Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Kazan

Kazan Kremlin

Kazan’s striking kremlin is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan M…
Top Choice Tatar in Kazan

Tatarskaya Usadba

The 'Tatar Farmstead' is located adjacent to the Old Tatar Settlement and plays on traditional themes, both in the restaurant's decor and menu. There's a full range of Tatar classics, including several dishes with h…
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Chak-chak Museum

Interactive museum dedicated to traditional Tatar food and drink, particularly sweet 'chak-chak', balls of dough that are baked in honey and served on holidays and at family festivities. Call or email in advance to …
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Soviet Lifestyle Museum

Kazan's most unusual museum, packed with Soviet knick-knacks, is proof that Russia's socialist epoch fostered a lively contemporary cultural scene – especially music – in the 1970s and 1980s.
Top Choice Mosque in Kazan

Kul Sharif Mosque

The Kul Sharif Mosque was completed in 2005 and is named after the imam who died defending the city against the troops of Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The museum inside tells the story of Islam, especially on the Volg…
Historic Site in Kazan

Old Tatar Settlement

This assemblage of historic timbered buildings, dating mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries, marks the quarter where ethnic Tatars were forced to live following the siege of Kazan in 1552. Little of the old settl…
Bar in Kazan

Salt Bar

Laid-back, ultra-trendy bar and occasional club occupies a hived-out former industrial building, given a makeover of hardwood floors and exposed beam ceilings. Excellent beers on tap and a modest food menu of salads…
Tatar in Kazan

Dom Tatarskoy Kulinarii

The hushed, overly formal setting and mandatory coat check lend a faint whiff of tourist trap, but don't let that dissuade you. The menu is filled with Tatar specialities, such as (better than it sounds) stewed hors…
Arts Centre in Kazan

Smena Cultural Centre

Contemporary art gallery and performance space, dedicated to the visual arts, including film, photography and painting. Check in during your visit to find out about parties or film festivals that might be going on. …
Craft Beer in Kazan

Fomin Bar & Shop

Convivial drinking spot features a daily rotating menu of craft beers on tap as well as a small selection of beer snacks, such as sliced horsemeat sausage. The beer shop stocks hard-to-find bottles from around the w…