Flip Flop Bistroteca Reminisces Colourful Beachside Hubs

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA


Flip Flops—the shoes that you wear on the beach, in the shower, or everywhere in South East Asia. In Bucharest, it’s the name of a chic restaurant. This modern, colourful establishment is run by a brother and sister duo, the Papuc family. Rosie Fay met the founder Ruxandra and her brother, the head chef, where they whipped up a hearty lunch on a cool afternoon.

Image courtesy of Rosie Fay

Flip Flops’ space is inspired by the many beachside locations the family has visited over the years, with colourful artwork dotted inside and outside the restaurant. The inside space is a converted house, with two floors and niche collectibles on the shelves. On our visit, Ruxandra had organised a DJ friend to play some disco tunes, whilst I explored the vinyl record players, mismatched seating and funky decorative pieces.