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Top Choice Russian in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

San Marino

When you're just back from a hard trek, San Marino is Petropavlovsk’s best splash for an excellent, exotic meal of Kamchatka crab, scallops, halibut and other delicacies. The entire place is lacy and flouncy, but do…
Top Choice Coffee in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Kofeyko

Friendly barista Maksim, one of apparently just three trained coffee professionals on the Kamchatka Peninsula, runs this tiny little stand and shop, where he grinds one of over a dozen coffee types from around the w…
Top Choice Italian in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Da Vinci

Considered to have the best food in town by many locals, Da Vinci offers a full menu of Italian delicacies, including sumptuous risottos, crab ravioli, osso bucco and vitello tonnato (sliced veal in a creamy tuna sa…
Museum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Kamchatka Regional Museum

Housed in an attractive half-timbered building overlooking the bay, this museum features an imaginative mix of relics and murals that outline Kamchatka’s history, including a wide range of prehistoric weapons and to…
Irish Pub in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Harat's Irish Pub

There are a number of Harat's pubs in Russia, and we imagine that this one has comforted many a homesick traveller. There's a terrific range of brews on tap including Guinness, Magner's, London Porter and Oyster Sto…
Museum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Vulkanarium

This new museum was just about to open during our last visit to Kamchatka, and a quick peek inside as they were putting up the display revealed an impressive series of rooms with panels in English about the local vo…
Church in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Trinity Cathedral

Petropavlovsk's largest and most impressive church is this golden-domed stunner, which sits on an outcrop from where it is visible from all over the city. Despite looking ancient, the church was built in the early 2…
Lake in Esso

Ikar Lake

A pleasant and easy hike along the Bystraya River and through some thick woods (where you may encounter bears: be sure to bring flares to keep safe) will take you to this pristine lake surrounded by hills and with s…
Mountain in Esso

Pioneer Hill

The giant hillside towering over Esso makes for a rather tough and sometimes inelegant scramble through the trees, but the views from the top over the valley are spectacular. The pathway begins near the Paramushir T…
International in Yelizovo

Excellence

Despite its rather uptight and precious appearance, Excellence boasts the most interesting menu in Yelizovo, serving everything from soups, potato pancakes and risotto to snails, which are accommodated under the hea…