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In the Neighbourhood: Entrance’s Bucharest

Bucharest is an enigmatic city with a turbulent history, from interwar opulence to crushing Communist rule. Yet, throughout it all, it has retained its character and allure. Entrance embraces this eclectic nature, showcasing emerging designers alongside established brands. This fusion of ideas permeates the entire city. Soak it up with a personal tour by the boutique co-owner Coca Coteanu.

Café Culture

The Institute Café

Coca says:‘The Institute Café is a mecca for creatives. We love the vast library of art books and magazines about everything from design and advertising to fashion and typography. It has a laid-back vibe that feels like you’re in your own living room.’

?tirbei Voda Street 104-106, Bucharest 010108

Park Life

Ci?migiu Gardens

Coca says:‘We love the tranquillity of the Ci?migiu Gardens. It has a beautiful lake and sculptures dedicated to important Romanian figures, from writers to human rights activists. It is a romantic place to escape and unwind for a few blissful hours.’

Sector 1, Bucharest

Light Lunch


Coca says:‘Biutiful is such a cool mix of ideas, with daring design and diverse food, from fish and chips to fresh salads. It’s a cross between a traditional pub and a stage dressing-room, full of neon lights and sparkling spotlights. It is always buzzing with people and feels very alive.’

Gabroveni Street 6-8, Bucharest

Reboot and Revive

Le Club

Coca says:Le Club is so much more than a health centre – it’s a serene haven of solitude. The outdoor pool is a great feature, where you can take a refreshing dip and lounge with a good book on after a rigorous workout.’

Nordului Street 120, Bucharest

Social Call

Carture?ti Bookstore

Coca says:’I have spent many an hour in the Carture?ti bookstore. When I’m there, I like reading, drinking tea, meeting friends, browsing books and buying CDs and DVDs. It is such a calm place to just hang out.’

Pictor Arthur Verona Street 13-15, Bucharest 010314

Dinner Date


Coca says:‘Diplomat is a spacious Italian eatery with modern design and delicious food. The location is perfect, next to a golf course with outdoor dining and stunning terrace views. At night, the place transforms with hypnotic candlelight and live music.’

Bucuresti-Ploiesti Road 2B, Bucharest 013691

Party Time

Gaia Club

Coca says:‘The Gaia club is our favourite venue for taking clients and team members. The managers are very creativea nd often hold nights with a fun fashion theme. It’s the perfect place to drink, dance and have a good time.’

?armului Street 19, Bucharest 014481

Words by Lee Dales; photography by Andrei Pungovschi