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Grill House

It may not look like much from the street, but inside this sleek, low-lit place you'll find the best steaks in town served up by attentive staff from the glassed-in, fire-oven kitchen. Creative pasta dishes compleme…
Top Choice Gagauzian in Chişinău


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…
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Coffee Molka

The charismatic owner's love of coffee is on display everywhere at Coffee Molka, from Turkish coffee faithfully prepared according to an ancient style, to shelves of antique coffee grinders that make up part of the …
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Beer House

This brewery-cum-restaurant has five delicious home-brewed beers and a superb menu, warming up with fried cheese and mussels in wine and garlic sauce, and peaking with pork cooked in – you guessed it – beer. The rel…
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Cactus Café

What else would you expect to find in Moldova's capital? Yes, a Wild West–themed bar, of course. While it sounds tacky, it's actually a smart place with good service and decent (not quite spectacular) local and inte…
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Oraşul Vechi

This stylish restaurant with classic paintings, antique-style street lamps and a fireplace has live piano music some evenings and a pleasant semi-outdoor terrace with vines creeping around the wrought-iron exterior.…
Theatre in Chişinău

Chekhov Drama Theatre

This is where Chişinău's choral synagogue was located until WWII. Plays in Russian are now performed here.
Club in Chişinău

Military Pub

This is the most happening spot in town, conveniently located in the middle of the alley action. It gets packed early and stays that way until the wee hours, drawing all kinds.
Cocktail Bar in Chişinău

Déjà Vu

A small basement cocktail bar, with a tantalising (if pricey) drinks menu and bartenders who toss around flaming bottles on occasion like Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown in Cocktail.
Stadium in Chişinău

Dinamo Stadium

Moldovans are big football fans and Chişinau has three stadiums to prove it. Dinamo Stadium is north of the centre on Str Bucureşti. Moldovans like football so much, in fact, there's an American football team called…