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Top Choice Ukrainian in Dushanbe

Traktir Konservator

In an unprepossessing alley near the Opera House, this surprisingly atmospheric restaurant is a treat both in terms of its rural Russian decor (think theatre posters, heavy beams and samovars) and extensive Ukrainia…
Top Choice International in Dushanbe

Rudaki Restaurant

Offering a full à la carte menu in addition to an excellent buffet selection, the Rudaki Restaurant at the Serena Hotel is a popular choice for a celebration. When it's not too windy, tables are set under the trees …
Top Choice Museum in Dushanbe

Ethnography Museum

Sharing the same complex as the National Museum of Antiquities, this small museum houses an exquisite collection of traditional Tajikistan clothing (including a great set of woollen socks and gloves that seem dispro…
Top Choice Park in Dushanbe

Rudaki Park

Extensive Rudaki Park, with its beautiful canopy of mature trees, offers a series of pathways through flower gardens and alongside lakes and fountains. Home to the giant flagpole and a much-photographed statue of Ru…
Top Choice Central Asian in Dushanbe

Chaykhona Rokhat

This grand Soviet-era, Persian-style, open-sided chaikhana (teahouse) is the Dushanbe classic – a great place to sip tea, slurp a bowl of noodles or enjoy a Simsim beer while joining locals in watching the world go …
Top Choice Central Asian in Dushanbe

Ghalaba

For sweeping views over the city it's hard to beat the rustic, vine-draped open-air booths and thatch-covered chorpoy (bed-like platform) at Ghalaba. Serving tea, beer and cocktails, it makes the perfect place to un…
Top Choice Statue in Dushanbe

Statue of Ismoil Somoni

One of Dushanbe’s most impressive modern monuments, this statue celebrates the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty. With an art-deco quality to the design of the monument's golden casing and a prominent posi…
Top Choice Italian in Dushanbe

Café Segafredo

The large terrace of this central cafe makes the perfect spot to pause on a stroll along leafy Rudaki. With excellent service, good coffee and reliable ice cream, Segafredo deserves its reputation as a fashionable a…
Top Choice Theatre in Dushanbe

Ayni Opera & Ballet Theatre

Built in 1942, this fine Opera House was completely refitted in 2009 and the gardens re-landscaped in 2013. It attracts quality international and local productions. There's no English website but it's easy enough to…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Dushanbe

Dushanbe Plaza Restaurant Club

With a 360-degree view of Dushanbe, the top floor of this wedding-cake building offers the perfect place for sundowners. A DJ ensures that the dance floors of the adjoining club are kept pulsing with the latest hous…