Jul 302009

Versiune în română

As soon as the 15th of June comes around and it’s starting to get very hot outside, Bucharest becomes increasingly quiet. School closes and most of the inhabitants leave on holiday. During the day the city seems caught into a stupor, mostly because the outside temperature is almost unbearable. And then comes the salvation, in the form of the summer terrace. Many restaurants take their tables outside and put out signs reading “The terrace is open”. Some restaurants are actually pure terraces and are open only during the summer. On high summer days people of Bucharest flock to these summer terraces. As soon as sunset aproaches the terraces come to life and they keep buzzing with activity until the early hours, regardless of whether it is a normal working day or the weekend. People come to cool off from the heat of the day, to have a drink and chat with friends. Even the smallest bar will find a table to place out on the street. Some of these terraces are already institutions, they are so popular that it’s difficult to find a table if you stop by at around 10 pm.

Today’s photo is from the newly opened “Terrace Verona”, the terrace behind the Cărtureşti bookstore, which is one of my favourite places in Bucharest. In my opinion this one has the potential to become a Bucharest institution. I was there last night when I took this picture, and liked its relaxed atmosphere. Centrally located, plenty of tables, a nice design that combines well with the garden, ok prices – not the smallest but not the highest in Bucharest. Definitely recommended.