Probably the Most Wonderful Bookstore from Eastern Europe Was Just Opened in Bucharest

Bucharest’s Old Town is definitely the best place to be at these days. A brand new stunning bookstore named Cărturești Carusel has opened its doors to the curious ones.

As expected, the six levels of the elegant space are already stuffed with books. But, as you already might have guessed, Carusel isn’t just a bookstore and it isn’t reserved only for reading, but for all the artistic activities. The bohemian spirit is completed by the bistro you can find at the last level, and by a multimedia room along with a space reserved for contemporary arts in the basement.

© Costi Busuioceanu

The bookstore combines the sweet classical inter-war spirit with the minimal contemporary architcture. The guys who planned it all tried to bring together the old and the new in a smooth way, in order to attract clients of all ages. And that is going to be successful enough. I can already imagine the chairs and the sofas occuppied with book lovers, drinking their tea in a beautiful afternoon, with some soft music in the background, while talking about arts and love.

© Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir

The Carusel isn’t the only bookstore owned by Carturesti (the whole chain containing over 16 shops all over Romania), but it’s surely the most beautiful one.

Be there for the official opening. Details here.

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Romanian self-taught writer, based in Cyprus, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. Writing for almost a decade, he is agnostic, supports a censorship-free society and reads way less than he wants.

3 Replies to “Probably the Most Wonderful Bookstore from Eastern Europe Was Just Opened in Bucharest”

    1. so damn true! and exploiting them, for sure. how nice is that??? i know it looks so fine and exquisite and etc, but just knowing how they treat their people, takes all the glamour away. sad…

      1. They are taking advantage of young students working them like in sweatshops. I’d avoid this so called ‘cultural hot spot’ if not for the ridiculously priced items, then for the unjust treatment of their employees. Nothing but a fraud.

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