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For cheap and cheerful local eats, try one of La Plăcinte's several Chisianu locations. Finish off your meal of traditional Moldovan specialities with an actual placinta — a soft pastry of layered dough filled with soft cheese or another stuffing (these are ubiquitous in town).
Cafe culture is on the rise, and every year sees welcome new additions to the Chisinau cafe scene. Tucan Coffee is a trendy coffee shop chain that rose to prominence in recent years, alongside thematic cafes and restaurants serving up Soviet nostalgia on a plate. The best on-the-go bite one can have in Chisinau is a placinta - a typical stuffed pastry with cheese or other fillings.