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Top Choice Museum in Biysk

Regional Museum

Housed in a wonderfully dilapidated 1912 merchant’s house with original art nouveau fittings, this fine museum is home to standing stone idols, petroglyphs and a weathered old shaman's coat that locals consider luck…
Top Choice Geyser in Aktash

Geyser Lake

One of the more unusual sights along the Chusky Trakt is this sublime turquoise blue sulfur lake and geyser. This is no Yellowstone-style geyser erupting forth in drama; but it's a subtle charmer. Indiscreet bubbles…
Top Choice Museum in Gorno-Altaisk

A.V. Anokhin National Museum of Altai

This well-put-together museum offers a good introduction to Altai culture with a range of ethnographic exhibits, wildlife displays and local art and artefacts, including a room dedicated to the Altai landscape paint…
Top Choice Uzbek in Lake Manzherok

Chaynaya Sinyukha

The freshly prepared Uzbek cuisine 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, are particularly good, …
Top Choice Museum in Barnaul

Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum

The impressively eclectic – not to mention good-value – Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum occupies a restored, furnished 1850s mansion. There are some fine icons, Rerikh sketches and a collection of Iron A…
Top Choice Russian in Biysk

Na Starom Meste

With rich-smelling, exposed wooden roof beams, heavy wood tables and chairs and waitresses dressed as Russian peasants, this welcoming and cosy restaurant attached to the Gostinitsa Na Starom hotel has something of …
Top Choice Russian in Barnaul


Dress smart and come braced for one of Siberia's culinary highlights. Velvet, which lives inside an imposing slate grey building, holds the mantle of best restaurant in Barnaul. Using their magic fingers the chefs h…
Top Choice Museum in Barnaul

War History Museum

In an old brick house, the War History Museum is simple and all in Russian but the moving understatement of its Afghanistan and Chechnya memorials is particularly affecting.
Steak in Gorno-Altaisk


Hidden away in the basement of a shopping mall is Gorno-Altaisk's best restaurant. As the name suggests it's all about big hunks of meat here and whether you go for a steak or a kebab it's all unusually well cooked …
International in Barnaul

Gastro Pub 13

With its dark shadows and neon lighting, this place might look a lot like a nightclub from the outside, but with assured and artistic cooking, it's actually one of the better places to eat in Barnaul. Expect steaks,…