Top things to do

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 Craft Beer in Bishkek

Save the Ales

Bishkek's favourite craft-beer bar, where drinking the best beer in town straight from the taps more than makes up for the higher than average prices. On warm evenings, tables spill out from the small indoor seating…
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 Cafe in Bishkek

Just Coffee

Some of the best coffee in Bishkek, maybe in all of Central Asia. It's small and can get quite crowded, but they can also make coffees for takeaway to drink and any of the nearby city-centre parks.
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.
Top Choice Pub in Bishkek

Staryy Edgar

Bishkek's most loveable old pub is hidden in a basement beneath the west side of the Russian Drama Theatre. The walls are festooned with old tape-recorders, typewriters, bottles and 20th-century 'antiques', and from…
Top Choice Gallery in Bishkek

State Museum of Fine Arts

Collections of Kyrgyz embroidery and felt rugs, a splendid variety of paintings, and rotating exhibitions of local and international touring works all make a visit here worthwhile. Last entrance 5.30pm.
Bar in Bishkek

Chemodan Zusmanovicha

The location in a residential area near Orto-Say Bazaar makes this spot hard to find, but the too-cool ambience and well-crafted mixed drinks at 'Zusmanovich's Suitcase' make it worth the effort. Check their social …