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),...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...