Top 10 foods in Karakol, Issyk Kul Province
Karakol (Kyrgyz: Каракол, Qaraqol/Karakol, قاراقول, Kyrgyz pronunciation: [qɑrɑqoɫ]), formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, near the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the Kyrgyzstan-China border and 380 kilometres (240 mi) from the capital Bishkek. It is the administrative capital of Issyk-Kul Region. Its area is 44 square kilometres (17 sq mi), and its resident population was 66,294 in 2009 (both including Pristan'-Przheval'sk). To the north, on highway A363, is Tyup and to the southwest Jeti-Ögüz resort.
1. Ethnic Cafe Dastorkon
4 based on 186 reviews
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the café of the eastern cuisine "Dastorkon"! "Dastorkon" is a modern cafe, created in the best traditions of eastern hospitality. We believe that the enjoyment of a meal should begin before you try our first meal. The
Reviewed By varun_mukthi - London, United Kingdom
Great ambience and food, but slow service
Ambience is fantastic and they have live music daily. It's a very popular place and we had to wait 20 minutes to get a table. The food we ordered tasted good But the lamb I had orders took nearly an hour to arrive. Service wise they could not cope with the packed house which was a shame. But overall the food tasted excellent and the lamb skewers I had ordered was worth the wait. Highly recommend it.
2. Lighthouse Coffee & Tea
5 based on 46 reviews
Reviewed By K7627VPlaurad
Awesome little cafe with delicious food & good coffee
Such an unexpected find - this place is awesome, tasty food (try the vitamin salad and pancakes), really good coffee and relaxed vibes. The giant wall map is so cool! It was just what we needed after coming back from camping in the mountains. The WiFi is reeeeally fast and the waitress is absolutely lovely.
3. Cafe Zarina
4 based on 165 reviews
Reviewed By 967dominik_
Food ok, staff not very
Food was good but the service was very questionable. Staff forgott half of the things and were very very slow..
4. Fat Cat Karakol
4 based on 46 reviews
Reviewed By Joachim84 - Brussels, Belgium
Given these positive reviews we hurried to this place after arriving in karakol, but it was a big disappointment. So called home made lemonade was just syrup from a bottle ( the waitress seemed a bit hesitating when we ordered it) and an iced latte coffee, coffee better than average in Kyrgyzstan but still poor coffee quality. Service wasn't friendly at all. There are better coffee places in town!
5. Kochevnik Cafe
4 based on 35 reviews
Cafe "Kochevnik" is a cosy cafe in the heart of Karakol city, Kyrgyzstan. Our guests are enjoying our modern interior with a touch of ethnic kyrgyz decorations. Here you may find a rich variety of asian fusion cusine along with european standards meal. We
Reviewed By Kyrgyz-tours4u - Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
This cafe is located centrally. Has delicious meals. Good service. Price is little higher but it is clean and nice inside.Our valued guest,The staff of Cafe "Kochevnik" appreciate your time and effort to leave such a great review for us! We will work on becoming even better than we are now.Truly hope to see you as our guest again in the future!Thank you! Best regards,Aiana [email protected]+996 557 671331
6. Kench Cafe
4 based on 86 reviews
Reviewed By 177geertv - Ghent, Belgium
Excellent. Best food and service.
Excellent. Really tasty local dishes in town. T- bone steak, sirloin steak, lamb chops , but also healthy salads and vodka and beer. Waiters exceptionally good. English. Russian . Boys and girls. Very good. 2 km out of center? 70som by taxi. It is worth it!!!!!
7. Lovely Pizza
4 based on 32 reviews
Reviewed By ScreenNameMissing - Toronto, Canada
Nice change in cuisines
A pretty decent pizza. Cold cheap beer. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Shaded outdoor patio. Close to the centre of town. What more could you want? We came back for more after completing the Ala Kol trek. That's proof of satisfaction.
8. Alma Ethno Cafe
5 based on 14 reviews
Welcome to the Ethno cafe ALMA. With delicious home cooking, with a bright and cozy atmosphere. In our cafe, you can see many paintings and products,that have made in ethnic style,try different kinds of teas,such as: tea "Issyk-Kul paradise",tea on "Issyk
Reviewed By Cathy F - Vashon, Washington
Friendly and delicious
I have been to eat at the Alma Ethno Cafe here in Karakol three times this week. The food is excellent with a great selection of Kyrgyz dishes and the portions are huge. But the most special thing about this place is that they are so friendly and welcoming. They have a menu in English. It is worth the few blocks walk to savor some of these dishes. I recommend the Gulchatay on Talas, but everything I have tried has been very good.
9. Karakol Meeting Point
Our cozy coffeehouse is a great place to socialize and meet other travelers. We are also a meeting point and tourist information center. Here you can read a guide book, see the maps of the area, plan a trip with our help or exchange your experience with o
Reviewed By grabner_stephan - Chapel Hill
Great spot to hang out and meet other travelers
Perfect spot to catch some afternoon sun sitting on old couches outside drinking beer. We stumbled upon Social as we were walking through Karakol and had a few beers there. The espresso wasn't great, but the snickers milkshake was totally worth it. There's a little book exchange, a whiteboard where travelers can look for transportation & companions, and you can find maps of the area as well as gas canisters. You won't find locals here, but it's a great spot to meet travelers and swap stories as you sip a cold beer.
10. Altyn Kumara
In the city of Karakol, a new cafe-kebab restaurant "Altyn Kumara" is open now. A place where you can spend an excellent dinner with friends and family for a tasty and juicy barbecue.
Reviewed By Paul H - Portland, Maine
Shashlik & Piva
Great place for shashlik, the house specialty. Went for dinner and the restaurant was completely full. One of the few places serving Shashlik all year round. Only two beers on offer, Arpa and Zhivoye, but it's good Shashlik, so you can't complain. Outdoor space available in warmer weather.