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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…
Mongolian in Yakutsk


Known for its salad bar (R89 per 100 grams) and pick-and-watch-cook (then eat) Mongolian BBQ (R500 for one trip).
Museum in Yakutsk

Mammoth Museum and Archaeology & Ethnography Museum

All that permafrost in the area has resulted in some of the world’s best-preserved mammoth skeletons. You can see some at this excellent two-pack of museums. See if they’ll let you glimpse into the Mammoth Museum’s …
Museum in Yakutsk

Regional Museum

A good place to delve deeper into Sakha culture, it covers local minerals and the region’s first Russian settlers to go with the standard Soviet natural history and WWII exhibits. Outside, there’s a huge whale skele…
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), landscape paintings and …
Museum in Yakutsk

Khomus Museum

Khomus (Jew’s harps) play a big part in Sakha culture – concerts occur year-round, when performers imitate natural sounds such as a horse neighing. The unexpected (and unfortunately soundtrack-free) Khomus Museum ha…
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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 pelmen…
Cafe in Yakutsk


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.
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Muus Khaya

A good option for local delicacies, Muus Khaya is a winning combination of restaurant, bar and bowling alley. The R300 business lunch is a deal. Ask burly owner Yegor Makarov about his travels around the republic. H…
Maps in Yakutsk


Globus carries topo maps of Sakha and Chukotka, large-scale maps of most Russian regions and a detailed Yakutsk city map.