Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Shymkent

Olivia

Visually a sultry cross between a stone-walled cellar and a library, with plenty of books on art and design on surrounding shelves, this gorgeous restaurant serves beautifully executed pasta dishes, risottos and gri…
Top Choice Uzbek in Shymkent

Kok-Saray

Atmospheric multiroomed Kok-Saray, with carved-wood pillars, murals and an airy front terrace, serves the best Uzbek food in town (and in Kazakhstan, claim aficionados). Don’t miss the perfect plov (tashkentsky with…
International in Shymkent

Bar Villa

Overlooking the park behind Kinoteatr Kakakhstan, Bar Villa's two levels of mostly sofa seating have big windows to enjoy the leafy view, and there's a three-level garden terrace for summer. The well-prepared fare f…
Asian in Shymkent

KazakhAsia

Another superlative restaurant inside the Rixos hotel, this informal Pan-Asian place features original decor with Kazakh elements, an open kitchen that serves Kazakh, Chinese, Japanese and fusion dishes. It can be a…
Central Asian in Shymkent

Karavan

Karavan offers Uzbek plov, Kazakh beshbarmak, and Russian bifstroganof, but those in the know come for the very tasty Uyghur burro-laghman (fried laghman). In warm weather you can sit outside in small platform pavil…
International in Shymkent

Eldoro

Large, bright and informal, with efficient service, Eldoro is popular with locals for its pizza, but its other offerings – salads, steaks, shashlyk and breakfast pancakes – aren't half bad either. It also does good …
Cafeteria in Shymkent

Ladushki

With decor like a kids’ restaurant, this is a central branch of a popular chain of good-value cafeterias where you can get a serve of manty (steamed dumplings) or bliny, or two pastries and a coffee, for under 400T.
Cafe in Shymkent

Madlen

Good cafe with excellent breakfasts (stuffed bliny, rice porridge, omelettes), pasta and pizza dishes, tasty cakes, croissants and good coffee, and a leafy pavement terrace too.
Cafe in Shymkent

Madlen

Popular cafe chain that locals flock to for inexpensive soups, hearty breakfasts, pasta dishes, cakes and coffee. Filling but not hugely memorable.