Cluj is a vibrant city with many things to do and see, and lots of artistic events for every taste, home to some of the best music festivals in Europe. Here is a personal selection of the best local experiences.
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An enormous market where you can find everything you can imagine, held every Saturday morning.
Ancient salt mine now turned into an amusement park
The first open-air museum in Romania, founded in 1929. The misterious forest has a reputation for paranormal activities and unexplained events 🙂
An oasis of green in the middle of the city
Cluj has a dynamic visual arts scene, with the main spots being the National Art Museum, “Centrul de interes” (regular contemporary art exhibitions), Matca art space, White Cuib, etc.
You don’t need to understand Romania to go see a theater show, as many have English subtitles. The main venues include the Hungarian Theater, the Romanian National Theater, and Reactor, an amazing independent theater.
If you are staying in one of our apartments, then the best way to explore the city is by walking around its cobbled streets, see the old fortress towers, stop for a specialty coffee and enjoy your day 🙂
A lively fruit and veggie market with lots of local producers showing off their goods.
There are many bars and pubs in Cluj, and you can check them out while walking the city centre, but our favourites are Sisters (relaxed vibe, DJ’s and great drinks), Atelier cafe and Form Space (both for live music concerts and parties)
Our favourites are Narcoffee, Meron, and Olivo
Rhedey Cafe and Bulgakov are probably the best places to try local food.
Samsara is the first and probably the best vegan restaurant in Cluj, and we offer our guests room service delivery from them. Mint is also a nice vegan bistro, with great food.
Baracca, Via, Manger, Cabinet de vin are all very good choices. The food is exquisite and the prices are quite affordable.
Great music festival near Cluj, that electrifies the castle and its gardens, usually mid July.
Enormous music festival taking place on several locations in the Central Park, beginning of August.
Great outdoor event spread over an entire week, taking place in the Central park and other locations along the river, end of June.
Great film festival that completely takes over the city with lots of screenings and other events, usually end of May-beginning of June.