Top things to do

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…
Museum in Ulan-Ude

Khangalov Museum of Buryat History

Housed in a badly ageing Soviet-era structure, the historical museum charges per single-room floor; the best of these is Buddiyskoe Iskustvo (3rd floor), displaying thangkas, Buddhas and icons salvaged from Buryatiy…
Museum in Ulan-Ude

Ethnographic Museum

In a forest clearing 6km from central Ulan-Ude, this outdoor collection of local architecture plus some reconstructed burial mounds and the odd stone totem is worth the trip. It’s divided into seven areas, each devo…
Museum in Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude City Museum

Occupying the merchant’s house where imperial heir Nicholas II stayed in 1891, this small museum has exhibits examining Verkhneudinsk’s role in the tea and fur trades, the huge fairs that took place at the trading a…
Buryat in Ulan-Ude

Baatarai Urgöö

This yurt complex in the Verkhnyaya Berezovka suburb is a great lunch spot after a visit to the Ethnographical Museum. Take a seat in the main tent and give your taste buds the Buryat treatment in the form of buuzy …
Beer Hall in Ulan-Ude


Large timber beer hall serving a range of Russian and international brews to rinse down the succulently smoky shashlyk. The covered terrace is the place to do some elbow bending on sultry summer evenings.