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Top Choice Museum in Chita

Decembrist Museum

If you’re on the Decembrist trail through Siberia, this small but comprehensive museum is one of the best, though there’s not a word of English anywhere. It’s housed in the 18th-century Archangel Michael log church,…
Museum in Chita

Kuznetzov Regional Museum

The unexpectedly lively Kuznetzov Regional Museum is housed in an early-20th-century mansion. Here you’ll find some pretty interesting local exhibits, including a very thorough examination of the heritage and archit…
Russian in Chita

Kafe Traktyr

Russian home-style cooking is served at heavy wooden tables in this rebuilt wooden-lace cottage, with a quietly upmarket Siberian-retro atmosphere. The summer beer-and-shashlyk tent is a popular drinking spot.
Supermarket in Ulan-Ude

Sputnik Supermarket

A convenient but pricey supermarket stocking foreign groceries.
Cafe in Ulan-Ude

Kofeynya Marco Polo

This cosy coffee house has a touch of Central European character, great desserts, and wi-fi.
Museum in Ulan-Ude

Nature Museum

The Nature Museum has taxidermically stuffed animals and a scale model of Lake Baikal showing just how deep it is.
Museum in Ulan-Ude

Geological Museum

This museum displays rocks, crystals and ores from the shores of Lake Baikal as well as art (for sale) made using multihued grit, sand and pebbles.
Mongolian in Ulan-Ude

Modern Nomads

Clean-cut and very popular Mongolian place, good for a quick snack and a beer or for a full-blown dinner splurge costing thousands. Meat features heavily on the menu, but there are many veggie-friendly salads and ot…
Ukrainian in Chita

Khmelnaya Korchma

Plastic sunflowers, dangling onion strings, folksy embroidered tea towels and a menu of borsch, salo (pork fat), vareniki (sweet dumplings) and holubtsi (cabbage rolls stuffed with rice) teleport you to rural Ukrain…
Buryat in Chita

Poznaya Altargana

If pozi are your thing, pink-and-flowery Poznaya Altargana is your place, but the tasty plov and meatballs are an equally filling alternative. There’s a larger branch at ul Babushkina 121.