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Top Choice Seafood in Tomsk

Reka 827

If it's summer, sit out on one of the sun loungers on the deck of this sophisticated restaurant and eat great seafood while watching the locals swim in the river below. The fish dishes here are prepared with verve, …
Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Tomsk

Human Puppets Theatre 2+ku

Housed in a quaint log cabin near the WWII memorial (take ul Savinykh all the way down until you can go no further), this one-man, homey ‘robotic puppet’ theatre is a real experience, and one you don’t need to under…
Top Choice Museum in Tomsk

Memorial Museum

The gloomy basement of this former NKVD (proto-KGB) building is now a museum dedicated to the unspeakable horrors that took place here. Look out for the Gulag map, the system of Soviet labour camps depicted as an un…
Top Choice Historic Building in Tomsk

University & Siberian Botanical Gardens

The classically colonnaded main buildings of the university lie in resplendently leafy grounds, giving Tomsk the sobriquet ‘Oxford of Siberia’. Most of the buildings themselves are closed to the public, but the grou…
Top Choice Russian in Tomsk

Slavyansky Bazar

Slavyansky Bazar, Tomsk's fanciest restaurant, is housed in a 19th-century building with an interior like something from a period drama. Chekhov ate at an earlier incarnation of this establishment in 1890. The food …
Top Choice Italian in Tomsk

Marle Bua

For over 150 years this basement restaurant has been keeping the tummies of Tomsk full. In its latest incarnation it's an Italian restaurant and grill. As you'd expect from a place with such maturity, they know what…
Top Choice Bar in Tomsk

Underground Jazz Cafe

A hip and literally underground basement with live jazz, including frequent US guests, most weekends. Also has an extensive drinks and food menu and old black-and-white films play in the background.
Historic Site in Tomsk

Ploshchad Lenina

Central pl Lenina isn’t really a square so much as a jumbled collection of beautifully restored historic buildings interspersed with banal Soviet concrete lumps. The frustrated Lenin statue, now relegated to a traff…
Russian in Tomsk

Vechny Zov

Named after a popular Soviet TV serial, this is the place to sample Siberian specialities like stroganina (frozen raw chyr, a white fish common in Arctic rivers, muksun (an Ob River white fish) and, perhaps morally …
Museum in Tomsk

Tomsk Regional Museum

Housed in the splendid Atashev Palace, this modest museum has a 2500-year-old bear amulet and an interesting exhibit on the Great Tea Trail. But it's the building, commissioned in 1842 by the gold-mining entrepreneu…