red|guide Tipps: Bucharest
EAT in Bucharest: Avalon
Under Canadian head chef, Henrik Sebok, the Avalon has advanced to become one of the city's most celebrated gourmet restaurants. First, your eyes are in for a treat with the presentation of the freshest, most exquisite ingredients. Then it's the taste-buds' turn, even the most jaded. Sebok's creativity is uninhibited and can't be pigeon-holed. Fusion is fusion, but above all, it has to taste good. The Avalon's atmosphere is unrivalled. The elegant ambiance is conjured up principally by indirect lighting. The interior is minimalist using much white and even more cream, because it's even posher and more restrained. If you don't feel like dinner, then you must try the fantastic breakfast for an incomparable start to the day.
SHOP in Bucharest: Nichi
At first glance you might not suspect that Romania has a good deal to boast of in the world of fashion. Nichi Cristina Nichita is a Bucharest girl made good. The fashion designer has presented her creations on many a catwalk and invariably earned ecstatic kudos. In the shop on Piata Unirii slip into one of the designer's latest creations; you're sure to be won over. Elegant businesswear with that certain something extra, lovely handbags, and clothes for that special event. Too bad Nichi Cristina Nichita only designs for women, but she really knows how to pamper them. The designer plays with classic looks that are never dull because they all have a dash of contemporary spirit. Pick out your favourite dress and reserve a table at a chic bar to show it off.
STAY in Bucharest: Crowne Plaza
It's only a few minutes walking distance to the Triumphal Arch and the Botanical Garden is right around the corner. But: the colour green can also be found in the Crowne Plaza itself, in the hotel garden with skilfully cut bushes, Wimbledon-resembling lawn and braided beach chairs. Tasteful is the right word for the ambience, as well as quiet. Apart from the green oasis, the location of the hotel is a principal argument: it's 20 minutes at the maximum to get from the international Otopeni Airport to the hotel. The Crowne Plaza's environment is quiet and green, and the Romexpo exhibition centre, the World Trade Plaza and the Herastrau park are close by. You also reach the cultural, shopping and business districts fast and easily. The hotel offers 164 spacious rooms on three floors mostly with balcony and several luggage racks. Also in the hotel: an in-house tennis court, a gym and a couple of bars and restaurants.
SEE in Bucharest: Her?str?u-Parkred|guide Bucharest
In and around Bucharest there are many parks that beckon you to take a stroll, unwind and relax. These landscaped gardens are given their distinctive character by long and winding lakes. A glance at the map shows that Bucharest is studded with green areas and bodies of water. The biggest such leisure area is Her?str?u Park. It impresses by sheer size?187 hectares. In relation to the city's area it is thus a good deal larger than New York's famous Central Park with its 349 hectares. The lake gracing the park's centre is so long and narrow that it looks more like a river, whose banks make the perfect setting for a picnic. When the weather is warm, the Her?str?u Park is great for people-watching and soaking up the city's flair.