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Top Choice Historic Site in Kazan


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 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…
Top Choice International in Kazan

Perekrestok Dzhaza

The downstairs restaurant and attractively styled upstairs cafe take a creative approach, especially to Russian favourites such as veal salad with a tasty chilli edge. The summer veranda is pleasant. Take trolleybus…
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Tatarstan Museum of Natural History

About a dozen rooms here tell the story of the planets, geology and minerals, and the development of life forms on Earth. The most interesting sections are on dinosaurs and the rise of mammals.
Top Choice Cafe in Kazan


Part of a chain across Russian, Sholle specialises in savoury and sweet pierogi and delicious German-style leavened pastry filled with fruits, served in a rustic and relaxed setting.
Top Choice Cafe in Kazan

Art Café

At first glance Art Café appears deceptively formal but in spirit it's a relaxed and quite informal hang-out both night and day. Expect Russian and international favourites.
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Hermitage Kazan

Located inside the former cadet school building, the Hermitage Kazan has top-flight rotating exhibitions, many of them from the collection of St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
International in Kazan

Priyut Kholostyaka

‘Bachelor’s Shelter’ is a spotlessly white oasis of style with surrealist glass painting and coat hangers shaped like wild garlic flowers. International food, including the inevitable sushi, is on the menu, and it s…
Museum in Kazan

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

Opposite the kremlin’s main entrance, the National Museum occupies an ornate 1770 building and has a worthwhile archaeology collection as well as jewellery, weapons and exhibits on the history of the Tatar people an…
Library in Kazan

Tatarstan National Library

This small but extraordinary library dates from 1919, when several mid-19th-century houses were united and restyled to give each room its own art nouveau theme. Call ahead for English tours, or just drop by for one …