Top Choice Uzbek in Lake Manzherok

Chaynaya Sinyukha

The freshly prepared Uzbek cusine here is some of the best food in Altai, and well-worth stopping for if heading south on the Chuysky Trakt. The manti (Uzbek dumplings), dusted with paprika, is partiularly good, and…
Top Choice International in Barnaul


The firehouse theme extends to the presence of a shiny red firetruck at this buzzing upstairs eatery with great views of central Nikolsky Church. They fire up everything from pan pizza to sizzling dishes to langosh …
Top Choice Cafe in Gorno-Altaisk

Travellers Coffee

This blossoming travel-themed Siberian chain is a welcome addition to Gorno-Altaisk's staid food scene. Well-priced breakfasts, the best coffee in the republic, Russian staples and light bites.
Central Asian in Kosh-Agach


South of the centre on the Chuysky Trakt, Kazakh-run Yulduz is reputed to have the best laghman in all of Altai along with manti and its specialty Kazan Kebab (lamb), all homemade and fresh. Well worth the longish w…
Cafe in Barnaul

Krem Coffee Hall

This urbane cafe adjacent to the Hotel Sibir is the logical stop for a caffeinated, wi-fi-enabled morning or afternoon in range of the train station. With a huge cocktail list, it doubles as a trendy bar by night.
International in Gorno-Altaisk


While Italian-themed Venetsiya does have (overpriced) pasta dishes, the menu leans more towards hearty Russian fare, including game dishes such as maral (deer meat).
Russian in Barnaul


Traditional Russian food served in a rustic setting by waitresses dressed as peasants. The chain is named after a 1972 Soviet road film. Smoky and noisy at weekends.
Cafe in Barnaul

Carte Blanche

Water pipes, cocktails, creative salads and grilled meat make this swanky bar-cum-restaurant popular with a young and lively crowd. Live music at weekends.
Russian in Biysk

Kavkazskaya Kukhnya

Huge portions, cheap Russian beer and shashlyk. It's easy to miss, hidden practically under the tram bridge behind a glistening Sberbank building.
Central Asian in Chemal


The pre-prepared Uzbek fare here isn't great, but it's about the only place in town that is open year-round. It's just north of the bus station.