Karaganda Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Karaganda

August 23, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Karaganda or Qaraghandy (Kazakh: Qaraǵandy [qɑɾɑˈʁɑndə] ( listen)) is the capital of Karaganda Region in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is the fourth most populous city in Kazakhstan, behind Almaty (Alma-Ata), Astana and Shymkent. Population: 459,778 (2009 Census results); 436,864 (1999 Census results).
Things to do in Karaganda

1. Mag&Dak

pr. Bukhar-Zhirau, 63/3, Karaganda, Kazakhstan Fast Food Dinner +7 721 243 5413
Excellent
57%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
18%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Mag&Dak

Reviewed By marousek - Los Angeles, California

They set the bar low and tried to imitate (steal) McDonald's level of food and service. They succeeded, sad to say. The food is a close approximation of McD's. "Chicken Chips" are indistinguishable from Chicken McNuggets. The one I went to was inside the City Mall in Karaganda, which made it convenient for me since I often shopped at the RamStore, but I still generally avoided the place. I suppose US expats nostalgic for the Golden Arches will like it.

2. Assorti

Nurkena Abdirova Ave., 17/2, Karaganda, Kazakhstan Italian, Japanese, Russian Dinner +7 721 290 8425
Excellent
26%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Assorti

Reviewed By Phillipa S S - Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Here was an assortment of choice, with a mix from a sushi bar, hot and cold meals. The assortment is awesome. The fruit juices mixes are mouth-watering. There is everything from children's meals to the refined tastes. They are a child- friendly restaurant.

3. Assorti

Bukhar-Zhyrau Ave., 59/2, Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 291 1707
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Assorti

Reviewed By Michael B - Laramie, Wyoming

The atmosphere and food are quite good. The waitress spoke English and it is one of the few places you can get ice with a drink. I have eaten here on a couple trips to Karaganda and it has always been good. Their soups are particularly tasty and the salads are fresh. Consistently one of the better restaurants in Kazakhstan. This is a chain and I have eaten at one in Astana that was good as well.

4. Coffein

Nurkena Abdirova Ave., 32, Karaganda, Kazakhstan Lunch +7 721 251 8888
Excellent
61%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Coffein

Reviewed By Phillipa S S - Karaganda, Kazakhstan

CoffeIn is a cool eating place, serving not only coffee, but a wide variety of delicious meals. It caters also for a wide range of ages. Friendly staff and a warm, cosy atmosphere punctuate visits here. Their bright colours help brighten the spirits.
Their desserts of buns filled with milk curds, or filled with chocolate are irresistible once you taste them.

5. Forpost

Orbita 1-I Microrayon 12/2, Karaganda 100422, Kazakhstan Reservations Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +7 721 272 0515
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Forpost

Reviewed By Mira S

It's a nice place. The hall is spacious and we'll decorated. Home brewed beer is delicious. They also run deals: buy one liter of beer and get the second one free. Food is okay. Nothing extraordinary.

6. Johnee Walker

Bukhar-Zhyrau Ave., 36, Karaganda, Kazakhstan Japanese, European +7 721 241 1908
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Johnee Walker

Reviewed By Nicolae S - Ljubljana, Bohinj, Slovenia

Karganda seems to be a place 'in the middle of nowhere". Not far away from city Stalin decided to built up many years ago a camp named 'Karlag' , where a lot of people from different countries have been deported.
The city has this strange mixture of inhabitants of different nations (Kazakhs, Russians, Germans, Pols, Bulgarians, Romanians, Tatars) and you can read the history of the place on the people's faces.
If you stroll on the streets you can discover the layers of nine decades of existence. It is such a strange mixture of architecture as well.
In front of the old factories, gray colored, degraded and almost destroyed you can see a lot of new buildings contrasting to the old ones.
In the center you are surprised by the socialistic buildings and very modern ones staying together on the both parts of the main streets.
Somewhere, not so far from the center,just across the building of Regional Parliament you can discover discover Johnee Walker Pub.
The restaurant is very modern outside and inside. A couple of tables for six are arranged near the windows, the staff is really kind, just welcoming you and offering a good salty, smoked cheese, a large offer of beer and delicious dishes.
No matter if you want a a lunch or a dinner. Johnee Walker (despite of misspelling) has always good food, good drinks and a really enjoyable atmosphere.

7. Line Brew Karaganda

Mira bulvar 24, Karaganda 100012, Kazakhstan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Bar, European, Pub, Steakhouse, Central European Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$196 - HK$785 +7 702 742 6062
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Line Brew Karaganda

Reviewed By Yerlan B

Nice place, comfort interior, good location, excellent service, perfect food, good variety of beer and wine.

8. Palermo

Alikhanova 37/2, Karaganda 100017, Kazakhstan Takeout Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +7 701 514 5033
Excellent
73%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Palermo

Reviewed By Phillipa S S - Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Palermo is a lovely quiet place for a good relaxed meal. Italian cuisine dominates the menu card. Definitely a place for pizza and pasta lovers. tasty cakes and sweets too. Their selection of eas is expanding.

9. Dissident

Nurkena Abdirova Ave., 30V, Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 247 9688
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Dissident

Reviewed By Мурат Е - Karaganda, Kazakhstan

бар от ресторана Медведь. У входа знаменитый памятник фразе "Где-где - в Караганде". Уютные диванчики и интерьер в целом. Барное меню. Хорошее место как для деловой встречи днем, так для посиделок с друзьями вечером.

10. Expresso

Lobody 34, Karaganda 100008, Kazakhstan Cafe +7 721 256 6843
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Expresso

Reviewed By Phillipa S S - Karaganda, Kazakhstan

I loved the shisha smoking here. They also have a great selection of cocktails and pastry-based meals. The place is small, but very cosy. Atmosphere is always calm and friendly. Very good for winding down on a Friday evening.

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