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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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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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.

 

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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. 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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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. 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 cosy. In addition to various types of coffees, they also serve good tea and other drinks, as well as good food.

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.

 

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.

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