Top things to do

Top Choice Chaikhana in Bukhara

Silk Road Spices

This boutique teahouse offers a delightful diversion from all that sightseeing. It has six spicy varieties of tea and coffee, served with rich local sweets such as halva and nabat (crystal sugar) in a cosy, traditio…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bukhara

Char Minar

Photogenic little Char Minar, in a maze of alleys between Pushkin and Hoja Nurabad, bears more relation to Indian styles than to anything Bukharan. This was the gatehouse of a long-gone medressa built in 1807. The n…
Top Choice Mosque in Bukhara

Kalon Mosque

At the foot of the minaret, on the site of an earlier mosque destroyed by Chinggis Khan, is the 16th-century congregational Kalon Mosque, big enough for 10,000 people. Its courtyard has some spectacular tile work. U…
Top Choice Museum in Bukhara

Maghoki-Attar & Museum of Carpets

Between the two covered bazaars, in what was the old herb-and-spice bazaar, is Central Asia’s oldest surviving mosque, the Maghoki-Attar, a lovely mishmash of 9th-century facade and 16th-century reconstruction.This …
Top Choice International in Bukhara


Still Bukhara's most charming restaurant is this perennially popular place with a fantastic roof terrace on which to dine al fresco in the summer months. There's also a cosy and traditional dining room where live pi…
Top Choice Fortress in Bukhara


The spectacular-looking Ark, a royal town-within-a-town, is Bukhara’s oldest structure, occupied from the 5th century right up until 1920, when it was bombed by the Red Army. It’s about 80% ruins inside now, except …
Top Choice International in Bukhara


A very welcome new addition to the eating scene, this Lyabi-Hauz-fronting restaurant is housed in a beautifully appointed two-storey building with both traditional and modern touches. The large menu has plenty of ve…
Italian in Bukhara

Bella Italia

There is surprisingly decent Italian food at this pleasant space inside a shopping centre. As you'd expect, there's pizza and pasta and it's a godsend for vegetarians.
Medressa in Bukhara

Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa

The student rooms at the 16th-century Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa are occupied, rather typically, by souvenir shops. This is an unrestored gem, built by its namesake to outdo the Ulugbek Medressa, across the street. Th…
Mausoleum in Bukhara

Chashma Ayub Mausoleum

The peculiar Chashma Ayub mausoleum was built from the 12th to 16th centuries over a spring. The name means ‘Spring of Job’; legend has it the spring appeared after Job struck his staff on the ground here. Inside is…