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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…
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…
Monastery in Tiraspol

Noul Neamţ Monastery

A stunning 70m bell tower marks this serene monastery (1861) 7km south of Tiraspol. You can climb the bell tower for a birds'-eye view of the monastery's four churches and a sweeping panorama of the countryside. You…
International in Tiraspol

Cafe Larionov

Named for Tiraspol's own avant-garde modernist painter Mikhail Larionov (1881–1964), this cafe has a menu featuring local cuisines drawing from the cultural influences (Russian, Jewish, Moldovan) common in Larionov'…
Textiles in Tiraspol


Tiraspol lacks traditional souvenir stores, but this textile house has beautiful tablecloths and other linens in the classic red-and-white local style.
Club in Tiraspol


The hottest club in Tiraspol, often pulling top DJs from Moscow and elsewhere. Serious fun.
Factory in Tiraspol

Kvint Factory

Since 1897, Kvint has been making some of Moldova's finest brandies. Book private tasting tours in English a day in advance (US$32 to US$100 per person, depending on what you're tasting), or join one-hour standard t…
Museum in Tiraspol

Tiraspol National History Museum

No period of Transdniestran history is ignored at this relatively interesting museum, starting with photos of late-19th-century Tiraspol, moving to the Soviet period and the Great Patriotic War, to the war of 1992.
Moldovan in Bendery

La Plǎcinte

The local branch of this popular Moldovan chain has soaring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on Bendery's main drag. More than a dozen varieties of plǎcintǎ (stuffed pastries) in various styles are on offer, plu…
Cafe in Tiraspol


A huge summer terrace, Transdniestr-brewed Nashe Pivo on tap, and a big screen in the middle of town make this a top spot for sports viewing. The menu features classic Russian salads and mains, plus grilled meats.