The 10 Best Cafés in Cluj-Napoca

A good coffee never comes alone | © Max Braun / Flickr
A good coffee never comes alone | © Max Braun / Flickr
Photo of Roxana Coman
21 October 2017

Before coming to Cluj-Napoca, you have to know this: the locals are coffee addicts, and there are numerous coffee places. Espresso, cappuccino, frappe, takeaway, etc. – coffee comes in every form that you can imagine in Cluj’s cafés. Read our list of the best coffee places in the city and don’t hesitate to try them all. Every good day starts with great coffee.

Meron Caffe

Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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Coffe made with love and care
Coffe made with love and care | Courtesy of Meron Cafe

A morning at Meron is about a moment for yourself, a moment to enjoy all that is surrounding you. Their coffee is made with a lot of care and a little bit of magic, ensuring that you start your day on the right note. Every sip is another step into the coffee world, brimming with alluring flavours – and all of this in a cosy, warm atmosphere. Try their delicious cakes together with your coffee and start your day with a big smile.

Narcoffee Roasters

Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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A coffee at Joben Bistro
A coffee at Joben Bistro | Courtesy of Joben Bistro

Serving one of the best coffees in town and having friendly staff, Narcoffee Roasters is a place where quality, knowledge and passion define every cup of coffee. With a modern design and a warm atmosphere, the coffee shop is perfect for coffee addicts. Try their double shot espresso in the morning or their cold brew on a hot summer day. At Narcoffee, there is no question that the staff can’t answer, and all of the coffee will delight you.

Joben Bistro

Bistro, Cafe, European, Pub Grub, Romanian, $$$
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A coffee at Joben Bistro
A coffee at Joben Bistro | Courtesy of Joben Bistro
Joben Bistro is a place where you will feel like a character in one of H. G. Wells or Jules Verne’s books. Inspired by the Victorian Era and the inventions described in the two author’s novels, Joben has an original design. While having your coffee, picture yourself travelling from one story to the next inside a time machine that takes you as far as your imagination goes.

Doamna T

Cafe, Romanian, Coffee, $$$
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A cafe for art lovers
A cafe for art lovers | Courtesy of Doamna T
Doamna T is not just a coffee shop, but rather a place where you will feel like you are in your grandmother’s home, drinking her flavoured coffee and eating her homemade cakes. With cinnamon, pink pepper or cardamom, every cup has another seasoning, and the curiosity of discovering them all will make you return to ‘Lady T’ and her wonders. In addition to great coffee and delicious desserts, the café also offers little pots of tea, candies, marmalade or oil, all prepared in her kitchen.

ROOTS Urban Tastery

Cafe, Tapas, European, Coffee, $$$
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Lovely coffee at ROOTS
Lovely coffee at ROOTS | Courtesy of ROOTS

At ROOTS, you choose which type of coffee suits you best. Maybe you want a ‘Confort Blend’, coffee with caramel and nut flavours, or a Single Origin Blend coffee with beans coming from Africa and Central America. If you don’t feel inspired, let the barista help you with your choice, as coffee is their speciality. And if you feel like enjoying your coffee while taking a walk in the city, ask for a takeaway one.

Tucano Coffee

Coffee Shop, Tea , South American, $$$
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Coffee at Tucano
Coffee at Tucano | Courtesy of Tucano Coffee

Promoting coffee culture as a whole, Tucano is a place where high standards meet a cosy atmosphere. The team will gladly serve you their drinks made from speciality Arabica beans while explaining to you the whole philosophy behind their freshly roasted coffee. Using beans from Africa and Latin America, their coffees are full flavoured. Their Love.Peace.Coffee philosophy gives the café a heartful ambience that is about sharing and communicating while enjoying high-quality coffee.

Let’s Coffee

Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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Rhédey terrace
Rhédey terrace | Courtesy of Rhédey Café
Let’s Coffee is about the love for coffee, about a moment of enjoyment, about long talks and friends. Each cup comes with a guide of the coffee-making process, complete with a rich flavour and a big smile from the barista. On the spot or to go, every time you visit you will love the coffee even more than you did before. Try their latte and experience it yourself.

Rhédey Café

Bistro, Cafe, European, Romanian, $$$
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Rhédey terrace
Rhédey terrace | Courtesy of Rhédey Café

Located in a 16th-century Baroque building, the Rhédey palace, Rhédey Café is steeped in history and, of course, good coffee. Their terrace faces the Gothic-style Saint Michael’s Church that rises majestically in the central square. Savour your coffee with a vargabelesa traditional dessert – and let the old photographs of the Rhédey family tell you the stories of their time.

Enigma Cafe

Bar, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Tapas, European, Romanian, Beer, Coffee, $$$
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Rhédey terrace
Rhédey terrace | Courtesy of Rhédey Café

Did you ever imagine yourself having your coffee between kinetic machines in a space decked out in steampunk décor? Now you have the chance to experience it in Cluj. At Enigma Cafe, you will step into another world, a world where there’s not a single day without coffee. You can enjoy your cup inside or in their secret garden while having a long talk with your friends or tasting one of their delicious cheesecakes.

Pergola

Bar, Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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Pergola's terrace
Pergola's terrace | Courtesy of Pergola

Pergola is about coffee with a view. The café’s terrace, located on Cetatuia Hill, offers a charming panoramic view over the city. Enjoy your coffee with one of their delicious cakes, or after climbing the hill in the summer, refresh yourself with an iced coffee. Warning: you may want to linger for quite some time.