LOCATION of CARTURESTI CARUSEL
Carturesti Bookstore is located in the Old Town of Bucharest. This place, the old town is also known as “Centrul Vechi” which translates as “Old Center”. Bucharest’s Old City Centre is definitely a place you must include in your personal travel itinerary if you ever visit Bucharest.
The area is the old part of the capital, so there are a lot of old buildings left from World War II Bucharest. The buildings are aligned on both sides of the narrow streets so this place is pedestrian walk area. The things war did not destroy in 1944, were destroyed by the communists when the erected the grandiose Civic Centre project, that almost destroyed the entire area to make way for Casa Poporului (the biggest civilian building in the world) and Bulevardul Unirii.
On the Bucharest Old Town streets lies a hidden gem not mentioned in any of the Bucharest guides, which is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world: The Carturesti Bookstore.
How to get to Carturesti Carusel Bookstore ?
Because it is located in the Bucharest city centre, in the Bucharest Old Town, the bookstore is easily accessible by metro from quite any part of the city, the closest Metro station is called “Universitate” and is just a few minutes away from Carturesti.
If you wish, you get out of metro at “Unirii” station, and take a nice relaxing walk through the narrow streets, admire the old buildings in the Old Town so you can get in the atmosphere before you arrive at Carturesti Bookstore.
If you wish to google the exact location, here it is what you should search for: “Strada Lipscani 55, București 030033, Romania”.
Important to know
You can visit Carturesti Carusel Bookstore every day because it is open daily:
Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and
Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am
If you wish to avoid big crowds and people that only visit Carturesti Bookstore to take an Instagram photo, plan your visit early in the morning or late in the day. The middle of the weekdays is less crowded.
Bear in mind that most of the books sold inside are in the Romanian language, but there is also a small section with English language books.
As most bookstores do, Carturesti also sells novelty items like agendas, pens, Romanian souvenirs, notebooks, handbags, sweets (tea, coffee, chocolate, jam, etc.), and more.
We just bought a book, a magnet and a small Moleskine notebook with a pen.
History of Carturesti Carusel
This building from the 19th century acted as a bank head office till it was enclosed 1948. After that, it was a men’s clothes shop, and also afterwards a general shop during Communism.
After 1989, when the Communist regimen collapsed, the building was abandoned and also become spoil until it was saved by Jean Chirssoveloni that invested concerning 1,000,000 EUR to bring back and also transform it with the engineers from Square One.
After the structure was entirely restored to the stunning structure it once was, he rented it to Carturest chain, the largest bookstore chain in Romania.
Carturesti Carusel Today
Carturesti bookstore chain considers this building its flagship concept store. The 1000 square meter space take up 6 floors and hosts more than 10.000 books, 5000 albums and large DVD collection.
You can find here a multimedia area in the basement, there are an art gallery and exhibition area on the first floor, and on the top floor, there is a cafe and bistro waiting for you to drink a coffee or a tasty cup of tea while you just sit, relax and read your favourite book.
They also serve tasty food, wine and many more waiting to be discovered.
Design of Carusel Carturesti
The Carturesti Carusel name translates to “Carousel of Light” and according to the Square One Architect “The sinuous shape of the floors creates a dynamic atmosphere similar to a moving carousel…”.
The light that enters through the skylight floor beautifully lights the white interior and the airy design accompanied by the warm lighting system that was inspired by the night starry sky.
Many of the building’s classic original elements were left intact during the restoration process, some of the notable architectural elements were the spiral staircases, Byzantine marble colonnades and several balconies with the railings composed of metal rods that are both transparent and opaque, depending from where you look at them.
Various cultural events, readings, exhibitions, concerts and book launch events are hosted inside Carturesti Carusel. During our visit we even saw a young married couple with a professional photographer shooting beautiful wedding photos on the ground floor near the spiral staircase, and afterwards they went up the first floor for some more photo shooting.
Need a place to stay in Bucharest, close to Carturesti Bookstore ?
Here is our accomodation list of Hotels close to Carusel Carturesti Bookstore located in the Bucharest Old Town, so you can be within 12 minutes walk from the bookstore:
Do you prefer to search for other hotels nearby ?
Carturesti bookstore is the perfect place for Instagrammers
As you would probably guess by now, Bookstore Carturesti is the perfect place for Instagrammers, being a haven for photographers. Professional photographers book the space in advance for a nice photo session.
We saw this beautiful bookstore so many times on Instagram, it just kept showing up again and again and we just felt in love with this beautiful library. When we decided to visit Bucharest we have already pinned this on our personal travel itinerary, where we included also other Instagrammable places we had to visit in Bucharest.