Eight Places to Find Bishkek’s Best Shashlik, According to Locals

The following guide was created by Enot, an Russian-language online publication about local culture, business, food, shops, events, and people in Bishkek that has been popular with SRAS students studying there. It has been translated to English by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm for the benefit of our students who do not yet […]

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7 Second-Hand Stores in Bishkek

The following guide was created by Enot, an Russian-language online publication about local culture, business, food, shops, events, and people in Bishkek that has been popular with SRAS students studying there. It has been translated to English by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm for the benefit of our students who do not yet […]

Adriano Coffee in Bishkek

Adriano Coffee AdrianoCoffee.kg 87 Isanova Street/Исанова 87 Open 24 Hours Tea and Coffee for $1.50-$2.50 Meals for $2-$6 Bishkek is full of comfortable, wifi-equipped coffee shops, where you can spend hours with your work and a pot of tea without getting any dirty looks. Cafés are particularly pleasant this time of year, when most are decorated […]

Happy New Year from Bishkek!

Жаңы жылыңыздар менен! С Новым годом! Happy New Year! Жаңы жылыңыздар менен! С Новым годом! In Bishkek, Новый год (New Year’s) is not just a holiday but a season, culminating in a celebration that begins on the morning of December 31st and lasts a whole сутки (24 hours). It’s the perfect holiday, as far as […]

Meros Silk Paper Factory in Samarkand

Meros Silk Paper Factory/Бумажная Фабрика «Мерос» Koni Ghil/Кони Гил Tour cost: 3000 sum/$1.25 The Meros Silk Paper Factory was one of the last stops on this November’s trip from Bishkek to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, organized by SRAS and The London School of Bishkek as part of the Central Asian Studies study abroad program. Just outside Samarkand, […]

Central Asian Plov Center in Tashkent

Central Asian Plov Center/Среднеазиатский Центр Плова 1 Iftihor St./ул. Ифтихор, д. 1 Hours: 10:00-14:00 Entrées from 5000 sum ($2) Though I have tried плов (plov, or pilaf) in only one restaurant in Uzbekistan’s capital, I feel confident recommending Central Asian Plov Center as a worthwhile destination in Tashkent for both the food quality and the […]

Ata-Beyit Memorial Complex in Chong-Tash

Ata-Beyit/Ата-бейит Day Trip from Bishkek Ата-бейит (Ata-Beyit, Kyrgyz for “Grave of Our Fathers”) is a memorial complex located in Chong-Tash, a village and skiing destination in the Chui Province about 15 miles south of Bishkek. The site honors two dark episodes in Kyrgyzstan’s history: mass murders that occurred in 1938 at the hands of the […]

Lake Song-Kol in Naryn Province

Lake Song-Kol/Сонкёль Weekend Trip from Bishkek Horse Treking Budget: 11,300 soms Lake Song-Kol (Russian Сонкёль, Kyrgyz Соңкөл), the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan, lies at 9,895 ft in the peaks of mountains in Naryn Province. It’s one of the most magical places I have ever visited. I loved it more than the larger, more […]

Buddha Bar in Bishkek

Buddha Bar Ahunbaeva Street 97A/ул. Ахунбаева 97А Entrées from 150 som ($3) In Bishkek, there are many bars and restaurants close to Ala-Too Square and along Chui Prospect. Their signs, menus and patios all beckon, promising a variety of different scenes and cuisines: national food, burger joints, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, even barbeque. If you venture […]

OIMO Festival in Bishkek

International ОIМО Festival/Международный фестивал ОЙМО Ala-Too Square, Bishkek/Ала-тоо пл., Бишкек July 25-27 The 9th Annual International OIMO Festival was held this past weekend in Bishkek. The festival is a celebration of regional cultures with national foods, music concerts, film screenings, fashion shows, and most notably a large handicraft fair. Artists, vendors, and presenters hail from […]

Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan

Ala Archa National Park/Ала Арча мамлекеттик жаратылыш паркы Entrance fee 80 som/person (about $1.75) As you walk around Bishkek, it’s hard not to notice the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains that dominate the southern skyline. They’re especially well framed by the buildings that line Ala-Too square, and the sight of snow in 100-degree heat can be […]

Manty Bar in Bishkek

Manty Bar/Манты Бар 108B Sholokova St./ул. Шолокова 108В Entrées from 140 som ($2.75) Potatoes are my favorite food; wrap them up in a dumpling, and I’m in heaven. Throughout my travels, I’m always keen to sample local dumpling varieties and especially happy when they include potatoes in the filling. Perhaps you can guess the first […]

Chaikhana Jalal Abad in Bishkek

Chaikhana Jalal Abad/Чайхана Жалал-абад 30 Togolok Moldo/Тоголок Молдо 30 (corner of Kievskaya/Киевская) Entrées from 130 som ($2.50) Ramadan began on June 28, but the only change in Bishkek that I can discern is that some of my favorite restaurants are closed or have restricted hours for the month. This includes Faiza, not only one of […]

Blonder Pub in Bishkek

Blonder Pub Ул. Ибраимова 24/24 Ibraimova St. Appetizers from 100 som ($2), Entrees from 300 som ($6) www.blonderpub.kg I’ve learned the Russian word for sweet tooth (сладкоежка), and it seems appropriate here in Kyrgyzstan. Streets are lined with food stalls selling ice cream out in front, local honey varietals abound, and there are numerous supermarket […]

Sun City in Bishkek

Sun City 2 Chuy Ave/просп. Чуй 2 Day Pass 650 som ($13) www.sun-city.kg Don’t get me wrong: I love summer. But the mercury’s been hovering around 95 degrees in Bishkek the past two weeks, and everyone’s desperate for a way to beat the heat. Luckily, Bishkek has its fair share of pools. Some can best […]

Gulzada Performance at Ala-Too Amphitheater in Bishkek

Гулзада: «Арт-шоу Толгонуу»/Gulzada “Art Show Tolgonuu” Ала-Тоо Борбору/Ala-Too Center ул. Абсамата Масалиева/Absamat Masaliyev St tickets 500-1800 som ($10-36) http://www.gulzada.kg https://www.facebook.com/gulzada.song Walking around Bishkek in the summertime, you get the sense that it’s a youthful city. School children run down the streets laughing while young families push strollers through parks and promenades. Don’t get me wrong, […]

Swan Lake in Bishkek

Международный фестиваль Балета/The International Festival Ballet Академический Театр Оперы и Балета/Opera and Ballet Theater Абдрахманов (Совиетская) ул/Abdrahmanov (Sovietskaya) St. Tickets: 500-1000 som/$10-20 When a friend suggested spending an evening at the ballet, I leapt at the opportunity. While ballet may not necessarily spring to mind when thinking about Kyrgyz culture, I thought it would be […]

Bistro Coffee and Pizza in Bishkek

Bistro Coffee and Pizza 115 Ibraimov St./ул.Ибраимова 115 Pizzas from 245 som ($4.70), other entrées from 200 som ($3.84) Bistro Coffee and Pizza recreates a European-style café in the heart of Bishkek with charming décor, sidewalk seating, and fresh Italian favorites. While it might not be the traditional experience you came to Kyrgyzstan looking for, […]

16 Ways Studying Abroad is Just Like Harry Potter

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that, technically, Harry Potter was also studying abroad? Here are 16 ways that Harry’s adventures are likely to be just like yours.   1. When you first decide you’re going abroad, you’re in a state of shock- you can hardly believe it’s real! 2. Getting on […]

Central Asian Bazaars: A Comparative Study

When I stand in bazaars in these foreign lands, I feel myself to be standing inside their beating hearts as well. To me, the bazaar is the face of the country, and nothing like how a bazaar is run, what is sold, what kind of social customs and behavior to provide a better understanding of […]

7 Ways Study Abroad is a Second Childhood

After settling in with a host family in Ukraine, I’ve looked back on my notes from my first couple of weeks abroad and come to a realization – in a lot of ways, Abroad-Olivia is a child, just a little bit bigger. I’ve compiled these notes to make a list of seven reasons why living […]

Bar Hollywood in Bishkek

Bar Hollywood Советская пр. (Just south of the London school, next door) opening and closing ours are fluid like most places in Bishkek Beers are usually between 60-100 som Everyone has their “joint,” and I make it my business to find myself a local watering hole in whatever part of the world I end up […]

My Own Silk Road

Well, my time has expired in this part of the world, and with a bittersweet goodbye I part ways with Kyrgyzstan, her land and her people. Such things have happened in the time that I have been here since January with the Central Asian Studies program, and I can’t in good conscience say that I […]

Kok-Tobe, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Kok-Tobe (Көк-Төбе) Almaty, Kazakhstan My time spent in Kazakhstan was brief, only two or three days, but in those brief moments I spent in Almaty, I lived true. In that time I had dinner and went shot for shot with politically eccentric dissidents, whose views were united only in their hatred for President Nazarbayev, saw […]

Burrito Stand in Bishkek

Burrito Mexican Fast Food Stand Советская пр. (Walk South from London School on the West side of the street for about 15 minutes) Meals for $3 If I told you that my favorite Burrito in the whole world was from a stand in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Heck, I don’t believe me […]

Magic Carpet Ride of Bureaucracy in Turkmenistan

I like carpets, ones from the near east above all else. A nice little footnote to go with the narrative of my journey studying and traveling in Central Asia, for me at least is the carpets in this part of the world. Central Asia is unrivaled when it comes to the production of carpets and […]

Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Art

Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Art/Кыргызский Национальний Музей Изобразительных Искусств 196 Советская ул. Hours: 10-17:00, Fridays 10-16, Closed on Mondays Tickets: Regular 130 som, Student 20 som The Kyrgyz Art Museum on Sovietskaya, just across from the opera house, is a two-story building full of traditional Kyrgyz arts, contemporary art styles, and traveling exhibits. Today […]

Soviet Cafeteria in Bishkek

Soviet Cafeteria/Советская Столовая ул. Чуй (рядом с Цум) Full Meal from $3 The Soviet-style cafeteria next to Tsum in Bishkek has large banner on it’s side that advertises it as tasty, fast, and cheap. That sounded ideal, so today when I needed to grab lunch quickly, I figured I give it a shot. I walked […]

Masal Cafe in Bishkek

Masal Cafe/Масал Кафе Эркиндик и Чуй Meals $4 and up The Masal Cafe is in an ideal location, just a block from Ala-Too Square in one direction and Oak Park in another. It sits on the corner of Erkindik and and Chuy right across from the end of one of Bishkek’s typical, long parks. Because […]

The Do’s and Please Dont’s of Turkmenistan

Let’s face it everyone, Turkmenistan has a reputation that precedes it. The country has often been associated with the trope of the eccentric “hermit kingdom.” Characteristics such as extreme cults of personality surrounding their leaders, isolationism, strict control of all information within the country by the government, downright bizarre laws and a high functioning propaganda […]

Mikhail Frunze Museum in Bishkek

Mikhail Frunze Museum/Музей М. В. Фрунзе 346 ул. Фрунзе Open Wednesday-Monday, 10-17:30 Tickets: Adults 25 som, Students 15 som, Foreign Visitors 50 som, Russian Excursion Service 30 som, English Excursion Service 50 som Bishkek hasn’t always been called Bishkek. The city situated in the Chui valley of northern Kyrgyzstan went by the name “Pishpek,” during the […]

Happy Nooruz from Bishkek!

Happy Nooruz! As soon as I knew I’d be spending time in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, I asked Google about the national holidays that would happen during my stay. Google gave me a neat little list of holidays that were mostly familiar — except for one: March 21, Nooruz. Nooruz (also Nowruz, Novruz, or Naw Rúz), which […]

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