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"Bucharest Caravanserais: Hanul lui Manuc" Top 5 Page for this destination Manuc's Inn and Old Princely Court Tip by Romanian_Bat

  Hanul lui Manuc (currently closed)
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  • Cafeneaua Bucurestiului d'Altadat' - Bucharest
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  • Cafeneaua Bucurestiului d'Altadat' - window detail - Bucharest
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Across the street from Curtea Veche Church there is Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc’s Inn, at the end of Franceza Street), the only typical Turkish caravanserai which has survived in Bucharest with its original purpose. Manuc Bei, an important merchant of the time, raised, in the first decade of the 19th century, this famous inn on an area that had used to belong to the Princely Court. The building has one floor and a column way on the inside. In 1812 the peace agreement between Russia and Turkey was signed here. Nowadays the inn still serves for its original purpose, hosting a small hotel, a restaurant, a wine cellar and several bars along the first floor column way.

Note: As the ownership changed (thank God for that!), they have closed it down for restoration (not as much needed as a desperately required change of staff if ever one can call those total frauds "hotel/restaurant staff"). I hope to come back with good news and a recommendation for serving dinner there (which hasn't been the case for half a century by now).

On Unirea Square side of the building, there are a couple of bars, of which the largest and possibly most popular is the Cafeneaua Bucurestiului d'Altadat'. Created by a company that started in Brasov with a similar venue, this place has become increasingly popular because of its prime location. I for one do not like it. Service is slow and the place is (very) smoky. As for the food, it could do better - on the traditional side that is.

Address: On Franceza Street, just off Unirea Square

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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