Opera park is a picturesque boutique park close to the city center and the Cotroceni neighbourhood. It surrounds the Bucharest Opera House, a beautiful classical building from 1953.
It has a playground, some long and winding alleys and a hidden garden that you may miss if you don’t know it’s there. It’s surrounded by tall bushes, but when you pass them, you’ll walk on wooden bridges on top of a small pond swamped with lush flowers and small trees. I loved how I discovered this place by mistake walking by one night after it was rebuilt and it’s remained a secret between the ones who experienced it this way, it became a meeting spot.
The park is also great for jogging, a very good alternative to the maybe-too-crowded Cismigiu park situated nearby.
There’s also this local urban legend that says the park is a gay meeting place; this might probably be the first thing you’ll hear from a local.
The park is guarded around the clock by the local police (most Bucharest parks are) making it great for nighttime walks to evade the city noise. I even had a great talk with a policeman one night, he shared the joys of the garden mentioned above.