Taken together, Gradina Icoanei and Parcul Ioanid are the kind of places you choose for a walk when you’re searching for a quiet and small public garden able to give you an evanescent mark of nostalgia.
Gradina Icoanei (Icon’s Garden) is a neat and charming park in an area famous for its architecture. It has been taken good care of – and it still is, so I would say this place may be viewed like a living piece of an old Bucharest, left untouched by the communist era. Nearby you will find lots of fancy restaurants (most of them with French or Mediterranean cuisine) or intimate teahouses in case you want to eat or drink something.
Even smaller than Gradina Icoanei, Parcul Ioanid (Ioanid Park, now “Ion Voicu”, but nearly nobody knows it by its recent name) is placed right in the neighborhood. Its style and architecture, besides its settlement (on a former creek named Bucurestioara) had inspired some writers to describe the moments spent here in their writings or diaries.
So, what’s so special about these places? The mood. An authentic and inspirational mood. A walk here may resurrect some wistful memories – but this is for inhabitants like me. For the others, so-called strangers, the reassuring effect of these public gardens cannot be denied. It’s the perfect place for an introspective mood – no matter who you are.
Gradina Icoanei & Ioanid | Relaxing | Free
Between Dacia Bvd and Icoanei St.
24 hours daily