What to do and see in Iasi, Romania: The Best Places and Tips

November 10, 2017 Janette Largent

The large city of Iasi has been a cultural and political hub since the 15th century. Everything orbits the Golden Plateau, bookended by the Palace of Culture and Union Square, and packed to the brim with churches and palaces galore. Iasi has significant Jewish history. The first Yiddish-language newspaper was published here, and the 17th-century Great Synagogue is the oldest surviving synagogue in Romania.
Restaurants in Iasi

1. Palace of Culture

Piata Stefan cel Mare si Sfant 1, Iasi 700028, Romania 032 147402
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Palace of Culture

Reviewed By Corneliu T

Visited all the expositions in the Palace and I must say it is worth it. It is loaded with history and has an incredible architecture. A must see if you end up in Iasi.

2. Church of the Three Hierarchs

Bulevard Stefan Cel Mare Si Sfant 28, Iasi 700028, Romania +40 232 216 349
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Church of the Three Hierarchs

Reviewed By Soccca - Tolmin, Slovenia

This is on me of the most beautiful churches in Romania. The outside facade of carving stones is just amazing. We were there just between the lunch time when the church was closed. So we returned later and it was definitely worth. The interior is also very charming. If you are in Iasi this is just a MUST.

3. Palas Iasi

Strada Palas 7A, Iasi 700051, Romania +40 232 209 920
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 299 reviews

Palas Iasi

Reviewed By Sejuani

Truly something for everyone here - plenty of shops as well as restaurants, cafes and bars. The children have plenty to do - there are "car" rides inside where they can stroll around in a remote controlled car their size for a cheap price and also a place where older kids can try out video games on ps4 and xbox one.
Also plenty of ice cream stands for the summer and beautiful Gardens to walk through. Romantic for couples, and still peaceful despite the many people.

4. Botanic Garden

Str. Dumbrava Rosie nr. 7-9, Iasi, Romania +40 232 201 337
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Botanic Garden

Reviewed By dorin b

Great place. One of the most beautiful Botanic Garden visited ever. 65 Ha of trees, roses, chrysanthemums, and much more. You have to visit greenhouses! Take care to the maps inside because they are not very clear!

5. Teatrul National Vasile Alecsandri

Strada Barsescu Agatha 18, Iasi 700074, Romania +40 232 117 233
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
6%
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5 based on 73 reviews

Teatrul National Vasile Alecsandri

Reviewed By SmileyKay - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The oldest national theatre in Romania, Vasile Alexandri Theatre in Iasi has a breathtaking Neoclassic exterior and a richly decorated interior in Rococo and Baroque styles, making it one of the most elegant buildings across the country. In the recent years, due to some changes in the management, the Opera in Iasi (housed in the same building), has come to an unexpected revival, major plays being successfully staged and sold out months before the play. If you have the time, go to see "Les Indes galantes” or Carmina Burana.You won`t regret it.

6. Iasi Historical Town

Bulevardul Stefan cel Mare si Sfant 1, Iasi 700124, Romania
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Iasi Historical Town

Reviewed By SmileyKay - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A stroll in the historical town is a must for every visitor of Iasi. Stretching from Piata Unirii to the Palace of Culture, this quiet area offers a lot to see: renovated old buildings, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the breath-taking Three Hierarchs Monastery, coffee shops, chocolate shops, bookstores, it`s everything for everyone.

7. Palas Mall

Palas Street, Iasi, Romania
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Palas Mall

Reviewed By SmileyKay - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

In Palace Mall you can find everything for everyone and for every taste and budget, from restaurants and bars, to candy shops or toy stores, to fashion shops, you just have to make sure you have the time and patience to cover them all. : ))

8. Metropolitan Cathedral

Bulevardul Stefan Cel Mare Si Sfant Nr. 16, Iasi, Romania
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Metropolitan Cathedral

Reviewed By Claudia D - Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

It's a very beautiful metropolis. I been just right after Christmas so they still had the amazingly beautiful Christmas tree inside. Very pretty.

9. Copou Parc

Copou Blvd., Iasi, Romania
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Copou Parc

Reviewed By GlobetrottingViking - Thatcham, United Kingdom

This large park at the outskirts of Iasi is a lovely place to go for a stroll or even have a picnic. You find people playing chess or backgammon at the various tables, and there is a monument to a famous Romanian poet, and a massive obelisk with four stone lions at its base.

10. Cetatuia Monastery

Cetatuia Hill, Iasi, Romania +40 744 647 957
Excellent
57%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Cetatuia Monastery

Reviewed By Doru C - Iasi, Romania

The monastery stands on a hill dominating the city and can be seen from miles away. However, to visit it you to climb that hill. On the good weather it’s a nice walk. Otherwise, you need a car. Interesting architecture and paintings. The monks are also saling their own wine (a decent one, worth trying).

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