Top things to do in Moldova

Top Choice Monastery in Moldova

Orheiul Vechi

The archaeological and ecclesiastical complex at Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei), about 50km north of Chişinău, is an important historical site and a place of stark natural beauty. Occupying a remote, rocky ridge over the…
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 Ukrainian in Tiraspol

Kumanyok

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, 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 s…
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…
Monastery in Moldova

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…