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Top Choice International in Oradea


Graf is arguably Oradea's nicest restaurant and a perfect splurge option. The menu features wood-grilled steaks, fish and pork; the caramelised duck leg served on our visit was one of our best meals in Romania. Dess…
Top Choice Bistro in Oradea

Butoilul de Aur

The impossibly ornate 'Golden Barrel', with its stained-glass cupola and painted stucco work, dates to 1892. Though there are more complex dishes on the menu, most punters seem to come for the pasta and pizza (14 to…
Synagogue in Oradea

Orthodox Synagogue

Oradea's Orthodox synagogue dates from 1890 and was the main house of worship for around a third of the city's Jewish residents before WWII. It survived the war intact, but was badly neglected afterwards and at the …
Museum in Oradea

Darvas-La Roche House

This delightful Secession-style burgher house (1912) designed by brothers József and László Vágó, who also built Oradea's stunning Moskovits Palace, has now opened as a museum of interiors, furnishings and applied a…
Synagogue in Oradea

Zion Neolog Synagogue

Of the reformist Conservative (as opposed to Orthodox) branch of Judaism and dating from 1878, this synagogue, with its graceful dome, is one of the most striking elements of the Oradea skyline. It's open to the pub…
Romanian in Oradea


This upbeat, now rather posh place serves excellent home-cooked Romanian and Hungarian fare, such as chicken paprika and duck, as well as delicious salads and home-made chicken soup. In summer, sit on the cosy terra…
Tower in Oradea

Town Hall Tower

The 50m-high tower, which is now open to the public, counts four main levels, three of which have viewing platforms. A 10-lei entry fee includes admission to the Zion Neolog Synagogue and Darvas-La Roche House.
Fortress in Oradea

Oradea Fortress

Oradea's fortress dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and played a key role in conflicts between the Turks, Austrians and Hungarians over the years. The fortress is shaped like a pentagon, with five towers and th…
Romanian in Oradea

Cyrano Cafe Restaurant

Popular hang-out ideal for people-watching from the coveted terrace tables. Though the menu teems with Romanian favourites, the incredible beef stew with tarragon in a hollowed bread loaf (ciorbă de viţe cu tarhon i…
Classical Music in Oradea

State Philharmonic

Tickets for performances at the State Philharmonic, with its traditional program of classical music, can be purchased in advance from the theatre box office or one hour before show time. The exterior was undergoing …