Chisinau in a word: Deceptive.
C.O.H: 3 / 5
Q.O.G: 4 / 5
S.T.L: 2 / 5 (just bribe em!)
City guide ratings explained
Bed: €12 for a private room
Bud: €20 per matchbox
Board: €2.50 for a pizza!
Budget other: If you’re going to Tiraspol,
prepare to shell out some bribe money.
Chisinau may not be very pretty but the women sure are. Most people who come here say it’s depressing, grey and no fun. But with a few tips, you won’t be one of those people (and I was there in winter).
OK, so Chisinau has little to offer traditional tourists, but if you like red wine and good conversation with smart & beautiful women, you will love this small ex-soviet city. They are hot! Moldovan girls can range from sexy blonde Slavs to softer Romanian Brunettes. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, therefore many of the women get highly educated so they have to ability to emigrate. They are sophisticated and open minded and are more than happy to go for a drink with a western guy. The amount of English speakers is better here than a lot of Eastern Europe. They will expect the guy to pay for drinks, but Moldova makes great wine and it’s cheap. What more could you want? Some prep work helps, Moldovan girls are a lot more receptive to arranging a meet up via the internet when compared to girls in the Balkans or Baltics.
Be careful or you could get SCREWED with the bill. Some places are seriously expensive. I found a great little place PERFECT for a romantic evening.
Near the main square with a quiet and relaxing vibe. I used to take dates here and they loved it. A bottle of red wine and a cheeseboard was less than $10. Most Moldovan girls drink wine.
Soho is the biggest club, but I preferred Star track.
You need to talk with the hostel owners or some of the local students. I was lucky because one of my date smoked. She told me it’s hard to get but some people grow it in the countryside. The police won’t even recognise the smell, but if they do catch you a €20 bribe does the trick. Corruption is rife. It’s around €20 a matchbox.
My Chisinau Experience
I got arrested twice in one day on a trip to Tirsapol in the self procliamed Republic of Transnistria (the same place Style and Mystery had trouble). Once was for ‘impersonation of a police officer’ for wearing camo combats. I had to pay €20 to get out. 30 minutes before that, I was done for having a picture of a naked Moldovan girl on my camera! (they check camera at the border) It was another €20, but it would have been twice that if I didn’t speak some Russian. Apart from that I loved Moldova. I was in Chisinau 3 nights and arranged a date every day with 3 different girls (via social networking sites). One of them had only a few teeth (didn’t show that in her profile!) but the other two were sexy, smart and I made out with both of them. I even took one home on the second meet up! This is great place to date high quality women.