Yaroslavl Restaurants, Cafés and Bars - with Benchik and Anrusha
Your khozyaika is going to be feeding you a lot, but you may find you want to escape the oil, kasha and tvorog once in a while. Luckily, nearly every other shop in Yaroslavl is a restaurant, café or bar. You’ll probably spend a lot of time in these places, and you will most likely have your own favourites. Pyatnitsa has turned out to be one of ours, as the provider of free Wi-Fi, cheap food and a decent ‘Biznes Lanch’ offer, which changes every day. In the evening, it transforms not exactly spectacularly into a club, but mainly frequented by the under-age. On the restaurant side of things, Pod Parusami is the provider of the best food in town. We particularly recommend the borsch, served in a little pot with garlic bread on top. How quaint. Service is, how shall we say, questionable, and the prices are relatively expensive for Russia (on a par with an average English greasy spoon), but the food is absolutely, definitely, without a question, worth it.
Bars in Yaroslavl are generally quite cheap. There’s a fair few places to chose from, like Indigo, Bristol’, and Aktyor. Indigo is good because you can always find seats; Bristol’ is smaller, but has a better atmosphere; Aktyor is the hangout of local Russian uni students. A half litre bottle of vodka costs upwards from 300 roubles, though the best we’ve had, Russky Standart costs in the region of 600 roubles. These bars can provide a decent night out in themselves, not just as preparation, springboard if you will, to alcoholic frolics and drunken debauchery. Different people require different things from bars, so we’ll leave you to try them out yourselves. We have, however, given you a head start with the restaurants:
- Café Dionis (I think), ul. Svobody just before pr. Tolbukhina: has the appearance of a greasy spoon café. Though we initially suspected them of food poisoning our class mate (it turned out to be his khozyaika), we now think it’s one of the better, and perhaps cheapest, cafés in town.
- Kofe-in, ul. Trefoleva: is primarily an Internet café, but offers some pricey but fantastic cakes and a rather sexual hot chocolate.
- Shvedsky Stol, ul. Andropova, between ul. Trefoleva and ul. Kirova: a Swedish themed all-you-can-eat restaurant. 220 roubles to pile your plate full of questionably Swedish food. u Mario, ul. Kirova: fried pizzas galore. Yum.
- Palermo, pl. Yunosti: Pizza plates are preferable as pasta portions are petite. Prego.
- Aktyor, in a little courtyard on ul. Kirova: have fun ordering ‘Ars Forum’, ‘Cloud in Trousers’ and ’12 little negroes’. The tea makes you high and the menu is brilliantly (mis)translated. It’s actually named as one of the Lonely Planet top 10 restaurants in Russia.
- Tashir, ul. Pobedy/ul. Nekrasova: called ‘Tashir Toshnit’’ by the locals for a very good reason (go find your dictionary).
- Kabachok, ul. Nekrasova: yum. Prices are average for Russia (i.e. cheap), good portions, tasty food.
- CCCP, ul. Svobody: no capitalist delicacies like Coke or Fanta here, just mors and pure commie nostalgia. Food’s decent, and the atmosphere is worth a visit or two.
- Metro Fashion Café, ul. Deputatskaya: do a good hot chocolate and the décor’s good (especially the dj booth) but not much else. Expensive, crowded with furniture and not people, and the staff don’t look too happy to be serving you either.
- Mamma Mia, ul. Deputatskaya: more fried pizza, but convenient as a fast food joint. Che Guevara, pr. Lenina: the commie in you will cream. Combines Russian location, Chinese cuisine, and Cuban theme to make a troika of socialist brilliance. Watch out for the sandwiches doused in salad cream.
- Chempion, pr. Lenina: tacky sports theme, and a good place to watch sports. Vanil’noe Nebo, Volzhskaya nab.: a ridiculous contrast to Joy Party below, is the classiest place in town. The hang-out of the local oligarchs, and only the oligarchs because the prices are higher: you will need to spend in the region of 1000 roubles including wine for some really good food.
- Evropa, ul. Svobody: pool hall with good food.
- The Georgian Place: Dunno where it is but it sounds good.
- The Uzbek Plov One, ul. Trefoleva: haven’t eaten there but plov is boss and by that logic this place must be good too.
- Vis-à-vis, ul. Bolshaya Oktyabr’skaya: LAME SALAD. Crutches and all. Crawling with militsia and tarkani. ESPECIALLY IN YOUR SALAD. DON’T EAT YOUR SALAD!!! LOOK OUT!!! OH NO!!!!! Pronto, Moskovsky pr.: food shouldn’t go. Normal people shouldn’t go either, unless you like your clown-o-phobics cold, disgusting and vomit-inducing. Frequented by people who don’t realise that lasagne is meant to be hot.
- McDonalds, ul. Svobody: CHIKIN MIFIK!!! The staff will bring out their foreigner card and make you point at what you want rather than trying to understand your perfect accent. Nonetheless, a little taste of capitalism/home. A fine establishment. the equivalent to the English kebab, where you can always find a friendly face, and even in the cold the novelty of pretending to be a car doesn’t wear off. there’s nothing quite like Mcdonalds!
- Chiken Tun, ul. Svobody: More convenient fast food at low prices. Don’t expect haute cuisine Koffein, ul. Respublikanskaya: Very good salads, but slightly more expensive than the usual café. Open all night, and the seats downstairs are some of the most comfortable in this side of DFS. Having gone there after Joy Party, you may find you don’t get home before 8am
- HAVE FUN !!!