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Top Choice European in Bishkek

Cafeteria

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…
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…
Central Asian 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…
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.
Museum in Bishkek

State Historical Museum

Thrillingly for Sovietophiles, this 1984 marble-faced cube still retains many splendidly stirring faux-bronze/copper reliefs and bold ceiling murals reflecting the building's former purpose as a state-of-the-art Len…
Russian in Bishkek

Russian Drama Theatre Buffet

For sheer novelty, seek out this inexpensive cafeteria hidden in the basement of an outwardly drab concrete theatre. The windowless dining room's unique feature is the luridly colourful wallpaper portraying giant 16…
Square in Bishkek

Ala-Too Square

Surveyed by a triumphant statue of Manas, Bishkek's nominal centre is architecturally neo-brutalist in style, but it has a perversely photogenic quality especially when slowly goose-stepping soldiers change the guar…
Pub in Bishkek

Edgar

Bishkek's most loveable pub is hidden in a basement beneath the Russian Drama Theatre (west side, behind Espresso). The surfaces are festooned with old tape-recorders, typewriters, bottles and 20th-century 'antiques…
Beer Hall in Bishkek

Steinbräu

The setting sun pouring through an upper window illuminates a Kyrgyz yurt-crown draped in hops in this spacious two-level beerhall. The bar is built around a gleaming copper brew-vessel whose excellent micro-brewed …
Central Asian in Bishkek

Manty Bar

This is a cosy, comfy and very friendly place to compare speciality foods from several Central Asian countries. The signature manty (steamed dumplings) have a gourmet brilliance, encased in dreamily light dough as t…