10 Things to eat in Minsk and where

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If you are in Belarus and, in particular, in the city of Minsk, you will certainly want to taste some typical dishes. Indeed, every traveler knows that the discovery of gastronomic traditions of a country is a great way to get to know it. Belarusian cuisine is rich in potato dishes as, historically, when it was difficult to collect cereals, they were also used to replace bread. In Minsk you will find many restaurants and clubs where you can order and taste the recipes of traditional Eastern cuisine, with very special flavors.



Index

  1. Draniki
  2. Pyachysta
  3. Pirozhki
  4. Pelmeni
  5. Shashlik
  6. Borsch
  7. Kasha
  8. Mochanka
  9. Babka
  10. Kotleta pokrestyansky
  11. Where to eat in Minsk: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Draniki

È one of the most popular dishes and famous of Belarusian cuisine. Although there are similar recipes for making potato pancakes in different countries, Minsk draniki are famous for their rich flavor, due to the floury potatoes that are grown in Belarus. After being fried in oil they are served with yogurt.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: 3.80 Euros per portion
  • Main ingredients: potatoes

2 - Pyachysta

In Belarus, pork is the most widely used meat in various recipes. One of the most famous and delicious dishes you can order in a Minsk restaurant is Pyachysta, traditionally a festive dish but which can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. This is the boiled or stewed suckling pig (sometimes roasted) and served with potatoes and other vegetables, often carrots.



  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about 12 Euros
  • Main ingredients: pork, potatoes and vegetables

3 - Pirozhki

The pirozhki are some kind of sandwiches made from leavened dough and baked in the oven. They can be filled with many fillings, both sweet and savory: fresh fruit, jam, ricotta or with vegetables, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, onions and eggs, but also fish or meat. A widely used filling is the one based on oatmeal, meat or offal.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: about 4.50 Euros
  • Main ingredients: leavened dough, various fillings (fruit, jam, vegetables, meat or fish)

4 - Pelmeni

The equivalent of Italian tortellini are pelmeni. A dish of Chinese origin and widespread throughout the Urals, it can also be found frozen in all supermarkets in Minsk but, of course, Belarusian citizens use prepare them by hand, in home. Of different shapes and sizes, these ravioli have a filling that can be based on mixed white meats, or with potatoes and mushrooms. The filling, left to flavor with the onion, is wrapped in a thin and light sheet made with flour, water and eggs. For the preparation of the filling, there is an exact percentage of meat to use, but the recipe varies by area. Immersed in boiling water, the pelmeni are drained once they have risen to the surface. They are served with melted butter and accompanied by a sour cream.


  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: around € 10
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry made with flour, water and eggs, stuffed with white meats, mixed meats, potatoes and mushrooms

5 - Shashlik

Very similar to the Russian version of the kebab, the dish is based on marinated meat and roasted on long and large skewers. Of Georgian origin, the recipe - with the appropriate variants - is widespread in all countries of the former Soviet Union and neighboring. Large chunks of sheep or mutton are marinated in a mixture of very salty water, onion and bay leaf for a day or two, then skewered on long skewers for the cooking.


  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about € 10 Euro
  • Main ingredients: marinated sheep or mutton

6 - Borsch

It is a colorful one beetroot soup, of Ukrainian origin. It is widespread in many variations but the basic ingredient, beetroot, is a must. In fact, it gives the soup its recognizable color. It can be enriched with pork and veal, or chicken and duck, vegetables, potatoes and legumes.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about 9 Euros
  • Main ingredients: beets, vegetables, white or red meat

7 - Kasha

This dish also comes from the Russian tradition and is a traditional dish typical of all of Eastern Europe. It is about a variant of porridge, in a thick and liquid version, sweet and not sweet as it can be prepared with a base of water, milk and meat broth. The most used cereals for its preparation are semolina, buckwheat, rice, millet or oats.


  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: about 6 Euros
  • Main ingredients: cereals, broth or milk

8 - Mochanka

It is a traditional dish, also present in different variations in Eastern countries. IS a stewed meat soup served with a particular version of the draniki, thin and large. The preparation involves numerous steps and represents a moment of conviviality with family and friends.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about 9 Euros
  • Main ingredients: mixed meat, vegetables

9 - Babka

This dish is also made from potatoes, in this case grated, to which eggs, onion and pieces of fried bacon are added. The potatoes grown in Belarus are creamy and soft, the secret to the success of this dish is to form a crunchy crust on the surface of the flan. It is served accompanied by sour cream and chopped herbs.


  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: about 11 Euros
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, eggs, bacon

10 - Kotleta pokrestyansky

It is a yummy pork cutlet served with a mushroom-based sauce. A very simple but truly delicious recipe.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: about 12 Euros
  • Main ingredients: pork, mushrooms

Where to eat in Minsk: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The Belarusian culinary tradition is rich in baked meat, soups, delicious sauces, mushrooms and potatoes, traditionally used for their nourishing and satiating power.
The gastronomic panorama it is constantly evolving and tending towards a Western-style dynamism that takes hold at the expense of the oldest restaurants, but nevertheless it is still possible in the city to enjoy the delicacies of local cuisine. Here are the best places to eat in Minsk:

1 - Traktir Na Parkovoy

  • Description: restaurant where you can taste typical dishes in a gypsy style atmosphere
  • specialty: pelmeni
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - U Franciska

  • Description: typical restaurant with genuine dishes served in a soft and cozy atmosphere
  • specialty: soups and excellent craft beers
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Kuhmistr

  • Description: typical restaurant with Belarusian and Russian cuisine, with hearty dishes and open space
  • specialty: soups and tasting menu
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Lido

  • Description: informal place for a quick self-service lunch
  • specialty: Freshly prepared Belarusian dishes
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Vasiliki Restaurant

  • Description: Belarusian specialty of excellent quality, often recommended by locals
  • specialty: soups, meats and local spirits
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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