Top things to do

Top Choice Fortress in Bukhara

Ark

The spectacular-looking Ark, a royal town-within-a-town, is Bukhara’s oldest structure, occupied from the 5th century right up until 1920, when it was bombed by the Red Army. It’s about 80% ruins inside now, except …
Top Choice Museum in Nukus

Savitsky Museum

The Savitsky Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the former Soviet Union. The museum owns some 90,000 artefacts and pieces of art – including more than 15,000 paintings – only a fraction of w…
Top Choice Museum in Bukhara

Maghoki-Attar & Museum of Carpets

Between the two covered bazaars, in what was the old herb-and-spice bazaar, is Central Asia’s oldest surviving mosque, the Maghoki-Attar, a lovely mishmash of 9th-century facade and 16th-century reconstruction.This …
Top Choice Islamic Site in Khiva

Kalta Minor Minaret

Just south of the Kuhna Ark stands the fat, turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret. This unfinished minaret was begun in 1851 by Mohammed Amin Khan, who according to legend wanted to build a minaret so high he could se…
Top Choice Theatre in Tashkent

Ilkhom Theatre

Tashkent’s main cultural highlight is this progressive theatre, which stages productions in Russian but often with English subtitles. Known for bucking trends, its productions often touch on gay themes and racial su…
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 Old Town’s southern edge. If it grows and it’s edible, it’s here. There are acres…
Top Choice Uzbek in Tashkent

National Food

You’ll be hard pressed to find a restaurant with more local colour than this bustling eatery opposite the Circus. Walk through the entrance, overhung with goat parts, and be greeted by giant kazan (cauldrons) filled…
Top Choice International in Samarkand

Platan

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…
Top Choice International in Tashkent

City Grill

The brand new and very central flagship for the City Grill is a great spot for a sophisticated and good value business lunch (18,500S) or a blow-out dinner. Specialising in steak and pasta, the menu here is varied a…
Top Choice Uzbek in Khiva

Khorezm Art Restaurant

Charmingly located in a low-lit and cosy stone building with a bamboo roof and local handicrafts and photography on the walls, the Khorezm Art Restaurant is definitely one of the best choices in town. Yes, the servi…