To some of us, coffee is so much more than the morning routine, it’s the elixir of a good day! And whether you are a morning person or a night owl, there is nothing better to wake up to than the smell of a sensational cup of coffee! You can have it in your PJs or “to go” on the way to work, but the best way is to savor it with friends and a good talk or a book! Or, why not while writing?
Good specialty coffee is like going to a Michelin-starred restaurant. And while traveling got you to Eastern Europe “little Paris”, Bucharest, get your senses amazed by the rising star of the coffee-aficionado sky!
It turns out that Romania’s capital has a lot in common with the cozy, delightful Paris, another city with the best specialty cafes in Europe. And while on the subject of top coffee destinations, did you know that it is London that has the highest ratio of cafes and roasteries per inhabitant? I found this fact surprising enough, as I always associated coffee with a quint little corner street french cafe. But as they say, there is something new to learn every day.
And if your coffee perfect picture is similar to mine, just remember, that Bucharest is a new coffee hub for some very good reasons: great atmosphere, cute cafes in historic interwar buildings, award-winning baristas, and a great many numbers of third-wave coffee places all around the city.
A lot more than 30 I would say, but, for now, let’s just focus on discovering the 30 Specialty Coffee Shops in Bucharest – your newest World-Class Specialty Coffee City:
1. Utopia Coffee Bar
Address: Blvd. Primăverii 32
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM–8PM; Saturday-Sunday 9AM-8PM
Each coffee spot has its tale.
This one is about a cute little space with a tiny terrace, good coffee, and delightful homemade cookies. How can you say no to such a delicious temptation?
Don’t forget that while enjoying the coffee you can have a look around the neighborhood, you are in the middle of Bucharest so, lots to see!
Address: Blvd. Lascăr Catargiu 7
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM–7PM; Saturday-Sunday: 9AM-7PM
A classic classy day starts better with a great coffee, here at Cafelier!
A great atmosphere follows you around, no matter the season, this place always has a vibe and great taste! Each cup of coffee, whether a creamy latte, a strong espresso shot or a coffee to go, has a tasty tale to tell; you just need to listen.
3. 5ENSI by Beanz Cafe
Address: Str. Paris nr. 5
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:30AM–12AM
Chic decor goes perfectly hand in hand with a great specialty coffee and this is what you get here at 5Ensi by Beanz Cafe.
And when you add in the tasty food options, you can see why you should not miss this location from your list of best specialty coffee shops in Bucharest.
4. Beans & Dots
Address: Str. Ion Brezoianu 23-25
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM–6PM; Saturday-Sunday: 9AM-6PM
Happiness in a cup! This is what Beans & Dots is all about. (Don’t forget to visit MARe – Museum of Recent Art and the other 20 Most unique museums in Bucharest + 5 niche alternatives.)
This coffee shop partnered with The Barn Coffee Roaster in Berlin, considered one of the best and one of the most ethical ones, a true third-wave coffee pioneer. Whether you prefer your coffee locally roasted or not, is a matter of personal tastes, but you need to try it first and then decide. It will be worth it!
Address: Str. Lipscani 9
Hours: Monday: 7:30AM–8PM; Tuesday-Friday: 7:30AM–12AM; Saturday-Sunday: 8:00AM–12AM
One of Bucharest’s top and original 3rd wave coffee spots is Origo Coffee Shop.
Imagine serving the best coffee for almost 10 years now (since 2013), brought from Africa and South America, the Origo Coffee Shop is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Just a look at their busy sidewalk little terrace will give you an idea about how good their specialty coffee really is.
Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta 40
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday: 9AM-8PM
If you like to have your coffee in a trendy Bucharest location then Meron is the place to head to.
Meron’s varied selection will give you a chance to find out what you like best while the lively atmosphere and music will make for a great hang-out spot with friends option. And, guess what? You can also bring your laptop for a perfect WFH day.
7. Bob Coffee Lab
Address: Piața Charles de Gaulle 3
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8AM-7PM; Friday-Sunday: 8AM-8PM
Bon Coffee Lab is just one of the best hip places to get your groovy locally roasted great coffee.
This coffee place is just so full of life and savory-tasting sweets! You might think it’s a bit of a hipster spot. But it is in a very good and delicious way. Add in the fact that you get award-winning baristas to prepare that delicious cup of joy and you will see why this place makes it on Framey’s: “30 Specialty Coffee Shops in Bucharest – your newest World-Class Specialty Coffee City” choice.
Address: Intrarea Bitolia 4
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8AM-7PM
Frudisiac brings its Scandinavian A-game in style and vibe to the streets of Bucharest.
The atmosphere is aery and great, the coffee is a treat and the food delicious. There is nothing to do but enjoy every last piece of the experience.
Address: Str. Ștefan Mihăileanu 42
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9AM-9PM
Coftale has another great story to tell.
I mean, the friendly barista makes it so, the impressive building makes it so, and don’t even get me started on the rest of the menu! Basically, it is all an exquisite tale of great coffee blending with great everything around it. They might not roast their own coffee, but this establishment is a true 3rd wave coffee heaven.
Address: Str. D. I. Mendeleev 2
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 8AM-6PM; Wednesday-Sunday: 8AM-10PM
M60 is a must-try pit stop in the specialty coffee world of Bucharest.
The inside is another clean Scandinavian design spot, and everything is top-nudge. Trust that your barista, the quality coffee, and professional coffee machinery will work their magic. And by the way, there are also some other non-morning options like craft beer and Romanian wine to choose from, so just go there whenever you feel like going out.
11. Artichoke Social House
Address: Calea Victoriei 45
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-2AM
How do you feel about a great cup of coffee with a great view?
Artichoke coffee is just that, a very cool specialty coffee spot. This place has everything from a great-looking view, a vibrant-green atmosphere, friendly staff, good coffee, and homemade everything from sweets to wine and craft beer. I am telling you, it’s impossible to not fall in love with this place!
12. Acuarela Bistro
Address: Str. Polonă 40
Hours: Monday-Friday: 12AM-10PM; Saturday-Sunday: 12AM-11PM
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and Acuarela is candy to your eyes!
Colorful, artsy, and funky are some of the words I could use to describe this cute location. Their umbrella ceiling, the artistic garden, and the playful inside – all make for such a youthful vibe! And when it comes to coffee, expect nothing short of a great cup of specialty coffee drink and a bunch of loads of other goodies to choose from.
13. T-Zero Coffee Shop
Address: Str. Dianei 1
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM-4PM; Saturday-Sunday: 10AM-4PM
Perfect Origo roasted coffee beans await you in yet another great spot, at T-Zero Coffee Shop.
What does your coffee mug taste like filled with a delicious beverage poured by a talented barista? Perfect! And if you are just running late or doing errands, the To-Go coffee was invented for this very reason.
14. Ceainaria Infinitea
Address: Str. Doctor Grigore Romniceanu 7
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10AM-10PM; Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-10PM
You can’t and shouldn’t miss this green oasis, Infinitea!
It is the perfect zen place and although it is mostly a tea temple, you will get here great specialty coffee, roasted locally at the Saint Roastery.
But the fabulous tea house is really just a lovely place to enjoy anything from your morning cup of coffee to the celebration wine or champagne along with the chic afternoon treats and sweet delights.
15. Cărturești Carusel
Address: Str. Lipscani 55
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-10PM
I can not stretch enough how well books and coffee go together. And Cărturești Carusel is the perfect example. This particular bookstore is one of the most photographed landmarks in the cultural realm of Bucharest and heading upstairs for a cup of coffee and enjoying the trendy location is a must-try experience.
16. The Coffee Factory
Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta 54
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9AM-12AM
The Coffee Factory is all about its own roasted specialty coffee.
It’s tasty, great, and a just such happy place to have a break and enjoy the moment. By the way, it also has a nice-looking garden to retreat to and great taste in music. It is one perfect spot on your Bucharest coffee tour.
17. Strada Coffee Shop
Address: Blvd. Primăverii 41
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8AM-6PM
18. Tucano Coffee Zimbabwe
Address: Calea Victoriei 100
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-10PM
Tucano Coffee will not be just a Bucharest experience, but it is a specialty coffee experience you need to have while roaming the city’s streets.
The original Tucano Caffee is nothing short of a bohemian, artsy, and nonconventional venue, where workshops, concerts, and yard sales mix and create what is a great place to enjoy.
Address: Str. Jules Michelet 12
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8AM-5PM
The idea behind the Orygyns Specialty Coffee is that it comes with single-origin coffee, which always comes selected from the most prestigious coffee roasteries.
It would not sit right to miss trying an incredible cup of coffee, would it?
20. Saint Roastery Specialty Coffee
Address: Str. Maltopol 26 bis
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8AM-7PM; Friday-Sunday: 8AM-6PM
Saint Roastery Specialty Coffee is indeed about coffee.
And a 3rd wave specialty coffee is all about quality, from beans to the master touch of the barista. A sip from your delicious cup of coffee will tell you straight away that you chose the right place.
21. Handsome Monk Cafe
Address: Calea Victoriei 21-23
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-10PM
Following the same trend of carefully selected coffee, at the Handsome Monk Cafe, you get exactly what you need. Specialty coffee in a lovely place where you can gather with friends and savor it over a good talk. And if you have a look at the menu you will see that it is not just about coffee, but it is about spending quality time with those that matter the most to you!
22. Black Habit
Address: Calea Griviței 77
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30AM-5:30PM
Have a happy coffee break at Black Habit! It is a bit of an underrated hidden gem, but that will make for an even better coffee spot. It is one of those cozy places that offer specialty coffee with a touch of recharging bites that turn into a great day, outside of the tourist hustle and bustle. It is just one of those very healthy, tasty, and great habits to pick up.
23. Grand Cafe Van Gogh
Address: Str. Smârdan 9
Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday – 8:30AM-11:00PM; Friday-Saturday: 8:30AM-11:59PM
In the heat of Bucharest, you need to step into the elegant Grand Cafe Van Gogh.
The classy interior, a chic garden, and walls filled with Van Gogh paintings scream quality in both cuisine and the bar. And while enjoying a well-deserved break, the coffee will not disappoint.
24. The Urbanist
Address: Str. Căldărari 3
Hours: Open 24 hours
The Urbanist is another story.
It is all about loving the city vibes and all that comes along, from fine clothing, dining, and of course the unforgettable specialty coffee. I bet you never thought that a clothing store goes perfectly with a trendy yet chill cafe bar! But here is your proof. And since coffee is what we are after, I suggest you pick your favorite kind and enjoy the urban style.
25. Steam Coffee Shop
Address: Piața Charles de Gaulle 13
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 7:30AM-7:00PM
We’ve seen some fancy, some grand, or chic locations in Bucharest, that all have a coffee story to tell. But Steam is altogether different.
At Steam, location matters least, as the concept is all about small places with the best coffee to GO! And the truth is that the Origo roasted coffee beans mixed with internationally acclaimed baristas are a full-proof recipe for a great cup of coffee.
Address: Str. Mihai Eminescu 182
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM-7PM; Saturday-Sunday: 10AM-6PM
Just because we are heading for the last specialty coffee locations of Framey’s selection, doesn’t mean that these last locations are not TOP. In fact, Guido is quite the opposite.
A true 3rd wave coffee hub, Guido has its own cafe, shop, roastery, and believe it or not, a school! Passion for everything coffee-related makes this place one you must try when discovering locations in the newest World-Class Specialty Coffee city.
27. Dose Cafe
Address: Calea Dorobanți 56
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM-6PM; Saturday-Sunday: 9AM-5PM
Good things come in small doses and Dose Cafe is just like that.
It is by no means a huge place, but it is cozy and inviting and it is a great specialty coffee choice. A look at the menu and you will immediately know that you are in the presence of a coffee connoisseur place.
Address: Str. Luigi Cazzavillan 25
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-10PM
Coquette and chic, Arome cafe is yet another great cozy place with an adorable garden where you can savor your coffee. Somehow it has summer at the grandparents’-garden vibe, but with a touch of city color and great beverages.
29. Two Minutes
Address: Str. Constantin Aricescu 50A
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8AM-6PM
Do you need a big space to make great coffee? No! For sure Two Minutes specialty coffee will make my point. I always think that when you find a place where people patiently await for the magic cup of coffee and give such a community vibe, you found the right spot!
30. Citrick Cafe
Address: Strada Batiștei 17
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8AM-5PM, Friday-Saturday: 8AM-10PM; Sunday-closed
If you love colors and a good coffee, this is the place for you!
New and vibrant and with a passion for specialty coffee, this is another fine example that the community grows when you do things with passion. And if you are wondering how they reached that decor, just know it is the concept of a very talented 18-year-old of Nicolae Tonitza Art Highschool! The future looks and tastes bright!
Citrick Cafe was the last on our 30 Specialty Coffee Shops in Bucharest – your newest World-Class Specialty Coffee City selection. But, to be honest, it was really hard to decide what makes it onto the list and what not, as Bucharest has some of the finest 3rd wave specialty coffee places in Europe.
No doubt that there are a lot of other hidden coffee gems for you to uncover in the lively, trendy city of Bucharest. You can even make your own collection if you choose to.
All you need to get started is to download Framey App (available on Google Play and App Store), and discover a whole world of cool destinations!