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Origo Coffee - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Where to Drink Third Wave Coffee in Bucharest Romania – A Bucharest Cafe Guide

In Romania, Wine and Beverage by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch5 Comments

The Bucharest cafe scene is cool, classy and caffeinated! Read on to find our favorite Bucharest cafes with great coffee (often of the third wave variety), lightning fast internet and cool vibes. Don’t worry if you don’t drink coffee – we also include great spots for drinking lemonade and tea.

Origo Coffee - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Cappuccino at Origo, Bucharest’s Original Third Wave Coffee Shop

Imagine yourself sitting in a cafe inside a gracefully dilapidating interbellic building. You’re drinking a cup of expertly crafted third wave coffee while checking your email. You might think that you’re in Paris, but you’d be wrong. In this dream, you’re actually in Bucharest Romania.

However much time a visitor has in Bucharest, a chunk of it must be set aside for the cafes. Though the city has a plethora of attractions, exploring the cafe scene is one of the best things to do in Bucharest. We don’t make this statement lightly. As coffee connoisseurs who have enjoyed some of the best brews in cities like Cape Town, Chiang Mai and Seattle, we believe that Bucharest’s cafe culture matches, and perhaps, exceeds them all. Sure, the coffee roasted by two main roasters (Origo and Guido) is top notch – that’s a given. But that’s just part of the Bucharest cafe story.

Bucharest Building - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Typical of the architecture in Bucharest, glorious buildings like this stunner often house cafes and other businesses.

Whether you’re in town for a Bucharest city break or for a longer visit, the key is to go beyond the Old Town to explore the city’s sprawling neighborhoods. Filled with stunning buildings confiscated by the Communists during the mid 20th century and later abandoned and left to ruin, these neighborhoods provide a window into the past when Bucharest was one of Europe’s cultural hubs. Fast forward to today, and many of these buildings have been repurposed as cafes with amazing design and lovely terraces, and the city is buzzing yet again. Is the buzz due to the copious amounts of caffeine served at the best cafes in Bucharest or vice versa? Regardless, the positive energy is contagious.

But we still haven’t mentioned the best part of the Bucharest cafe experience, especially for digital nomads – internet speed. Romania has some of the fastest internet connections in the world, consistently ranking in the top ten and number one in Europe. Set up by neighborhood internet service providers, Bucharest’s internet is cheap, fast and readily available. It’s not unusual to work at speeds of 100 mbps+ when working on a public wifi system at a cafe. Plus, Bucharest’s wacky fast wifi is generally available at larger cafes on an unlimited basis for the price of a well-crafted cappuccino or an herb-infused lemonade.

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Can you tell that we loved the Bucharest cafe culture? Here are our favorite spots for drinking coffee (plus lemonade and tea) in Bucharest plus a few additional cafes that we plan to check out during our next visit.

Origo

Origo Coffee Sidewalk Scene - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Origo’s interior design may be super cool with all of the hanging coffee cups, but the cafe’s sidewalk cafe is where it’s at during the warm summer months.

Though a short walk from the touristic Old Town, Origo serves cutting edge coffee with a neighborhood vibe. Opened in 2013, Bucharest’s original 3rd wave coffee shop is popular with both locals and tourists, with many streaming from the tiny, sleek cafe onto the cafe’s sidewalk. The Origo team roasts beans from Africa and South America at an offsite facility, using many of the roasted beans to brew coffees with a range of modern methods including Hario V60, Aeropress, Chemex and Siphon.

Beyond its comprehensive coffee options, Origo has a small menu with breakfast items and desserts during the day as well as a separate cocktail menu at night. Yes, Bucharest’s premiere third wave coffee cafe turns into a trendy cocktail bar when the sun sets.

Pro Tip:  Origo does not offer free WiFi inside the cafe; however, it is available at the sidewalk tables.

Origo is located at Strada Lipscani 9, București 050971, Romania.

Coftale

Coftale - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Barista Dumitrescu Marian Laurentiu proudly displays his coffee techniquest at Coftale.

Despite its fanciful name, Coftale is a serious cafe that serves third wave coffee drinks as well as a menu filled with sweet and savory food options. Friendly baristas craft some of the best coffee in Bucharest using the latest coffee technology techniques, but, interestingly, Coftale does not roast its own beans. The cafe instead opts to source quality beans from local coffee roasters including Origo, Papa Jacques and Guido.

Coftale’s atmosphere feels retro chic with the building’s grand, vintage architecture that harkens back to the early 1900s, an intriguing juxtaposition to the thoroughly modern coffee. The coffee shop also has a large terrace with several tables and just as many trees.

Pro Tip:  Coftale is a 10-minute walk from Modelier, a quirky hamburger joint, should you want to further explore the neighborhood.

Coftale is located at Strada Ștefan Mihăileanu, București 024024, Romania.

Beans & Dots

Beans and Dots - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Beans and Dots was our unofficial co-working space in Bucharest.

We liked Beans & Dots enough that we forgive them for using beans from Berlin’s The Barn instead of locally roasted beans. Though we prefer to support local products, we’ve enjoyed these beans across Europe in cities like Lyon and Dublin.

Open for less than a year, Beans & Dots is a good spot to sip on a coffee or beer while working alone or with a friend. The cafe has the feel of a cool co-working space, and the friendly staff encourages guests to linger.

Pro Tip:  More in the mood for a negroni than a flat white? FIX – Botanical Bar is located in the same building as Beans & Dots.

Beans & Dots is located at Strada Actor Ion Brezoianu 23-25, București 010131, Romania.

M60

M60 - Bucharest Cafe Guide

M60 is a cool space to drink coffee and… beer.

Surrounded by a myriad of funky cafes, M60 is unique for its cool Scandinavian design. Here, baristas craft coffees with Hario V60 filters and beans from Guido as well as cappuccinos with a La Marzocco Linea Classic espresso machine. Other beverage options include lemonade, tea, hot chocolate Ground Zero beer and Romanian wine. In other words, there’s no need to be thirsty at M60.

Pro Tip:  M60 is open until 1:00 am every day of the week if you need a coffee after a night out enjoying the Bucharest nightlife.

M60 is located at Strada D. I. Mendeleev 2, București 030167, Romania.

Artichoke Coffee Shop

Artichoke Coffee Shop - Bucharest Cafe Guide

We loved photographing our coffee at Artichoke Coffee Shop almost as much as loved drinking it.

Artichoke Coffee Shop is almost too cool for school with its water served in liquor bottles, fluffy pillows and spiral staircase. But don’t let looks fool you. Open since January 2017, Artichoke serves well-crafted coffee drinks made with beans roasted by Olivo Roaster in Cluj Romania. The cafe’s patio also features an award-winning view of the adjacent two-century-old Kretzulescu Church.

Pro Tip:  Despite its name, Artichoke Coffee Shop does not serve vegetables. Instead, the shop serves sweet treats like chocolate chip cookies.

Artichoke Coffee Shop is located at Calea Victoriei 45, București 010062, Romania.

Acuarela

Acuarela Cafe - Bucharest Cafe Guide

The outdoor space at Acuraela Cafe is downright adorable.

We loved hanging out at Acuarela, though we can’t recommend their coffee since we drank refreshing lemonades during our visit. The artsy cafe is a feast for the eyes with decorations and installations in every nook and cranny. Umbrellas hang from the ceiling, similar to Bucharest’s famous alley but somehow cooler.

Pro Tip:  Feeling artistic? You can paint while you chill at Acuarela.

Acuarela is located at Strada Polonă, București 030167, Romania.

T-Zero Coffee Shop

T-Zero - Bucharest Cafe Guide

There’s nothing fancy about T-Zero. Nothing except for the coffee.

Sometimes we just want a quick cappuccino while we’re on our way from point A to point B. When we’re in Bucharest, T-Zero is our go-to spot for to-go third wave coffee. Owner Ciprian Cosma serves classic coffee drinks handcrafted with Origo beans.

Pro Tip:  Not in a rush? Take a few minutes and drink your coffee on a table built on top of a bicycle.

T-Zero Coffee Shop is located at Strada Dianei 1, București 030167, Romania.

Dianei 4

Dianei 4 - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Sure, the garden at Dianei 4 is nice. But the beautifully decaying interior is really special.

Literally across the street from T-Zero, Dianei 4 is a unique spot for enjoying Origo coffee. Sure the outside terrace is cool, but the repurposed interior is the cafe’s hidden gem with its beautifully decaying walls and funky light fixtures. Though the decor is far from modern, baristas use the latest extraction techniques and a state of the art La Marzocco Strada EP espresso machine to prepare the coffee drinks.

Pro Tip:  Skip the food here. Though we loved our cappuccinos, we weren’t so entranced with our meals.

Dianei 4 is located at Strada Dianei 4, București 030167, Romania.

Cărturești Carusel

Cărturești Carusel - Bucharest Cafe Guide

We had to photograph this most photographed bookstore before heading upstairs to the cafe.

Not only is Cărturești Carusel the most photographed bookstore in Bucharest, but it also has a delightful cafe hidden in plain sight on its top floor. We enjoyed cappuccinos and cookies here after we browsed through the shop’s books and gift items. Did we take any photos? Do you really have to ask?

Pro Tip:  Need to escape the Old Town craziness? Cărturești Carusel is open until midnight on the weekends and 10 pm on weeknights.

Cărturești Carusel is located at Strada Lipscani 55, București 030033, Romania.

The Coffee Factory

The Coffee Factory - Bucharest Cafe Guide

The Coffee Factory isn’t fancy, which is part of its charm.

If you like to drink your cappuccino in a chill space with jazz tunes wafting in the air, then you will like The Coffee Factory. Even better, the cafe roasts its own beans and has a spacious outdoor garden.

Pro Tip:  Be sure to check out the unique bathroom when you visit The Coffee Factory. If we share anything further, we’ll ruin the surprise.

The Coffee Factory is located at Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 54, București 030167, Romania.

Meron

Meron - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Art abounds at Meron. Art and coffee.

The more we travel, the more we feel at home once we find a good spot for coffee. So we had to check out Meron once we saw it’s tagline – Home of Coffee. Ironically, the coffee shop felt more like a trendy bar than a home with its loud music and contemporary design. We enjoyed our cappuccinos at Meron, and, at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.

Pro Tip:  Check out the art at Meron. It’s really cool.

Meron is located at Bloc D1, Calea Victoriei 155, București 010073, Romania.

Atelier Pinion

Atelier Pinion - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Atelier Pinion is a coffee shop and bike shop. Or is it a bike shop and coffee shop? Either way, we approve.

We were surprised to notice a lot of cyclists while we drank our cold brew coffee and lemonade at Atelier Pinion. We were so pleased with discovering the hidden cafe that we didn’t realize that the cafe is also a bike shop. Despite the cafe’s dual function, the team at Atelier Pinion takes coffee very seriously. They source their beans from the Berlin Bar and use the Aeropress method to prepare their coffee.

Pro Tip:  If you’re into multi-tasking, you can get your bike serviced while you sip on a flat white at Atelier Pinion.

Atelier Pinion is located at Bulevardul Dacia 23, București, Romania.

Ceainăria Infinitea

Ceainăria Infinitea - Bucharest Cafe Guide

The garden at Ceainăria Infinitea is the coolest place to drink tea in Bucharest.

Though we usually like to consume our daily caffeine doses via coffee, sometimes we like to mix it up and drink tea. That’s why ventured to Ceainăria Infinitea, a classic Bucharest tea house with a fabulous two-level garden. Due to the warm weather, we opted to drink our herbal teas over ice. We also opted to share a luscious slice of cherry cheesecake, but that choice was unrelated to the weather.

Pro Tip:  Stop by Ceainăria Infinitea after you visit the nearby Palace of the Parliament. You’ll want to take some time to reflect on the experience, and this tea oasis is the ideal spot for this type of reflection.

Ceainaria Infinitea is located at Strada Doctor Grigore Romniceanu 7, București, Romania.

Additional Bucharest Coffee Shops

Acuarela Couple - Bucharest Cafe Guide

Coffee is universal. That’s what we get from this photo and we’re sticking to it.

Despite our best intentions, we didn’t make it to every coffee shop in town. Instead, we visited several of the above coffee shops more than once and we also brewed some coffee at our Airbnb apartment. In retrospect, we wish we had visited the following coffee shops:

Creamier – Strada Benjamin Franklin 5, Bucureşti 010287, Romania.
Frudisac – Intrarea Bitolia 4, București 011677, Romania.
Guido – Strada Mihai Eminescu 182, București 030167, Romania.
STEAM Coffee Shop – Strada Uruguay 22, București, Romania.
Two Minutes – Strada Constantin Aricescu 50A, București 014192, Romania.

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Comments

  1. Hi Guys,

    Looks wonderful.

    It did sound like Paris, very much so, from the coffee angle.

    I need to visit the homeland eventually. Or the sort of homeland, as I am 1/4 Transylvanian. Grand dad grew up in Transylvania and his family visited every once in a while. Especially after the dictator/monster (as Romanians called him) was overthrown a long time ago.

    Thanks for sharing the fab post, and for inspiring me to grab a cup of coffee now 🙂

    Ryan

    1. Author

      You must visit Bucharest for the coffee but also Transylvania. We spent a week in Sibiu and loved it there.

  2. This is such a useful guide – who knew Bucharest had such a booming coffee scene. I am such a sucker for cute cafes so I will definitely be keeping this post in mind. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Author

      We didn’t know until we were there, so it way exceeded our expectations. Needless to say – it was a very good surprise.

  3. I was in Bucharest last January and I loved the atmosphere of Cărturești Carusel.
    I promise if in the future, visit it again have on my mind your rest proposals!

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