The "Little Paris" Bucharest: Architecture, Old Houses & Bourgeois Stories

Why is Bucharest called Little Paris? Let's go off-the-beaten path in the oldest parts of Bucharest to discover old bourgeois houses with impressive architecture from the 19-20th centuries, small churches, exquisite teahouses and charming side streets and parks. You'll hear stories from Romania's Royal years called the Belle Epoque and discover a side of the city most locals don't know about!

What you need to know about the Bucharest Little Paris tour

  • A guided cultural walking tour in Bucharest available every day on request. Tour starts at 10:00 and will take about 3 hours
  • Included: guidance from locals passionate about history, one refreshment and one snack. Not included: souvenirs, tips
  • We will go off the beaten path into the oldest and most charming neighbourhoods in Bucharest where no tourists go!
  • You'll discover the many architecture styles of boyar and bourgeois houses from the 19-20th centuries which earned Bucharest the Little Paris title
  • Romania flourished during its royal years before the communist regime came to power in 1944. You'll hear stories about the intellectual, political and business elites from those times, see their houses and find out about the Belle Epoque era of Bucharest

Additional information

Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Full payment required when booking.

To get a refund you need to cancel 3 days before the tour date.

Moments to expect in the Little Paris tour of Bucharest:

History of Bucharest "mahallas"

Wallachia and Bucharest was, for a long time, under the Ottoman Empire's dominance in the Middle Ages (but not part of it!). This influenced the urban planning and development of the city, divided into "mahallas" based on ethnicity, religion and social class. You'll learn about the 'very local' history of Bucharest, the inhabitants of each quarters you'll go through and stories of VERY old houses you'll see on the way.

History of Bucharest "mahallas"

The eclectic mix of Bucharest architecture

Admire houses built in the French ''Beaux-Art'' or Reniassance style, the unique Neo-Romanian 'Brancovenesc' or Baroque style, to the additions generated by the demolitions and ''modernization'' during communist times, and finally the gentrification post 1989. On this walking tour you'll be surprised as these lesser known areas of Bucharest with incredible charming houses and a lot history and architectural beauty.

The eclectic mix of Bucharest architecture

The Little Paris vibe

These quiet neighbourhoods have some of the most romantic streets and parks in town, including charming teahouses, coffeeshops and restaurants in old houses. I'll take you on a walk on one of the most beautiful streets in the city, then for a stroll in a unique park dating back from the early 20th century, and tell you the best places to go out.

The Little Paris vibe
2 x 40 Euro
How to book this tour?
  1. Choose how many people and when
  2. Request a booking and fill in your details
  3. Flexible payment and cancelation
  4. Guide answers in 24h
  5. Children prices

Cancelation & refund policy


Sends us or the guide an email 3 days before the tour informing us you can't make it and you'll get a full refund of your payment, no questions asked.

Location details

  • Starting point: University Square
  • Nearest airport: Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport
  • Nearest train station: Bucharest North Railway Station
  • Landscape: Urban

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