15 things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide

Greetings from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! Hello from Central Asia. It is our first time here and we are going
to be spending a few days here in the capital. So we’re going to take you on a little tour
and show you fifteen things to do around Bishkek (Бишкек). It should be fun. First up, we visited Ala-Too Square (Ала-тоо
аянты – Площадь Ала-Тоо), which is the central plaza in Bishkek. While there isn’t much to do here, it’s
one of the city’s major landmarks, plus they also have lots of benches and water fountains
where you can take a quick break. From there, we crossed the street and made
our way over to the State Historical Museum. So unfortunately the state museum which you
see right here behind me is closed for renovations so we won’t be able to go in but I hear there
is a statue of Lenin hiding out back so we’re going to see if we can find that. Let’s go. On an unrelated note if you’ve never watched
the movie Goodbye Lenin you should. It is in German but it is pretty good. I just remembered that because we’re visiting
the Lenin statue. Another place you’ll want to visit in Bishkek
is the Osh Bazaar (Ош базары). It may not be the biggest in Central Asia,
but it’s a bustling maze where you could easily spend a few hours. We had no problems at the market, but we were
warned by several locals to ignore the fake police who may ask to see documents and camera
permits. So keep that in mind if you encounter them! It is shopping time. Next up we’re at the Osh bazaar (Ош базары)
and you can find everything here. We’re seen fresh produce, snacks, chocolates,
clothes. Right behind me we have an entire aisle dedicated
to dry cheese balls. It is this really popular snack. It kind of tastes like salty goat cheese. Not my favorite but if you want to try it
come here. 150. Can I get. Half a kilo of dates. Half a kilo of fresh dates. And I paid just 100 Som which roughly is about
a dollar fifty. And like look how many dates I got guys. All for yourself. Because I’m not a fan of dates either. Ah. No. We’re not dumb tourists. We’re not dumb tourists. Maybe Sam is. Those were Sam’s horrible acting skills right
there. My goodness. We are going to visit an abandoned casino
and nightclub. But you know what? There is a lot of people hanging out here
and I feel like we’re going to get kicked out because these people look like construction
workers or security guards. Anyways let’s try. First impressions? It smells bad. I think people hang out here overnight. Yeah, they may hang out here and do things
but there is also a lot of broken things all around so I think it is going to be cool. Let’s go take a look. I think graffiti as well. Ah yeah, nice graffiti over there. Okay so we just came across children playing
in here. So if kids can get in I think we can too. If you do come here I would suggest closed
shoes. It is all broken glass. Hello. Hello. Directly across from the abandoned casino,
you’ll find Victory monument which was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of World
War 2. The three curved arcs represent a yurt, and
the sculpture of a woman standing near the eternal flame is meant to symbolize her waiting
for her husband and sons to return from the war. Okay so this morning we are checking out Erkindik
Park. And I think this is Sam’s favorite park that
we’ve found so far. I’ve been going jogging here everyday sometimes
twice a day. So and I’ve kind of come at all times of day
and on weekdays and also on weekends. And this park is completely different throughout
the week. Yeah, you can catch people enjoying coffee
or having ice creams in the afternoon. And it is basically like these two little
parallel boulevards lined with trees. It is really pretty so we’re going to show
you. Oh my gosh they have peanut butter. Audrey they have peanut butter. Peanut butter. This is Sam in his happy place. Ice cream and a swing. I’m here on a bit of a solo mission. Out of all the things Iv’e really wanted to
do in Bishkek this is right at the top of my list. I’m going to check out a public bath. Woah. That was refreshing. So I just spent probably one or two hours
in the public bath. And it was pretty awesome. It reminds me a lot of the Korean public baths
in the sense that it is gender segregated. You basically go in, you take off your clothes,
you put on some flipflops, you get naked and you go check out these basically steam rooms,
there is a sauna. But what was really awesome at this place
it had these little hut like buildings over here. That is actually where you do basically your
polar plunge swimming. And that is freezing cold water. And when I was going to go in for the first
time I was kind of like tiptoeing in with the latter and this guy came by and shoved
me in. So I got the full on experience of feeling
really cold after being hot for a while. So yeah, it was a pretty cool experience. It cost 300 Som. So not too expensive and if you’re in Bishkek
(Бишкек) and you’re up for this type of thing definitely check it out. So we are going rollerskating in Bishkek. And I don’t know how to roller skate. Neither do I. Can’t start. Can’t stop. I can’t roller skate but Sam seems to have
picked it up. There he be. It is like Bambi on skates. This is so different from ice skating. So the question is what do you prefer? Roller skating, inline skating or ice skating? Are you kidding me. Of course inline skating and ice skating are
way more familiar for me. But I have to say I’m starting to get the
hang of it a little bit near towards the end. But I decided to wrap it up a bit early. Those teenagers are just way too agile for
me. Yeah, don’t want to break any bones today
huh? No. Ha. We missed the start of opera and ballet season
by just a few days, however, if you’re in the city at the right time, that’s something
you could consider doing. Chilling like a villain. He be chilling like a villain. Where are we? And what are we doing? Any why are you making that face? I have no idea. We are at the Q cafe. Right over there. Q cafe. You can’t really see it but it is there. This is a place where we met up for coffee
with friends like two or three days ago. Yep. And it is really good so we’re back again
and we’ve got some beautiful looking lattes. Lattes. With art. And we’re just waiting for cake and muffins
basically. Cake and muffins. Woo hoo. Dessert is here. Yes, so I’m going to start with this. Sam’s cake. It looks crumbly. I think they call it Dvorak cake. Yeah, I didn’t get the name. Mmmm. It is like a fluffy cheesecake almost. And it is crumbly. With icing sugar on top. That is nice. Um, I am a fan of your cake Sam. Do you remember whose cake that is? You’ve just had a second bite. Alright since you’re on like a bit of a piggy
role why don’t you try your muffin. Your muffin. There we go. Is that pumpkin? Ooh. Wow. Oh wow. That is strawberry. Real chunks of strawberry. Mmmm. That is good. With coffee. Perfect midday snack. And if you’re craving a short escape from
Bishkek, you can always plan a day hike to the nearby mountains with the Trekking Union. So two funny things. We had to sign a waiver in order to join this
trek and there were two particular points that kind of jumped out at us. First, we had to agree that we wouldn’t run
away during the hike but it is like. You know how much we like to do that so. That was almost a sticking point. Where are we going to run? And number two we had to promise we wouldn’t
drink alcohol. Haha. But again alcohol on a twenty five kilometer
hike. I feel like that is just asking for trouble
and we barely have enough water so. In other words we have to dump out the moonshine
that is in my backpack, right? Ha. Ah, I got my shoe wet. Now I’m going to be hiking 25 kilometers with
soggy shoes. This is not a good start. As far as food goes, there’s plenty to sample
ranging from grilled meats to dumplings, and noodles to mixed rice, plus there was one
drink that really left an impression on us. So we’ve decided to be a little bit adventurous
with what we’re drinking and we are having kymyz (Кымыз). We’re having kumis (Кымыз). Do you want to tell us what that is? This is basically considered the national
drink here in this country. In fact, the city of Bishkek (Бишкек)
was named after the paddle used to churn this and it is basically it is mare’s milk. It is fermented mare’s milk. And that is all you’re having? That little sip. It has a slight amount of alcohol. Sam. Yeah, we’re taking it easy here. So. Let’s try it. It has a very strong smell. Okay. Well? So imagine like the saltiest milk you’ve ever
had that has also been slightly watered down and tastes a little bit alcoholic. You can taste a little bit of the alcohol. So that is exactly what it tastes like. Mmmm. Mmmmm. And we’ve got a liter of that just to ourselves. Alright so Sam tell us a little bit about
the food here in Bishkek. So we’re standing outside a restaurant called
Red Cow and this is one of the most popular places to have steak. And what we’ve found here in Bishkek (Бишкек)
is that there is some amazing International Cuisine. We’ve had really good Japanese, we’ve had
really good Korean, we’ve also had really good traditional food here as well. So this is a city for foodies. Tonight for dinner we’re going to go to one
of our favorite International food places. It is called Chicken Star. It is a Korean restaurant that specializes
in Korean style chicken. And I’m all ready. I’ve got my Hanwha Eagles hat on. Alright go team Korea! Woo. Beer has arrived. This one is called Zhivow. But the thing is can you say cheers in Russian. That is the true test. Tell me what it is. I don’t know. So no. Gumbai. So we are at Save The Ales. Save The Ales. And I am saving an ale right here. A pale ale. Yeah, an IPA. There is a really cool craft beer scene emerging
here in Bishkek (Бишкек) and I can’t wait to try this one. With our time in Bishkek winding down, we
made a visit to Oak Park which is full of sculptures, and then we also visited nearby
Panfilov Park (Панфилов көчөсү – улица Панфилова). So next up we’re at Panfilov Park (Панфилов
көчөсү – улица Панфилова) and this place if full of rides. We’ve just had a big lunch so we’re debating
whether or not we should get on some of these little roller coasters and other things. Oh. And that’s a wrap for our trip to Bishkek
(Бишкек). As you can probably tell from this video,
this city is the kind of place that you experience as opposed to ticking off attractions, so
it ended up being a fairly relaxing trip after a few busy weeks of travel around Kyrgyzstan
(Кыргызстан – Киргизия). As always, if you have any suggestions of
things to do in Bishkek, feel free to share your tips with fellow travellers in the comments
section below. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “15 things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide

  1. Greetings from Toronto, Canada to Samuel and Audrey!!!! You are in my city – Bishkek!!! Thanks for the video. I am a bit homesick now 🙂

  2. hi guys, just subscribed on your channel, ive been watching your vid since your finland trip. btw, what cameras are you guys using for your videos?

  3. My family was born in Bishkek except for me an my little sister. I understand Russian cause my mom always talks in Russian at home.

  4. Thankyou so much for sharing this video. I went to Bishkek with friends on Christmas 2016. The place in winter is fantastic. The people are very friendly and the food is awsome. Issyk-Ata Gorge, Kashka Su ski resort, Ala Archa national park, and Burana towers is surely not worth missing and Retro Metro was the best. Good luck guys all the way from India.

  5. I guess that casino was the abandoned "Naryn" restaurant, popular in the Soviet times. Now is under reconstruction as I have heard. Thank you for your amazing videos

  6. Bishkek looks like a pretty modern city just like anywhere in the west. Its hard to imagine that Central Asia which cut off from the rest of the world for being land locked can have such a modern city with civilized people living in it. The name kind of sounds like a typical Islamic terrorist country though.

  7. sending love and respect from Pakistan..it looks like a really beautiful country with lovely people..wish to see this beautiful country soon IA.

  8. A nicely made video. Bishkek is becoming more and more popular in recent times. The markets of the region are delightful especially Osh Bazaar. The freshly prepared bread was a hit among all us travelers.

    I penned my experience here >> http://www.budgetwayfarers.com/bishkek-top-buying-things/

  9. if possible, could you stay out of the videos? I just want to see Bishkek, not a couple of disgusting, sickly, New World immigrant yanks.

  10. You should visit issykkul lake… lovely place….. I heard some indian songs playing in bishkek night clubs and that was awsome experience… love Kyrgyzstan from india

  11. Dear Visit Pakistan, Nd see our Capital Islamabad which is 2nd Most beautifll capital of World.. visit northern Areas Gilgit, Hunza, Atta abad Lack, swat, K2 mountain, Khunjrab, Birtish back pakers recomanded no 1 in the List,, come visit nd see the unseen natures treasure… Thanks

  12. You should have visited Chon Kurchak canyon, waterfall,a hot spring and amazing Ala – Archa national park nearby Bishkek as well

  13. OMG You guys are Awesome!!! It is my native town and i miss "Kymyz" (national drink) soo much.,kinda jelous 🙂 And food omg i just can't .You should go and check out Yssyk Kol region for International Nomad Games !

  14. Without the Iranic culture and Soviet union develops in 20th century, all these turkic nations in central asia could be worse than middle east

  15. I have planned on visiting Bishkek very soon. I find your city guide very helpful and nice to watch.
    I love the track at the end of the video

  16. Бл* эти полу круглые шары эта общественная баня??? 20лет живу в Бишкеке первый раз слышу.

  17. The place in 03:40 is so creepy, my mum is kyrgyz and I went there but it seems more creepy from the cam lol

  18. Finally making my trip to this amazing country 🇰🇬 in a month's time! Just rewatched this video to get hints on how to experience Bishkek.

    Thanks for sharing this guys!
    I am pumped more than ever!

    Greetings from Philippines! 👍🏻

  19. Did you visit Issyk kul. ? If not, it's a very beatiful place l have seen. It is a lake which surrounds very big mountains with glaciers

  20. I am an Indian. Just got back from Kyrgyzstan. Loved it. It was a second visit. Invested in a Gypsum mine in Issyk kul. Beautiful friendly people.

  21. I think that lots of European & American people are now travelling "Central Asia" too. It's cities are so clean & pollution free, lots of green park are available here, it's food healthy & delicious, moreover there are lots of empty space for walk & quietness are the reasons. East Asia are so rich & now Central Asia are also getting rich day by day.

  22. You see the place in the park where the kids were playing! I used to play there when I was coming to visit my grandma. So much of nostalgie

  23. Also issi,Kul is really good in the summer just make sure to bring sun screen because you can get sun burnt really fast

  24. Ош базар сартский базар акаа макаа ошийям махаля туфта.

  25. "Cheers!" in Russian is <<Ваше здоровье!>> (váshe zdoróv'ye) – literally, "To your health!"
    Does anyone know how to say "Cheers!" in Kyrgyz?

  26. During which month of the year did you visit Bishkek? The weather seems very pleasant and mild in the video.

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