You should know that there are 5 districts in Chisinau and all of them are separated by huge green areas. Quite often, tourists are interested in seeing just the historical center, and that is fair enough, since a big number of attractive spots are there.
However, if “not doing as others do” is the main moto of your life, then I suggest you visit Buiucani district as a nice area to spend your time in. But be careful: what people call “Buicuani” and what the Buiucani district is administratively speaking are two different things. Administratively, Central Park for example or the Parliament, Presidential House, even Valea Morilor City Lake belong to Buiucani, but what I mean is the area between Vasile Lupu Street and Calea Iesilor Street. The best way to understand what I mean is to look it up on the map.
I like Buicani a lot because all my life I have lived in this area. 200 years ago, Buciuani was a small village, but very soon it became a part of Chisinau. This is the only district were old village houses and churches still exist. Take a walk on Alba-Iulia street and enjoy its size and soviet apartment buildings. Visit the only cable car of Chisinau (not working) and check out La Izvor lake, have lunch in “La Placinta” and buy all you need in the “Flacara” market. If you’re wondering what the typical houses, schools, and kindergartens of Chisinau look like, Buiucani is the best spot!