Top things to do

Top Choice French in Astrakhan

La Vanile

Flower pots abound, water streams down a glass wall and a canary sings favourite French pop tunes. We tried salmon salad with quail eggs, mushroom profiteroles, and the psychedelic-coloured cherry and almond dessert…
Top Choice Historic Site in Astrakhan


The kremlin on top of Zayachy Hill is a peaceful green haven in what can be a hot, dusty city. Its walls and gate towers were built in the 16th century using bricks from the ruins of the Golden Horde’s capital Saray…
Top Choice Church in Astrakhan

Assumption Cathedral

Dating from 1698–1720, the Assumption Cathedral dominates the kremlin grounds and is decorated inside with attractive frescoes.
Top Choice Cafe in Astrakhan


This canteen-style place is the eatery of choice for local office workers, and for good reason: the food is well prepared, the atmosphere is convivial and you feel far from the bustle of the busy street outside. Ord…
Art Gallery in Astrakhan

Dogadin Art Gallery

The Dogadin Art Gallery is especially strong on works of Astrakhan-born Boris Kustodiev, who painted lushly coloured semi-folkloric scenes of merchant life. Guided tours are in English. Call ahead.
Pub Food in Astrakhan

Beer Academy

Among the pubs in Astrakhan, this one generally serves the best food, with an extensive menu that spans Russian Volga classics such as fish, pub classics like sausages, and steak. It also has a great selection of dr…
Museum in Astrakhan

Velimir Khlebnikov Museum

Come here for a small collection of portraits, drawings and personal objects from this futurist poet.
Cafe in Astrakhan

Krem Café

This cafe does good salads, sushi and meats, with great views of the river promenade. Staff are young and friendly.
Market in Astrakhan


For famous Astrakhan watermelons and other fruit, try this market in Kryusha. Marshrutky 1, 52 and many others run out here from Oktyabraskaya pl.
Museum in Astrakhan

Local Studies Museum

The Local Studies Museum contains some interesting treasures excavated from the region, as well as exhibits on nature (including Volga fish) and local life. Temporary exhibitions fill one section.