Top ChoiceRussian in Yakutsk

Kvartira na Prospekte

This fun place makes a noble effort to resemble a babushka's living room, which is no mean feat since it moved to bigger premises and is now housed inside a thoroughly modern building. The menu remains excellent...

Top ChoiceRussian in Yakutsk

Chochur Muran

In a Cossack-style lodge filled with antiques, Chochur Muran is an atmospheric and fun lunch stop if you are heading out to the nearby Permafrost Kingdom. It’s the best place around to try Sakha delicacies such...

Top ChoiceYakut in Yakutsk

Makhtal

In the old town, Makhtal is one of Yakutsk's most atmospheric options, with thick log walls adorned with traditional tapestries and handsomely attired waitstaff gliding about in broad-shouldered tunics and long...

Top ChoiceGeorgian in Yakutsk

Khachapuri

Georgia's culinary colonisation of even the farthest-flung parts of Russia continues apace, and this gorgeous place is easily one of Yakutsk's best dining options (should you tire of frozen fish). Attentive staff...

Cultural in Yakutsk

Ysyakh

One of Russia’s better-kept secrets, the major Sakha festival of Ysyakh (tough to pronounce; try ‘ehh-sekhh’) is celebrated all over the Sakha Republic each year in June. The biggest event occurs in Us Khatyn...

Museum in Yakutsk

Permafrost Kingdom

At Permafrost Kingdom, two neon-lit tunnels burrowed into a permanently frozen hill have been filled with dozens of fabulous, never-melting ice sculptures of local pagan gods and a host of more recognisable...

Park in Yakutsk

Druzhba Park Reserve

This park, on the site of the original hunting settlement that later became Yakutsk, contains a series of excellently preserved historic buildings that date from as early as the 17th century, which serve to...

Monument in Magadan

Mask of Sorrow

Ernst Neizvestny's famous Mask of Sorrow, erected in 1996, is the stark and brutalist concrete rendering of the suffering of the tens of thousands of political prisoners who passed through Kolyma's camps between...

Zoo in Yakutsk

Orto Doidu

This popular zoo is some distance from Yakutsk, but it's well worth the trouble of getting out here if you're interested in the fascinatingly hardy fauna of Yakutia and Arctic Russia. Among the collection you'll...

Museum in Yakutsk

Yakutsk Regional History Museum

A good place to delve deeper into Sakha culture, the Regional History Museum contains local minerals, information on the region’s first Russian settlers and a mammoth skeleton alongside the standard Soviet...

Museum in Yakutsk

National Art Museum

If time is limited, don't miss this excellent museum, with Sakha-themed exhibits covering local craftmaking traditions (mammoth tusk carvings, reindeer boots, finely carved urns for kumiss – fermented mare's...

Russian in Yakutsk

Tygyn Darkhan

Though the atmosphere is lacking, Tygyn Darkhan is the place to score Sakha specialities in the centre. Try indigirka (frozen raw chyr and onions – a bit like eating frozen fish in a ball of snow) and Darkhan...

Museum in Magadan

Magadan Regional Museum

As well as a standard and very detailed look at the lives of the local indigenous groups, this excellent museum displays a moving collection of artefacts from the Gulag camps, including a guard tower used in the...

Russian in Magadan

Moskovskaya Ryumochnaya

Low lighting, comfortable booth seating and friendly staff make the 'Moscow Vodka Bar' a great place for a meal. There's a big choice from the large menu, including Russian favourites pelmeni, vareniki (boiled...

Japanese in Yakutsk

Kita Gava

The best place in town for sushi, Kita Gava is a buzzing place that serves up tasty sashimi platters, noodle soups and plump gyoza (dumplings). While not cheap, the food is good, the service fast and friendly,...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Yakutsk

Kuday Bakhsy

In the old city, this is the best place in town to browse for crafts and souvenirs. You'll find mammoth tusk carvings, leather slippers, reindeer boots and gloves, embroidered dolls, Jew's harps, carved wooden...

Steak in Magadan

Torro Grill

Pricey but definitely one of the smartest places in town, this large, upscale grill is easily one of Magadan's best places for a meal or a drink. As well as good steaks, they have a huge wine list, burgers,...

Cafeteria in Yakutsk

Stolovka Rublevka

With leather armchairs and white brick walls, Rublevka is a surprisingly elegant stolovaya (canteen) with a good selection of smoked fish, soups, dumplings, salads and cooked meat and fish plates. Great prices,...

Korean in Yakutsk

Han Guk Kwan

A large, airy and authentic Korean restaurant on the ground floor of one of Yakutsk's fanciest office buildings (look for the fabulous ornamental gates), Han Guk Kwan may have fairly surly waitstaff but the food...

Pub in Yakutsk

Dikaya Utka

A favourite of expats, the spacious wood-lined 'Wild Duck' is the go-to spot for refreshing brews, and there's decent pub grub on hand. There's live music on Friday and Saturday nights (cover R300; from 9pm)....