Top ChoiceMuseum in Craiova

Art Museum

The art museum is the only real must-see in Craiova, both for the art itself, including a small but important collection of six works by internationally renowned sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi, and also for the...

Top ChoiceSteak in Craiova


This luxury steakhouse is a must for lovers of high-quality imported beef. The menu is almost exclusively grilled steaks and chops, with the speciality being cuts from Argentina and the US, served on hot plates...

Bar in Craiova


The shady garden out front and the rooftop terrace are both big draws at this popular cafe and cocktail bar. Fresh lemonades, good coffees and a long list of mixed drinks lure university students in droves....

Museum in Craiova

Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum

This is a highly informative, well-organised exhibition of folk traditions in the Oltenia region surrounding Craiova. The exhibition begins downstairs with bread-making and progresses through pottery, tanning,...

International in Craiova

Sofia Bistro

This beloved bistro has two personalities: the interior dining room is quiet and refined, while the terrace outside pulsates with loud music. The same kitchen serves a mix of very well done Romanian specialities...

Pub in Craiova

Temple Bar

A local version of an Irish pub situated 2km north of the centre (take a taxi as it's hard to find). While there's not much true Irish food on the menu, it's nevertheless one of the most popular and enjoyable...

Romanian in Craiova


Very popular open-air restaurant, located in the centre, specialising in traditional Romanian cooking as well as various chicken and pork grills. The grilled meatballs – mititei – are a house speciality and are...

Arts & Crafts in Craiova

Folk Arts Shop

This small shop inside the Natural Science Museum sells traditional textiles, ceramics and clothing.

Museum in Craiova

Natural Science Museum

Small collection on two floors dedicated to the natural sciences. The highlights are fossils on the ground floor that include some massive mammoth tusks. On the upper level are stuffed animals representing the...

Theatre in Craiova

Marin Sorescu National Theatre

For years, Craiova's main drama venue has enjoyed a national and international reputation for theatre excellence. Peformances are normally in Romanian, though the venue occasionally hosts visiting troupes from...

Italian in Craiova

Dolce Vita

The relaxed, casual setting here is ideal for an evening meal. The menu is good-quality Italian with a pleasing range of home-made pasta dishes. These include a very passable pesto and delicious ravioli served...

Church in Craiova

Holy Trinity Church

The small, red-brick Holy Trinity Church occupies a quiet spot in a park behind the statue of Mihai Viteazul. The church was initially constructed in the mid-18th century by the royal Ştirbey family, and has been...

Church in Craiova

Madonna Dudu Church

Displayed inside this church is the Madona Dudu icon (1928), said to perform miracles for those who pray in front of it.

Landmark in Craiova

Craiova University

Craiova University's main building dominates the eastern side of the historic centre. The building dates from the late 19th century and shows off the neoclassical style that was popular at the time. It was used...

Notable Building in Craiova

County Prefecture

The pretty and elaborate prefecture building for Dolj County dominates the eastern side of the central square. Here you'll find a plaque to Craiova's victims of the 1989 Romanian revolution.

Monument in Craiova

Statue of Mihai Viteazul

This prominent statue of former Wallachian prince Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave), who was born near Craiova in 1558, dominates the city's central square.