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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…
in Sfântu Gheorghe

Szentgyörgy Pince

Near the library (at the northern end of Central Park), this basement spot offers a few spicy goulashes and lots of grilled meats.
Top Choice Cafe in Odorheiu Secuiesc

G Café/G Pub

Could this be Transylvania's coolest boho bar? Grab a coffee, sink into a faded leather armchair and let your eye wander across antique photos, candlebra, Edvard Munch–style paintings and walls plastered in old news…
Castle in Alba Iulia

Alba Carolina Citadel

The imposing Alba Carolina Citadel, richly carved with sculptures and reliefs in a baroque style, is the dominant sight of the city of Alba Iulia, and worth stopping to see for a couple of hours. It was originally c…
Top Choice Steak in Alba Iulia

Pub 13

Built into the wall of the citadel, this ambiently lit cavern of a restaurant is hung with armour and candlebra, and has a menu bursting with steak, salad and pizza. Try the maize porridge served with cheese and sou…
Castle in Southwest Transylvania

Corvin Castle

This creepy Gothic castle, with its drawbridge over a rushing river, leaps from all your favourite horror films but seems incongruously close to the industrialised, scarified buildings around it. And while it might …
Top Choice Romanian in Bistriţa

Crama Veche

Tucked behind the Cultural Centre, this authentic Transylvanian restaurant has stone floors, wood-carved tables and chairs, and beguiling black-and-white photos of peasants on the walls. The rustic menu lives up to …
Top Choice Hotel in Bârgău Valley

Hotel Castle Dracula

Positioned roughly on the promontory where the Count's castle would have stood, Hotel Castle Dracula is lazily Gothic from the outside, but more interesting within (particularly in reception, where a stuffed hawk, w…