If you are set to volunteer in an orphanage with ILP, you will call the Romanian city of Iasi home. Hooray! Pst: Need more info on the ILP Orphanage program? We have you covered.
You'll be able to explore a lot more in Iasi than what makes this list — major perk of living there, versus just being a tourist — but here are a couple of adventures you can easily check out after volunteering or on a weekend.
- Palace of Culture
- Vivo Burgers
- Botanical Gardens
- Palace Mall
Palace Of Culture
The Palace of Culture is top of the list for a reason — pack a lunch and people-watch on the beautiful lawn which overlooks this fountain, or visit on of the four museums inside; There is an Art Museum, Museum of Moldova History, The Ethnograph Museum of Moldova and a Museum of Science and Technology. That's enough to keep you busy for a few trips, right?
If you ask anyone who has been to Iasi where you should eat, they'll tell you Vivo Burger. And for a good reason — These burgers are one of a kind. Not only are they delicious, but they have clever names like "Legen (wait for it...dairy!)", "Game of Dijons", and "The Godfather" just to name a few.
If you aren't into burgers they also have great salads, desserts and soup. If you're there every Saturday, no judgement from us. Vivo Burger made our list of favorite restaurants in Iasi because it's that delicious.
These gardens are the oldest and largest in Romania, aka tons of gorgeous space for you to take a stroll in. We suggest visited in the spring and summer when the weather is warm ... we also suggest packing up your favorite bar of chocolate and a book and spending a lazy afternoon in the sun here.
Get a little more info here: it made our list of free things to do in Iasi.
Another great place to explore is the Palace Mall .... named because it's right by the Palace of Culture. You'll find lots and lots to do in this mall. Apart from the little shops and booths, you can find delicious gelato. Yum. Oh, and in the spring and summer, there are always things to do like merry-go-rounds, hot air balloons, and lots of people having picnics. And, in the winter there is an outdoor ice skating rink. Fun, fun, fun.
Chow Down On Pretzels
I bet you didn't think you would find the best pretzels of your life in Romania! You can get pretzels filled with chocolate, caramel, raspberries - you name it! The smell of these fresh baked pretzels is hard to resist, so just give in and try them. Get ready to be addicted!
That's really just the beginning ... there are countless churches and cathedrals to explore, little cafes to order from, pretty parks and a few day trips to some pretty historical spots — you may even get the chance to experience this light festival.