Top Choice International in Kazan

Perekrestok Dzhaza

The downstairs restaurant and attractively styled upstairs cafe take a creative approach, especially to Russian favourites such as veal salad with a tasty chilli edge. The summer veranda is pleasant. Take trolleybus…
Top Choice French in Astrakhan

La Vanile

Flower pots abound, water streams down a glass wall and a canary sings favourite French pop tunes. We tried salmon salad with quail eggs, mushroom profiteroles, and the psychedelic-coloured cherry and almond dessert…
Top Choice Cafe in Astrakhan


This canteen-style place is the eatery of choice for local office workers, and for good reason: the food is well prepared, the atmosphere is convivial and you feel far from the bustle of the busy street outside. Ord…
Top Choice Russian in Nizhny Novgorod

Restoratsia Pyatkin

Pyatkin makes you feel like a merchant back in his mansion after a great trading day at the fair. The menu is full of Volga fish specialities; it brews the unusual apple kvas (fermented rye bread water) for R65 and …
Top Choice Russian in Samara

Staraya Kvartira

The ‘Old Flat’ is a rabbit warren of rooms accessed via the souvenir shop (downstairs from Samara Intour). The food is excellent, especially the lamb casserole (razboynichye zharkoye) with eggplant, garlic and peppe…
Top Choice Russian in Samara


This funky restaurant re-creates the golden age of the Russian culinary arts in the early 20th century. Creative dishes are complemented by homemade kvas and freshly produced cranberry mors (fruit drink).
Top Choice Cafe in Volgograd


A cosy cafe that offers everything you might want, be it a large meal or a light snack, tea, coffee or one of the many alcoholic beverages on the menu. It’s good for breakfast, lunch and especially a predawn chill-o…
Top Choice Cafe in Kazan


Part of a chain across Russian, Sholle specialises in savoury and sweet pierogi and delicious German-style leavened pastry filled with fruits, served in a rustic and relaxed setting.
Top Choice Georgian in Volgograd

Na Allee

This excellent Georgian restaurant has a family atmosphere and serves homemade wine from Georgia. It does a tasty lamb ketsi with vegetables (baked in an earthenware dish).
Top Choice Cafe in Kazan

Art Café

At first glance Art Café appears deceptively formal but in spirit it's a relaxed and quite informal hang-out both night and day. Expect Russian and international favourites.