Restaurants

Top Choice Ukrainian in Dushanbe

Traktir Konservator

The brilliantly atmospheric old-Russia decor mixes classic theatre posters, part-plastered wall-arches, heavy beams, archaic clocks, flat-irons, antique windows, samovars and stove doors. Even the toilets are packed…
Central Asian in Dushanbe

Chaykhona Rokhat

This unusual combination of Soviet-era institution and grand Persian-style chaikhana, is the Dushanbe classic – a great place to sip tea (2TJS) or a Simsim beer (11TJS) while people-watching. Food certainly isn't go…
International in Khorog

Chor Bagh

Right in the central park, Chor Bagh is the most attractive restaurant in town with a great open-air pavilion perched above the river for those balmy summer evenings. Sadly, while the food impresses some travellers,…
Central Asian in Khorog

Fakhriya

Deservedly popular for pre-prepared lunches, manti, succulent yet lean shashlyk and chilled flagons of kompot (fruit cordial), this extensive, easily-missed, mid-market chaykhana is female-friendly and pleasantly si…
French in Dushanbe

La Grande Dame

Exposed brickwork, classical plaster mouldings, worn parquet and a shady open-air porch create a valiant approximation of an old-world provincial French cafe. Good for blinnies, lunchtime baguettes (12TJS to 15TJS),…
Central Asian in Penjikent

Obod

Behind a vine-fronted facade, eight summer tables loop around a central fountain-pool in a shaded courtyard. Their riverside branch, Dilkusho, is smarter, with traditional pillared colonnade, but on summer evenings …
International in Dushanbe

Izum

Local fabrics and piled cushions lend a mildly exotic aura to this comfortable restaurant and hubble-bubble bar. It serves excellent salmon steaks plus an unusually extensive series of vegetarian choices including b…
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 tapchans at Ghalaba. It's right at the upper station of the cable car which is currently defunct, but rep…
American in Dushanbe

Morning Star Café

Popular for locally roasted coffee, bagels, alcohol-free long-mojitos, wraps and Saturday brunch. Decor is forgettable and service disinterested but there's a range of postcards and handicrafts for sale and it's a f…
Indian in Khorog

Delhi Darbar

It's exciting to find anyone even attempting to offer Indian cuisine in so remote a corner of Central Asia and Delhi Darbar does an unexpectedly good job, especially with some of the vegetarian options. They also ha…