No other neighbourhood in Bucharest has undergone as much change in the past few decades as Lipscani. Until the 1980s, this part of the old city centre, named after one of its main streets, had fallen into serious disrepair. Today, the neighbourhood is the vibrant centre of the Romanian art scene and a popular nightlife destination.
Between the 2 World Wars, Bucharest was known as ‘Little Paris’, but the communist regime slated the entire district for demolition. Fortunately it didn’t come to this and today Lipscani is probably the most interesting neighbourhood in town. The streets have been designated a pedestrian-only area and are lined with fashionable shops, hidden courtyards, antique dealers and many art galleries.