There’s something inherently awesome about a city that has a thriving street food scene. It means the city is buzzing with enough energy to warrant a slew of street food vendors to cater to people on the move. It also makes trying the delicious cuisines of a new country more affordable–perfect for budget travelers like us.
The crazy amount of street food vendors was one of the first things we noticed about Bucharest. Food stands, trucks, tents, carts, windows are absolutely everywhere. And what better way to explore a new city that hitting the pavement to try an insane amount of street food!?
About Bucharest Street Food
Bucharest has one of the best street food scenes of any country we’ve been to in Eastern Europe. The city is practically crawling with them. I don’t think you could walk a block without seeing some tantalizing food that’s ready for the taking.
The street food has a very international influence. You can get foods from all over the world, including some authentic Romanian dishes (we loved trying a warm covrig for the first time!) But you can also get pizza, falafel, hot dogs, baked goods and, of course, gelato.
Street Food Vendors
Bucharest has a variety of different street food vendors. Some operate as dine-in restaurants and just have a window to serve prepared food. Others operate entirely as street food vendors–these are the grab-and-go cash-only kind of places.
Most of the street food vendors that we tried were cash only, but a few did accept credit cards. It’s definitely best to keep some Romanian leu on you if you’re looking to try the street food scene.
Also, we were surprised at the amount of street food vendors that had seating. Many had little tables out on the patio that you could sit on. If they didn’t have seating, there was almost always a bench nearby to sit on.
Gourmet Fancy Street Food
Fancy Gourmet Street Food was one of our favorite street food vendors that we tried in Bucharest. They have a food window that showcases all the delicious foods that they make. Inside, they have a few tables that you can sit at to escape the elements.
We ordered a New York Cheesie Dog, which was delicious. In addition to the regular hot dog and bun, it came with garlic, onions and cheesie sauce on top. It only cost 10 lei ($2.37 USD), and it was a pretty big size.
They also had all kinds of other foods to order like chicken, salads, waffles and sweets. Another great thing about this place is that it is sandwiched in between two other street food vendors. So if you don’t see anything you want from here, you can go next door to try some Italian street food.
Coltea Kebab Nan Shop
Coltea Kebab Nan Shop makes some killer Turkish street food. Anything with falafel or naan is definitely the thing to order here. They even have a line of patio tables outside for you to sit and enjoy your food here.
We ordered a falafel linie wrap with a limonada naturala to drink. The food was warm and fresh, and topped with a bunch of great veggies and sauce. Even the limonada naturala was delicious, though we think it was orange juice and not lemonade. The total for the falafel and the drink was 14 lei ($3.32 USD).
Overall, this is a great place to try Bucharest’s street food scene. The rotating meat skewers send tantalizing scents out onto the streets, tempting passers-by.
Types of Street Foods
Corvigi are a staple of Bucharest’s street food scene. Corvig is Romanian for pretzel, and you can find a freshly baked corvig on nearly every street corner. These aren’t your typical pretzels, because they are warm and freshly baked. Yum!
They are made with a variety of toppings, such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds, nuts, and more. You can also order corvigi with different fillings, such as nutella, fresh jam, etc.
The corvig pictured above came with sesame seeds on it. It only cost 1.50 lei ($0.36 USD), so they are very affordable. It’s the perfect quick breakfast pick-me-up or afternoon snack.
Romanian Turks don’t make up a large portion of the Romanian population, but they have none the less made their mark on the street food scene. Turkish street food vendors can be found all over the place, and they’re very popular among Bucharest locals.
Picking up a falafel wrap is great for a quick lunch, because it’s cheap and easy to walk with. Ours came all wrapped up so you don’t even have to worry about holding it with your bare hands.
Bucharest is definitely no Rome, but there are quite a large number of pizza street food vendors. We passed a number of restaurant windows with freshly baked pizzas sitting out, just ready to be eaten.
Eventually, we succumbed to the delicious smell of pizza and picked up a slice. It was…incredible. It tasted like it was made with truffle oil, so the whole pizza had a luxurious taste. Even better, it came with a cardboard holder. Isn’t it awesome how easy Bucharest makes it to eat your food on the go?
At 8 lei ($1.90 USD), it wasn’t the cheapest slice of pizza in Bucharest, but it sure was delicious! It’s definitely worth it to us to pay a little more for a high quality slice of pizza.
Bakeries are another important facet of Bucharest’s street food scene. While some are definitely fancier than others, overall we were impressed with the quality of Bucharest’s baked goods.
We picked up a chocolate pastry at one of the bakeries we passed. The dough was buttery and flaky, and it was topped with melted chocolate. Inside, the pastry was smothered with loads of nutella. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, clearly you don’t love chocolate as much as we do.
When will the U.S. finally get on board the gelato train? Every city we’ve visited in Europe has had amazing gelato, and it’s something the U.S. is sorely missing!
At the recommendation of one of our YouTube subscribers, we decided to try the cherry gelato. It was super fruity and delicious–the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.
In addition to those popular parts of Bucharest’s food scene, you’ll also get a bunch of miscellaneous foods. These are the little surprises hidden within Bucharest, and are best when stumbled upon.
We’ve seen barbecue food trucks, fresh cold-pressed juice stands and everything in between. Our favorite little hidden gem that we tried was the New York Cheesie Dog. It definitely wasn’t healthy, but it sure was delicious.
Put on your walking shoes and hit the streets of Bucharest and you’re sure to find some delicious street food. So long as you stay within the city center, it’s very easy to find delicious food on nearly every city block.
When trying street food, we always like to keep an open mind. It might not be as relaxing as eating at a nice restaurant, but trying street food has an appeal of its own. It gives you a taste of the busy city life, the food that the average Bucharest local eats on a semi-regular basis.
We hope this post inspires you to try the street food of Bucharest! Don’t forget to pin this post for later 🙂