Visit Bucharest's Palaces and Enjoy Romanian Cuisine French elegance, classic architecture, communism influence - you will discover each element during the tour that starts from Parliament Palace. From communist excess to Belle Époque beauty, Bucharest bares its uneven past on every corner. Neo-classical palaces sidle next to crumbling tower blocks in this rich, and unashamedly raw, mix of a capital. Surrounded by wide avenues, Ceausescu's megalomaniacal Palace of Parliament sprawls in the south. The majestic Romanian Athenaeum music hall and the world-class National Art Museum cluster just north of the old quarter.