A Guide to 72 Hours in Chisinau

A Guide to 72 Hours in Chisinau

A GUIDE TO SPENDING 72 HOURS IN CHISINAU, MOLDOVA

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Thinking of visiting Europe’s least visited Capital city: Chisinau? Here is why you should and what you can’t miss whilst there.

Firstly, I chose to visit Moldova because my goal is to visit every country in Europe, and because I’m a bit in love with Eastern Europe. I didn’t have high expectations for Chisinau. Based on the very few blog posts I’d managed to find on the internet, most people stated that they didn’t like Chisinau much. But, I love Moldova, I actually stayed a day longer than planned because I didn’t want to leave. The people are great, and it’s a beautiful country. I fell in love with the people, the food and the beauty of the city. Moreover, it’s also a great budget travel destination, so indulge whilst your there, and eat out, it’s cheap and delicious.

Firstly, where is Moldova? This is the question I was asked the most often when I told people where I was travelling to. It is a small land locked country between Romania and Ukraine.

Getting to Chisinau

Most importantly, Chisinau does have its own airport, so you can fly straight there. However, flights are quite expensive. I flew to Cluj Napoca in Romania and then got a night bus to Chisinau, which was a much cheaper option, compared with flying from London to Chisinau. There is also an option to take a train from Iasi in Romania, which is near the border. You could fly to Romania, and then get the train to Iasi, spend the day here before getting the night train to Chisinau. Which is probably a more comfortable option that the night bus, it wasn’t a great experience. If you do choose to take the night bus, you’ll arrive at the Sud Vest Bus Station, from here you could take a taxi to your accommodation. There is an ATM at the station, where you can withdraw cash for the journey.

The languages most widely spoken in Moldova are; Russian and Romanian. Moldovan Leu is the currency used, it is a closed currency, meaning you can only get it in the country.

Where To Stay

I stayed at the Amazing Ionika Hostel in Chisinau. I cannot recommend this hostel enough! The staff were very welcoming, they even let me check in early for just 1.5 euros! I was so thankful for the bed after spending all night on a bus. The beds are comfortable, there’s a free breakfast of cereals, breads, jams and even chocolate butter!! The owner Reubens will give you the warmest welcome, and a map of the city with recommendations and a route to guide yourself on a tour of the city. The hostel also has the fanciest shower I have even seen, complete with lights and a radio.

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View of the park in Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau has a number of parks throughout the city. Providing beautiful green spaces to wander through and explore. I highly recommend spending some time meandering throughout; Stephen the Great Central Park, Cathedral Park and Valea Morilor Park. Valea Morilor Park has a large lake with various monuments surrounding it. It’s a great place to relax and explore.

There is a water tower in the city that you can climb to the top of and admire the city from. The staff informed me that there was no entry fee. However, someone else that was staying at the hostel had to pay. It didn’t cost much though, around 30 leu.

  • water tower in Chisinau, Moldova.
  • Selfie from the top of the water tower in chisinau

Where To Eat

  • Caravan- Uzbeki Restaurant with great decor.
  • Torro Burger- Craft Beer and Burgers. THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD. Order the blue cheese, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Trattoria Della Nonna- Italian and Moldovan Cuisine. Order Sarmale (cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, vegetables and meat, served with sour cream for dipping)
  • Casa Della Pizza- Cheap and delicious pizza!
  • La Placinte- Moldovan Cuisine

Plăcintă is a staple in Moldova, it’s a traditional pastry commonly filled with cabbage, cheese or potato. There is also a sweet option filled with apples. If you only try one Moldovan food, this should be it!

VISITING MILESTII MICI & TRANSNISTRIA

In addition to visiting Chisinau, why not take a trip to Milestii Mici Winery. This is the world’s largest winery. I took an all day tour with Best Moldova, and visited the winery in the morning and Transnistria in the afternoon. Find the link to my Transnistria travel guide below!

Finally, I hope this post has persuaded you to visit Chisinau. I can’t recommend it enough to you guys.

Happy Travels,

Amy x

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2 thoughts on “A Guide to 72 Hours in Chisinau

  1. Sounds like you had a great time exploring Moldova, it’s one of those places I’ve been wanting to visit as it’s where my brother in-law is from. Moldovan hospitality and food is just amazing and so are the people. Thanks for sharing and inspiring 😀

    1. I highly recommend visiting! I definitely want to return one day as I didn’t see everything I wanted to. The people and the food are amazing. Thank you for reading.

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