Vladislav Danilov, account director of Studio 38 and head of Visit Irkutsk Project, recommends 10 places for you to visit – from a barbershop to a steakhouse.

Gentleman’s House barbershop

This barbershop stands in the middle of the Green Line pedestrian route, not far from the Moskovskie Vorota. The ground floor is a beard-styling salon. The basement, however, is a must-visit place for everyone who loves cool atmosphere, top-notch Idaho cocktails and classical cocktails. If you don’t see your favorites on the bar list, just say a word – the staff will prepare anything you need.

Daytime in this barbershop is quiet and calm and the nights are loud and cozy. Jazz musicians, standup comedians and vinyl DJs performs on different nights. Nikita, the owner of this place, communicates with the guests personally and makes sure that you have an awesome time.

How to find it

6V, Dekabrski sobytiy St.
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1 000 rubles

Working hours

12:00–02:00 Sun–Thu
12:00–06:00 Fri–Sat

Prego

Come take a look at this Italian restaurant after taking an evening stroll through one of the oldest streets in Irkutsk. Children, parents and foreign guests are all welcomed in this cozy place.

You won’t have any difficulties with ordering food even if you don’t speak Russian and travel without the interpreter. Prego has an English menu. Salads, pizzas and pastas are always delicious and served in large portions, so if you want to try several dishes, order half-portions. Don’t forget to try the wine and leave room for Prego’s delectable desserts.

How to find it

15A, Karl Marx St.
pregoitaly.ru
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1 500 rubles

Working hours

12:00–24:00

Design bar

If you enjoy experimenting, trying out new flavors and combining the uncombinable, come to the second floor of Revolutsia gallery. The Design bar lives up to its name, serving a large selection of original-looking unusual cocktails and food in a uniquely designed interior.

Even though people usually come to this bar with their friends, you won’t get bored alone. Lots of interesting people stop by on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the rest of the week, they can be found attending exhibitions, lectures and poetry readings in the gallery.

How to find it

40, Karl Marx St.

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1 000 rubles

Working hours

12:00–24:00

Chento

Chento is a popular meeting place in 130th quarter. It is loud and lively. The guests talk to each other, drink wine, eat and enjoy everything in general.

The menu has Italian and Japanese cuisine. The chefs prepare both equally well, which is a rare ability. Try lasagna, desserts and teas, as Chento prepares them especially great.

How to find it

1/9, 3 Iyulya St.
istproject.ru
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1 000 rubles

Working hours

12:00–24:00

Castro cafe

The four cafes of this food chain are all in different areas of Irkutsk. The cafes in the 130th Quarter and in the malls are best suited for a quick snack. Stop by for a few minutes, take a perfectly brewed coffee to go and go on with your business.

The airport café, however, is best suited for a longer stay. Talk to the bartenders while you wait for your flight, snack on some fresh sandwiches and prepare yourself for a plane ride or rest after arrival. Castro café is one of the few comfortable areas of the airport.

How to find it

Domestic airport,
13B, Shiryamov St.

Check average

200 rubles

Working hours

24/7

Karamel mall, 36, Partisanskaya St. 200 rubles 10.00–22.00
Jam Mall, 3, Sergeev St. 200 rubles 10.00–22.00
130th Quarter, 7, 3 Iyulya St. 200 rubles 9.00–23.00
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Rumyanovo

One does not simply visit the 130th Quarter without trying the savory Russian pies, stuffed with delicious fillings and covered with a crunchy golden crust. Rumyanovo prepares those types of pies perfectly. Kurnik pie and cranberry pie are especially good. The menu also offers pelmeni, crepes, varenyky and soups.

This place is in a two-story building. If you brought friends with you, head to the second floor directly. The tables are further apart, so nothing will disturb your conversation. Rumyanovo offers delivery until midnight. You can order Russian and Ossetian pies to your hotel or hostel from the website.

How to find it

5, 3 Iyulya St.
румяново.рф
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Check average

500 rubles

Working hours

10:00–24:00

Trend Bar

The bar is in the highest spot of the 130th Quarter, offering a panoramic view of the city that becomes especially beautiful after the sun sets. If you want to see the view without any disruptions, book a table by the window in advance. Those seats get taken first.

The bar itself is small and perfect for dates. Groups of 3-6, however, will be comfortable as well, as almost every table has comfortable sofas. The food is best suited for those who prefer sandwiches, pastas and Caesar salad over something exotic. The bar also serves some unusual dishes, too, such as pike cutlets. These dishes are just as delicious as the rest of the menu.

How to find it

25, 3 Iyulya St.
+7 (39-52) 48-80-76
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1 000 rubles

Working hours

12:00–2:00

Myasnaya lavka

This brutal grill bar stands on the Nizhnyaya Quay. In there, two tough tattooed guys prepare burgers in the exact way the burgers were meant to be prepared.

The most extreme burger, “Champion”, has six beef patties, bacon and cheese. Myasnaya lavka also offers a variety of cheeseburgers, a hangover burger and a spicy chili burger, and some decent craft beer as well. You can also order a takeout or order the food by phone without leaving your hotel room.

How to find it

4A, Bograda St.
+7 (39-52) 75-35-75
m-lvk.ru
VK page

Check average

500 rubles

Working hours

12:00–20:00

Buuza

These two hipsterish cafes on the left bank of Angara River and on the Verkhnyaya Quay stand out between the rows of other buuzy cafes. They are stylish and comfortable. Each table has its own decoration, the menu is written on a chalk board and the windows offer nice views.

The menu is varied, offering both Caesar salads and cheesecakes. But the main specialty of those cafes is, of course, buuzy – a national Buryat dish made from dough and meat. Try all of the types: traditional, with lamb, fried, and the black buuzy with cuttlefish ink. Buuzy cost around 50 rubles each.

How to find it

8, Chernyshevsky St.
+7 (39-52) 96-59-67

Check average

500 rubles

Working hours

10:00–20:00

145/15, Verkhnyaya Naberezhnaya St.
+7 (39-52) 93-08-68
500 rubles 10:00–20:00
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Asador

Asador is a classic steak house in the center of Irkutsk. The prices are steep, but the perfectly cooked meat and quality service are worth it.

To help you decide, the waiters will tell you about the differences between steak types and show you a live presentation. Asador also has a sophisticated interior design, soft lighting, unobtrusive music and an English menu.

How to find it

34, Lenin St.

Check average

2 000 rubles

Working hours

12:00–24:00

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