National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan
Though the interior is dowdy and poorly illuminated, the archaeological collection here is excellent. In many cases what you'll see are...
Opened in 2011, this US$40 million library is reputedly Central Asia's biggest. Free internet, readers' card 10TJS.
Statue of Ismoil Somoni
Dushanbe’s most visible monument to nation-building sees the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty, emerging through a giant...
Ayni Opera & Ballet Theatre
Built while WWII was raging, the 1942 Opera House was completely refitted in 2009 and its gardens re-landscaped in 2013. Classy...
La Grande Dame
Exposed brickwork, classical plaster mouldings, worn parquet and a shady open-air porch create a valiant approximation of an old-world...
Lonely Planet review
This Lebanese and Syrian restaurant (Al-Sham is the Arabic name for Damascus) has sophisticated décor, with craved wooden grills and outdoor seating and there's an authentic range of meze (starters), plus all your main-dish grills and kebabs. There's no English menu, so take a knowledgeable friend if you don't know your kubba (croquettes of lamb and cracked wheat) from your baba ganoush (smoky eggplant dip).