Restaurants

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 Central Asian in Penjikent

Sayokhat

Penjikent's most imaginative eatery, this eccentric wooden structure with its timber stairways and cosy booths is festooned with traditional artefacts and beautiful Tajiki textiles. The delightful owner, Sharif Bada…
Top Choice Indian in Khorog

Delhi Darbar

This is the most popular meeting place in Khurog, largely perhaps because it's exciting to find anyone even attempting to offer Indian cuisine in such a remote corner of Central Asia – and Delhi Darbar does a partic…
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…
Grill in Alichur

Stolovaya

Right beside the Ak-Balyk (White Fish) spring near the Km840 marker on the Pamir Hwy, an enterprising cook has set up a lonely shop selling delicious fried fish from the spring-fed ponds. Customers can eat in peace …
Central Asian in Penjikent

Café Safina

This popular meeting point has menus (unlike most chaikhanas), curtained booth seats for private soirées and a large outdoor terrace on the street made cheerful with fresh flowers and fairy lights. With a tasty rang…
Central Asian in Khorog

Chaykhana Parinen

Deservedly popular for pre-prepared lunches, manty (steamed meat dumplings), shashlyk and chilled flagons of kompot (fruit cordial), this extensive, easily missed chaykhana is pleasantly situated at the riverside wi…
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Lal Cafe

Attached to Lal Hotel and with access to the seating pavilion in the hotel garden, this fun, bright cafe is decorated with traditional patterns, and musical instruments are hung from the ceiling. Vegetarians may be …