Top things to do in Chişinău

Top Choice Moldovan in Chişinău

Gok-Oguz

It's well worth the short taxi ride north of the centre to Chişinău's only Gagauzian restaurant. Gagauzian food has Turkic, Romanian and Russian influences, and the offerings here include carne de miel po Gheorhievs…
Top Choice Wine in Chişinău

Wine Festival

The nectar that makes Moldova tick is celebrated on the first weekend in October to coincide with the end of the grape harvest. A long block of B-dul Ştefan cel Mare is taken over by stalls selling wine, food and cr…
Top Choice Cafe in Chişinău

Coffee Molka

The charismatic owner's love of coffee is on display everywhere, from Turkish coffee faithfully prepared according to an ancient style, to shelves of antique coffee grinders that make up part of the on-site coffee '…
Top Choice Moldovan in Chişinău

Popasul Dacilor

Chişinău's most eccentric eatery is a bit like a Game of Thrones set, awash in furs, totem poles and gnarled wood. Out back open-air dining options take all shapes and sizes and a two-tonne door leads to a secret st…
Top Choice Club in Chişinău

Kira's Club

More than a club, this intimate basement venue might better be described as a multifaceted counterculture haven. DJs are the norm, but on any given night you might encounter live music, hip-hop or poetry slams. In t…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Chişinău

Invino enoteca

Chişinău, as you might imagine, has its share of wine bars. Invino occupies a refined, minimalist space just off the central park. It has a big blonde-wood bar, an extensive wine list with virtually all of Moldova's…
Museum in Chişinău

Army Museum

Occupying one end of the Centre of Culture and Military History, this once-musty museum now hosts a moving exhibit on Soviet-era repression. Stories of Red Terror, forced famines, mass deportations and gulag slave l…
Museum in Chişinău

National Archaeology & History Museum

This impressive museum contains artefacts from the region of Orheiul Vechi, including Golden Horde coins and 14th-century ceramics; a rare, 2000-year-old Sarmatian fired-clay urn in the shape of a curly-coated ram; …
Cathedral in Chişinău

Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedral

The main highlight of the Parcul Catedralei is the city's main Moldovan Orthodox church, dating from the 1830s, with rich interior frescoes. The bell tower was originally built in 1836, but was destroyed after WWII …
Park in Chişinău

Parcul Catedralei

Dab in the middle of Chişinău, this park is popular with families and canoodling teenagers on benches, and makes for great strolling. The highlight is the Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedral, dating from the 1…