Our top recommendations for the best bars in Timisoara with reviews, pictures, and prices. Find the best bars and pubs to have a good time.

 

Where to eat in Timisoara? We have written about that before and, since Timisoara has so many pubs and restaurants, we plan to keep on writing about the places that we discover in the city. But sometimes general recommendations are not enough. If you are vegan or vegetarian, “regular” restaurants can be limiting.

 

While you can find some vegetarian food in most restaurants, it can be refreshing to eat at an all-vegetarian restaurant from time to time. There’s always the option of having vegetarian pizza every day, but that will get boring at one point, won’t it?! If you are in need of recommendations, here are some vegetarian restaurants in Timisoara:

 

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1. Biofresh

This is the oldest restaurant in the city that serves exclusively vegetarian food. As the name suggests, the food is always “bio” and “fresh”. Most of all, their menu is complex: you can choose between several vegetarian pastas, soups, sandwiches and even sweets.

While all the food served is at least vegetarian, you can also find some raw-vegan dishes on their menu. The raw-vegan desserts are particularly popular, so do try them out if you have a sweet tooth.

Biofresh is quite a big restaurant, that also has a small terrace on one of the city’s pedestrian streets. It can get crowded during lunch time, as it offers a “daily menu”, which is popular with people who work in the area.

Where is it?

 

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2. Lamia

For those of you who are either vegan or on a gluten-free diet, we have another recommendation: Lamia, a small and cozy vegan restaurant hidden away near the old city centre. The place is not very big and unfortunately has no summer terrace, but it is the only restaurant in town where you can choose from a large gluten-free menu.

The food is interesting and the menu is pretty rich for such a “niche” Romanian restaurant. You can match the food either with some organic tea, fresh juices or plain water – the water is on the house. The place itself, though simple in decorations, has a warm bohemian feeling to it.

Where can you find it?

 

3. Radha Cuisine

This is another “hidden gem” in Timisoara. Radha Cuisine is not a traditional restaurant, but it does serve good Indian vegetarian food. It is not “traditional”, as it does not have a set menu. Rather, they offer “daily” menus – the menu changes each day and each day you can choose between two 2 soups and 2 main dishes. You pay a small price for the whole menu, which includes dessert. And speaking of desserts, there is a rich selection of home-made sweets and pastries that you can purchase at the location. 

As for the location, the place is pretty small, as it seems to be more of a “takeaway” restaurant. It does, however, host a few tables, where you can have a quick but tasty lunch.

Where can you find it?

 

Vegetarian food in the city centre – other options

If these three options are not enough, you can always go for other restaurants and try to adapt a recipe to your needs. While not all chefs agree to change their recipes for a certain customer, local restaurants have adapted to vegetarian demands in recent years and many now serve at least some vegetarian/ vegan dishes. The Tube and Urban are two of the restaurants in the city centre serve a vegetarian daily menu in addition to their “classical” menu.

 

We hope we’ve managed to make your visit to Timisoara yummier! Did you eat anything interesting while in Timisoara? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us!

 

Visiting new places is always a good idea, but finding good food in a new city can make any visit better! We know how important it is to find nice restaurants when visiting a new city. If you are wondering about the best restaurants in Timisoara, we have good news: there are many restaurants to choose from!

Since it’s difficult to cover all of them, we thought we could offer you a “local’s guide” of our favourite restaurants in Timisoara. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite restaurants, that:

  1. have been around for a while (and hence we trust them),
  2. we’ve tested and enjoyed,
  3. are not too pricey and,
  4. most of all, are somewhat interesting, offering a pleasant visit.

And since we know you also want to explore the city, we did not shy away from including places that are not in the central area of the city. Here are our suggestions on how to create your own “culinary journey” through Timisoara:

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1. Locanda del Corso

 

Since the city centre and the area around the old city citadel are the most popular for tourist, we will start with a recommendation that is right in the old city centre: Locanda del Corso.

Located near the Union Square, Locanda del Corso has been around for a while and it is popular with locals and tourists alike. As you can probably guess from the name, the place serves mainly Italian dishes – and their pasta dishes and pizzas are delicious! Do try them out and match them with a glass of wine, as Locanda has a good selection of wines available.

The place is popular both in the evening and during lunchtime,  for people who work in the area but also due to the large number of tourists. If you would like to go there for dinner, we advise you to book ahead – it is a popular place, especially in the evening. If you visit in the summertime, you can enjoy your dinner on their lovely terrace, on one of the city’s pedestrian streets.

Where to find it: 10, Marasesti Street, close to the Union Square

 

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Photo via Homemade (Facebook)

2. Homemade

 

While you can find several restaurants in the centre of Timisoara, we want to take you on journey through the city. So let us leave the city centre to find interesting restaurants found in other neighbourhoods. Next stop, Homemade: a lovely restaurant serving “homemade” food, located in a historic building in the Elisabetin neighbourhood.

The name of this place is quite suggestive: a visit to Homemade feels very similar to visiting someone’s home. The place is very cosy and offers a friendly atmosphere. It is also very colourful and decorated like somebody’s home: with pictures on the walls, various decorations and a bunch of DIY objects.

The food also feels “homemade”. The menu isn’t very rich, but the food is rich in flavour. The plates served are not too complex, but not average either. They are just right for a cozy evening out with friends and family. It is advisable to book a table, as the place isn’t very big and it can get crowded around dinnertime.

Where to find it: 40, Gh. Doja Street, close to Balcescu Square in the Elisabetin neighbourhood

 

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Photo via Musiu (Facebook)

3. Musiu

 

Our next stop is Musiu, even further from the city centre, but with a wonderful garden that will compensate for the trouble of taking slightly more time to get there. We recommend sipping a cold drink in that lovely garden while waiting for your order. Take your time and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and the chill music.

Musiu has the same “homey” vibe like Homemade and a visit there feels quite similar to visiting an old friend’s fashionable home. You can even find books in one of the rooms! The food is delicious, with few ingredients blended in interesting combinations. If you’re visiting over the weekend, it might be safer to book ahead.

Where to find it: 1B Maresal Averescu Street

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4. Sabres Restaurant

 

Not too far from the city centre, but located close to the new Soarelui neighbourhood, you can find the best fish dishes in town, at Sabres restaurant. This place is more on the pricey side, but it has an elegant atmosphere and it’s not that easy to find good fish dishes in this part of the world. If you love eating fish, it will be worth your visit!

They also have a beautiful cozy terrace where you can enjoy your meal, away from the noise of the city.

Where to find it: 1 Craiova Street, close to the students’ campus

 

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Photo via Casa Bunicii (Facebook)

6. Casa Bunicii

 

We’ve saved this restaurant for last because it’s hard to place it on the city map, as it actually has two locations: one near Balcescu Square (not too far from Homemade, actually) and one in Dumbravita (on the outskirts of the city). Both are lovely, so you can pick the one closest to you.

Casa Bunicii” can be translated as “Grandma’s House” and the food served is also meant to remind you of grandma’s cooking. You can find traditional local dishes here, like the Schwaben “spaetzle”, “scoverzi” (pancakes) or appetizers typical for our area, so this restaurant is worth a visit if you want to try some local flavours. They also serve all-natural juices, like grandma would, so bonus point for keeping us healthy!

Where to find them: 3, Virgil Onitiu Street (near Balcescu Square) or 79 Petofi Sandor Street (Dumbravita)

 

What about you? What are your favourite restaurants in Timisoara?

We will be offering more tips on where to eat in Timisoara in our upcoming articles, so let’s keep in touch on Facebook or Instagram!

Music lovers, this article is for you! While tourist attractions are nice and our city has a lot to offer, we know you sometimes just want to plan a night out! While nightlife in Timisoara is abundant (more on that in a future article), we dedicate this article to those who love live music and want to find good concerts in Timisoara.
If you’re visiting Timisoara and are not sure where to go out for live music, search no more: Reflektor Venue is here!

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Photo via Reflektor Venue

Nothing better than a cold drink and live music

Reflektor Venue is a laid-back place that you can visit either to grab a beer with your friends or to enjoy a live show. Or both!
It opened up in Timisoara in 2018 and has fast become one of the most loved concert venues in Timisoara – not only by locals but also by foreigners. Since they have opened, they’ve hosted various types of events, parties, theatre plays, stand-up comedy shows and, most importantly (and our favorites), live concerts!
The place itself is pretty casual, perfect for a “chill” night out and – most importantly – their concert room is well-equipped. They know that flawless sound is important for a great live gig.

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Photo via Reflektor Venue

Great musical variety – choose your “poison”

The greatest part about this venue is that you never know what great concert you might find on their list. Their events are various, but they do have something in common: they are good. Live concerts vary from metal to alternative rock to blues concerts, so no matter your musical “poison”, they probably have an event or two planned for you. The venue’s Facebook page is frequently updated with information about upcoming events, so do check it out to start making some “night out” plans.

Their past “lineup” includes local bands from Romania but also artists who are touring around Europe. We’ll just name a few of their past events to get you even more curious: Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers (Canada), Vita de Vie (Romania), Planet of Zeus (Greece), Marko Mendoza (US) etc.

 

How to reach Reflektor Venue?

You can find their address below and don’t worry, though the location isn’t exactly central, a taxi or an Uber will take you there for less than 18 lei (about 4 Euros).

Have you ever heard anybody say they hated pizza?! Neither have we. We think everybody loves (or at least likes) pizza. Italian by origin, pizza has become that universal food that is usually good both for the soul and the stomach.

 

Feeling down? Pizza. Too lazy to cook? Pizza. In a new city and with no idea what to eat? Pizza just seems to be the answer to so many questions and that’s why we have decided to dedicate an article to it. If you’re a pizza lover visiting Timisoara or just an uninspired travel in town, La Pizza Napoletana is where you can find (in our humble opinion) some of the best pizza in Timisoara.

Pizza in true Neapolitan fashion

The name of this pizza place is pretty straightforward: you can find pizza following the original Neapolitan recipe here. This is believed to be the “original” Italian pizza: made from a thin layer of dough, that is still “puffy”, especially around the edges. This is said to be easy to digest – so maybe it’s the “healthy” way of eating pizza?! We’re not sure about its nutritional value, but the taste has won our appreciation!

La Pizza Napoletana: The menu

La Pizza Napoletana’s pizza menu features several kinds of pizza, from the classic “margherita” to their own mixes – like the “Voichi” kind: pumpkin cream, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, fennel, parmesan and olive oil.

In true Neapolitan fashion, most pizzas come topped with yummy mozzarella. The rest of the ingredients are also high-quality and blend in perfectly.

You can then match your pizza with a cold local beer, coffee or lemonade. If you’re visiting in the warm season, you’ll have a chance to eat outdoors, on their lovely terrace.

The bottom line: why eat at Napoletana?

Yummy pizza, cozy and casual place, lovely terrace in the summertime. Make sure to also follow them on Instagram.

Where can you find La Pizza Napoletana and the best pizza in Timisoara?  Just click here.

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Ambasada is not a place that can easily be described in words. But instead, it can be described in people, events, and initiatives. It is that cozy go-to place that seems to fit everyone and every occasion: freelancers, remote workers, creatives, students and parents alike. It is a bistro, a cafe, a meeting place, an “incubator” and, most importantly, a get-together place for people with creative initiatives.

The story of Ambasada started in 2014 when the founders of Plai Festival (one of the biggest music festivals in Timisoara, about which we’ve written before here) decided to try and create a meeting place for the creative people in Timisoara. One of their aims was to create a space that brings together people who shared the love of big ideas and the desire to make a positive change in the world.

So, what exactly is Ambasada?

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

A coworking place / bistro / cafe.

Yes, it is a bistro and a cafe that also has a scent of a coworking space. Freelancers, NGO workers, students and anyone who wants a place that can host them for a few hours while they work on their projects are welcome here.

And on the bistro side, did we mentioned they served homemade cookies every day?!

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

An incubator / event venue.

This is where the magic sometimes happens. Ambasada offers a meeting room and a big events’ room to those willing to organise interesting projects. They host events regularly, so do check out their Facebook page for updates. These events can be: conferences, workshops, social projects, movie screenings, concerts – and basically anything else meant to enrich Timisoara’s cultural life. You can find the full list of events they are hosting on their website

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

A get-together place.

In addition to the things listed above, Ambasada can also be seen as a cozy cafe. It’s a lovely quiet place in which you can enjoy good food and drinks together with friends and family (it is also a family-friendly place). If you visit during the warm season, you can relax on their beautiful terrace just outside of the building. Cozy and shady, it’s the perfect place to sip a cool beer or a lemonade in the summertime.

 

You can currently find Ambasada on the banks of the Bega river, here:

 

 

What is your favourite get-together place in Timisoara?! If you have any other suggestions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

Tired of tidy coffee shops and pubs?! Want an “alternative” experience?! Something casual, not pretentious and maybe,different?! Well then, you should give Scârț a visit. This article is dedicated to this unique “3 in 1” place in Timișoara. A bar, a theatre and a museum…

                                                                                                  

Scârț, loc lejer – the quirky bar

“Scârț” is in itself a quirky name for a bar. It’s such a good name, that we can’t even translate it for you. We could translate it as “squeak”, but that would only cover about 50% of the meaning. But if you are around, you could try to get a decent translation! We dare you!

The “loc lejer” part is the easy one: it basically means casual place. And this is indeed a casual place! Feel free to come here whenever you have spare time, to enjoy a drink and talk to the locals. Both the owners and the usual clientele are open-minded and friendly people. If you’re visiting alone, you can bring your laptop so that you don’t get bored – though that shouldn’t be a problem. But we’ve seen people work from here before, it’s that casual that nobody minds.

As for the bar itself, one piece of advice: Don’t expect anything neat and tidy. The place is a beautiful messy kitschy place. It’s like somebody dropped different pieces of furniture and decorations from 10 different apartments here. In a nice way. You’ll have to check it out for yourselves to see what we mean.

 

Did we mention they also have a really nice garden? If you visit in the summertime, you will be able to sip your beer in their lush garden. And it’s lovely! Just imagine chilling in your grandma’s old garden with a bunch of other people around.

 

The Communist Consumers’ Museum

Ah, yet another beautiful mess! In short, this is an “alternative” museum worth a visit when in Timișoara. Ironically, if you search for it on TripAdvisor it has better reviews than our “traditional” museums.

Located in the same house as Scârț, but in the basement, the Communist Consumers Museum is dedicated to those things that Romanians owned during the communist regime. This may come as a shock to those who have not experienced communism, but back then Romanian homes were scarily similar, as Romanians had limited access to all sorts of goods. We have already talked about the museum in our article about the best museums in Timișoara, so we are not going to get into too much detail again.

Visiting the museum is free, but donations are welcome! Hint: there are three piggie-banks right at the entrance.

 

Auăleu Theatre

If you understand some Romanian and want the explore the local theatre scene, then do book a spot for one of these guys’ shows. Some of the guys behind the Auăleu theatre group are the ones who have founded Scârț (and later the Communist Consumers’ Museum). So it was actually theatre first, beer later.

 

Source: http://aualeu.ro/blog/

 

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If you’re a wine lover you should probably that Romania produces quite a lot of wines. And that means that you can find good wineries all across the country! As for Timisoara, you can find many kinds of local wine at either supermarkets, liquor stores or dedicated wine places. If you are a wine connoisseur who would like to enjoy a night out with some of the best wine in town, then this article is for you. Here are our favorite places when it comes to having wine in Timisoara:

 

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1. Vinto

If you would like to indulge in an evening of good food and good wine, then this is the right place! You can find Vinto right in the “heart” of Timisoara, near the Union Square, where most of the fun happens during the weekend.

Just click on the map below to find the exact location:

What to expect?

Paired food and wine. This is probably what’s more interesting about Vinto – their menu includes pairings of food and drinks. And if you’re not sure what to have, you can just ask for advice – the people know both their wine and their food. Vinto qualifies as a “fancy” restaurant for Timisoara standards. They have an impressive amount of wine to choose from and good and interesting food. This also means that it’s on the “pricey” side of town

 

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2. Enoteca de Savoya

Now, this is a traditional “wine place”. It is the oldest place in this city with this profile. You can pay a visit to Enoteca de Savoya, to enjoy a glass of wine, to buy a bottle of wine, or to attend one of the regular wine tastings that they organize. They regularly organize all kind of events, so it might be a good idea to check before heading there.

Just click on the map for the exact location:

What to expect?

A lot of wine. Wine tastings. A lot of space and friendly people. Wine and cheese. Do go there to enjoy an evening with friends and wine.

 

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3. The Wine Guy

Yes, there is a guy behind “the wine guy”! And this is a guy who knows his wine! (too much word play?!) Anyway, “The Wine Guy” is another one of the top places in town where you can find good wine. You can go there to get recommendations to buy wine or to actually have a glass of wine.

Beware, the place is quite small – only a few tables available. But they also organise wine tastings regularly. These are usually booked in advance, as the place is quite small and we have a lot of wine lovers in town.

What to expect?

Small, but cute and cozy. Knowledgeable wine guy. Good wine for all budgets.

While Timisoara has a lot to offer when it comes to pubs and bars for tourists, there are also places known mostly by the locals. If you are the kind of traveler who likes to discover these hidden gems when traveling to a new city, you know what we are talking about. And if you fall into this category of people and are also a vinyl music lover, Viniloteca is the place for you.

 

The concept: Viniloteca is the place where craft beer and pieces of vinyl go hand in hand.

Opened in 2015, Viniloteca is both a vinyl shop and a pub. The main attraction here is represented by the very impressive vinyl collection. And, of course, customers can choose what to listen to while enjoying a cold craft beer.At the moment they own a collection of over 600 vinyl records and serve over 100 types of craft beers from all over the world.

 

The music: The music here is delightful for the soul.

In Viniloteca, you will hear a vast variety of music, from 20s music, up to the most recent releases from 2017. The music here covers most music genres, from Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Dub to Funk, Hip-Hop, Electronic and many more. As a music lover, you will surely find something to your liking here. And it gets better! If you like the music, you can actually buy the vinyl records that are on display! The price for a second-hand vinyl starts at 15 Euros, while the most expensive ones are around 50 euros.

The beer: It’s said that every beer has a story and the guys from Viniloteca certainly know which beers to pick.

Best Beers in Timisoara- Viniloteca

As we’ve mentioned before, vinyl records and craft beer go hand in hand. You can choose from over 50 brands of craft beer from all over the world. Whether you like ginger or raspberry flavors, black or blond beer, or any other combination, you will certainly find something for your taste.
If you are not sure what to order, just ask the bartender. He will definitely recommend you something. During our last visit at Viniloteca, he mentioned that he had drunk over 2000 different kinds of beer so far; and he never drinks the same several times.
If you want our recommendation, it’s “Bereta”, a craft beer made by some folks here in Timisoara. They always produce different kinds of craft beer, never repeating the same recipe twice.

The people: vinyl lovers flock together

Viniloteca’s customers are different from the mainstream public – vinyl lovers are just different. It takes one to know one, maybe. But the people that normally hang out here come from different backgrounds: they may be musicians, artists, writers, photographers, programmers, designers or freelancers. But this is a good thing, as you can meet people with similar tastes to yours.

If you like vinyl and craft beer, this is the place for you.

Location:

If you’re one of those people who can’t really start their day without cup of good coffee, you’re probably wondering where you can have your coffee when in Timisoara. From the most popular franchises, to the cosy local ones, here’s our brief guide on where you can find some the best coffee in Timisoara:

1 . Cafeneaua Verde

This is a typical cafe/ bistro place, located in the heart of Timisoara, in Liberty Square. The name translates to “green cafe” and it indeed is quite green. But it is also bright and cozy. In addition to various types of coffees, they also serve good tea and other drinks, as well as good food. We really recommend you try the Piadina’s, you can also check the menu from Cafeneaua Verde online 

This is a lovely place to hang out any time of the day and in the summer time, they also have a sunny terrace right in Liberty Square.

 

2. Tucano Coffee

You can find this great coffee place next to the Union Square, on Emanoil Ungureanu Street. Their moto is “Love. Peace. Coffee” and the place reflects that. It has a peaceful ethnic vibe and usually matching music. Their branding reflects the culture of coffee-loving cultures around the world.

As for the coffee itself, Tucano Coffee serves 100% Specialty Arabica, from the best coffee-producing regions in the world. In addition to coffee, the also serve fresh juices, lemonades, teas and great cookies.

If you’re just strolling around the Union Square, you can also ask for your coffee “to go” to enjoy it during your walk.
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3. Mokum Cafe

Mokum Cafe prides itself to be Timisoara’s smallest cafe. It’s one of the mst popular “coffee to go” places in town. It also hosts a few seats, meaning that you can also enjoy a quick coffee indoors on a rainy day.

You cand find this small, but cozy place at the corner of Augustin Pacha Street, next to Eugen de Savoya Street

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4. Prospero

This is actually a local business, so it might count as a “local” experience. Prospero started out as a bakery, but they have grown a lot in the last years. They have extended their business from selling bread to selling various bakery products to creating a bunch of tiny cafes all around the city. Most of their places serve coffee “to go”, bur some – like the one that’s close to the famous “fish fountain” in Victory Square also hosts a few tables. And we really advise you to try their bakery products while you’re there, they’re delicious!

And if you want to grab a coffee “to go” (plus some croissants/ cookies), while next to the Union Square, there’s a small Prospero nearby, on Vasile Alecsandri Street. And by the way, these guys sell don’t sell ordinary bread, they use natural ingredients and natural leaven.

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5. Garage Cafe

The people behind Garage Cafe really love coffee. They actually roast the coffee beans in the cafe, offering fresh authentic coffee. The coffee beans come from Indonesia, Ethiopia and Colombia.

And while you’re there, you could also try one of their cakes. Everything is made in-house, fresh and yummy! They also serve some food, so this is also a good place have breakfast/ brunch.

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6. Starbucks

Yes, it’s a classic. And yes, no matter where you are travelling, you can normally count on Starbucks for your cup of coffee and a misspelled name. We’re not going to tell you too much about it, because you probably already know what to expect. Both the flavours and the prices are similar to all the other Starbucks cafes you’ve visited.

It you’re a Starbucks lover, you’re going to agree that this is some of the best coffee in Timisoara. You can find Starbucks in the centre of Timisoara, right next to the Opera. You can’t really miss it. Starbucks also has two other locations in Timisoara, in Timisoara’s two malls: Iulius Mall and Timisoara Shopping City.

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7. Reciproc Cafe

This little cafe is very fond of organic goodies and fair-trade products. And this includes the coffee. So, if you want to shop locally or organically, give these guys a visit. They also have a lot of products that you can purchase for yourself, supporting small local businesses.

This place is small and cozy, but in the summertime they also have a delightful terrace right in front of the cafe. You can find them on Marasesti Street, right across the Botanical Park.

Photo Source: lareciproc.ro

 

Do you agree with our tips? Where did you find the best coffee in Timisoara?