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Top Choice Museum in Kyzyl

National Museum

One of Tuva’s ‘must sees’, the National Museum’s huge modern home contains the usual arrangements of stuffed animals, WWII artefacts and dusty minerals, as well as more impressive halls dedicated to shamanism, Buddh…
Museum in Kyzyl

Museum of Oppression

The tiny and obviously underfunded Museum of Oppression has touching dog-eared photographs of those who disappeared in the Stalin years. Across the grass is the chest-puffing statue of a Nepokorenny (‘undefeated’) A…
Fast Food in Kyzyl


Perched above a supermarket of the same name, Kyzyl’s best cheap eat is a plasticky no-frills self-service cafeteria where cash-strapped students and office workers fill up for a few roubles on generous platefuls of…
Cafe in Kyzyl

Coffee Man

Once the place to get a cuppa Joe in Kyzyl, Coffee Man is now just another cafe, but one with filling pancakes and an English menu.
Canteen in Kyzyl

Snack Time

Run by an English-speaking Tuvan this diminutive, brightly hued Russian-style stolovaya dishes up tasty pancakes, soups and meatballs as well as some Western additions such as burgers and fries. Located in the rapid…
Tuvan in Kyzyl


If your palette craves gastronomic adventure, head to this oversize Mongolian yurt in the market area for some authentic Tuvan cooking. Khoorgan khoy edi is fried mutton, dalgan usken bydaa is Tuvan noodle soup and …
International in Kyzyl


If you just wanna hang out with your wireless-enabled device over a brew (of the bean or hop variety) in an unchallengingly stylish, faux-cosmo setting, Fusion is the place to install yourself. The pizza and sushi c…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Kyzyl


Souvenir and craft shop selling top-quality handmade items such as small pieces of sculpture made from a soft stone called agalmatolite, silver jewellery from Ak-Dovurak, jew's harps, ‘I’ve-been-to-Tuva’ T-shirts an…
Cultural in Kyzyl


Tuva’s most dramatic festival is Naadym, usually held in and around Kyzyl in the summer months. Vastly less touristy than the Mongolian equivalent, Naadym is a good opportunity to hear khöömei concerts, watch horse …
Entertainment in Kyzyl

National Theatre

The distinctive white concrete National Theatre slightly oriental wooden flourishes make it the city’s most architecturally distinctive building.