The Historical District of Bucharest, widely known as the Lipscani area, from the street which crosses the district west to east, is delineated by four major thoroughfares of Bucharest: the Victory Avenue (at west), the Ion C. Brătianu Boulevard (east), the Queen Elisabeth Boulevard (at north) and the Independence Street (at south). It is located just north of the Union Square and a short walking distance from the Cişmigiu Park.
In the course of history, the area was the main commercial hub of Bucharest, plenty of foreign merchants coming here to sell their goods. In fact, it is from the German sellers from Leipzig that the name of the main street comes from (Leipzig or Lipsca, as the city use to be referred to in Romanian). At present, the area is replete with tourist opportunities, both in terms of sightseeing and things to do. Thus, some of the highlights refer to the archeological and historical complex delineated by the Old Princely Court, to the Stavropoleos Church and to the Palace of the National Bank of Romania. The Macca-Villacrosse Passage, which ensures the connection between the Lipscani Street and the Victory Avenue, is a unique tourist sight in Bucharest, and it definitely brings a touch of elegance and brightens up the historical district of the city.
Furthermore, the old city is dotted with clubs and restaurants, enticing visitors to either sample the ever so tasty traditional cuisine of Romania - Caru' cu Bere is an excellent choice in this respect - or to explore the fantastic local nightlife opportunities. On top of that, the area is home to several art and antiques shops always worth searching out by visitors keen on collecting rarities or by tourists who simply want to buy a special souvenir from Bucharest.
Briefly put, the Historical District of Bucharest is one of the most notable tourist sights, standing out as a bundle of attractions hardly equaled in significance and compactness by any other area of Bucharest.
Centrul Vechi, Bucharest, Romania