Top things to do

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 Gifts & Souvenirs in Minsk

Ў Gallery & Shop

This cool space, named after a letter unique to the Belarusian language (called 'u nieskladovaye', and pronounced as a 'v') is about as counter-cultural as Minsk gets. The design, souvenir and clothes shop is the id…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Minsk

Sweet & Sour

This dimly lit hideaway is for serious cocktail aficionados. Kick back in scuffed leather couches or belly up to the bar and order US prohibition-era classics from smartly dressed bartenders. Some of the best cockta…
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 that's hard to find elsewhere in Minsk. The food is exce…
Top Choice Cafeteria in Minsk


This large, upscale stolovaya (cafeteria) with Latvian roots has a huge array of food on display, so it's easy for non-Russian speakers: just point at what you want. Classic Russian soups and salads, grilled trout, …
Top Choice Food Hall in Minsk

Food Republic

This modern restaurant complex is a real turn up for the books in dusty old Minsk: 10 different eateries and a number of food shops all under one huge industrial-style roof, with cuisine ranging from sushi, burgers,…
Architecture in Minsk

Pr Nezalezhnastsi

Minsk's main thoroughfare impresses with its sheer girth. Formerly pr Francyska Skaryny, it runs the length of the modern city, beginning near the train station at the stubbornly austere and expansive pl Nezalezhnas…
Cafe in Minsk

Stary Mensk

Itsy-bitsy Stary Mensk and its teeny-weeny cousin, London, are two of the hippest cafes in town, serving up coffees, fresh teas, imported beer, wine and hot grogs that are just the tonic when the temperatures drop.
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.
Pub in Minsk

U Ratushi

This multilevel pub-style restaurant is packed with a raucous, fun-loving crowd who come to drink cheap drinks and dance to live rock music. It's one of the few places in the Old Town that caters to a not-so-young c…