Top things to do in Sakhalin Island

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 Cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Cathedral of the Nativity

This extraordinary new addition to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's otherwise ho-hum architectural ensemble is a staggeringly impressive golden-domed cathedral, which at 81m high is the tallest church in the Russian Far East. Wh…
Top Choice Japanese in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Nihon Mitai

Yuzhno’s favourite sushi spot is a bit out of the centre, but the very cool bamboo loft dining room is a great choice for soba noodles and ramen and picking from the sushi conveyor belt after 7pm. The ground floor h…
Museum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Museum of Sakhalin Island: A Book by AP Chekhov

Based on Chekhov’s seminal account of his few months working as a doctor on Sakhalin in the 1890s, this museum provides insight not only into life on Sakhalin in tsarist Russia but also into the life of the great pl…
Russian in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Marusya

A chic and friendly new addition to the city's eating options, Marusya is part contemporary riff on traditional Russian folk aesthetics and part acid trip with its vibrant and playful decor. Quality Russian staples …
Korean in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Pak Degam

This big and bustling Korean barbecue joint serves marinated meats in sets to be cooked at your table, though there's a full pictorial English menu for nonbarbecue dishes if you're not feeling like playing chef. It'…
Japanese in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Fursato

With a picture menu, this popular Japanese spot serves up good but pricey sushi and sashimi platters, belly-filling tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet), plus silky rich bowls of ramen, udon and soba noodles. The dining r…
International in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Bar 133

This friendly and cosy bar serves up some excellent food, and is popular with business travellers for whom the steep prices are of little concern. While it's perfectly possible to eat for a reasonable amount here, t…
Cafe in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Melnitsa

This is the most centrally located of this Sakhalin bakery chain where sticky Danishes, rich eclairs, sandwiches, coffee and tea are all on offer. It's a good breakfast spot and there's another usefully located bran…
Indian in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Taj Mahal

Heavy inlaid wooden furniture and red tapestries set the stage for tasty chicken tikka masala, rich curries and fluffy naan bread at this expat favourite and contender for world's least likely location for an Indian…