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Top Choice Monastery in Around Chişinău

Orheiul Vechi

The archaeological and ecclesiastical complex at Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei), about 50km north of Chişinău, is the country’s most important historical site and a place of stark natural beauty.Occupying a remote, rocky…
Top Choice Park in Chişinău

Parcul Catedralei & Grădina Publică Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt

These two parks smack dab in the middle of Chişinău are popular with families and canoodling teenagers on benches, and make for great for strolling.
Top Choice Caucasian 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…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Tiraspol


This smart, super-friendly, traditional Ukrainian place is set in a kitsch faux-countryside home, where diners are attended to by a fleet of peasant-dressed waitresses. The menu is hearty Ukrainian fare; think varen…
Top Choice Cafe in Chişinău

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 …
Top Choice International in Chişinău

Grill House

It may not look like much from the street, but inside this sleek place you'll find the best steaks in town served up by attentive staff from the glassed-in, fire-oven kitchen. Creative pasta dishes complement the ar…
Monastery in Around Chişinău

Tipova Cave Monastery

The fantastic Tipova Cave Monastery is built into cliffs that tower some 200m above the Dniestr River's right (west) bank, in the tiny village of Tipova some 95km northeast of Chişinău. The monastery consists of thr…
Fortress in Bendery

Bendery Fortress

This impressive Ottoman fortress, outside the centre near the Bendery–Tiraspol bridge, was built in the 16th century and saw keen fighting between Turkish and Russian forces before falling to Tsarist Russia permanen…
Fortress in Soroca

Soroca Fortress

This gloriously solid behemoth on the Dniestr dates from 1499 when Moldavian Prince Ştefan cel Mare built a wooden fortress here. It was rebuilt in stone less than 50 years later and given its circular shape, with f…
Monastery in Around Chişinău

Cave Monastery

The most impressive sight at the Orheiul Vechi is the Cave Monastery, built inside a cliff overlooking the gently meandering river. It’s marked by a small bell tower and a cross standing on the rocks. It was dug by …