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Tsarskii Dvor

This big ski-lodge–style log chalet has heavy wooden throne seats, a rear beer terrace and a range of barbecues, fish dishes and sausages. The shashlyk is excellent, but really everything on the menu seems reliable.…
Market in Osh

Jayma Bazaar

Osh Bazaar is one of Central Asia’s biggest markets dealing in everything from traditional hats and knives to seasonal fruit to horseshoes forged at the smithies in the bazaar. Many stalls are crafted from old conta…
Mountain in Osh

Suleiman Too

This five-peaked rocky crag seems to loom above the city wherever you go. It has been a Muslim place of pilgrimage for centuries, supposedly because the Prophet Mohammed once prayed here. Its slopes are indented wit…
Park in Osh

Navoi Park

Stretching south along the river from where the bazaar ends, leafy Navoi Park is a favourite local hang-out. Highlights inside include a gaming area where ak-sakal (white-beard) elders play chess, and a Yak 40 airpl…
Museum in Osh

Fine Arts Museum

A surprisingly well-curated collection of art ranges from socialist realism to Central Asia modern museum staff are passionate art lovers and happy to share their knowledge with visitors who can speak Russian or Kyr…
Drinks in Osh

Kyrgyz Konyagy

Sells a full range of Kyrgyz brandies from 200som to 7000som per half-litre according to quality and ageing (various sizes of bottles available). Flavoured brandies make great gifts and there are also herb-honey liq…
Central Asian in Osh

Nirvana

Nirvana's well-executed and larger-than-average menu of Central Asian favourites and grilled meats offsets the lacklustre house beers, though it's still worth ordering a flight of all four to sample for yourself. No…
International in Osh

Izyum

Osh's most complete drinking/dining experience is a hit in summer for its riverside and woodland tea/dining platforms, but it also has a stylishly angular cafe with amply piled cushions on wide sofa seats. Steaks an…
Park in Osh

Petrovsky Park

Centred on the 1909 St Michael's Cathedral, this large park off the central square is worth a wander to see monuments dedicated to WWII soldiers, Chernobyl victims, and the 2010 events in Osh. Visit during the Desti…
Central Asian in Osh

Alymbek Datka Village

At this handful of tapchans and yurts off the centre of Alymbek Datka Park, the menu at first glance looks like the standard array of Central Asian fare. Look again for the эт боорсок, meat-stuffed layers of fried d…