Bishkek restaurants

Top Choice Kyrgyz in Bishkek

Supara Ethno-Complex

This delightful though somewhat contrived 'ethno' complex is a rapid-fire presentation of all things traditionally Kyrgyz, attracting mainly well-heeled urban locals. Costumed waiters serve a full range of authentic…
Top Choice Teahouse in Bishkek

Chaikana Navat

The city-centre outpost of this expanding local chain is among the most atmospheric, with Central Asian handicrafts decorating the space and tapchan (bedlike platforms) booths lining the upstairs dining room. The me…
Top Choice Grill in Bishkek

Shashlyk No. 1

It claims to be the best shashlyk in town...and may actually be right. Aside from the obvious meaty treats, the mushroom (шампиньон) kebabs are a real delight, and all of it goes down well with a cold beer on the sc…
Top Choice Georgian in Bishkek

Pur-Pur

Perhaps the best Georgian food this side of the Caspian, gigantic khachipuri (Georgian cheesy bread) and flowing decanters of house wine keep this cosy dining room full. Very little English spoken.
Top Choice European in Bishkek

Vinoteka

Classy ambience and well-executed European dishes are a hit with local expats, as is the wine list that for Bishkek approaches encyclopaedic. Service is amongst the best in town.
Ukrainian in Bishkek

Varenichnaya Korchma

Classic Russian and Ukrainian dishes fill the menu of this diminutive cafe tucked off of Chuy, but the namesake vareniki dumplings are the standout. Savoury and sweet options are both tasty.
Chinese Islamic in Bishkek

Lapsha Po-Landzhouski

Fans of Chinese-style hand-pulled noodles should head to this authentic cafe in the Vostok 5 neighbourhood, east of Bishkek's centre. Generous portions of dumplings and Lanzhou-style lamian are favourites among the …
Central Asian in Bishkek

Arzu

One of central Bishkek's most convivial upper-market eateries has delicious national cuisines, but the service is notoriously slow. Unusually tasty laghman (long, stout noodles) come in 16 varieties; for a meat-free…
Central Asian in Bishkek

Chaikhana Jalal-Abad

The faceted facade evokes an archetypal Central Asian teahouse with carved wooden columns, tapchan (bedlike platform) and octagonal lattice-work pavilions. The main restaurant interior has far less character, but pr…
Central Asian in Bishkek

Fakir

You don't need to dig too far into the menu of Kyrgyz and Russian dishes – Fakir is known for laghman, and for good reason. Wander over for a look in at the open kitchen tucked into the back corner, as well, if you'…