Lipscani is a street and a district of Bucharest, Romania, which from middle age to early 19th century was the most important commercial area of the city and the whole Wallachia. It is located near the ruins of the old Princely Court built by Vlad III the Impaler.
It was named after Leipzig (Lipsca in 17th century Romanian), as that was the origin of many of the wares that could be found on the main street. The word lipscan (singular of lipscani) meant trader who brought his wares from Western Europe.
All trades were found in the area, including goldsmiths, hatters, shoemakers, tanners, saddlemakers, etc., many guilds (or isnafuri) having their own street: even nowadays, the nearby streets bear the name of a trade (Blănari = Furriers street, Șelari = Saddlemakers street, etc.).
During the Communist period, the whole area was scheduled to be demolished, but this never came to fruition. The district became neglected, but nowadays is the most attractive area for tourists of all Bucharest. As of 2013, many of the buildings were restored. In the early 21st century, much of the district has been transformed into a pedestrian zone.
Known mainly for its restaurants and bars, including the Caru' cu Bere, a few reputable shops, such as H&M, Adidas and Yves Rocher, have begun to appear in the area, slowly turning Lipscani into a commercial shopping district as well.
Carul cu Bere and Stavropoleos Church in the distance
Monument to Vlad the Impaler inside the Old Court
National Bank of Romania (old building)
- "Gândul vă prezintă HARTA NOUĂ A CENTRULUI VECHI AL CAPITALEI: peste 140 de restaurante, baruri şi locuri de distracţie din cel mai nou pol de atracţie al Bucureştilor" (in Romanian). Gândul. 28 August 2011.
- "Pe Lipscani, Crăciunul va fi ca la Viena. Iată de ce" (in Romanian). Realitatea TV. 19 November 2012.
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