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Historic Building in Bucharest

Former Ceauşescu Residence

Just east of Piaţa Charles de Gaulle is the former main residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu, also known as the Primăverii Palace. It’s off-limits to everyone but state guests, but it is easy to look over the wa…
Top Choice Museum in Bucharest

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum

One of the few attractions in Bucharest that are squarely aimed at kids, this natural history museum has been thoroughly renovated and now features modern bells and whistles such as video displays, games and interac…
Top Choice Bistro in Braşov

Bistro de l’Arte

Tucked down a cobbled street straight out of a folk tale, this shi-shi joint has decidedly boho genes with walls dotted with local artists' work. Gazpacho soup, shrimps and tomato gratin, snails... or just a croque …
Top Choice Romanian in Sibiu

Crama Sibiul Vechi

Hidden in an old wine cellar with its staff dressed in trad garb, this is the most rustically evocative restaurant in Sibiu. It's certainly the most authentic place to explore Romanian fare such as cheese croquettes…
Church in Sibiu

Biserica Evanghelică

The Gothic church, built from 1300 to 1520, was closed and covered in scaffolding during our research due to long-term renovation. The work should be complete by 2016. Once the church reopens, visitors will again be…
Top Choice Italian in Suceava


Suceava's best Italian restaurant, this long-standing favourite has subdued class and prompt service. There are numerous pizza options, and the varied pasta entrees are all excellent.
Fortress in Suceava

City of Residence Citadel

Some 3km down Str Mitropoliei, the City of Residence Citadel (1388) is where an attack by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II was halted in 1427, 23 years after his conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul). Without this defensive…
Top Choice Museum in Tulcea

Central Eco-Tourism Museum of the Danube Delta

This combined museum and aquarium is a good primer on the delta's varied flora and fauna. There are stuffed animals on the main floor and a small but fascinating aquarium on the lower level, with ample signage in En…
Top Choice Cafe in Bucharest

Grădina Verona

A garden oasis hidden behind the Cărtureşti bookshop, serving standard-issue but excellent espresso drinks and some of the wackiest iced-tea infusions ever concocted in Romania, such as peony flower, mango and lime …
Top Choice Museum in Craiova

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, cloth…