In terms of food you can have lunch in one of the canteens of ASE. One is located in the Moxa Complex (Mihail Moxa str. 11) and the other one near Piața Romană (Cihoschi str. 5). The canteens provide fresh, varied three-course menus throughout the academic year.
The Moxa canteen has special prices for students and you can take a full meal with around 13 lei (3 Euros), you might be required to prove you are a student (by presenting your student card). Usually the dishes prepared in the same day and you can check for the weekly menu on the following web page: social.ase.ro/cantina. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, between 12:00 – 16:00 (lunch) and 17:00 – 19:00 (dinner).
The Cihoschi canteen is open from Monday to Friday, between 13:00 and 16:00. A complete meal (2 courses and a desert) would cost approximatelly 20 lei (4.5 Euros).
Around the campuses, there are different restaurants and sandwich bars offering a large assortment of sandwiches, salads, snacks and other food at affordable prices (ranging from the equivalent of 1.5 to 4 Euro).
Shopping can be done in hypermarkets (large shopping galleries), supermarkets, small neighborhood markets and markets (especially for the agricultural products). Shops are usually open all day long during the week (from 7:00/9:00 until 21:00/22:00) and on Sundays (some of them until 14:00, some others until 19:00). Some small neighborhood shops may even have a non-stop schedule. The marketplace is usually open until 21:00 during the week and around 18:00 during the week-end. Bargaining is not customary, except for the marketplace, where you can try to negotiate the price.
Bucharest is a vibrant city and has a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs – the most frequented by the students are situated in the old city center, Regie area and the northern part of the city (Herăstrău area). Depending on the restaurant you choose, a typical meal could cost between 40 and 150 lei / person (equivalent of 9 to 30 Euros).
Here are some tips for you: Romanian cuisine is famous for its generous and delicious plates: make sure to not miss out on eating "mici", "sarmale", "ciorbă" (any kind) or "papanași". The locally-produced wine and bears selection is very wide. If you are craving for something more hardcore, then ask for some "pălincă" or "țuică". The legal drinking age is 18 (make sure you don’t forget at home your ID card or something similar, you may be required to present it) Tipping is something very common in Romania, the standard tip is around 10% of the bill, but it is not compulsory, fell free to offer more or less, depending on your experience.