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…
Fast Food in Bishkek

Vefa Center Food Court

Numerous cuisines from Indian to Japanese to burgers are available in the typical international-style food court on the top floor of this mall overlooking the fountain show in the octagonal atrium.
International in Karakol

Fakir Café

Large and clean, if rather sterile, Fakir makes up for its lack of visual appeal with an inventive, multi-cuisine menu and English-speaking staff.
International in Karakol

Kench Café

Slightly classier than the competition – which doesn't say a lot – Kench has stone-effect walls with playful petroglyphs and stylishly elegant tables that would be better if the chairs fit under them. An English men…
Russian in Karakol


From the outside, this pretty chocolatebox house looks delightful, but the pop-blasted interior is less appealing and you might wait a long time for the creditable Russian food to arrive... so bring some reading mat…
Russian in Bishkek


Airy if bare, this pine-and-glass beer hall has large indoor spaces with low couches plus ample outdoor bench tables. Fine pub food includes excellent 'snow chicken' (fried with onions, mushrooms and cheese) and McD…
Central Asian in Osh

Osh Ordo

Above the over-glitzy main restaurant is a summer rooftop with great views of Suleiman Too from stylish new tea pavilions, some set on rocker-wheels.
International in Osh

Tsarskii Dvor

This big ski-lodge–style log chalet has heavy wooden throne seats, a rear beer terrace and a range of barbeques, fish dishes and sausages. There's a 20som cover when musicians play (soft sax). Nightclub behind.