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Top Choice Historic Building in Tobolsk

Kremlin

The centrepiece of the tower-studded, white-walled, 18th-century kremlin is the glorious 1686 St Sofia Cathedral. Less eye-catching from the outside, but with splendid arched ceiling murals, is the Intercession Cath…
Top Choice Russian in Novosibirsk

Puppen Haus

The Puppen Haus (Puppet House), which specialises in refined traditional Siberian dishes, is both eccentric and divine. It consists of numerous little dining rooms and alcoves crammed with stony-eyed wooden puppets.…
Top Choice Bar in Novosibirsk

Friends Cocktail Bar

With bearded bartenders whipping up some of Siberia's best (and strongest) cocktails and a convivial crowd, this is unquestionably Novosibirsk's best spot to warm up for a night out. Indeed you may elect to not go a…
Top Choice Live Music in Novosibirsk

Brodyachaya Sobaka

Weekends usually see live music performing at this grungy cabaret bar, while weekdays bring all manner of performing arts and other events ranging from clowns to quiz nights. Check the website for the schedule.
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 Theatre in Novosibirsk

Opera & Ballet Theatre

For classical culture don’t miss an evening at this gigantic silver-domed theatre. Built in 1945, it's the largest theatre in Russia – bigger even than Moscow’s Bolshoi. The grand interior alone makes performances h…
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 Novosibirsk

N.K. Rerikh Museum

This museum is dedicated to the works and life of the painter Nikolai Rerikh (Nicholas Roerick), beloved in these parts because of his life-long passion for Altai. While the many paintings on display are reproductio…
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 Museum in Tobolsk

Deputy’s Palace Museum

Tobolsk's best museum, and indeed one of the best museums in Siberia, occupies a beautiful 18th-century former administration on the southwestern edge of the Kremlin. The Romanovs called in here during their brief s…