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Top Choice Russian in Yakutsk

Kvartira na Prospekte

This fun place makes a noble effort to resemble a babushka's living room, which is no mean feat since it moved to bigger premises and is now housed inside a thoroughly modern building. The menu remains excellent and…
Top Choice Russian in Yakutsk

Chochur Muran

In a Cossack-style lodge filled with antiques, Chochur Muran is an atmospheric and fun lunch stop if you are heading out to the nearby Permafrost Kingdom. It’s the best place around to try Sakha delicacies such as s…
Top Choice Yakut in Yakutsk

Makhtal

In the old town, Makhtal is one of Yakutsk's most atmospheric options, with thick log walls adorned with traditional tapestries and handsomely attired waitstaff gliding about in broad-shouldered tunics and long flow…
Top Choice Georgian in Yakutsk

Khachapuri

Georgia's culinary colonisation of even the farthest-flung parts of Russia continues apace, and this gorgeous place is easily one of Yakutsk's best dining options (should you tire of frozen fish). Attentive staff lo…
Cultural in Yakutsk

Ysyakh

One of Russia’s better-kept secrets, the major Sakha festival of Ysyakh (tough to pronounce; try ‘ehh-sekhh’) is celebrated all over the Sakha Republic each year in June. The biggest event occurs in Us Khatyn field …
Museum in Yakutsk

Permafrost Kingdom

At Permafrost Kingdom, two neon-lit tunnels burrowed into a permanently frozen hill have been filled with dozens of fabulous, never-melting ice sculptures of local pagan gods and a host of more recognisable objects …
Park in Yakutsk

Druzhba Park Reserve

This park, on the site of the original hunting settlement that later became Yakutsk, contains a series of excellently preserved historic buildings that date from as early as the 17th century, which serve to document…
Zoo in Yakutsk

Orto Doidu

This popular zoo is some distance from Yakutsk, but it's well worth the trouble of getting out here if you're interested in the fascinatingly hardy fauna of Yakutia and Arctic Russia. Among the collection you'll fin…
Museum in Yakutsk

Yakutsk Regional History Museum

A good place to delve deeper into Sakha culture, the Regional History Museum contains local minerals, information on the region’s first Russian settlers and a mammoth skeleton alongside the standard Soviet natural h…
Museum in Yakutsk

National Art Museum

If time is limited, don't miss this excellent museum, with Sakha-themed exhibits covering local craftmaking traditions (mammoth tusk carvings, reindeer boots, finely carved urns for kumiss – fermented mare's milk), …