Top Choice International in Veliky Novgorod

Nice People

By far the most appealing choice in Novgorod, this cafe-bar lives up to its name – you'll get a warm welcome from English-speaking staff, and the clientele is pretty easy-going, too. The menu includes speciality DIY…
Top Choice Russian in Tver


Set back in a courtyard, this very cool restaurant doubles as a jazz bar and art gallery. The food is well prepared, with tasty salads and soups. Business lunch is a reasonable R200.
Top Choice Russian in Pskov

Dvor Podznoeva

There's something for everyone at this imaginatively designed complex: a bakery cafe, well-stocked wine-and-cheese cellar, and a relaxed beer restaurant with outdoor tables. Best is Trapeznie Palat, which re-creates…
Top Choice Russian in Tula

Pyotr Petrovich

Sitting pretty in an exquisitely restored mansion near the entrance to Central Park, this merry brasserie should not be missed by anyone with taste buds. With its own brewery on-site, dozens of sinful dishes, includ…
Top Choice Russian in Voronezh

CoVok Sovetskoe Cafe

This nostalgia cafe recalls the days of the USSR, not with kitsch propaganda posters but with cosy nooks, black-and-white TVs flickering on the walls and a witty menu highlighting the best of erstwhile republics suc…
Top Choice Western in Oryol

17 Bar

With a dapper wooden interior, nouveau-cool deer antlers on the wall and an arty clientele/staff, this new bar is a little slice of hipster heaven. To a backdrop of indie tunes, it dishes up 'American' sandwiches, g…
Top Choice Russian in Smolensk


You won't want to leave this charming, snug little den, done up like a babushka's house with old-style wallpaper, figurine lamps and knick-knacks galore. There's a hearty, soul-warming menu to match, featuring some …
Top Choice Western in Tver


With an oddly elegant, prehistoric-hipster ambience, meaty menu and dim little seating caves, Mamonts brings caveman cool to the Tver dining scene.Troglodytes, however, need not apply: offerings such as duck with ra…
European in Smolensk


Kitsch! Glorious kitsch! Even if peasant-on-acid decor isn't your thing, you'll still enjoy the fast-food offerings from this chain. The front and side patios that open in summer are good for a drink. There are seve…
Russian in Smolensk

Russky Dvor

This place looks like a cross between St Basil’s Cathedral and McDonald’s. It's fast food, but the quality is surprisingly high, which may explain the long queues at lunchtime.