Murmansk (Russian: Му́рманск, IPA: [ˈmurmənsk]; Kildin Sami: Мурман ланнҍ; Northern Sami: Murmánska; Skolt Sami: Muurman) is a port city and the administrative center of Murmansk Oblast in the far northwest part of Russia. It sits on both slopes and banks of a modest ria or fjord, Kola Bay, an estuarine inlet of the Barents Sea. Its bulk is on the east bank of the inlet. It is in the north of the rounded Kola Peninsula which covers most of the Oblast (semi-autonomous region). The city is 67 miles (108 km) from the border with Norway and 113 miles (182 km) from the Finnish border. The city is named for the Murman Coast; an archaic term in Russian for Norwegian.
Things to do in Murmansk
4 based on 109 reviews
Review from globalgilroy
-a delightful and modern cafe in the centre of Murmansk
-varied menu also in English
-an ideal venue for lunch and afternoon tea style grazing
-lovely modern decor
-conservatory style dining room is the non smoking area
-Young and friendly staff-some with limited English
-strong wifi connection
-amusing and rather aesthetic loud bird recordings in the restrooms. It was like being in a tropical jungle ! The things you remember about a restaurant eh !
-I used Leto several times during my stay for daytime snacks & Internet/photo catch up etc
Highly recommended and typifies the 'cafe culture' that is beginning to transmit from the largest city inside the Arctic Circle ! Unimaginable 25 years ago
4 based on 126 reviews
Good choice if you like to have some non russian food in Murmansk.
Service, like most of the services in Russia has some space for improvement.
The Pizza was ok. The restaurant itself looks clean and holds a little too much of dust collectibles.
I guess, they call it russian charme.
Nevertheless, a good and fair pick.
4.5 based on 46 reviews
I have been in Las Galetas several times during the last years (latest in June 2010). This is a great place, situated slightly outside the centre of Murmansk and thus is easily accessible by public transport or taxi. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant, but sometimes can be noisy. The menu essentially refers to Russian and pan-European kitchen, even though it seems like the chief is not afraid to improvise in fusion style. Mind you, starters and Deserts are usually quite good in this place, so do not skip them. The price has been steadily increasing throughout the last years, but still is acceptable. The waiters are fairly OK, polite and attentive, remember to tip the granny standing in the wardrobe :)
4 based on 36 reviews
Jasmin tea, delicious sushi filled with crab and for dessert tiny, fried apple pies with sour cream, It went all well with vodka.Can be recommended!
4 based on 161 reviews
There is a network of these places in the city. I'd call the place "democratic" but it is a little bit too expensive for what a "run-in-and-eat" type of place. Massive wooden tables and benches, resistant to ... intensive Russian's personality are comfortable just enough for a pair of hours you'll spend here for food. There is more comfortable Seating sometimes available if you are lucky. Food quality varies on day of the week (Thursday and Friday night you have better chance to get better food, Monday is less advisable day to visit) but still quite good for a Bistro. That applies to service too. Sometimes it's good, sometimes a little disappointing, but generally, if you don't have too high expectations you'd be satisfied. Don't forget 10% tip, rounded up to next 50-100 rubles as a customary in Russia.
4 based on 258 reviews
The incredible view on the center of Murmansk and good location make this restaurant the most popular place for romantic evening and business lunch. Provence style and a lot of flowers can make the north winter little bit warmer. Besides these the kitchen of this restaurant can surprise real gourmet. Real must have - venison in chocolate sauce and turbot.
The place is divided between two floors. The upper floor is allegedly a bar/disco joint and the floor below is a restaurant.
It appears that I cannot really describe the place on the upper floor. Simply because I was not allowed to enter it twice. You meet a dead-serious face control consisting of four (!) people standing on the stairs. It is a mystery for me what kind of criteria they apply for the evaluation, because we definitely looked like paying customers, which did not have more than two beers to drink. The official excuse was that "tables" should be booked beforehand, but it is a mystery where and how this should be done. On the previous occasion the claimed that my friend's shoes were not good enough for the place. It seems like business model for this establishment is to keep paying customers away. I do not really get it.... It is a damned bar, isn't it?
So we ended up in the restaurant below, and this was fine. The public was quiet, the service was slow, but polite. It is worth mentioning that this is one of the few places in Murmansk having proper ventilation, so it is good to be there during summer time.
4 based on 102 reviews
The best place in Murmansk to try something new from European dishes and to try the real taste of Uzbekistan. Gray Goose attract guests because of good location, comfortable interior and professional service. Weekend is the time for bright parties and modern music.
I remember good food and prices that left our Moscow wallet to breathe a little. Both sushi rolls and our soups were good, the ambience nice even though I remember a bit of a waiting until our food arrived.
4.5 based on 236 reviews
If you want to try Russian hospitality, you must come to this place. In restaurant you can try national meals in authentic interior of hunting lodge.
Went to that restaurant based on all recommendations I received from my friends. Really liked the décor – true style you expect from Russian restaurant. However the menu didn’t impress me at all. The majority of dishes were made out of unique to each dish ingredients. If you are looking for simple Russian food it’s definitely not for you. The size of each portion was rather small compare to what I used to at home while the prices were pretty high. In fact it was the most expensive restaurant I visited in Murmansk. I guess it might be a great place to eat for locals who got tired of standard restaurants, but for us it was not worth it.
Food was OK (and I didn't expect less paying these prices) and décor is unique, that's why I gave 3 starts.
4.5 based on 96 reviews
Pub switched on a premiership match with sound in a VIP room at our late request for no extra cost. Excellent English Ale at affordable cost.
4.5 based on 61 reviews
I have been visiting this place in several years and every single time I am impressed by the personal: their politeness, ability to provide good service and patience. The place is always quiet, clean and tidy and this by the way includes the restrooms.
The place essentially serves pies, where the pastry dough is more or less the same, but the selection of fillings varies throughout daytime from very impressive to very few. You can get fruit, berries, fish, meat and other types of pie. The place is perfect to have a quick lunch, but you can also order a takeaway. Talking of which, you should try to avoid the period between 13:00-14:00, when many takeaways actually happen.
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