Main Shopping Street of Oradea (Romania): Calea Republicii and Two Cups of Espresso - Travels Blogs

Main Shopping Street of Oradea (Romania): Calea Republicii and Two Cups of Espresso

Calea Republicii is the main shopping street of Oradea. It is a pedestrianized street that reminds me of Rua de Santa Catarina in Porto, Portugal. I don?t know, I just had a Porto déjà vu moment whilst strolling on this street.

This is the pedestrianised shopping street, Calea Republicii.

Because Romania is a developing country and is still muddling through its communism past, many beautiful architecture in Secession Viennese are left rundown or pending restoration. The local government badly need funding or investors need to come here and help develop the city. The ramshackle buildings and shabby sights are everywhere and many of the much needed to-be-restored buildings are on this pedestrianised shopping street. Oradea was under the Austro-Hungarian Empire for a time which is why the city has many architectural style influence from Secession Viennese.

It?s really such a pity to see fine-looking buildings left to ruins. But I am sure better days are coming and these lovely historical buildings will soon be served with a proper facelift, bringing them back to their former glory and beauty.

There are many outdoor café terraces here on this street as well. I managed to sit in one and ordered a double espresso. When my order arrived the waitress placed TWO cups of espresso on my table. Perplexed, I asked why she gave me two, but the clueless girl who spoke limited English was struggling to answer me back. Then I realised where the blunder was. I ordered a DOUBLE ESPRESSO and she gave me TWO CUPS OF ESPRESSO instead of having it in one cup. Oh dear. Hehe.
I told the girl to just leave the two cups of coffee on the table and I paid for it. The upside to this blooper is I am two cups richer for this little break =)

The starting point of the shopping street is Piata Regele Ferdinand I or Ferdinand Square. Here is the map:

You can move the map by holding it with your mouse, as well as zoom it in and out by clicking on the + and - signs on the lower right hand. It is quite a long street.

I find these chairs really cute, especially when you have two older men sitting on it.

I can tell you though that this street is still a work in progress. The streets were nicely done and there's art, benches and outdoor cafe terraces here and there, but many buildings are still yet to be renovated.

Many cafe terraces in the middle of the street. Locals love sitting here with a cup of coffee to catch up and just relax. It's a local hang out place.

Beautiful Secession Viennese architecture. This building is not yet fully renovated to its former glory.

This is one of the side streets intersecting the pedestrianised Calea Republicii street. You can definitely spot some beautiful buildings on the row.

A very beautiful corner building on the pedestrianised street which needed some love and attention. Romania has joined the EU and will soon benefit from it.

This is another gorgeous building that is currently being restored. This is at the end of the pedes...

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