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Top Choice Museum in Iaşi

Palace of Culture

Iaşi's premier attraction and symbol of the city is the grandiose Gothic-revival Palace of Culture that dominates the horizon at the southern end of B-dul Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt. Though it looks as if it stepped o…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Iaşi

Cuib

Slow food, raw food, vegan items; there is something for everyone at this student-run restaurant not far from the university quarter. Favourites include creamy vegetable soup or baked peppers stuffed with tofu. Dine…
Top Choice Bar in Iaşi

Cafeneaua Acaju

Easy to miss and hard to forget, this hip, unpretentious bar is barely signposted near the corner of Str Armeană. Its regulars include local artists, musicians and others of all ages. A small bar-top box reading 'ni…
Monastery in Iaşi

Golia Monastery

This beautiful late Renaissance–style monastery is guarded by thick walls and the 30m-high Golia tower, which you can climb (120 steps) for views out over the city. The 17th-century church is notable for its vibrant…
Gardens in Iaşi

Botanical Gardens

Iaşi's Botanical Gardens are Romania’s first (1856) and largest (100 hectares). They sprawl across Parcul Exposiţiei's western side and offer 21km of shady lanes, 800 rose varieties and orchid gardens, plus greenhou…
International in Iaşi

La Castel

With spacious, breezy lawns, La Castel incorporates French and Bavarian flourishes, a long wine list and sinful desserts. Restless youngsters will be appeased by the playground, and there's live music most nights.It…
Museum in Iaşi

Art Museum

The art museum occupies much of the Palace of Culture's 1st floor, with some 24 chambers of paintings organised according to category: Romanian modern art, universal art (foreign works), and contemporary art. Highli…
Church in Iaşi

Moldavian Metropolitan Cathedral

This cavernous cathedral, built between 1833 and 1839, was designed by architect Alexandru Orascu and decorated by painter Gheorghe Tattarescu. Since 1889, when the cathedral claimed the relics of Moldavia's patron …
Cafe in Iaşi

Jassyro

Why settle for your hotel's undrinkable breakfast coffee when this high-quality, next-gen roaster is waiting with vacuum presses, French presses, special filter blends and plain old espresso. There's a couple of tin…
Pub in Iaşi

Terasa Corso

Well-trimmed hedges and gardens adorn the centre of this expansive, amphitheatre-shaped pub with overlapping rows of long tables. It's good for coffee by day and drinks by night, and serves tasty pastas, pizzas and …