Top things to do

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Krasnoyarsk

Stolby Nature Reserve

Krasnoyarsk’s biggest draw are the fingers and towers of volcanic rock called stolby. These poke above the woods in the 17,000-hectare Stolby Nature Reserve (Zapovednik Stolby). To reach the main concentration of ro…
Top Choice Cafe in Krasnoyarsk

Gastropub Tolsty Kray

While its English-teacher, expat and traveller clientele, wired castle-themed cellar setting, suitably international menu, provide good enough reason to drop in at this Anglophone sanctuary, this great cafe also giv…
Top Choice Bar in Krasnoyarsk

Shanti Bar

Descend the street steps into a cool, low-lit world of Indian food, hookah pipes and herb infusions all enjoyed to a subcontinental soundtrack. Hindu gods wave multi-armed at guests as they enter a transient state o…
Italian in Krasnoyarsk

Mama Roma

Herb-infused air wafts temptingly out of this long-established Italian eatery, where chequered tablecloths and admirable attempts at pasta, risotto and pizza may make you feel you’re in Rome or Naples – but only if …
Cafe in Krasnoyarsk


Krasnoyarsk’s classiest coffee house has black-and-white photography, dark-wood furniture, a belt-stretching dessert menu and reasonably priced lattes and espressos.
Live Music in Krasnoyarsk

Rock-Jazz Kafe

This dark venue showcases live bands around an upturned motorcycle from 10pm most days.
Museum in Krasnoyarsk

Regional Museum

Housed in an incongruously attractive 1912 art nouveau Egyptian temple, this is one of Siberia’s better museums. Arranged around a Cossack explorer’s ship, surprisingly well-presented exhibitions across the two floo…
Museum in Krasnoyarsk

Surikov Museum-Estate

The Surikov Museum-Estate preserves the house, sheds and vegetable patch of 19th-century painter Vasily Surikov (1848–1916). The heavy-gated garden forms a refreshing oasis of rural Siberia right in the city centre.…
Museum in Krasnoyarsk

SV Nikolai

Permanently docked below an ugly brown-concrete exhibition centre (formerly the Lenin Museum) is the SV Nikolai, the ship that transported future Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich to exile in Shushenskoe and the future …
Museum in Krasnoyarsk

Literature Museum

This quaint museum within a glorious 1911 merchant’s mansion occasionally hosts classical music performances.