Top Choice International in Samarkand


Possibly the best restaurant in Samarkand, Platan has a gorgeous summer terrace for shady al fresco dining in the summer months, while inside there's a choice of two dining rooms, one of which is on the noisy side a…
Uzbek in Samarkand

Art Cafe Norgis

A handy place for lunch between the Registan and the Bibi Khanym Mosque (and with stellar views of the latter from the popular terrace), this 'art cafe' is purely the haunt of tour groups, but as the food is decent …
Uzbek in Samarkand

Cafe Labig'or

The best of the numerous choices across from the Registan, this two floor restaurant has a pleasant and breezy upstairs terrace that's often as busy with locals and the squawks of peacocks as it is with travellers. …
Uzbek in Samarkand


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…
International in Samarkand

No Name Café

This new place may have a lurid green interior and a TV blaring out Uzbek pop music, but its menu makes for a pleasant change to the normal fare on offer, and even includes sushi (10,000-20,000S per set). There's al…
International in Samarkand

Old City

This charming place in the centre of the Russian part of town is highly recommended for its long and interesting menu that takes in everything from local dishes to Russian and Italian cuisine. Service is friendly an…
Cafe in Samarkand

Cafe Magistr

Right in the heart of the city, this bright, two-room cafe aimed at students does the job just fine: you can have everything from real coffee to a full breakfast menu (3500-6000S) as well as enjoy salads, burgers an…
Central Asian in Samarkand

Kyzyl Chaixona

The clean 'red teahouse' within the confines of Samarkand's main market has a pleasant outdoor area and low, low prices. Expect somsa (samosa), shashlyk and soups amid the chaotic atmosphere of the market traders.
Uzbek in Samarkand

Besh Chinor

Following a recent refit, this low-key and traditional place is a great spot for plov, manty (steamed dumplings) or kebabs. It's clean and friendly, though Russian is barely spoken, let alone English.
Uyghur in Samarkand

Alt Stadt Laghman Centre

Wash down traditional laghman and other Uighur specialities with affordable unfiltered homebrew on a pleasant people-watching terrace behind Cinema Samarkand. Avoid the rather dark and dank interior.