Top things to do

Top Choice Coffee in Bishkek

Sierra Coffee

This buzzing, international-style coffeehouse roasts its own beans, has outside seating in summer and a small library of English books.
Top Choice Club in Bishkek

Bar Suk

Nightclub venues come and go rapidly but Bar Suk is currently THE club for gilded local 20-somethings. It's hip yet unusually welcoming and relaxed despite a bass-amp that's powerful enough to blow-dry your hair. No…
Top Choice European in Bishkek


Great for cocktails or coffee, American breakfasts or spicy pitas, vegetarian lasagne or salmon risotto this brilliantly reworked classic building has a semi-circle of columns linking high ceilings with chequerboard…
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. Tea costs 30som per pot.
Chaikhana in Bishkek

Chaikhana Jalal-Abad

The faceted facade evokes an archetypal Central Asian teahouse with carved wooden columns, tea beds and octagonal lattice-work pavilions. The main restaurant interior has far less character, but produces a fine sele…
Pub in Bishkek


With more character than most central pubs, Fatboys' location makes it a good meeting place and there's a local cider on tap.
Bar in Bishkek

Bar Navigator

A stylish spot where embassy workers shell out around Som100 for a gin and tonic or around Som60 for a cappuccino. The good live music makes it a classy place for a date. It also serves great appetisers and vegetari…
Bar in Bishkek


Shoehorned into the column-filled foyer of a once-grand Soviet era theatre, this off-beat boozer might feel like post–Vietnam War Bangkok were it not that the clientele (predominantly single, male, Western) are act…
Museum in Bishkek

Frunze House-Museum

This modest museum forms a concrete shell around the thatched cottage that was allegedly the birthplace of Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze (1885–1925), for whom Bishkek (Pishpek) was renamed shortly after his death. Ther…
Market in Bishkek

Osh Bazaar

Though not visually exotic, Bishkek's most central bazaar has a certain compulsive interest and is an important city landmark. For traditional Kyrgyz clothes, including white imitation-felt ak kalpak hats (80som) an…