As the next European Capital of Culture, Timișoara is one of the hottest destinations in Romania. With pleasant temperatures, less traffic and a slower pace of life than Bucharest, it offers visitors plenty of attractions as well as many terraces, bars and restaurants. Rooftops are a new trend catching up in the city, so make sure to visit some before they get too crowded!
Opened in 2017, Craft Rooftop offers the best views over Timișoara’s city centre and serves amazing food. Already famous for their spare ribs, burgers and pizza, they constantly receive praise for the variety of their menu, which includes soups with the most original of ingredients. A hotspot in summer, it also scores high when it comes to the relaxed and fun vibe, especially after hours. Highly recommended after a sightseeing tour of the city, it gets crowded quickly on summer evenings, so make sure you book a table in advance.
In August, the rooftop of Shopping City Timișoara becomes one of the city’s hotspots, as it hosts Timișoara’s only rooftop festival. The crowds that visited the festival’s first edition danced to the tunes of famous electronic music DJs while taking in the breeze and seeing summer off with a bang. As the first was a blast, the second edition is expected to attract even bigger names.
With an urban design with industrial touches, Koloro ticks several boxes, namely it is a pub, a restaurant and an events space. Fresh and fun, it makes for a great spot to visit with friends. Apart from a busy kitchen that serves traditional Romanian food with a few international elements, the venue has an impressive list of craft beers. Opened in 2017, it brings to the city a new concept, that of Draught Master, which ensures all draught beer served has the exact right temperature when it reaches your table. The highlight, of course, is Koloro’s roof terrace, which offers the best view over the River Bega, always a spectacular sight.
Sky Restaurant is yet another place where you can have a great dinner matched by the views over Timișoara. The menu is varied, and includes contemporary dishes from international kitchens and has earned the restaurant a place on the Compagnie du Tour de France des Toques Gourmandes, after an evaluation that saw judges assess 1,000 restaurants. Located on top of City Business Centre, it provides its patrons with the most comprehensive view over the city’s skyline. Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral is but one of the landmarks that can be seen from the rooftop, so make sure you bring your camera if you want to capture the best postcards of Timișoara.
The best time of the year to visit Iulius Mall Timișoara, one of the biggest shopping centres in Romania, is the summer, when it becomes the host of The Biggest Rooftop Party in Town. Electronic music fans get spoilt every year by bigger sounding lineups, and, as the party gets more popular, it starts matching the reputation of those held at sister venues in Bucharest and beyond.