Boasting 23 lakes, innumerable parks and varied wildlife, Chisinau has one of the highest proportions of natural spaces of any city in Europe. Moldova's green capital is situated on the Bic River, surrounded by fertile land rife with vineyards, making it a popular destination for wine tours. The city is also renowned for its cognac and especially its award-winning beer, so arrive thirsty!
Things to do in Chisinau
4.5 based on 683 reviews
We ate two days in a row at this restaurant, because the food was great, it was very tasty and nicely decorated, and the prices were good (lower than in other places). We recommend the pies, especially the cheese pie "Placinta Domneasca", though everything was very good. Try pancakes with cottage cheese and honey for dessert, they are delicious!
4.5 based on 125 reviews
I had veggie tempura roll which was excellent. Decent veggie iptions (Japanese and some pastas I think). The service was top notch. It's a little expensive compared to other places but a worthwhile splurge.
4.5 based on 140 reviews
4 based on 444 reviews
La Taifas means Moldovan traditional experience. Moldovan rustic food, traditional design and good quality service are our greatest prize for you. Grandmother's cheese pie is the dish you will want to eat here along with local meat dishes or vegetarian fresh salads. If it's summer try out our local fruits drink. If it's winter you will want to have our hot wine or balm tea to warm you up. Enjoy your meal!
Can’t see how it got so good reviews. Poor service, bad food - bringing additional food we didn’t ask for then charging us for it - and honestly very small portions for high prices - and not a great taste either. 35€ for two domestic beers and two mains and two sides ... Not going to return here, plenty of other cheaper and nicer places in Chisinau.
4.5 based on 140 reviews
Friendly service (yes!), a good selection of appetizers, salads, and entrees. Everything was well prepared, and efficiently serve. The place seems super popular with the locals.... enjoyed it and would recommend it. Fish dishes were particularly good...
4.5 based on 135 reviews
We loved this restaurant, the atmosphere and ambience is fantastic, especially as we had our own secluded both on the top floor that made it extra special. I had read this was quite expensive and for Moldova it is expensive, but if you budget for about £25 a head for a two course meal with wine, then you will eat and drink well. The finish of the restaurant is fantastic and looks exactly like the photos with lovely polished wood and animal skins throughout. The menu was huge and took some time to decide what to have, many variants of fish and meat to choose from, I had pork which was simply superb and well worth the cost. Service can be a bit slow, but for us this didn't matter as the restaurant was so lovely and the staff were great and very friendly. The restaurant was about 5 miles from our hotel (shadow) but was 50 Lei (about £2.50) each way and the restaurant got us a hotel back. Yes this is a tourist trap but we loved it and had a lovely romantic meal for less than £50 so would highly recommend.
4.5 based on 409 reviews
A long time ago Pegas restaurant (it was called "Las Pegas" then) had only four tables and it looked more like a small grill-bar where the most delicious sausages in the city were cooked. Very quickly that grill-bar grew to a beautiful, two-storey restaurant where now you can enjoy both the tastes of excellent meat and any other dish of the European fusion cuisine. Pegas restaurant is very conveniently located and is easy to find. Here you will always find a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, both for a family meal or a fun gathering of friends or colleagues. A special attention is paid to the comfort of children: the green lawn of the restaurant's summer Terrace hosts a spacious playground for children. No doubt, everything in the restaurant is open and available for its guests. When the large meal is brought, you shouldn't be surprised: once you entered the doors of Pegas restaurant it is clear that you can get here all you want - attention, comfort and delicious food. At your request, each dish can be cooked as you prefer. Also, a pleasant fact is that Pegas works 24 hours a day seven days a week. The restaurant can host different events: whether it's a dinner for a small company or a large event. Here you will find absolutely all the ingredients for a successful party. You will be pleasantly surprised when you will get the bill. According to the manager of the restaurant, Irina Bespaliuc, the pleasure of spending time at Pegas restaurant isn't expensive, but it's worth it. The values of Pegas restaurant are: honesty, responsibility, openness, good organisation and positive spirit.
One of the best in Chisinau, with good quality food, mostly based on meat products. Good place to spend time at a dinner with family and friends, or to celebrate a birthday, or any other anniversary.
The only disadvantage is the restaurant location, not really central, not the best area.
5 based on 216 reviews
Welcome to Carpe Diem - Wine Shop & Bar! We're a value-oriented boutique wine store and wine bar, offering an exceptional selection of distinctive and eclectic fine wines from Moldova and from all over the world.In our store you can find approximately 160 different wines from both classic and emerging regions, while the wine bar offers 10-15 local wines by the glass.We look forward to seeing you!
As a wine lover I went to this place in Chisinau to try some good Moldovan wine. The place itself is small, but very nicely decorated with numerous wine bottles all over the walls. I asked the owner for recommendations to try Moldovan wine and he poured me a glass of white and red. He was very knowledgeable about the wine and its origin and was explaining me the characteristics of each wine. The wine itself was great and served at the right temperature. I also saw a bottle of German ice wine on the wall and asked I could try one. He also got me a glass of this which was again excellent. The total price for this high quality wine and excellent service came a bit short of 10 euros which is really good value. I recommend this place for anyone interested in wine and keen on exploring new varieties.
4.5 based on 163 reviews
Decent steaks and side orders. Probably one of the better places to sample the local full bodied red wined with appropriately matching food. Nice place
4.5 based on 279 reviews
This restaurant is definitely unique and a 'must experience' type. The decor is beautiful and you feel like you stepped back in time in another century. The menu has really interesting options, including vegetarian options. Both my husband and I loved the food and the staff was great. The aesthetic of the place is inspired by the communist era and the menu contains some traditional Russian dishes, too.
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