Food, drinks and fun
In terms of food, Cluj-Napoca is one of the best cities in Romania and one that covers almost all types of cuisines and a very large variety of prices.
1) Da Vinci
A stylish restaurant in the north of the town, in a quiet area. It has a very nice garden and breezeway for eating outdoor. Also, with an airy room in the interior would do just fine for you.
As you have already guessed it’s based on the Italian cuisine. However, it’s not one of the cheapest in town.
2) Casa Piratilor (Pirates’ House) and Casa Vikingilor (Vikings’ House)
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We put this two together because they’re based on the same principles: thematic places, funny food names, very big portions of food at really good prices. Both have a nice rustic atmosphere and serve traditional Romanian food and beverages.
If you want to get there with a big group and eat together some group menus it’s a great place to do it. They are open all the time and you can even order from there.
This restaurant has an excelent view over the city center and over the most important sights. They also have a restaurant and a sweet shop. Service is excellent and meals are medium/medium-high.
Named after a Romanian traditional dance, Hora is a restaurant based on traditional and local cuisine. They are very good at desserts and have a large variety of sweet recipes.
Bulgakov is a place that’s very common for debaters in Cluj. It has outdoor seating, a covered lounge and a dark interior restaurant. It’s situated right in the center of the town, on a very nice old street, I.M. Klein, that reminds of the time Cluj was still a citadel.
Good for all types of meals (try the Masters’ breakfast and cheese pancakes).
It’s excellent for big groups and it’s not an expensive place.
Baracca is a restaurant with international, mostly Italian specific. It is very close to the Babes-Bolyai University, situated in the City Center.
The atmosphere is relaxing and chill with very nice ambience music. They have a wide range of desserts and a big variety of dishes. It is very nice place, but not one of the cheapest ones.
Clubs, Pubs & Coffeehouses
A very classy place in Cluj, right in the city center. Nice music, nice people and a lot of special guests, stand up comedians, musicians, singers, bands, local celebrities.
One might say that this is the best club in Cluj. It certainly is a nice place, big, airy, with one of the best acoustic systems in Europe.
A casual place that has a lot of well-known DJs invited every evening. It is ranked 26th in Dj Mag top 100 clubs of the world and winner of best club in Romania award.
A well-known pub in Cluj. Suitable for youth, usually you find students or high-schoolers in there. A place where you don’t go to be classy, but to be casual and have fun.
You can easily associate it with the flower-power culture. Fine music, lots of people and cheap drinks. They even have an all you can drink beer night.
A very nice and airy pub, on top of a pretty big shop in Cluj. Nice view over the city and a chill place to hang out. They serve some food, different beverage types and they even make their own beer.
La Port is the right place to go out with friends, enjoy a fine cup of tea and interact with people.
Black tea, green tee, white tea, roiboos and many other sorts of tea await for you at cute little tea house in the very heart of Cluj-Napoca . At La Port you will find one of the most detailed tea menus you can imagine, as each type of tea has an elaborate description of the process the tea plant went through, its origins, its benefits and blends.
Q Cafe’s menu has over 200 specialties of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cocktails and other drinks. During summer, a terrace is open.
After entering this cafe, an eclectic dim-lit atmosphere will surround you. But after your eyes adapt to the pale lights, you will start discovering a unique decor. The setting seizes a special theme: The Mask and the paintings disposed on each wall have an encrypted riddle.
Every table has a small burning candle, and surrounding its light, a red piece of paper with a story is disposed. The stories have a special meaning, and some of the clients even take them home.
Cărturești: books, tea, music, finery.
A quiet cup of tea at the mall? That’s right! At Cărturești, in Cluj-Napoca you can run away from the fever of shopping and escape in this bookstore/music store. The soft music, the aroma of different teas and the huge variety of books frame a cozy place for customers of all ages.
This bookstore has its own tea house. No reservations can be made and smoking is prohibited in this place, because Cărturești wants to assure that all its customers have a seat if they want to skim through a book and that they can experience this in a pleasant atmosphere and a fresh air. All the teas served by this tea house are being prepared from 100% natural products. The variety of teas is very rich and the menu looks more like a novel than a tea house list of products.
Cărturești also sells some of the finest teas and tea accessories in town. Cups, mugs, tea pots, infusion vessels, candy sticks, brown crust candies and tea containers make some of the most smart gifts. Also other elegant stationary and fine book accessories can be purchased at Cărturești.
So this is a tea house, a store and a library, a place that will capture all your senses, a bookstore that’s so inviting, you will find it hard to resist.