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Top Choice Romanian in Bistriţa

Crama Veche

Feast like a medieval noble in this stone-floored restaurant, where walls are slung with guild regalia and lights twinkle beneath low-slung beams. Bring a healthy appetite for paprika chicken, veal stew, meatballs a…
Museum in Bistriţa

County Museum

Did you know that Bistriţa is the only place in Transylvania where men’s traditional headwear involves a crown of peacock feathers? Inside a former garrison, Bistriţa’s County Museum offers interesting tidbits of lo…
Romanian in Bistriţa

Coroana de Aur Restaurant

Setting aside the decidedly retro feel to the Coroana de Aur hotel’s restaurant, it’s considered the finest place to eat in town. Indulgent game dishes include wild boar leg with venison sauce, while Romanian classi…
Church in Bistriţa

Evangelical Church

Bistriţa’s number one landmark is the Evangelical Church, whose 76m Gothic tower dominates its main square. Construction began in the 14th century, and Italian architect Petrus Italus de Lugano gave it a Renaissance…
Bar in Bistriţa

Old House Pub

Decked out in dark wood and spilling into a beer garden, this pub is one of the liveliest spots in town. If shot parties, medieval-themed events and live rock bands work up your appetite, the attached restaurant ser…
Club in Bistriţa

AnyTime Club

Deep inside this intimate brick-lined haunt, anything from live rock to DJ sets could be the soundtrack of your vampish late nights. The shot parties are a little unbecoming if you're a jaded, centuries-old Count, b…
Pizza in Bistriţa

Conacul Verde

This solid, though stodgy, bistro serves a grab-bag of Italian, Romanian and Chinese dishes, for times when you want to start with Transylvanian soup in a bread bowl and finish with penne quattro formaggi. The enorm…
Historic Building in Bistriţa


Facing the church on the north side of Piaţa Centrală is Şugălete, a row of 13 terraced buildings constructed between 1480 and 1550. This two-floor Renaissance structure, with elegant archways and colourful facades,…
Park in Bistriţa

Parcul Municipal

With long boulevards for cycling and walking, as well as a lily pond with giant goldfish, this park is a good spot to stretch your legs, especially if you have kids. Strolling through its greenery you’ll see a statu…
Museum in Bistriţa

Silversmith's House

Formerly the home of Bistriţa’s most renowned jeweller, this restored Gothic and Renaissance building is worth a peep for its rotating exhibitions of art and local history.