Can't afford a trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower? The next best thing (at least in Iasi), is stopping by Grand Hotel Traian, which was also designed by the infamous Gustave Eiffel. Erected seven years before the Eiffel Tower, Grand Hotel Traian served as the headquarters of the Romanian government during the first World War, and has remained...more
The Barboi Church (or Barboi Monastery) is another religious landmark in Iasi. The current church was built in 1841 and apparently a fantastically-painted interior. Again, I say "apparently" because it too was closed for restoration when I visited. While I was able to stroll the grounds, the building interior was not open to visitors. If it's a...more
Golia Monastery is surrounded by tall, thick walls. In fact, I almost couldn't be bothered to find the entrance! However, I walked around to Str Cuza Voda and found an entrance at a high belfry tower (which used to serve as a vantage point for city firefighters). The monastery inside dates back to the 1600s and apparently features Byzantine...more
Iasi's Natural History Museum is a treasure-trove of taxidermied animals. And stop. There's not much more to say (check out the seriously creepy seal in the attached photo). Oh, I could add that there's also a big model of a dinosaur. While visiting only takes about an hour, entrance is a steal at three lei. Make sure to stop by earlier in the day...more
I think one of the coolest places in Iasi is Parc Piata Eminescu, which is a little park located beside Piata Mihai Eminescu. As I've previously noted, Iasi proudly celebrates its literary heritage. Parc Piata Eminescu is a reminder of that: a creative, picturesque park created in memorial of one of Romania's greatest poets (in fact, Eminescu is so...more
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University) is the oldest university in Romania. It's alumni include Corneliu Codreanu, the founder of Romania's far-right fascist organization Iron Guard. The building's main hallway is known as the Hall of the Lost Footsteps, and features frescoes painted by Sabin Bălaşa in the late...more
I think my review of Hotel Unirea from TripAdvisor already appears on this site, so I'll keep it...more
Piata Unirii 1, Iasi, 6600, RO
Good for: Couples
After your arrival in Iasi you may choose Unirea Hotel (Union Hotel) to stay. It is placed in Union...more
I lived in Mexico. It's surprising, then, that my notes about my dinner at Iasi's Casa Lavric say, "BEST FRIJOLES REFRITOS EVER!" It's true... the refried beans at Casa Lavric were much, much better than any refried beans I ever ate in Mexico. Just one of the many Mexican-inspired options served at Casa Lavric, the refried beans were made from the...more
Located on the top floor of Hotel Unirea, Panoramic Restaurant has fantastic views of the historic center of Iasi. I dined there on my first evening in Iasi, and was totally amazed by the great service. Truly, in seven weeks on the road Panoramic Restaurant stands out for how friendly and accommodating the servers are. As a vegetarian I was offered...more
Lovely Casa (a house made into a restaurant) split into small sections so it feels private. Very friendly and helpful staff, and truly gorgeous food. The most expensive I have been to (£20/ $40 a head for 3 courses including wine) but absolutely worth it. Again, proper non-smoking area!Mix of french and local cuisine, all superbly presented and...more
La Pergola is in the middle of the Iulius Mall and so not a quiet place to eat but lively and nice background of running water fall. It gets very busy at the weekend so worth booking in advance or you will wait for a tableItalian style pizza and pasta, and plenty for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Service is friendly and fast, and the food is...more
The food here is, at best, bland. The service is also poor although this has improved over the past year. You may still get your meals in pieces rather than all together, and we have had the starter come after the main course! The only thing really going for the place is the amazing views. It is on the 13th floor of the hotel and you can see the...more
Ok, so I always knew it might be difficult being a vegetarian in Iasi, and my reviews will be coloured by this! I travel to Iasi several times a year on business, but as my time is limited have only tried a few places out as they need to be near the Unirea hotelA few general tips, however1. Cascaval Pane - the fried cheese - is available in many...more
Pay attention if you are in Iasi on 22nd of September, the city is a part of European program against pollution, so in the entire area of city center is forbidden to use all vehicles except electric engine. This year is the 3 Th when Iasi is the beneficiary of this program from 8 am till 6-7 p.m. It’s a little strange when you could walk on every...more
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This shopping mall in Iasi has many kind of shops and you also find souvenirs if you are a tourist. So, it can be a nice time to visit this mall and then after a day here go down and eat at Pizza Hut in the bottom of the mall. You can buy all kind of things here. You decide what you want to buy!more
It is hard to select the most important cultural tips of Iasi. Many writers lived here and their houses still exist. In the picture you can see Ion Creanga small house that it is preserved here. This writer lived between 1839-1889 and almost 30 years in Iasi.You may spend a traditional Romanian night at 'Bolta Rece' restaurant and you will be...more
I am not sure that this is a cultural tip, but on the theory that bookstores stock great literature, poetry, drama, etc., I will risk it: just to the west of the Hotel Traian is Junimea (named after a famous 19th century literary circle), reputed to be one of the best bookstores in the entire country! If you are from America, get the notion of a...more
If you go to the nightclub 'Lady in Red', which is situated in the cellar of hotel Traian on Piata Unirii, beware. The girls will charge you for 'a bottle of champagne' in exchange for their services. They just need to change and then come to your hotel room, just 20 minutes... And then they never show up. Going back is useless, they won't open the door for you then. They claim it's only one girl (Kim, dark hair), but I doubt it.
(Photograph from the Romanian Voice website.)
I think that the Metropolitan Cathedral is overrated. Its fame appears to be based on its size ( it is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Romania) and the fact that it is home to the relics (i.e., the bones) of Saint Paraschiva, parton saint of Moldavia.
Mere size is not a criterion of greatness. Don't misunderstand me: the church is pretty enough, but I find it hard to believe that people are impressed, even marginally, by any beauty they see in it. Size is what seems to impress. It is not an unusually beautiful church or an unusually graceful one. Nor an especially awe-inspiring one (I found several very small ones to be in numerous other places throughout the country).
A more plausible explanation for its fame is that it houses the holy relics. To acquire these for the church, Vasile Lupu spent the equivalent of an entire year's national budget in 1641. (Don't let that mislead you; the cathedral wasn't built until the 1830s.) As the patron saint of Moldavia, her remains are preserved in an absolutely stunning--both literally and figuratively--silver reliquary. You will almost certainly find a line of pilgrims or faithful waiting for a moment to pay their respects. The relics alone would be enough to ensure great significance for any location, and they are also the subject of an annual festival. But one is hard pressed to understand why their presence would make the church itself any more noteworthy.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget to bring your camera!!!! I am sure that making photos will be your favourite hobby during your vacation in IASI.
In the well known literary Ticau Neighboring area of Iasi, you can find this charming memorial house, were Ion Creanga, the famous children's novelist spent his last years of life.It is a typical house of 19 century, maintained in its original looks.Before you enter the little gate to lead you to the house, you can observe on a wall, a carved...more
In one of the odder parts of our journey with our guide, we drove to this monastery on one of the back roads from the main road. We did not visit the interior of the monastery, instead we were taken up to an open balcony at the complex across from the monastery to visit with a priest wrapped in a long wool sweater who, after finishing up with the...more
In Iasi, a city where culture and history can keep a tourist busy for weeks, this isn't what you'd call a tourist atraction. It's a simple neighborhood, largely transformed in the 70's-80's. As you can see, lots of apartment buildings, a wide boulevard, and lots of Dacia cars.more
Many historical buildings and parks are located on Copou Hill: Copou Park, the Botancial Garden and the University Campus.Seen in the image is the main building of the University, which was recently renovated, at least on the exterior. It sits on the main boulevard that climbs the hill.more
When I will visit my native town Iasi I must go visit the place where I was born: Pacurari Street.I also must go see my school and my frineds from first grade.I want to take a walk in Copou park and botanical gardens,to go eat rottiserie chiken with garlic souce and polenta and visit my father. Fondest memory...hmm....I have so many and it is so...more
In this town you will have the pleasure of discovering a beautiful old monastery called 'Trei Ierarhi' (Three Hierarchs). Here was printed the first book in Romanian (in the 17th century)! Many tourists are amazed by its outside walls looking as a stone embroidery. It is something unique in the Eastern part of Europe (and perhaps in the world).more