This has to be one of my favourite places in Bucharest.
Once the house of painter Arthur Verona, the beautiful building on Strada Verona is now one of the most up-to-date bookshops in the Romanian capital.
Here you will find a wide choice of books, films and the latest cd releases but also stationery, cards or Moleskine planners.
The interior design of the house has not been radically changed so the parquet floor, inlaid walls and fireplace preserve a charming traditional vibe.
The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxing as jazz music plays on.
Everything is taken care of down to the finest detail, making you want to discover every single corner of this special bookshop.
Loyal customers as well as passers-by are invited to take a seat and leaf through their favourite book, perhaps in a hard-cover special edition, on the first floor of the house.
Here is also where comes the icing on the cake: a fine selection of teas coming from all over the world as well as colourful teacups, jars of jam and hand crafted chocolate bars.
Art exhibitions, book presentations, concerts and gourmet tastings are held within the bookshop as well.
The adjacent Café Verona and its lovely garden are another reason why Carturesti Verona should be on your list of go-to spots while in Bucharest. The courtyard is a true natural oasis in the middle of the city, a cool place where to chill out during the hot summer nights.
✰ Personal Impressions:
I am in love with every single aspect of this bookshop: from the architecture of the building to the selection of music, the smell of paper and the sound of wood panels crunching under my feet.
Café Verona is a heavenly spot where to enjoy nice drinks, try its cuisine and meet interesting young people.
In a word, Carturesti has it all.