Must-see restaurants in Shymkent

  • O
    Top Choice

    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…

  • K
    Top Choice

    Atmospheric multiroomed Kok-Saray, with carved-wood pillars, murals and an airy front terrace, serves the best Uzbek food in town (and in Kazakhstan,…

  • B
    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…

  • K

    Another superlative restaurant inside the Rixos hotel, this informal Pan-Asian place features original decor with Kazakh elements, an open kitchen that…

  • K

    Karavan offers Uzbek plov, Kazakh beshbarmak, and Russian bifstroganof, but those in the know come for the very tasty Uyghur burro-laghman (fried laghman)…

  • E

    Large, bright and informal, with efficient service, Eldoro is popular with locals for its pizza, but its other offerings – salads, steaks, shashlyk and…

  • L

    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…

  • M

    Good cafe with excellent breakfasts (stuffed bliny, rice porridge, omelettes), pasta and pizza dishes, tasty cakes, croissants and good coffee, and a…

  • M

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