Stuffed pretzels, free eclairs, restaurants that look like castles? Ummmm, better pack a pair stretchy pants if you are planning on living in Romania because the food here is yummy.
Our Romanian alumni have a huge list of their favorite places to eat around their city (and I’m quoting here) “the possibilities are literally endless. These are just a few of our favorite places, however there are loads more.” Better plan on living here for a whole semester rather than just visiting for a week — do just that by applying to be an ILP volunteer! That way you can try all these places…twice.
Love the idea of spending time living in Romania and volunteering in an orphanage? We have info about what a typical day looks like and other answers to your questions.
Here are the places we recommend (after walking around to see the churches in Iasi, of course):
- The Medieval Castle
- Mamma Mia’s
- Little Texas + Salsa
- Magic Pizza
- Vivo Burgers
- The Panoramic
The Medieval Castle
Yep, this restaurant is a castle — officially called the Restaurant Cavalerul medieval. The workers dress up in costumes and the food is very very yummy — but isn’t that outrageously priced. Win-Win-Win.
It has tasty food, but definitely has a cool, touristy and gimmicky feel which is fun to try out once. It's also open late which comes in handy if you'll be Iasi late and want a good meal.
Address: Soseaua Iasi - Ciurea, Iași, Romania
Hours: 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Menu: Get it here.
Be sure to set up an account so you can order online with free delivery….you’ll also get free eclairs with your order so that’s like a dream come true. If you call, someone there usually speaks English. Past groups love the pizza, salads and pasta here.
Address: Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt 4, Iași 700124, Romania
Hours: Open 24 hours
Menu: Here's their takeaway menu
Missing Mexican food? Little Texas is pretty close to the real thing (especially for being in Romania). Order up burritos, nachos, enchiladas, chips and salsa — yep, all the goodies at the restaurant/hotel.
Plan on taking a taxi (this restaurant is out by the airport) and getting a reservation if your whole group is going.
Address: Strada Moara de Vânt nr. 31-33, Iași 700376, Romania
Hours: 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Menu: Get the menu here (which also links to the hotel if you'd like to make a reservation)
Another Mexican joint that our ILP Romania volunteers love; they recommend ordering up a big plate of quesadillas. They also love the American-sized portions you get here.
Address: nr. 27, Strada Sfântul Lazăr, Iași 700259, Romania
Hours: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM (12:00 AM on Friday and Saturday)
Menu: Get pictures and prices here
Any place that has “magic” and “pizza” in the title is a winner, right? Order up your favorites in a few places — this chain is at the Palas Mall and Lulius Mall. Which is ideal because we all know that shopping and pizza (especially when living in Europe) makes everyone happy.
Address: They have a couple of different locations
Hours: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM (12:00 AM on Sunday)
Menu: Find it here
Head's up — You'll also find a few yummy food stalls at the food courts at the malls where you can order up things like crepes, ice cream, kabobs, and more.
This place made our list of the 5 things you should do in Iasi, so you know it’s a crowd favorite. Order up drinks in mason jars, munch on french fries (called “potatoes”) and bite into a delicious burger at Vivo. Yummmmm.
*Volunteers also love the burger cart by Copou Park.
Address: Strada Zimbrului, Iași 700047, Romania
There are also a few in Bucharest
Hours: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Menu: No online menu, but you can see reviews and pictures via Trip Advisor here.
This spot also has free WiFi which is handy.
Head up to the top of Unirea Hotel in the evening before the sunsets to get a gorgeous view of the city — it’s a delicious dinner and gives you all the perfect excuse to dress up.
Address: Nr. 5 Piața Unirii, Iași 700056, Romania
Hours: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Menu: Find it here
Are you dreaming about these restaurants yet? Or thinking about the orphanage program ILP has in Romania? That little blog post has lots of incredible quotes from alumni who knew it was “worth every penny because the difference you make”.
Come talk to a representative who’s volunteered before about how to apply, how to save money, and can give you some answers to all your questions about doing a semester abroad in Romania: