Sibiu, a city of merchants and artisans, is small but full of character. Its beautifully preserved Old Town is home to exquisite Baroque Palaces, charming squares lined with cafes and connected by narrow medieval passageways. There are also plenty of cozy, chef-driven restaurants along the way.
Saxons rebuilt the city in 12th-century Romania. It has a distinct Germanic-Austrian feel, with colorful, pretty houses that spill down cobblestone streets and a growing number of cultural festivals.
Wander the narrow medieval streets and arched staircase passageways of the Lower Town for a trip back in time. Then, let Sibiu’s chic brunch spots and third-wave cafes take you to the present day. The summers are ideal for relaxing in the tranquil Transylvanian countryside and enjoying lazy afternoons sipping elderflower cordial on pavement terraces. You can relax in a bookstore or browse the galleries and museums on gloomy days.
No matter what brought you to Sibiu, be it the beautiful medieval architecture, the vibrant food scene or a festival, we have a guide that will show you the best places to see and do in Sibiu.
Stroll along Cetatii Street
Strada Cetatii, the most beautiful street in Sibiu, is flanked by the city’s finest medieval walls and three remaining 14th-century defense towers. Turnul Archebuzierilor (Archers Tower), Turnul Olarilor (“Potters Tower”) and Turnul Dulgherilor (“Carpenters Tower”).
It’s lined with pastel-colored, elegant houses. This is a great place to walk, especially in autumn when the nearby park turns into a colorful kaleidoscope. Stop by the Pardon Cafe to enjoy a warm soup in a cozy, antique-laden setting.
Piata Mare is a great place to hang out.
Piata Mare (Grand Square) is a hidden gem in the old town. This square was once the site of public executions and civil gatherings. Now it is bustling with life.
Beautiful Art Nouveau and Baroque buildings surround this area. It’s a great place to relax and experience the local culture. In December, the famous Sibiu Christmas Market transforms the square into a holiday paradise.
Lumos offers a cup of coffee.
Lumos, a trendy coffee and brunch spot located on a corner near the main square, is very popular with locals. They offer a delicious all-day breakfast as well as freshly brewed specialty coffee. It can be enjoyed outdoors on the sun terrace or inside in an elegant space filled with light and decorated with soft velvet seats and blonde wood furniture.
The menu includes classics like an egg on toast, smashed avocado, and pancakes. But there are also original creations like duck breast with mashed and pickled chives or spicy shakshouka, served with local sourdough bread. The Sibiu-based micro-roastery SLOANE produces the finest coffee.
In Piata Mica, look out for Sibiu’s eyes
Although the Large Square (Piata Mare) is the heart of Sibiu’s city, the Small Square (Piata Mica) is its soul. The area was once the city’s commercial heart and is filled with colorful 15th-century buildings, topped by strange eyelid-shaped windows.
These architectural elements, known as “the eyes in Sibiu”, are unique and serve to ventilate the attics of the houses. However, many locals believe that they were intended to give the residents a sense that they were being constantly watched under communism.
The Small Square’s historic buildings, with their arched loggias, provide a charming backdrop for browsing cute craft boutiques or taking a leisurely walk. The Bridge of Lies, one of Sibiu’s most famous landmarks, can be found here.