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 Local Products in Karakol


Beautifully presented selection of locally sourced products including delicious barberry and apricot juices from Jeti-Öghüz, natural soaps from Tasma, threadless slippers, beeswax candles, silk-felt hybrid products,…
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…