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),...

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...

Moskovskaya Kykhmisterskaya in Moscow

Moskovskaya Kykhmisterskaya in Moscow Embodying the Old, Embracing the New 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. daily Meals from $10 Located conveniently just outside the heart of Moscow, not far from the busyness of the center...

Euroasia Cafe in Vladivostok

 Euroasia Cafe/Евроазия Кафе ул. Крылова, 10 Hours: 9:00-21:00 daily Meals from 300 Rubles ($4.60) While restaurant selections are plentiful in Vladivostok’s city center, there is actually a dearth of options close to Vladivostok State University...

White Rabbit in Moscow

White Rabbit БЦ “Смоленский Пассаж”, Смоленская пл., 3, Москва Hours: 12:00 pm-2:00 am Prices: 900 rubles+ Whiterabbitmoscow.com For the not-so-wealthy student who is “cursed” with the love of exquisite food, the opportunity to dine at...

Nikolai Cafe in Moscow

Кафе Николай/Nikolai Cafe Старая Басманная, 5 Hours: 9:00 – 20:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Nikolay.ee If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics through SRAS, there is a restaurant that you’ve probably missed on...

Varenichnaya in Moscow

Вареничная №1 / Varenichnaya №1 Arbat St, 29 (and other locations) Hours- 10:00-0:00 Prices: 175 rubles+ Varenichnaya.ru At first, I wasn’t too keen on going to this cafe. The menu at Varenichnaya seemed similar to any...

Bishkek Walking Tour

New SRAS students at the London School in Bishkek are introduced to the city and some of its major landmarks on a walking tour shortly after arrival. I took this tour on the afternoon of...

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...

Friendship Bar in Vladivostok

Friendship Bar / Дружба бар ул. Пограничная, 6, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Sun-Thurs. Noon-3am, Fri & Sat. Noon-7am; Meals for under 360 rubles Fear not hipsters! Your culture lives and breaths even thousands of miles from home in...

Na Parakh Restaurant in St. Peterbsurg

Na Parakh Большой проспект П.С. дом 3 (угол со Зверинской ул.) Невский пр, дом 74-76 (вход с Литейного пр.) Open 24/7 Meals from 250 Rubles Naparah.ru For a cheap, tasty meal look no further than...

Shoko Cafe in Vladivostok

Шоколадница Кофейня // Shokoladnitsa Cafe ул. Светланская 13 // 13 Svetlanskaya Street 9:00am-12:00am Tasty, chocolatey treats Shoko.ru/Vladivostok Shokoladnitsa Cafe (or just simply Shoko) is a chain of cafes around Russia that are known to serve...

Friends Cafe in Vladivostok

Friends Cafe Семеновская ул., 25a // 25a Semenovskaya Street 8:30am-9:00pm Small, cute cafe with tasty treats   Friends Cafe is a quaint, sit-down, little arts cafe hidden off Semenovskaya Street on the way from the...

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...

“Beautiful Green” Vegetarian Cafe in St. Petersburg

Beautiful Green/Прекасная Зелёная http://labelleverte.ru/ Моховая Улица 41 10:00-23:00 weekdays 11:00-23:00 weekends Meals from $7 Прекрасная Зеленая (Prekrasnaya Zelenaya; Beautiful Green) Café filled a hole in my heart I didn’t even realize was there. Everything about...

“Ideal Cup” Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg

Idealnaya Chashka/Идеалная Чашка http://idealcup.ru/ Садовая Ул. Д. 25 Mon-Fri 7am-11pm Sat-Sun 8am-11pm Lunch for around $10; Coffee/Tea for $3-5 Идеальная Чашка (Idealnaya Chashka; “Ideal Cup”) is the oldest and one of the most successful St....

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar in St. Petersburg

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar Гороховая ул., 24 10am-3am everyday Meals from $10   This small chain of restaurants in St. Petersburg offers an attractive atmosphere, friendly staff, and reasonably priced food. I...

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’...

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...

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...

Soviet Cafe, “Kvartirka” in St. Petersburg

Kvartirka/Квартирка Nevsky Prospekt 51 Metro Маяковская Naturally, there are still signs of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, or as the city was called about 20 years ago, Leningrad. However, it is still difficult to...

Dishes from the Eastern Quarter in Moscow

Восточный квартал/кафе восточный квартал Vostochnyi kvartal Address: улица Арбат, 45/24, Moscow 119002 Telephone: 8 (499) 241-38-03 Meals from $12 www.vkvartal-arbat.ru One of the first restaurants I ate at when I arrived in Russia was an...

Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova – Pies Near MGU in Moscow

 Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova/Пироговая М.В.Рогова г. Москва, пр-т Вернадского, д. 9/10. м. «Университет» (выход из центра зала) Тел.: 8(495)782-70-12, 8(499)131-87-72. Hours of Operation (Seven days a week): 11:00 – 22:00   Meals from $8 www.pirogovaya.ru After class...

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...

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...

SPB bar in St. Petersburg

SPB / СПВ 42 Seventh Line (Metro Vasileostrovskaya) Sun. – Thurs. 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m. – 5 a.m. Meals from 109 rubles If you’re with a group of people...

The Tolstiy Friar in St. Petersburg

Толстый Фраер / Tolstiy Friar 3 Dymskaya (Metro Gostiniy Dvor) Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. Tolstiy-fraer.ru Meals from 120 rubles Tolstiy Friar (The Fat...