Southern Kazakhstan restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Shymkent


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


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…
Top Choice International in Turkestan

Edem Restaurant

Edem Hotel's courtyard restaurant – by far the best place to eat in town – is a fine place to down good shashlyk, sushi, pasta, salads and beer.
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


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…
Uzbek in Turkestan

Nameless Eatery

Around the corner from Hotel Edem, this tiny, nameless hole-in-the-wall serves plov (pilaf) and grilled meats, cooked in a clay oven just outside, to a happy local crowd. Your nose will lead you there.
Uzbek in Kyzylorda


Manty (steamed dumplings), plov (pilaf), shashlyk and a plethora of salads are all present and correct at this cavernous Uzbek restaurant. There's good draught beer on tap, too.
International in Taraz

Asti Bar

Doubling as a karaoke joint in the evenings, this restaurant is worth checking out for its unusual decor and some surprisingly imaginative dishes with an international bent.
Central Asian in Shymkent


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


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 …