You have got to try out Romanian pastries! They can be found literally anywhere in Bucharest, almost any bus stop has a pastry place right next to them with a huge range of fresh and super-cheap pastries.
The merdenea together with a yogurt drink, kefir or sana are the perfect snack. The merdenea is a pastry dish of Turkish origins (Turkish: medan) filled with salty aged Romanian cheese, telemea. To get the best out of it, the merdenea has to be hot and should have the pastry foils as crunchy as they can get. I love the merdenele from T. Ionescu Str.
The dobrogeana pie is similar to the merdenea, but folded slightly differently. It can be filled with urda, minced meat or chopped mushrooms. Or choose pateuri, filled with cheese or minced meat. Scovergi are also a must try, it’s a deep fried flat bread made of a dough with flour, yeast, salt and water. You can serve them with either jam, cheese and sour cream on top, filled with cabbage or cheese and dill. There’s a great place on Lipscani street where you can have a fresh scovearga to go.
If you have a sweet tooth choose the apple strudels, langosi with jam, pastries with sweet cheese and raisins, doughnuts or cornulete.
And of course try the covrigi, either the ones with salt and poppy seeds, or with sesame seeds, or filled with mozzarella and olives, ham, cheese and onion and the list can go on.