I’m more of a slow-living kind of person and I live off finding new places to charge my batteries in the hustle-and-bustle of a large capital city. Ceai La Vlaicu (Tea at Vlaicu’s) is one of my favourite places for this purpose.
Five minutes away from the lovely Gradina Icoanei (check the Gradina Icoanei & Ioanid article) and also from one of the noisiest and busiest areas in Bucharest, this place makes you believe you’re somewhere outside the city. It can be easily missed, as it looks quite small from the street and the name plate is not that big either, but this only makes it better for people like me. Walk straight ahead down the narrow path and you’ll find yourself in a green oasis, with very comfortable couches and luxurious vegetation. They even have special sprays to fight the mosquitos, which was very refreshing for a broody summer on this side of the world.
They serve a wide selection of teas and some cookies, as well as some types of wine, depending on the weather. As with most teahouses in Bucharest, they are home to many relaxing music concerts and open-air workshops, but the inside is quite charming as well. When you go in the garden, take a look upwards and admire the architecture of some old buildings surrounding it and you’ll feel like stepping back in time a bit to the inter-war era. Enjoy!