Top things to do

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.
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 an impressive WWII roo…
Top Choice Church in Barnaul

Pokrovsky Church

This bulbous-domed brick building is the most appealing of the city’s many churches and has a fine, gilded interior.
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.
Museum in Barnaul

Regional Museum

Founded in 1823, the reasonably interesting Regional Museum is Siberia’s oldest. Top exhibits include intriguing models of various 18th-century industrial processes.
Museum in Barnaul

Altai Fine Art Museum

The Altai Fine Art Museum is the best of several galleries in this very cultured city.
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.