Timisoara is a little-known city on the west side of Romania. It’s the second largest city after the capital city of Bucharest, and it’s only a few hours away from Budapest. This city may not be known as a thriving tourist destination but it’s a beautiful place to visit none the less! Here’s everything you need to know in our Quick Guide to Timisoara:
WHERE TO STAY
- Apart Hotel Iosefin Residence has beautiful apartment-style hotel rooms that can easily accommodate 3 adults. The location is walking distance to everything in Timisoara, and the is a fantastic restaurant and cafe attached to the building. What we love most about staying here, is that the large rooms are perfect for extended stays.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- Three beautiful squares you must visit are Piata Victoriei, Unirii Square and Piata Operei.
- Rose Park is beautiful in the summer. It’s a great place for photos!
- Iulius Mall has a great selection of European chain stores; like Bershka, Pull & Bear and H&M. I always find the prices in Romania to be lower than Italy, France or Spain so I usually stock up quite a bit when I’m here.
- Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral is located in the middle of Timisoara. You will most likely walk past it a few times, and it’s definitely worth a visit.
- For a day trip from Timisoara, rent a car and drive to Transylvania to visit Corvin Castle.
WHERE TO EAT
- Musiu is a new, trendy outdoor restaurant with a great selection of international wines and appetizers. I recommend the cheese & meat plate, as well as the bruschetta. The food is incredibly fresh and the atmosphere is perfect for the ‘under 35’ crowd.
- For something a bit more upscale, check out Belvedere inside Hotel Timisoara. This is the city’s most expensive restaurant and it caters to the international business travellers that frequently stay at this hotel. As a result, the food selection here is a welcoming change from other restaurants in Timisoara. The dishes are never fried, and you can get fantastic salads and grilled fish here.
- If you’re craving Italian food check out Locanda del Corso for pasta, pizza and Italian wine.
- Casa cu Flori is another popular restaurant. They have a beautiful rooftop terrace that gets quite busy during the summer. They also serve an eggplant salad appetizer that is very delicious and unique!
- Casa Bunicii (located inside Apart Hotel Iosefin Residence) is the best restaurant to visit to try authentic Romanian dishes. During the summer months, they have a beautiful outdoor terrace as well.
- Restaurant Sky is a beautiful rooftop restaurant with excellent food. The grilled salmon is especially good. It was previously called “Aquarium” and “Casa del Sole” so you might need to look up one of those names to find it on Google Maps.
WHERE TO DRINK
- In recent years, a handful of outdoor bars have been popping up along Bega River. There is one underneath the bridge near the Orthodox Cathedral that plays great music! Another one to check out is called Fratelli.