When first married to Mrs. Bucharest Life, we lived in an apartment on Strada Liviu Rebreanu, opposite Titan Park. The park was not as nice as it is now of course, but it was always a pleasant place and certainly not the worst part of Bucharest in which to live.
One of the best things about living in the area was the nearby market, Piata Ramnicul Sarat. We went back there, for the first time in years, this past weekend.
Besides the usual high-quality produce (it’s summer) at some of the lowest prices around (tomatoes 3 lei per kilo), we also found a real treat for sale: fresh mint.
As anyone who has ever tried to make a mojito in this town will know, finding fresh mint in Bucharest is a little like Jason and the lads heading off in search of the fleece: something of an expedition.
Finally, we found it. Whether or not the same woman will be there selling next week is another matter, of course.
Anyway, add in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a Bucharest market (there are terrific grilled mici for sale) and we recommend an expedition out to Piata Ramnicul Sarat as part of any Bucharest cultural experience. With the possible exception of the (much pricier) Piata Norilor at Tineretului it is the best within reasonable reach of the city centre.
Find it here:
More about Bucharest’s markets here.