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Top Choice Museum in Cluj-Napoca

Parcul Etnografic Romulus Vuia

Traditional architecture from around Romania has been faithfully reassembled at this open-air museum, 5km northwest of central Cluj. Most impressive is the Cizer Church; get the attention of a caretaker to allow you…
Top Choice Romanian in Cluj-Napoca

Roata

Transylvanian cuisine just like granny made it, in an untouristed part of Cluj. Settle in beneath the vine-covered trellis in the outdoor area, and agonise between roasted pork ribs and pike with capers. Or go all o…
Top Choice Cafe in Cluj-Napoca

Joben Bistro

This steampunk cafe will lubricate the gears of any traveller with a penchant for Victoriana. Aside from the fantasy decor, with skull designs, taxidermied deer heads and copper pipes on bare brick walls, it's a lai…
Top Choice Music in Cluj-Napoca

Untold Festival

Romania's largest music festival has been scooping up awards since it began in 2015. An explosive mix of dubstep, house and EDM takes to the stage over four euphoric days. Book tickets, and accommodation in Cluj, we…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Cluj-Napoca

Fabrica de Pensule

More of a living, breathing creative space than a gallery, Fabrica de Pensule teems with just-made artwork by local and foreign creators who use this former paintbrush factory as a studio. Visits are by free guided …
Top Choice Church in Cluj-Napoca

St Michael’s Church

The showpiece of Piaţa Unirii is 14th- and 15th-century St Michael’s, the second biggest Gothic church in Romania (after Braşov’s Black Church). Its neo-Gothic clocktower (1859) towers 80m high, while original Gothi…
Bar in Cluj-Napoca

Irish & Music Pub

Before you flee from the hackneyed 'Irish pub abroad' theme, know that this subterranean place has plenty of atmosphere resounding from its cavernous brick walls, plus a menu of steak sandwiches and veggie-friendly …
Bar in Cluj-Napoca

Insomnia

Squeezed into a narrow courtyard, a jaunty beer garden adjoins this zanily decorated bohemian cafe. Insomnia is one of a slew of bars catering to Cluj's arty crowd (which seems to be half the city) within the studen…
Cafe in Cluj-Napoca

Roots

Competition for Cluj’s best brew is stiff, but Roots’ silky coffee is the front runner. Staff are as friendly as the flat whites are smooth.
Museum in Cluj-Napoca

Pharmacy History Collection

Cluj-Napoca’s oldest pharmacy building holds an intriguing collection of medical miscellany. ‘Crab eyes’, skulls, and powdered mummy are just a few of the cures on display in these antique-filled rooms. The pretties…