Bucharest Street Food
Bucharest street food isn’t plentiful but I did manage to find a few hidden gems. Just as many of the bars and restaurants are clustered in the Old Town area, the street food I found was also all on the same street. Along a kilometer stretch, each of these three street food concepts should have an option for just about everyone. Whether you’re looking for big portions of grilled meat, burgers, pizza or baked goods, take a look at what I found.
Dristor Doner – Bulevardul Dimitrie Cantemir, Block 1, Bucharest
Phone: 40 21 336 3536
$3-6 per person
The first thing you may notice is that all of the Bucharest street food from Dristor here is on plates and trays. The first reason for is that it was cold and raining outside. The second reason is that the portions are HUGE, including the doner wraps, and it would be very difficult to eat this while walking around. For those reasons, I opted to eat each meal indoors.
The process for ordering food here is to first pay at the counter. Then you head to the large counter that looks into the kitchen and hand your ticket to one of the guys working there. Dristor doesn’t exactly have a line or organized way to do this, just crowd in and try to hand your ticket. People don’t get too pushy but it’s always crowded here. Just look at all those rotisseries in the kitchen!
After finding someone who will fill your order, they’ll start plating the meat, bread and fries. This may take them a couple of minutes to get the meat cut from one of the many rotisseries. They will then put the meat on the plate and the rest on the tray. At that point, they’ll bring everything over to you and ask which vegetables you would like to have.
The wraps are huge! I couldn’t even imagine trying to finish one without spilling it everywhere. Because of that I ordered the meat plates but that was just my preference.
The freshness of the ingredients, the fact that you can pick and choose what you want and the overall price makes this a difficult street food option to beat. I ate here several times.
Dines Fast Food – Strada Lânăriei 93, Bucharest
Phone: 40 21 336 5871
$1-5 per person
Its location on a busy street and good European style fast food mean there’s always a line here. Speaking a fair amount of English and selling burgers, sausages, gyros, fish & chips and other options, this is another choice for Bucharest street food on the go. Everything is made fresh in front of you.
I enjoyed several sausages for just $1 each. Something about the way they make them and how fresh they taste in this part of the world is special, even at the inexpensive street food spots. The fried chicken strips with fries were also good for a few dollars more.
Luca – NE corner of Dimitrie Cantemir & Gheorghe Sincai Blvd.
Luca has prime location on a busy street corner, just across from Tineretului Park. Selling baked goods, coffee and slices of pizza, this is another Bucharest street food option with a constant line. Not always a fan of baked goods personally I gave the pizza a try, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Lots of toppings, the pizza was fresh and a slice was only $1. Another great deal on the go! If you like baked goods, take a look at their various local breads and sweets made fresh daily.
Bucharest Street Food Map of Locations
Dristor continues to add additional locations. For more addresses click here.
While there aren’t a lot of street food options in Bucharest, there were enough to keep me busy for a few days. Dristor Doner Kebap by far was my favorite but it was nice to have some burger, sausage and pizza options nearby as well. As street food continues to grow in popularity, I’m excited to see if Bucharest provides more options in the future.
When you’re in the area of these street food spots you can walk over to Tineretului Park and enjoy the scenery. If you’re feeling energetic and looking for an adventure, you can also rent a bicycle at the entrance and take it out for a few hours or for the entire day. Just make sure to take a look at my post about quirky bike path conditions and more in Bucharest Bicycling Tips to Save Your Life.
Noroc! (Cheers in Romanian)
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