There’s no doubt that the once called “countries behind the iron curtain” changed dramatically since the early nineties. But Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, still retains some of the character from the communist times. There’s an atmosphere I can only describe as “Soviet”, slightly nostalgic, that fills the city with a long gone era’s charm.

Impressions of Chisinau, Moldova

As I explained on previous posts, despite being spring, Chisinau was extremely cold when I visited. So, it comes with no surprise that the most common word that comes to my mind when I think about the city, is “grey”. Partly because of the skies, partly due to the city’s own appearance.

On this post I want to share with you another 15 other impressions I had about Moldova’s largest city.

1- Chisinau is small and easy to explore.

2- It’s one of the very few cities I’ve been to that offers free Wi-Fi in public parks.

3- Virtually every restaurant and coffee shop has free Wi-Fi without a password – so you’re connected pretty much anywhere you go in the city centre.

4- It’s a very budget-friendly destination. To give you an idea, a 500ml bottle of beer costs USD0.90 (£0.60, €0.70). But I’m sure once you move away from the city centre prices will be even lower.

5- I was surprised to see that, despite food and drink being quite cheap, a cappuccino costs the same as in London.

6- There is an enormous contrast between the relative simplicity of the churches façades and their very opulent interiors.

Impressions of Chisinau, Moldova

7- It found it touching that girls dressed in a very trendy way, some with needle stilettos and ultra-tight pants, were praying in churches with a lot of devotion.

8- Moldovan women are really beautiful – would be even more so if they exercised their smiles more often…

9- Local food is simply yummy. I loved Mămăligă with cheese, especially!

10- Although Moldovan Romanian is the official language, I couldn’t believe it when I met locals who spoke Russian as a first language, and didn’t speak a word of Romanian.

11- The fact the country is at the bottom of Europe’s wealthiest countries, is quite evident.

12- Public transport is by far the cheapest I’ve taken anywhere in a long time.

Impressions of Chisinau, Moldova

13- Moldovan’s are very patriotic and proud of their country and own ethnics.

14- Just by visiting Chisinau you can already notice the country has a melting pot of different ethnicities, as I pointed out on this post.

15- Chisinau is packed with karaoke bars – so, fancy sing-a-long-a, anyone?

Have you even been to Moldova? What were your impressions?

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Other Posts:
– Welcome to the Republic of Moldova!
My Ordeal Traveling Overland from Romania to Moldova
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15 Responses

  1. Olesea

    The Republic of Moldova recognized Romanian as official language in December 2013.

  2. Elena

    Pedro, we are very glad for you visiting Moldova, and your good impression about Chisinau, but in Moldova the official language is Romanian!

    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Elena, I know, but to be honest, when in Transylvania, was told I should call it Moldovan. It looks like I was given the wrong information.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Russ

    The official language is romanianot moldovan.. Is like yousay mexicand or brazilian language

  4. Valeria

    Quite surprised about the initiative…I hope you had a beautiful experience…but actually there is no moldovan language, it is romanian language that we speak in Moldova.

    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Valeria, I had a great time in Moldova and I’m looking forward to returning soon.

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  6. Marina

    Fun to read, but please rethink #8. Why should women smile at you or anyone else (men) they don’t know? Women are tired of men they don’t know telling them to smile. If they do, men often get the wrong idea. #truestory


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