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Top Choice Museum in Tashkent

History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan

The History Museum is a must-visit for anyone looking for a primer on the history of Turkestan from its earliest settlements 5000 years ago to the present. The 2nd floor has some fine Zoroastrian and Buddhist artefa…
Top Choice Theatre in Tashkent

Ilkhom Theatre

Tashkent’s main cultural highlight is this progressive theatre, whose productions often touch on gay themes and racial subjects, to consternation of the more conservative elements of Uzbek society. Alongside the cut…
Top Choice Museum in Tashkent

State Fine Arts Museum

The four floors of this excellent museum walk you through 1500 years of art in Uzbekistan, from 7th-century Buddhist relics from Kuva and the Greek-inspired head of Hercules from Khalchayan near Termiz, to the art o…
Top Choice Market in Tashkent

Chorsu Bazaar

Tashkent’s most famous farmers market, topped by a giant green dome, is a delightful slice of city life spilling into the streets off the Old Town’s southern edge. There are acres of spices arranged in brightly colo…
Top Choice Museum in Tashkent

Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum of Applied Arts occupies an exquisite house full of bright ghanch (carved and painted plaster) and carved wood. It was built in the 1930s, at the height of the Soviet period, but nonetheless serves as a s…
Top Choice Uzbek in Tashkent

Afsona

This well-run restaurant aims to deliver Uzbek cuisine with a contemporary touch, breathing life into old favourites such as pumpkin manty (steamed dumplings), cheburek pastries and hanum (dough roll stuffed with ve…
Top Choice International in Tashkent

Jumanji

A charming, laid-back and family-friendly environment reigns here. There's a varied and interesting menu that runs from Georgian specialities to Asian dishes and traditional Uzbek dishes like kazan kebab (beef and p…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Tashkent

Abulkasim Medressa

Close to the Oliy Majlis in Navoi Park, this medressa has been turned into an artisans’ school and workshop where local wood carvers, lacquerware makers, metal workers and miniature painters ply and teach their craf…
Top Choice International in Tashkent

City Grill

The central City Grill is a great spot for a sophisticated and good-value business lunch or a blow-out dinner. Specialising in steak and pasta, the menu here is varied and uses delicious fresh produce. There's also …
Top Choice Theatre in Tashkent

Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre

Tashkent's main opera and ballet theatre is worth a visit as much for its impressive interior as its fine opera and ballet performances. Verdi and Puccini are standards, or be bold and try a Soviet Uzbek opera by Mu…