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...

Milk Bars: How to Survive in Warsaw

This is a quick introduction to both Warsaw’s milk bars, which are important cultural institutions as well as great places to eat, and to the Polish language needed to order in them. While English-speaking eating...

Bar Prasowy Cafeteria in Warsaw

Bar Prasowy ul. Marszałkowska 10/16 Hours: 9.00 to 20.00 (M-F) and 11.00 to 19.00 (Sat and Sun) Meals at around PLN 18 Prasowy.pl The Union of Lublin Square is a great place to hang out...

Chan-Li in Vladivostok

Chan-Li/Чан-Ли Океанский проспект 10Б Hours: 10am-10pm everyday; Meals from 500 rubles 11am-4am buffet for 150 rubles Chan-li.ru My roommate burst into our ever-cozier two bed bungalow more excited than I’ve likely ever seen him. After...

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...

Karavaev Brothers’ Culinary Shop in Moscow

Кулинарная лавка братьев Караваевых/ Karavaev Brothers’ Culinary Shop karavaevi.ru ул. Щепкина, 33 Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 Average meal: $12-15 (20% discount on entire menu after 19:00) The network of «Кулинарные лавки братьев Караваевых» (Karavaev Brothers’...

The Hermitage Museum Staff Cafeteria

If you’re a student of Art and Museums in Russia, you probably already know the incredible opportunities it offers. Unprecedented access to one of the largest and most famed museums the world over is one...

Puzata Khata in Kyiv

Puzata Khata / Пузата Хата in Kyiv Контрактовая Площадь, 2/1, Подол Mon-Sun 7:00-23:00 puzatahata.com.ua Пузата Хата is chain of Ukrainian cafeterias that serves great food at affordable prices. The name literally translated means “Hut of...

Stolovaya No. 1 Kopeika in St.Petersburg

Stolovaya No. 1 Kopeika/ Cтоловая No. 1 Kопейка ул. Итальянская, 17 Open 24 hours Meals from 100 rubles+  Since arriving in St. Petersburg, my fellow classmates and I have seen signs reading “stolovaya” (the Russian...

A Taste of the Korean Diaspora in Bishkek

Hoban Restaurant/Кафе “Хобан” ул. Фрунзе, 539 Price: Lunch Buffet = 250 som Tel: (0312) 32-31-47 Buffet hours: 11:30am-2:30pm weekdays Restaurant hours: 9:00am-9:00pm everyday Back home in the District of Columbia, one of my favorites eateries...

Dalyan in Vladivostok

Dalyan/Дальянь  Ул. Фокина, д. 12 Regular Hours: 12 pm – 1 am daily Business Lunch: 12 pm  – 4 pm Mon-Fri Meals from $8.33 After a winter holiday hiatus, I am back with some new...

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...

Marketplace in St. Petersburg

Marketplace Невский пр., 24, м. Гостиный Двор 9:00 – 23:00 daily Meals from 120 р, $4 Marketplace is a great place to go for someone easing into the St. Petersburg experience. Just off the plane,...

Republic in Vladivostok

Republic Океанский П-к., д. 17 Mon-Thurs: 9 am – 11 pm, Fri-Sat: 9 am – 12 am, Sun: 10 am – 11 pm Meals from $4.50  Republic (its official name is written only in Latin...

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...

China Town in Vladivostok

China Town/Чайна-Таун Ул. Крылова, д. 10 Hours: 12 pm – 1 am Meals from $7  Once again in the interests of staying “close to home,” I chose go to a restaurant that is basically across...

Calatch Cafeteria in Vladivostok

Calatch / Калач 59 Красного Знамени Проспект / 59 Krasnovo Znameni Prospekt Hours of Operation:  Mon – Sat – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Meals from $5 Calatch is a great, little cafeteria that serves...

Cheap Campus Eats in Vladivostok (Part 1)

The Pink Panther Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service Hours Of Operation: M-Sa 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Meals starting at $4 While I’ve written about a variety of places to grab a cheap...

Svetalanskaya Stolovaya in Vladivstok

Stolovaya on Svetlanskaya Street ул. Светланская 21 Price: $5-$8 Hours of Operation: Daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m While my friends and family have been enjoying an unusually warm winter back in America, here...

Satisfied Dragon Cafeteria in Vladivostok

The Satisfied Dragon / Сытый Горыныч ул.Адмирала Фокина, 4а Hours of Operation:  Monday –Friday – 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Saturday – Sunday – 11:00 am – 12:00 am Meals from $5 The Satisfied Dragon,...

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...

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...

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...

Kofeika Cafeteria in Vladivostok

Кофейка / Kofeika Cafeteria / Coffee-Cocktail Bar Светланская ул., 23 Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours a day (круглосуточно) Price: $4-$8 (as low as 100 rubles for business lunch) Usually when I ask locals for...

Moscow State’s Student Cafeteria

Столовая МГУ / Dining Hall MGU    Meals for ~$4 The ominous facade of the MGU building provides, along with the other six Stalinist ‘sisters’, a fascinating example of Socialist Realist architecture and a physical manifestation...

Republic Restaurant in Vladivostok

Republic Океанский проспект, 17  Hours of Operation: Sun – Mon – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat – 10:00 am – 12:00 am Meals for ~$5-$8 It’s my first time in Vladivostok, so...

Frikadelki: Hearty Cheap in St. Pete

Frikadelki / Фрикадельки  ВО, 7-я линия, 34/2 (See Map) Coffee House and Cafeteria-Style Dining Meals for ~$6.00 and up Situated near Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, Frikadelki (which means “Meatballs” in Russian) is a charming two-story establishment...

Mu Mu: The Best Cafeteria Deal in Moscow

MU-MU / МУ-МУ 4, ul. Arbatskaya str. 1 Metro Arbatskaya (See Map) Russian Cafeteria-style Dining Meals for $5-10 Four years ago, when I was a still learning the basics of Russian, our professor Tatiana brought...

Grabli: The Hipper Cafeteria in Moscow

Grabli / Грабли 27 ul. Pyatnitskaya Metro Novokuznetskaya (See Map) Russian Cafeteria-style Dining Meals for $8-12 A trip to the dacha, or countryside home, is a quintessential Russian experience—some fresh air, a little sweat in...