Author: Danya Spencer

The City History Museum of Irkutsk

The City History Museum of Irkutsk / Музей истории города Иркутска ул. Франк-Каменецкого, 16а Open 10 am to 6 pm Entrance: 50 rubles general admission, 25 rubles for students with ID The City History Museum of Irkutsk is a relatively lesser-known museum located not far from the Volkonsky Decembrists Museum and the bus station. The museum […]

The Angarsk Clock Museum near Irkutsk

The Angarsk Clock Museum / Музей часов города Ангарска ул. Карла Маркса 31 (г. Ангарск, остановка “Музей часов”) Entrance: Adults, 50 rubles. Students with ID, free. Photography permit, 50 rubles. Transportation: 15-70 rubles (bus for 70 rubles, elektrichka 20-50 rubles, depending on student status) The Clock Museum in Angarsk makes for a great day trip outside […]

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 […]

Cinema House in Irkutsk

Cinema House / Дом кино ул. Мухиной, 2а (Остановка: Студия кинохроники) Tickets: 150 rubles Cinema House (Dom Kino) is a great place to find lesser-known, independent films from Russia and around the world. This is your local indie theatre, where films turn over quickly, running for only about one or two weeks at a time. […]

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 […]

Baikal Strings: Bayan Duet at the Irkutsk Philharmonic

Russian Festival of Folk Music: Baikal Strings Siberian Duet of Bayanists from Novosibirsk Всероссийский фестиваль народной музыки: Байкальские струны Сибирский дуэт баянистов из Новосибирска Irkutsk Philharmonic ул. Дзержинского, 2 100 rubles The Irkutsk Philharmonic offers a wide range of events, including music, dance, and the occasional theatre performance. The best part of the philharmonic is […]

Qiuzi Chinese Cafe in Irkutsk

Qiuzi (秋子) / Цюцы Shanghai City mall, top floor ТЦ Шанхай Сити, верхний этаж ул Байкальская, 8 Meals from $6  A friend of mine brought me to Qiuzi on a whim, while we were looking for something new and different to eat. We knew of a number of Chinese restaurants in the city, but none that were […]

Crystal Nerpa: Ice Sculpting Competition near Irkutsk

Crystal Nerpa: Ice Sculpting Competition Хрустальная нерпа: Фестиваль ледовых скульптур Listvyanka, Irkutsk Oblast Entry: 200 rubles into the park with the action (including ice slides and other attractions), but free to hang out on the ice around the edges of the park and watch from there (most of the action is around the edges of […]

Giraffe Fast Food in Irkutsk

Giraffe / Жираф ул. Дзержинского, 34 Meals from $3 Giraffe is a fast-food cafe not far from the Central Market in downtown Irkutsk. You’ll know it by its jolly giraffe sign and large pictures of coffee and corn dogs advertised outside. It’s a very brightly decorated place, both outside and inside. Inside there’s a lot […]

Cafe Mamochka in Irkutsk

Cafe Mamochka (Кафе Мамочка) ул. Карла Маркса, 41 Open from 10am to 9pm every day Meals from $5-6 Cafe Mamochka is a cafeteria-style cafe on Karl Marx street, not far from the central market. It’s a very inviting place, both inside and out, with fairly standard Russian buffet fare. The food offerings vary from day […]

Sushi Studio in Irkutsk

Sushi Studio ул. Карла Маркса, 18 Open from 10am to midnight, every day Meals from $9 Sushi Studio is one of Irkutsk’s (and Russia’s!) many sushi cafes. It is located not far from the Irkutsk Drama Theatre and just off Lenin Street in downtown Irkutsk. Faced with a good number of sushi options in the […]

Irkutsk Natural History Museum

Irkutsk Local History Museum: Natural History Branch Иркутский областной краеведческий музей: Отдел природы ул. Карла Маркса, 11 Hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Cost: 200 rub for adults, free for university students. Special exhibits: 150 rubles. 300 rubles for a photography permit (butterfly photography free) If you’re interested in wildlife and the natural world, the […]

Irkutsk Drama Theatre

Irkutsk Okhlopkov Drama Theatre Иркутский академический театр имени Охлопкова ул. Карла Маркса, 14    Tickets typically range from 200-400 rubles In early December we finally got a chance to go to the Irkutsk Drama Theatre for a performance of Gogol’s comedic play, Marriage (Женитьба). It was enjoyable and funny, even if we didn’t understand about sixty […]

Little Stork Puppet Theatre in Irkutsk

“Aistyonok” (Little Stork) Puppet Theatre / Театр кукол “Аистенок” ул. Байкальская, 32    Box office hours: 10am – 2pm and 3-6pm, closed Mondays Tickets from 100-200 rubles Tickets range from 100-200 rubles and are worth every kopeck. Recently I went to see a puppet show for adults called the Divine Comedy, written by the Soviet playwright Isidor Shtok. […]

Il Patio Italian Restaurant in Irkutsk

IL Патио / Il Patio  ул. Сухэ-Батора, 7Б,    Hours: 10am – 2am Meals from $7 We’ve been looking for a good pizza place for a while here in Irkutsk, and the Il Patio outlet is one of the best we’ve found yet. It tries to be a “real” Italian place, with Italian phrases written […]

Cafe Lubimiy Gorod in Irkutsk

Cafe Lubimiy Gorod / Кафе “Любимый город” ул. Ленина, 18, inside of Байкалкредобанк building   Hours: 10am – 6pm, Monday through Friday   Lyubimiy Gorod is a hole-in-the-wall café located inside a larger building complex. To get there, you have to go inside the Байкалкредобанк building, then head down the hallway and find it on the left. […]

Chicago Jazz Club Irkutsk

Chicago Jazz Club / Чикаго Джазз Клаб ул. Байкальская, 108 (inside the “Меха Сибири” building, entrance on the left side of the building)     Entrance: 150 – 200 Rubles for most concerts One Friday night, some friends from the dorm invited me to a concert at a nearby venue featuring a local band. Only about a ten-minute […]

Cafe Espresso in Irkutsk

Cafe Espresso / Кафе Эспрессо ул. Красноармянская, 2   Open from 10am to 11pm Meals from $6 Cafe Espresso is a small cafe located on a side street off Karl Marx Street, one of the main streets downtown. It serves a variety of very tasty Russian dishes, including soups, sandwiches, omelets, pozi, pelmeni, blini, and drinks ranging […]

Povaryoshka Cafe in Irkutsk

Поварешка / Povaryoshka ул. Ленина, 32   Open from 10 am to 10 pm Meals from $4 Povaryoshka, which means “ladle” in Russian, is a fast-food cafe in downtown Irkutsk, not far from the Irkutsk State Linguistic University. They serve fairly standard Russian fast food, plus pizza and a number of interesting soups. I discovered this place […]

Decembrists Museum: Volkonsky Mansion in Irkutsk

Decembrists Museum: Volkonsky Mansion / Музей декабристов: Дом-музей Волконских пер. Волконского, 10   Open from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Mondays General admission: 200 Rubles, but many different discounts for elderly, students, and entry for college students is free Located on a small street off of Timuryaeva, not far from the bus station, the Volkonsky Mansion of […]

Cafe Govinda in Irkutsk

Кафе “Govinda” / Cafe Govinda Downtown location: ул. Фурье, 4; second location: 2-я Железнодорожная ул., 66 (остановка “Чайка”, в здании Нерпинария, 3 этаж)   Open 11 am to 8 pm Meals from $5-7 The most unexpected aspect of my time in Irkutsk so far has been the discovery of an entirely vegetarian restaurant called Govinda. Govinda […]

Cafe Jeans in Irkutsk

Кафе “Джинс” / Cafe Jeans ул. Байкальская, 107а (кинотеатр “Баргузин”, 2 этаж)   Open 12 pm to 12 am Meals from $7-10 Cafe Jeans is located on the second floor of the movie theater Barguzin on Baikalskaya Street. It has a very bright interior, filled with comfortable couches around low tables, and on the day we […]

Taltsy Museum of Architecture near Irkutsk

Архитектурно-этнографический музей “Тальцы” / Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography Алеутская, 11   150 rubles general entrance fee (Other prices may apply for special events.) ~100 rubles Marshrutka ride from Irkutsk to the museum Located about 40 minutes outside the city of Irkutsk, on the way to the popular Baikal shore town of Listvyanka, is the […]

Irkutsk Local History Museum

Иркутский областной краеведческий музей Irkutsk Local History Museum Отдел истории: ул. Карла Маркса, 2   Open 10 am to 6 pm, closed Mondays Entrance: free for students (with ID), 200 rubles for adults; 300 rubles for a photography permit The Irkutsk Local History Museum is located downtown, on the edge of the Angara river, just across the […]

Cafe & Poznaya Nerpenok in Irkutsk

Cafe Nerpenok / Кафе “Нерпенок” Пролетарская, 13а Poznaya and Russian Cafe Meals from $4 The “poznaya,” a place which serves pozi, the national dish of the Buryats, is ubiquitous in the Baikal area. The Buryats are Siberia’s largest ethnic minority and are largely concentrated around Lake Baikal. Pozi are steamed meat dumplings and Cafe Nerpenok, […]

Irkutsk Art Museum (Siberian Art Branch)

Irkutsk Art Museum (Siberian Art Branch) Художественный музей (Отдел сибирского искусства) Карла Маркса, 23 Open from 10am to 6pm, Closed Mondays Entrance: 200 rubles (foreign adults), 150 rubles (foreign students) 100 rubles (photography permit) In downtown Irkutsk, not far from the Central Market (Tsentral’niy Rinok) you’ll find the Siberian Art Branch of the Irkutsk Art […]

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