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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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Museum in Barnaul

Altai Fine Art Museum

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

Wooden-Lace Houses

Rapacious redevelopment has destroyed much of Barnaul’s older architecture. Nonetheless, centuries-old remnants are dotted between the shopping malls. A few splendid examples include those at ulitsa Korolenko 96, ul…