Khinkalnaya Georgian Restaurant in Irkutsk

Khinkalnaya is a Georgian restaurant in downtown Irkutsk. Located walking distance from the university in the 130thDistrict this is the perfect place for a get together with friends for a fun evening or to grab a bite after shopping at Modniyy Kvartal. While the prices are a bit higher than the standard meal in Irkutsk, […]

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Chaikhana Ok Saroy Uzbek Restaurant in Irkutsk

Chaikhana Ok Saroy (Чайхaна Ок-Сарой) café is a small restaurant located near the university in the area of the central market. It is about one block away from Shanghi City making it a great lunch option after wandering around the bazaar. The entrance is clearly marked and once inside the restaurant is on the second […]

Golden Chopsticks

Golden Chopsticks is a small Chinese restaurant located relatively close to the dorms where SRAS students usually stay in Irkutsk. The interior décor is not very fancy and the restaurant itself is relatively small. However, what it lacks in décor it delivers in quality. I have been there a total of three times and plan […]

Teremok House Café

Teremok House Café 4a Baikalskaya St (ул. 4а Байкальская) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrees $3-$5 Teremok House Café is a small restaurant in downtown Irkutsk. It is located right next to the Shanghai City Mall building (Шанхай Сити Молл) and across from the central market (ц. рынок). It is very small and narrow but […]

Omar Khayyam Café

Омар Хайям Кафе/Omar Khayyam Café Karla Libknekhta St. 107В 11:00-24:00 Meals from 2-10$ Omar Khayyam Café is perfect for a student of any budget. I wandered upon this place while on a wild goose chase for a cat café that I found out had closed down. Needless to say, I was disappointed…until I found Omar […]

Rio Grande in Irkutsk

Rio Grande Restaurant Rossiyskaya 17B (Российская 17Б), Irkutsk 10 am–1 am most days Entrees ~ $6–12 Website I was extremely surprised and slightly terrified when I learned that there was a Tex-Mex restaurant in Irkutsk. I have no idea why it exists or how it came about, but there it is, and it is glorious […]

Buryat Cooking Lesson at Ulus in Irkutsk

Ulus, Buryat-Mongolian Restaurant (Улус) Buryat Cooking Lesson Part of SRAS Cultural Program, Spring, 2017 130 Kvartal, ul. 3 Iyulya 23 One of my favorite things about living in/traveling to other countries is getting to know the national cuisine. Irkutsk is located right next to the (Russian) Republic of Buryatia, and as such has a large […]

Khmelnoe Podvorye in Irkutsk

Khmelnoe Podvorye (Хмельное подворье) 130 Kvartal, Sedovaya 10 12–12 (2 on Thurs, Fri, Sat) I dragged my friends to Khmelnoe Podvorye for a late lunch after an arduous bike ride one Saturday afternoon. It’s a brew pub, with a big selection of housemade beer, but I wanted to go because I’d heard they also make […]

Ethno-Cafe Belaruskaya Gleba in Irkutsk

Ethno-Cafe Belaruskaya Gleba (“Belarusian Bread”) Беларуская Глеба ul. Karla Marksa 26a 12 pm – 12 am Entrees $5–10 Belarusian food is not exactly local to Irkutsk, but I’ve come across so few Belarusian restaurants in my life (like, one) that I was determined to check out this one. Centrally located on Irkutsk’s main avenue and big […]

Rassolnik in Irkutsk

Rassolnik 3 Iulya Street, #3 (ул. 3 июля) 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (later on weekends) Entrees $5–$15 Rassolnik is a more upscale Russian restaurant in Irkutsk. Located in the trendy 130 Quarter (130 Квартал), it’s Soviet-themed, so that its comfortable seats and white tablecloths are surrounded by old Soviet-era cameras, glasses, posters, and other […]

Kraken Bar in Irkutsk

Kraken Bar Sverdlova 23a M-T, 12–12; F and S, 12–2 Kraken is a very comfortable bar/café situated a five- to ten-minute walk away from the faculty of foreign languages building of Irkutsk State University. With a pretty long European/Russian menu, though not a very exciting beer list, it’s great for a weekday lunch or dinner […]

Shedita Khanza Ethno-Cafe in Irkutsk

Shedite Khanza Partizanskaya 32 10–24 every day Entrees around $5 Looking for a good lunch on an empty afternoon, I found Shedite Khanza (Шэдитэ Ханза; Partizanskaya 32, entrance on Gornaya) during a long, fruitless walk halfway across Irkutsk (or so it felt, in subzero temperatures). It’s mostly a Buryat café—or “ethnic,” as it calls itself. […]

Castro Cafe in Irkutsk

Castro Café / Кастро Кафе 130й Квартал ул 3 8:30 – 23:00 Meals from $5 VK.com/CastroCafe Castro Café provides a scene familiar to anyone who has spent time as a college student and needed to find a place outside the house to study. The café exhibits all the hallmarks of a coffee-house located in a […]

Asador Steak House in Irkutsk

Asador Steak House / Ассадор Стейк-Хаус Правобережный Округ, Ленина, 34 12:-00 – 24:00 Meals from $15 The Asador Steak House is located right on Улица Ленина (Ulitsa Lenina, or Lenin Street), not far from the Monument to Lenin, and within easy walking distance from the Linguistic University. Of all the restaurants I’ve been to in […]

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with the opening of the first vegetarian society. This was in Saint-Petersburg in the mid-1860s. The society was humorously called “Ни […]

Govinda in Irkutsk

Govinda / Говинда ул. 2-я Железнодорожная, 66в 11:00 – 19:00 Meals from $4 www.Govinda.cafe Govinda is a surprisingly progressive restaurant for the conservative, Siberian nature of Irkutsk. Styled with an Indian flair, it is the first restaurant I’ve been to in this city offers a completely vegetarian menu. Ordering your food begins with approaching a […]

5 Ways To Experience Buryat Culture in Irkutsk

Today there are approximately 500,000 people that identify with the largest indigenous group living in Siberia, the Buryats.  The Buryats are a group of people descendent of various Siberian and Mongolian people that inhabited the Lake Baikal area, where most of the ethnic group is still concentrated, with many continuing to engage in traditional ways […]

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Irkutsk

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Irkutsk By Lacey Reimer I knew that being a vegetarian studying abroad in Irkutsk would not be easy. Most Russian dishes are filled with chicken, beef, and/or fish. Although I was a little upset that I would not be able to enjoy some of the more traditional Russian […]

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10 years. What follows is a list of a few local Russian brands that I’ve personally come to prefer over western […]

Volzhskii Rynok in Irkutsk

Volzhskii Rynok / Волжский Рынок Волжская 14 0800-1900 Contrary to the expectations of most travelers, Irkutsk is not a cheap city. While cheaper than Moscow, most products in Irkutsk are no cheaper than they would be in the United States. For this reason, if you are here for a long time you’ll try to find […]

Cafe Dali in Irkutsk

Cafe Dali / Кафе Дали Трудовая 108Б 09:00 – 00:00 Irkutsk is a mere 100 miles from Mongolia, yet due to the difficulties of the international border and the Sayan mountains which come between the two, it can be difficult to check out that country of Yurt-dwellers and horse milk. For those who can’t take […]

Kafe na Volzhskoi in Irkutsk

Kafe na Volzhskoi / Кафе на Волжской Байкальская 125 Weekdays 900-2000, Sunday 900-1900 A stolovaya, or cafeteria, is always an excellent place to look for cheap food, and Irkutsk is home to a wide range of stolovayas with widely varying quality. Most students will quickly become familiar with the cafeteria at IGLU, but if you’re […]

Bar Acabama in Irkutsk

Bar Acabama / Бар Акабама Ул. Чехова 2 18:00 – 6:00 It’s no secret that a lot of Russians like all things tacky, flashy, and over-the-top, yet for anyone who has not yet been convinced of this salient fact, a quick trip to Bar Acabama will quickly make them understand. An American-themed bar, restaurant, and […]

Chaikhana in Irkutsk

Chaikhana / Чайхана Байкальская 14/1 1000 – 1700 A chaikhana is a traditional Uzbek restaurant, and while Central Asian food is widely available throughout Russia, a lot of it is quite bad. Chaikhana, located near the central market, is cheap, convenient, and also quite an interesting dining experience. It is also, as many chaikhanas are, […]

Cafe “Belaya Vorona” in Irkutsk

Cafe “Belaya Vorona” / Кафе Белая Ворона Ул. Карла Маркса 37 0900 – 2200 8 (3952) 400-854, http://vk.com/coffeenbook, www.facebook.com/coffeenbook  Siberia isn’t a place one goes to for good coffee. However, for a city of its size, Irkutsk is actually reasonably well served in terms of coffee shops, and there are a number of places where one […]

Cafe Osh in Irkutsk

Cafe Osh / Кафе Ош Ул. Чехова 22 Hours: 10:00-20:00 The central market is probably one of the most interesting areas in Irkutsk. A huge area with many different trading squares, malls, and open air plazas, the market has traders from all over Asia selling items ranging from apples to cashmere socks to industrial machinery. […]

Cafe Izbushka in Irkutsk

Cafe Izbushka / Кафе Избушка Ул. Красного Восстания 9а Hours: 8:30 – 0:00 Phone: 8-3952-48-58-21 Website: www.izba38.ru The buffet is a fairly ubiquitous feature of restaurants in Russia. Often, a buffet is a clear sign that the food you are about to consume will be cheap, yet boring, lukewarm and tasteless. Cafe Izbushka is a […]

Lingua Cafe at Cafe Most’ in Irkutsk

Lingua Cafe at Cafe “Most’” / Кафе Мость Цесовская Набережная 2 Thursdays 20:00 – ???? Entrance free, drinks from ~$3. Phone: 706-388, Website: www.most-cafe.ru Irkutsk isn’t a city which is known for its nightlife; there are very few clubs and bars and those that exist are generally the kind of tacky, overpriced places filled with […]

Pekarnya Osetinskiye Pirogi in Irkutsk

Pekarnya “Osetinskiye Pirogi” Черемховский Пер. 9в Hours 1000-2400 www.irkpirog.ru / (3952) 60-60-52 Meals from ~$7 per person  Pining for pizza? Does mayonnaise-coated lavash not fulfill your craving? Though American-style pizza can be found in Irkutsk, consider a delicious Soviet substitute – Ossetian pies! These round, pizza-like pastries are made of a deliciously greasy dough, stuffed […]

Poznaya “Kafe Hausbrandt” in Irkutsk

Poznaya “Kafe Hausbrandt” / Позная “Кафе Хаусбрандт” Ул. Горкого 32 Hours 1000-1800 Meals from ~$3 A poznaya is a type of restaurant which serves the most famous dish of the Buryat people: pozy. Pozy are large flour and water dumplings filled with fatty meat and spices and then steamed until they became fragrant sacks of […]

Ganga Indian Restaurant in Irkutsk

Indian Vegetarian Restaurant “Ganga” / Ресторан индийской вегетарианской кухни “Ganga” ул. Карла-Либкнехта, 121 (Entrance inside office building “Европлаза,” through the turnstiles on the first floor) Open from 11am to 10pm Meals from $6.50 Ganga is a very new restaurant in Irkutsk, having opened just two months ago. Like Cafe Govinda downtown, Ganga is a vegetarian restaurant […]

Cafe Chinese Kitchen in Irkutsk

Сafe Chinese Kitchen / Кафе китайская кухня ул. Киевская, 27 Open from 10am to midnight Meals from $7.50 While it doesn’t have the most exciting name, Chinese Kitchen, located in central Irkutsk, is a hard-to-miss place for quality Chinese food in a comfortable atmosphere. The interior of the cafe is nicely decorated, and even looks […]

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