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With trees sprouting from the ceiling and live green plants adorning the walls, Yolka (Russian for "fir tree") is a wood-dominated cafe and bar whose curious interior is complimented by unbeatable views over Cluj's central square and cathedral. Equally fit for a daytime coffee or evening drink.


Keeping pace with emerging European destinations, Cluj boasts a vibrant cafe scene. There is often a rather fine line between what constitutes a cafe versus a bar, and the former often double as latter after sundown. One dessert to simply not be missed is the quintessential Romanian "papanasi" - a deep-fried pastry stuffed with a cheese or jam, topped with a sweet cream more often than not. Cheap eats on the go include pretzel-like "covrigi" and sugar-dusted doughnuts called "gogosi" .