Faiza in Bishkek

Фаиза/Faiza 157. Медерова Like many places in Bishkek, opening and closing hours are relatively subjective. It usually opens around breakfast time and officially closes at 10 pm I woke up after a long night out with a craving for плов (plov). For those of you who don’t know, плов is a traditional Central Asian dish […]

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Rock Bar Zeppelin in Bishkek

Рок-Бар Цеппелин/ Rock Bar Zeppelin http://vk.com/rock.bar.zeppelin 43 пр. Чуй doors open usually 2-3 hours before set starts, in my case 8:30, and go on until set is finished entrance fee less than $5 I will start  by saying that if I had to guess places on earth that I would most likely see a Bob […]

The Ala Too Cinema in Bishkek

Ала Тоо Кинотеатр/Ala Too Cinema Cinematica.kg 187 пр. Чуй hours depend on movie times, usually starting in the early afternoon and finishing in the late evening Movies for less than $5 Hello, and welcome to Bishkek. I just arrived here a few days ago for my semester abroad, and I already love this city. On […]

Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to experience something that I have long wanted to. Today I decided to go to my first real bazaar in Central […]

Buying Eyeglasses in Bishkek

Ossé Optical Shop Address: Toktogula 86 (corner of Toktogula and Sovietskaya) Phone: +996-312-662-763 Today I have become four-eyed. I bought eyeglasses in Bishkek. It was on my list of things to do before heading home to Washington in 48 hours, along with buying a kazan (a cast-iron pot) to make plov, and kalpaks (Kyrgyz felt […]

Sushi in Bishkek

Furusato Japanese Dining Kitchen Address: Bokunbaev St (btwn Logvinenko & Razzakov) Hours: Weekdays 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday Closed If there’s one thing most in Bishkek can agree on, it’s that restaurant service here sucks. There is no sense of urgency, no sense of accommodation, no desire to please, definitely no smiles, and an overall attitude […]

Restaurant 134 and “Succulent Dog” in Bishkek

Restaurant 134 Address: Southeast corner of Axunbaeva and Yunusalieva (formerly Karl Marx St.) Hours: 9:00am-11:00pm Prices: Dog stirfy = 150 som ($3.13), dog soup = 120 som ($2.50) It is well known that there is a significant Korean population in Kyrgyzstan today because Stalin deported Koreans living in the Russian Far East during World War […]

Restaurant Hawaii in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most bizarre restaurants I have ever been to in Kyrgyzstan is called “Restaurant Hawaii,” a dining destination outside of Bishkek in a small town called Tokmok. For most people, this restaurant is one of three reasons to visit Tokmok, an otherwise sleepy, dilapidated, still-Soviet-looking town. The other two reasons to visit are […]

Samsa in Bishkek

Chaikhana Adish-Ata Address: Nekrasova Street (West Bishkek) Hours: 8:00am-11:00pm Prices: 60 som ($1.25) per samsa I have always admired the “one cook, one dish” tradition. To paraphrase food critic Anthony Bourdain, this is the tradition where one lone artisan, or family of artisans, makes the same wonderful dish year after year, generation after generation, and […]

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