Top things to do in Minsk

Top Choice Museum in Minsk

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Housed in a garish new building, Minsk's best museum houses an excellent display detailing Belarus' suffering and heroism during the Nazi occupation. With English explanations throughout, atmospheric dioramas and a …
Top Choice Belarusian in Minsk


A stone's throw from the president's office, this charming Belarusian place boasts wooden beams, a tiled fireplace, wrought-iron light fittings and antique knick-knacks. Staff are equally pleasant, and the menu is a…
Top Choice Bistro in Minsk


A hip and happening bistro worthy of the hip and happening street that it’s on, Enzo is justifiably popular, mainly for its burgers and succulent steaks served on bread boards, but also for its towering salads and i…
Top Choice Bistro in Minsk

Bistro de Luxe

Housed in a gorgeous space with chandeliers, sleek brasserie-style furnishings, a chessboard floor and luxury toilets, Bistro de Luxe has charm and atmosphere in spades. The food is excellent – it leans towards Fren…
Top Choice Bar in Minsk


The haphazard look is very much by design at this brick-walled hipster hangout on vul Kastrychnitskaya. Belly up to the recycled-wood bar, play table football under exposed pipes or kick back in old leather couches.…
Top Choice Street in Minsk

Vul Kastrychnitskaya

Vul Kastrychnitskaya – still known by its Soviet name, ulitsa Oktyabrskaya – has blossomed into Minsk's unofficial arts district. Brazilian street artists have spray-painted brilliant murals on the giant facades of …
Top Choice Sandwiches in Minsk


This diminutive take-out stop is quickly becoming an institution on hip vul Kastrychnitskaya. During late weekend nights, it can seem like everybody on the street is walking around with one of its paper-wrapped, pan…
Cocktail Bar in Minsk


The place in the Old Town for professional cocktails (try the bourbon sour or a gimlet) and late-night eats. It has Minsk's longest bar, a lively interior and a bustling patio tailor-made for people-watching.
Italian in Minsk

Grand Cafe

This classy place has great service provided by English-fluent servers in tuxedos, and white linen tablecloths starched enough to cause injury. The interesting menu is big on seasonal Italian classics, with plenty o…
Architecture in Minsk

Pr Nezalezhnastsi

The capital's main thoroughfare impresses with its sheer size. Formerly pr Francyska Skaryny, it runs from what travel writer Colin Thubron dubbed the 'ferroconcrete tundra' of outer Minsk to the modern (read: Sovie…