Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Samara

Stalin’s Bunker

Samara hides a creepy piece of WWII history. This was the place Stalin was to be relocated to in the event that the Germans took Moscow. The never-used bunker was built nine storeys below the Academy of Culture and …
Top Choice Georgian in Samara

Cafe Puri

This warm, welcoming restaurant offers authentic Georgian food and wine to an adoring public. Evening reservations are a must. Here's the place to sample kuchmachi (chicken innards, and walnuts and pomegranate seeds…
Top Choice Russian in Samara

Staraya Kvartira

The ‘Old Flat’ is a total delight: a rabbit warren of tiny rooms all done up in peak Soviet-era kitsch. In keeping with the theme, the eclectic menu draws on old communist classics, such as the hamburger served with…
Top Choice Brewery in Samara

Zhiguli Brewery

Samara's own Zhiguli Brewery, 2km north of the centre along the embankment, offers a couple of diverse drinking options. Most popular on a warm day is to bring an empty plastic water bottle and fill it from a small …
Museum in Samara

Samara Art Museum

Easily the most important cultural attraction in the city, the Samara Art Museum exhibits mainly Russian art, including works by those who came to the region to paint. Look for Boyarishina, given by Surikov to a loc…
Teahouse in Samara

Kipyatok

This funky upstairs space feels like a classic 19th-century Russian tearoom. Order from a long list of classic teas and coffees. It also does breakfasts until 2pm and offers a light menu of soups, salads, pelmeni, c…
Museum in Samara

Modern Museum

Modest but interesting museum dedicated to art nouveau architecture and design, which set the style tone for the city's wealthy residents in the early years of the 20th century. The setting is the central villa of t…
American in Samara

Cafe Benjamin

A pleasing Russian take on an American diner, chock full of cheery 1950s references and a menu that's strong on soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. The 'Cobb' salad – with chicken breast, avocado and bacon – make…
Cafe in Samara

Traveler's Coffee

The perfect central spot, just off pedestrianised Leningradskaya ul, to grab a coffee or cake and connect to the web via the free (and reliable) wi-fi. It's also possible to order food, mainly salads and sandwiches,…
Museum in Samara

Repin Museum

The Repin Museum in Shiryaevo, north of Samara, has a nice selection of Volga River paintings, including some Repin reproductions. The appeal lies less in seeing the art, however, than in experiencing this quintesse…