Discover the local cuisine
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Discover the local cuisine

So you wanna eat local? Romanian food isn't easy on the tummy, but it sure is on the soul.

Iași has become an international scene for gastronomy, but there are still some wonderful places where tradition has kept its charm on the plate. If you want to find those gems where cooks still prepare meals like the boyars of the past used to eat, here are a few places that you will remember.

The oldest and most renowned restaurant is Bolta Rece. It’s the place where Junimea members used to drink and dine, and where Eminescu and Creangă became friends. While you’re there, you have to try the Sheep pastrami with polenta and curd, and after that the Sweet cheese dumplings. This is as local as it can get.

La Conac is a truly Romanian restaurant with a traditional interior design, where you can get a feeling of how people decorated their homes in the villages. Get the Mushroom stew with sour cream and polenta or the Mushroom stew with garlic. For desert, you won’t regret going with the Gomboti, which are prunes wrapped in potato dough.

If you prefer something closer to the city center, Cârciuma Veche is right near the City Hall and National Theatre. With an appetite for traditional food and old moldavian accents, the restaurant waits for you with some tasty Sarmale and some music bands like the good old days.

There are many other places in Iași that serve traditional dishes, though most are mixed with international cuisine for every taste. Just take the city step by step and enjoy the journey of discovery!

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Local cuisine, Restaurants
Bolta Rece (The Cold Vault) is a symbol and a refference spot for every iesean. A traditional romanian restaurant dating back to 1786, it draws its name from the wide and intertwined wine cellars, on different level, like underground floors. The restaurant was designed in moldavian style, like a peasant house, with a porch. Its history is forever tied to the Junimea members, especially writer Ion Creanga and romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu, for this was the place they used to drink and dine and where their friendship was born.
Strada Rece nr. 10, Iași 700115
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Local cuisine, Restaurants
With traditional Romanian food and atmosphere, La Conac offers the authenticity of a place full of history and memories, inclined towards simplicity and value. Here you can find authentic Romanian dishes in the widest variety possible, and you can serve in an interior specially decorated to recreate the Romanian traditional rural home.
Strada Nicolae Gane nr. 27, Iași 700110
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Local cuisine, Restaurants
La Plăcinte is a Moldavian specialties restaurant franchise. The one in Iași is on Copou Hill. Along with the authentic taste of traditional dishes, here you will find a wide variety of traditional pies and deserts.
Bulevardul Carol I nr. 4, Iași 700505
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Gardens, Local cuisine
The Water Tower Restaurant is located up on Copou Hill and it actually is inside a water tower structure. With a wonderful garden and intimate tables surrounded by greenery, this place is magical. In the menu, you'll find local dishes and also Mediterranean ones.
Aleea Mihail Sadoveanu nr. 7, Iași 700490
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Local cuisine, Restaurants
A traditional pub that keeps the vibe of the old Iași alive. Located right near the City Hall and National Theatre Park, Cârciuma Veche serves local dishes and wines. You might be able to hear some live music, too!
Strada Ion C. Brătianu 30, Iași 700259
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