FOOD & DRINKS
Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) has 2 student canteens:
- Moxa canteen – located in Moxa Complex (Mihail Moxa str. 11). It has special prices for students and you can take a full meal with around 13 lei (3 Euros), you might be required to prove you are a student (by presenting your student card). Usually the dishes prepared in the same day and you can check for the weekly menu on the following web page: social.ase.ro/cantina. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, between 12:00 – 16:00 (lunch) and 17:00 – 19:00 (dinner).
- Cihoschi canteen – located near Piața Romană. It is open from Monday to Friday, between 13:00 and 16:00. A complete meal (2 courses and a desert) would cost approximatelly 20 lei (4.5 Euros).
Note: Around the campuses, there are different restaurants and sandwich bars offering a large assortment of sandwiches, salads, snacks and other food at affordable prices (ranging from the equivalent of 1.5 to 4 Euro).
University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Devila" (UMF):
The area with the cheapest prices for students is Regie itself, next to the university’s dorms. Here you can find a lot of places that serve food at affordable prices. Moreover, law and engineering schools’ canteens are the favorite places for medical students, because they have various menus at good prices, being at the same time close to the faculty of medicine.
Next to each faculty from UMFCD you can find „5 to go” cafes, a place where every coffee, beverage, sandwich costs 5 lei.
Shopping can be done in hypermarkets (large shopping galleries), supermarkets, small neighborhood markets and markets (especially for the agricultural products). Shops are usually open all day long during the week (from 7:00/9:00 until 21:00/22:00) and on Sundays (some of them until 14:00, some others until 19:00). Some small neighborhood shops may even have a non-stop schedule. The marketplace is usually open until 21:00 during the week and around 18:00 during the week-end. Bargaining is not customary, except for the marketplace, where you can try to negotiate the price.
Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and Clubs
Bucharest is a vibrant city and has a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs – the most frequented by the students are situated in the old city center, Regie area and the northern part of the city (Herăstrău area). Depending on the restaurant you choose, a typical meal could cost between 40 and 150 lei / person (equivalent of 9 to 30 Euros).
Tips & Tricks:
- tipping is something very common in Romania, the standard tip is around 10%, but there is nothing compulsory, you’re free to offer more or less, depending on your experience
- when you decide to spend the night in a certain club, then try to look for some information regarding the dress code, as some of them may require you to wear smart clothes in order to let you in
- check as well the opening hours of the club; the old town is open every day, as it concentrates the greatest number of pubs and clubs, but other venues are only open on certain days or starting from certain hours
- although the access in most of the clubs is free, some of them may charge you an entrance fee; it may be either because there is a concert going on inside or just because this is their policy and you could have some drinks included for that value
- also, for some of them it will be necessary to book a table (while for others you just take a sit wherever there is a free spot) and there will even be imposed a minimum consumption; again, the safest thing to do is to check beforehand
- make sure you don’t forget at home your identity card or something similar, you may be required to present it at the entrance
- take good care of your belongings, which is something you have to be aware of all the time, not only when being in a restaurant or a pub; some clubs could allow you to leave your coat, bag etc in their coatroom, even for free
- the legal drinking age is 18, irrespective of the alcohol concentration of the drink.
NOTE: drinking on the street it is not allowed!
- if you want to try some awesome Romanian beer, then try to spot in the menus Ursus, Timisoreana, Ciucas or Silva.
- the locally-produced wine selection is very wide as well, but if you’re craving for something more hardcore, then ask for some palinca, tuica, or rachiu aka “unu’ mic” (harder to find in clubs/ pubs)