Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa aside, Bucharest has a lot like Paris to offer. Bucharest is the go-to for diplomatic convenes, and the sophisticated host to the George Enescu Festival and International Competition (classical music festival). Just as refined as you’ll find some, others are equally retro — Bucharest boasts a young, edgy nightlife.
Well, there was a time, long ago, when Bucharest was indeed named the Little Paris. It was a cute little city then, and the nickname provided a much needed justification for thinking it belonged to Europe as opposed to being an exotic, far eastern, almost ottoman city.
I think Bucharest surpassed that inferiority complex and shaped its own identity decades ago. Think of Neo-Romanian architecture, Modernism, Palace of the Parliament, Old City center, Village Museum, recent communist past , churches moved on rails, revolution, ciorba de burta, mici and shaorma. Little Paris? I don’t think so…There is no other city like Bucharest, with so much history, so scarred, frustrating, so full of life, so crazy and so beautiful if you know where to look.