The street was first mentioned in 1589 under the name Ulița Mare (Large Street), as the main street of the city. The street started originally at the north gate of the Old Princely Court and ended in todays Smârdan Street. This street was full of shops, ateliers and inns.
In the 17th century the street was enlarged and located between the New St. George’s Church and the Mogoșoaia Avenue (now Victory Avenue). In 1750, the street was named after the merchants from Leipzig, Germany (in Romanian Lipsca) who sold their wares in this area. The section between Smârdan Street and the St. George’s Square (now Rome Square) was called until the beginning of the 20th century Marchitani (Romanian word for seller of small things).
Today, Lipscani Street is part of the historic center of Bucharest and is a pedestrian zone.
- BNR Palace (Strada Lipscani, no. 25)
- Theater on Lipscani(Strada Lipscani, no. 53)
- Chrissoveloni Palace (Strada Lipscani, no. 55)
- Linden Inn (Strada Lipscani, no. 63)
- Gabrovian Inn (Strada Lipscani, no. 84)
- New St. George’s Church (Bulevardul I.C. Brătianu, no. 49)
- Șerban Vodă Inn (in place of today’s BNR Palace)
- Grand Hotel Lafayette (in place of today’s Bancorex building)
- Zlătari Inn (around today’s Zlătari Church)
- Independence Embarkment
- Victory Avenue
- Smârdan Street
- Saddler Street
- Rome Square
- I.C. Brătianu Boulevard
- Elderly Avenue