Top ChoiceRussian 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...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


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...

Top ChoiceItalian 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...

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...

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...

Museum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


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...

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...

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...

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...

International in Yelizovo


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...

Russian in Esso

Paramushir Tur Restaurant

Inside the smartest hotel in town is also Esso's only real restaurant. There's a big menu of traditional Russian cooking, including some particularly good meat and fish dishes. As a hotel restaurant, however, the...

Korean in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Korea House

On the hillside overlooking Avacha Bay just beyond the old town, this upscale Korean barbecue allows you to cook up your own meats tableside, as well as order soups and noodle dishes from the kitchen. Its seafood...

Japanese in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


Inside the Planeta Shopping Centre, Yamato serves delicious sushi in a low-lit setting with a dash of style (and a long fish-filled aquarium). It's rather dark, but service is friendly and fast; be aware that...

Japanese in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


Serving up good sushi, sashimi, ramen and other Japanese delights, this multiroom restaurant is friendly, fast and welcoming, with a picture menu and a kitchen that stays open later than most of the others down...

Sports & Outdoors in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


This is a one-stop shop for all your outdoor gear and the perfect spot to pick up anything you may have forgotten before setting out into the wilderness. Prices are high, but they have pretty much anything you'll...

Lounge in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


This swanky rooftop lounge has good views of the city, excellent cocktails and sushi, and is generally considered the best place in town to go dancing, with a large dance floor that gets packed at weekends.

Cafe in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Milk Café

The town’s best pizzas are at this bright cafe, which also has some healthy soups, salads and fondue, plus a fine coffee selection and a range of breakfasts. The menu has pictures in lieu of English.

Church in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Alexander Nevsky Chapel

Originally built in 1857 to commemorate the victory over the British and the French in the Battle of Petropavlovsk, this wooden chapel was destroyed in 1937 during the antireligious campaigns under Stalin. It was...

Museum in Esso

Ethnographic Museum

You can find out much about the history of the area’s peoples in this well-kept museum in a charming Cossack-style izba (wooden house) set beside the rushing river that flows through Esso. The museum contains...

Russian in Yelizovo

Stary Zamok

This rather old-school place is done out rather joylessly like a castle, but it has a full menu of calorific and meaty Russian dishes to warm up anyone after a day's hiking. It's south of the town centre; take...