Restaurants

Top Choice International in Samarkand

Platan

Possibly the best restaurant in Samarkand, Platan has a classy interior and a summer terrace for shady al fresco dining in the summer. The menu includes some Middle Eastern and Thai influences alongside regional dis…
International in Samarkand

Old City

This charming place in the Russian part of town is recommended for its interesting dishes, such as basturma cold smoked beef, lavash (flat bread) with feta-like brinza cheese, and over 40 salads, including a delicio…
Cafe in Samarkand

Cafe Magistr

Right in the heart of the city, this bright two-room cafe aimed at students serves everything from real coffee to breakfast pancakes, as well as salads, burgers and pizza (the spicy pizza comes recommended) in a bre…
Uzbek in Samarkand

Karimbek

This Uzbek theme restaurant remains one of the most popular places for groups and independent travellers alike. The national- and Russian-influenced cuisine can be enjoyed in a variety of settings, from private coun…
Uzbek in Samarkand

Art Cafe Norgis

A handy place for lunch between the Registan and the Bibi Khanym Mosque, this 'art cafe' is purely the haunt of tour groups, but as the food is decent and there's nothing else around, it's worth a mention. The menu …
Uzbek in Samarkand

Samarkand Restaurant

Everyone seems to love this big bustling place. The top-floor Russian-style room has a ski lodge vibe with bear skins on the walls, but serves up excellent value Gijduvan-style kebabs, salads and even sushi rolls. E…
Uzbek in Samarkand

Besh Chinor

This low-key traditional place is a great spot for plov (pilaf), chicken kebab or manty (steamed dumplings). There's beer on tap, a fridge full of cold drinks and a quiet and easily missed back garden area. It's cle…
Central Asian in Samarkand

Kyzyl Chaixona

The clean 'red teahouse' within the confines of Samarkand's main market has pleasant outdoor tapchans, low prices and plenty of local colour. Expect somsa (samosa), shashlyk, laghman (noodles) and soups amid the cha…
Uzbek in Samarkand

Cafe Labig'or

The best of the few unappealing choices across from the Registan, this two-floor restaurant has a breezy upstairs terrace where fairly mediocre Uzbek standards are served up. On the plus side the location is perfect…