testament to different times. This area is famed for its 19th-century Neo Romanian architecture that defines much of the national style.  We'll then make your way to the Armenian quarter. The Armenians were a vibrant and successful merchant community in the 18th and 19th centuries, thanks to their valuable role as 'middlemen' for the Ottomans. Based around the Armenian church, their mahalla (neighborhood) features a spectacular variety of architectural styles from all over Europe and the Ottoman empire, as the wealthy merchants strove to out-do each other in taste and elegance. Classical, Belle Époque, Modernist, New-Romanian, Balkanic, eclectic — this quarter boasts all these styles, including the oldest documented house in Bucharest, which you will visit.   After, we'll experience the quintessential Bucharest public transport: a short ride on a tram. Rattling along the famous Mosilor Street, you’ll enter into Communist Bucharest, with its regimented blocks and housing projects, as you make your way to the famous Obor Market. This market is the largest and most famous of all the peasant markets in Bucharest, offering every kind of item, food, or service you could imagine, and even some that you couldn’t!   Since you’ll be on the trail of the sights, scents, and tastes of Romanian cuisine, we’ll stop just before the market for a drink of traditional Romanian tuica (brandy) to prepare the palate. But the drink almost never comes alone in a Romanian household. That's why we'll accompany it by a truly traditional "peasant platter" and we do hope that you brought your appetite with you because on it you'll find: 4 staple Romanian dips: aubergine, zacusca, whipped beans and fish roe, fresh and matured cheeses (telemea and burduf), cracklings (yum!), sausages, smoked bacon, red onions, tomatoes, toast.  And, of course a glass of local beer or wine or soft drink. Next, after such a big introduction into Romanian cuisine, we'll stretch our legs a bit and we’ll enter the indoor market proper to sample a range of Romanian cheeses: cow, sheep, and goat. After that, it’s on to the vegetable market, amid a riot of colors and textures, to taste and photograph the fresh, and more importantly seasonal,  local produce: wild strawberries and wild garlic in spring, spicy pickles in winter, juicy watermelon in summer or table grapes in the fall.  Probably the most famous and typical of Romanian foods — at least for Romanians — is called mici, which translates as 'little.'  A kind of skinless sausage, these are served with mustard and cold beer, and every Romanian has their own opinion about where and how the best ones are made. But certainly the stall in Obor Market has been known for more than 50 years as one of the temples of mici, and here you will get to try them for yourself! And finally, because your gastronomic adventure would not be complete without a dessert, you grab a sweet Wallachian doughnut, served piping hot, before sending you happily on your way home.  

  • We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day.
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