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Top Choice European in Vladivostok

Kvartira 30

This fantastic treasure is hidden away in an extremely unlikely location amid a hilltop housing estate. Run by the charming Olga Gurskaya, who also uses the space to run cookery classes, Kvartira 30 offers some of t…
Top Choice Asian in Vladivostok

Zuma

A stylish welcoming place, this two-floor restaurant-lounge is decked out in an elaborate but classy Angkor Wat theme, replete with a massive black granite bar perfect for lingering with drinks. The real attraction …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Vladivostok

Moonshine

This exceptionally well-stocked and stylish place right by the seafront offers cocktails and a small but tantalising bar menu as well as wine by the glass. There's lots of exposed brickwork, distressed industrial fi…
Top Choice International in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

The Soho

Inside a small but fancy mall, this upscale minimalist place is unashamedly aimed at an international crowd, with English-speaking waitresses and an iPad menu that allows you to see each imaginative dish. These incl…
Top Choice International in Vladivostok

Studio

In a courtyard in the heart of Vladivostok is this smart and appealing two-floor restaurant and lounge bar that attracts a young, well-heeled and in-the-know crowd. There's an enormous picture menu with everything f…
Top Choice North Korean in Vladivostok

Pyongyang

Staffed by waitresses from nearby North Korea who periodically break out into karaoke, this unique establishment is just strange enough to be considered a must-visit. You can pick from a photo menu of excellent food…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Vladivostok

Old Fashioned

This fabulous cocktail lounge is a low-lit and beautifully set-out space, with a gorgeous wooden bar and gloriously comfortable sofas and chairs to lounge in. There's a meaty restaurant attached, where diners eat in…
Top Choice Lounge in Khabarovsk

Gatsby

Handsomely designed Gatsby has a main-level restaurant and lounge (with good food from R300 to R800). Downstairs is a swanky bar in one room, with big comfy seats around a horseshoe-shaped bar, and a small dance flo…
Top Choice Italian in Khabarovsk

Muscat Whale

This gorgeous, chic, yet pleasantly unfussy, place is currently our top choice for a meal in Khabarovsk. The large and luminous space has white-tiled walls, painted brick and lots of wooden fittings, while its menu …
Top Choice Russian 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 and…