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


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


Classy ambience and well-executed European dishes are a hit with local expats, as is the wine list that for Bishkek approaches encyclopaedic.
Central Asian in Bishkek


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


High-quality rapid-service local dishes at reasonable prices are brought by waitresses in scarf and tunic to heavy marble-topped tables. Expect queues at lunchtime and longer waits for dinner, as it's a popular loca…
Central Asian in Bishkek

Frunze Restaurant

A classy addition to the Bishkek dining scene, local favourites plus European and pan-Asian food is served in an elegant outdoor garden with fountains or in an indoor space decorated with local art. Come early to gr…
Korean in Bishkek

Chicken Star

The chicken, kimbob and bingsoo are authentic tastes straight out of proprietor Chihoon's native Korea, and when he's in there's top-quality coffee as well. As much a centre for local art shows and music performance…