Top things to do

Top Choice Russian in Yakutsk

Chochur Muran

In a wonderful Cossack-style lodge filled with antiques, massive moose heads and a few mammoth artefacts, Chochur Muran is a must-stop if you are heading out to the nearby Permafrost Kingdom. It’s the best place aro…
Top Choice Lounge in Vladivostok

Zuma

A stylish but welcoming place, this restaurant-lounge is decked out in an elaborate but classy Angkor Wat–themed interior, replete with design surprises (check out the massive black granite bar). Cocktails are price…
Top Choice Korean in Vladivostok

Pyongyang

Staffed by female newcomers from North Korea who periodically break out in karaoke, this DPRK-sponsored establishment is just strange enough to be considered a must-visit. You can pick from a photo menu of excellent…
Top Choice Russian in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

San Marino

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. It all goes nicely with an frosty mug of Kamchatka beer (R120…
Top Choice Pizza in Vladivostok

Mauro Gianvanni

This slick little brick-oven pizzeria – run by an Italian – has a modern interior, though most sit out on the deck when weather behaves. The dozen-plus pizzas are crispy and tasty, probably the best east of the Ural…
Museum in Yakutsk

Permafrost Kingdom

Yakutsk’s quirkiest attraction allows you to experience the region's famously frosty climes even at the height of the sweltering summer. At Permafrost Kingdom two neon-lit tunnels burrowed into a permanently frozen …
Cultural Centre in Birobidzhan

Jewish Birobidzhan

A few vestiges of Birobidzhan’s Jewish heritage remain. Note the Hebrew signs on the train station, the lively farmers market and the post office on the riverfront at the southern terminus of ul Gorkogo. On the squa…
Museum in Tynda

BAM Museum

Tynda’s pride and joy has four rooms of BAM relics and photos (no English), but also covers native Evenki culture, WWII, local art and regional wildlife. Don't miss the 9m-long 'barrel of Diogenes' parked in the yar…
Fortress in Vladivostok

Fort No 7

Attention fort fans: Vladivostok teems with sprawling, rather unique subterranean forts built between the late 19th and early 20th century to ward off potential Japanese (or American) attacks. Sixteen protective for…
Museum in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Territorial Museum

Located in an evocative 1894 red-brick building, this museum contains an excellent overview of Russian and Soviet history. Galleries take you decade by decade through the past with fascinating propaganda posters, ol…