Belarusian cuisine: top 5 restaurants in Minsk

local foodOne of the first things we do when visiting a foreign country is trying its national cuisine. There is no way you can understand a national character without tasting its typical courses. It is a common knowledge that Belarusians are famous potato-lovers. You can find so many traditional dishes made with potatoes from Draniki (beloved Belarusian potato pancakes) to Babka (a pie from meat and potatoes). If you like pork, sausage, mushrooms or various grits you will also find something in our cuisine to satisfy your appetite. And of course we can’t but mention our country’s specialty – cholodnyk - a cold soup, made with beet, eggs, and cucumbers and served with greenery and sour cream.

Eating is eating. But some like it hot. Do you see what I am getting at? Right. Alcoholic beverages. Well Belarusians can be proud of Krambambulya, for example. It is some kind of alcoholic tincture with honey and spices. We even have a musical band named after this drink!

Already intrigued? There are several places where you can try our cuisine. We recommend you to visit Rakovsky Brovar, Kuhmistr, Talaka, Grunwald or Kamyanitsa.

where to try belarusian cuisine in minsk

Rakovsky Brovar

  • Address: Vitebskaya Street, 10
  • Working hours: every day from 12:00 till 0:00

There are 5 halls in this beer restaurant which can accommodate up to 320 people. The restaurant itself is especially loved for its beer. There are plenty sorts to choose from. Moreover there is a small brewery here so you can enjoy your beer and watch the process of brewing at the same time. Live music played in the restaurant will do your appetite much good.



  • Address: Karla Marksa Street, 19
  • Working hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 00:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00 - 00:00

In this restaurant you can try not only our national cuisine but also European one. The place is always full of foreigners who come here to try the restaurant’s specialty – Draniki.



  • Address: Karla Marksa Street, 40
  • Working hours: every day from 12:00 till 23:00

The peculiar feature of this restaurant is that it manages to cook not only dishes which were popular with Belarusian peasants but also the ones which were preferred by our old Belarusian clergy and gentry. Moreover it has some polish dishes on the menu as well, as our cultures were once united. The atmosphere of the place video and music tracks will certainly enrich your understanding of our culture.



  • Address: Rakovskaya Street, 18
  • Working hours: every day from 10:00 till 6:00

When you visit a place you will be pleasantly surprised as it is more of a museum than a restaurant. You can see a lot of Belarusian old things connected with the history of our country and enjoy our cuisine at the same time. It is worthy to say that the menu was carefully developed. The authors paid special attention to the book “The history of Belarusian cuisine”.



  • Address: Pervomayskaya Street, 18
  • Working hours: every day from 12:00 till 23:00

People who have visited this restaurant say it was as if they had visited ancient Belarus. In the menu there is not only information about traditional dishes and beverages but also some general comments on history of our country.

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