Restaurants

Cafe in Blagoveshchensk

Kofinya na Bolshoi

Pleasant cafe with decent cappuccinos and a wide range of fare including eggs and blini for breakfast, and risotto and pizzas later on. In the same building is a sprawling multilevel eatery and pub serving microbrew…
Cafe in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Melnitsa

One of Sakhalin's best bakeries with sticky Danishes, rich eclairs and other sweet temptations. Decent coffees and loose teas too. Not easy to spot from the road. There's a second Melnitsa 10 blocks north.
Cafe in Khabarovsk

LaVita

A well-situated cafe with comfy chairs, sweet desserts and savoury snacks including quiche (R130) and pay-by-weight pies filled with meat and cabbage, mushrooms and other ingredients. Decent coffee too.
Cafe in Yakutsk

Jo

An American-style diner with big booths and a hipster vibe, Jo serves up omelettes, burgers, salads and some vegetarian fare (veg lasagna, couscous with vegetables), plus coffees and free wi-fi.
Cafe in Komsomolsk-na-Amure

Kofeynya

A fine spot for eggs, bliny (pancakes) or kasha (porridge) in the morning, set meals at lunchtime (R170 to R250) and light snacks at other times, plus diverse (but weak) coffees.
Cafe in Vladivostok

Five O’Clock

This much-loved local haunt on pedestrianised ul Admirala Folkina serves coffee, muffins, cakes and quiche, all made daily and sold for less than an espresso costs at most other cafes.
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. The menu has pictures in lieu of English.
Cafe in Vladivostok

Belle Bazaar

A pleasant cafe with comfy armchairs amid living-room-like decor (lamps, wallpaper, shelves of knickknacks). A fine place to linger over decadent desserts, salads or pastas.
Cafe in Yakutsk

Bon Ami

Pleasant cafe with frothy coffee drinks, buttery croissants and other temptations (cherry Danishes, apple strudel, honeycake, bliny). The take-away shop is downstairs.
Cafe in Birobidzhan

Felicita

A short stroll from the train station, Felicita is an attractive, Italian-themed cafe, with coffee, salads, light meals and rather mediocre pizzas.