(Why) We Want to Expand to Chișinău Moldova

Chișinău city

This year we hope to expand to many lesser known capitals in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and The Middle-East.

Why? Overtourism is becoming a problem (read more about our vision and our crowdfunding campaign) and we believe that one of the solutions is moving tourism from popular cities to other cities that could actually use some more visitors!

Ciuflea Monastery, Chișinău (by Andrew Milligan sumo)

You see, you probably had no plans to visit Chișinău in the near future right? Right, that’s why we want to launch a city guide, in the hopes that you and others will add this wonderful city to your future travel destinations!

Some of the added benefits of moving tourism to “unknown” countries:

  • Travelers learn about a culture that is often misunderstood or unknown. We are convinced more intercultural understanding leads to a more peaceful world.
  • Putting money in the pockets of local entrepreneurs and help develop the local economy

What do we know about Chișinău right now?

To be honest, before we wrote this article we didn’t know a whole lot (our intern who did the research for this article didn’t even know in what country it was!). So all the information we have now has come to us through our old friend Google… But we hope to change this in the future!

Some interesting facts we did find out:

  • Pronounced like Kish-i-now 
  • It has a population of ±730.000
  • The city was completely destroyed in 1940
  • Moldova was a Soviet country (called: Kishinyov) until 1991
  • Moldova is the least visited country in Europe!
  • Moldova is famous for its wine and has a National Wine Day – Huh, Awesome! And just outside the city (18km) lies the biggest wine cellar in the world

What can you do in Chișinău?

Here are some examples of things to do in the city, mostly found on the awesome WikiTravel:

Parks, Parks everywhere

The people of Chișinău take great pride in the beautiful parks found across the city. Some of the best known are Central Park and Botanica Park.

Central Park (By Bagriton)

The Nativity Cathedral

The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church. It was restored to its former glory in 1997 after being destroyed during WWII and the subsequent Soviet era.

The Nativity Cathedral (by Achim Fried)

The Chisinau City Museum

Located inside a former water tower which is sided to the Chișinău University. In the top, there is an observation room and balcony where you can see the city from above!


Chișinău has quite a few nice markets to go and explore, such as the Souvenir Bazaar and the Piata Centrala.

Market in Chișinău (By Frantisek Trampota)

A whole lot of Wine

The Mileștii Mici wine cellar is the biggest one in the world, stretching on for 200km and holds almost 2 million(!) wine bottles. It’s just outside the city.

Image via Mileștii Mici

What do locals do in Chișinău?

Where do the locals go for the nicest meals? For the best cup of coffee? Where’s the hidden park they go to relax? Which hidden gallery will show you the best local artists? What do Moldovans that live in the capital like to do on the weekends?

We honestly don’t know! The information available online about Chișinău is pretty limited, with only a few popular attractions that get put in the spotlight… We would love to change this!

Do you live in Chișinău and would you like to open up your city by sharing your favorite spots with travelers who come to visit, please apply here: https://www.spottedbylocals.com/become-a-spotter/

Do you know people in Chișinău? Please share the link of this article with them! Any other thoughts about Chișinău or did we get anything wrong in this article? Please get in touch via chisinau@spottedbylocals.com

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