Top Choice Turkish in Ashgabat


This charming red-painted cellar in the backstreets between the train station and the Hotel Paýtagt attracts a thoroughly local crowd, but you'll be made to feel very welcome. It's all about the sublime kebabs here …
European in Ashgabat

Sim Sim

Now a decade old, this one-time upstart is something of an establishment favourite. Despite its try-hard-and-fail decor, which is just tacky, the service and food here are top notch. The dishes are international wit…
International in Ashgabat


This imaginatively run place set in a charming garden with cabins for private dining, as well as outdoor tables in the shade, is one of Ashgabat's most fashionable restaurants. There's a huge menu that takes in cuis…
Seafood in Ashgabat

Seafood Ayna

With its fabulously '90s interior and Yeltsin-era feeling of luxury, Seafood Ayna is one of Ashgabat’s smarter eating options and one of the few places to get fresh seafood. There’s a sushi menu on top of the seafoo…
International in Turkmenabat


The restaurant at the Hotel Turkmenabat is a good choice – its menu takes in Russian, Central Asian and Caucasian cooking, including Georgian chakhokhbili (chicken stew in a spicy tomato sauce). There's a pleasant g…
International in Ashgabat


Perhaps the most ambitious of Ashgabat's restaurants in design terms, this surprising find tucked away behind the Nusay Hotel also has some great food and delightful staff. The huge menu runs from delicious salads a…
Turkish in Ashgabat


The food is good at this friendly local institution and includes pide (Turkish pizza) and delicious kebabs. The service is attentive and swift, although it can get very hot in the summer months due to the wood-fired…
Pizza in Ashgabat

Pizza Haus

This cosy and popular place serves up the best pizza in town, though admittedly that’s not a huge culinary achievement. There’s a big non-pizza menu too, including a selection of breakfasts and free delivery citywid…
International in Ashgabat

Coffee House

This place may be a masterwork of kitsch, but its breakfasts are solid and its coffee is decent, making it a prime hang-out for the foreign community. Salads, soups and burgers complete the menu.
Central Asian in Mary

Cafe Gyzylgum

Travellers report that this restaurant is among Mary's better eating options, with a wide-ranging menu of Central Asian standards and a few western dishes, cold beer and a pleasant terrace.