First read our Tatar food guide to help you navigate the local cuisine, then head out to the spots below to try it for darn cheap.
The specialty of this place is Kistibiy. If you skipped reading the guide — it’s the traditional Tatar flatbread with a variety of fillings (now you know you have to read about the dishes first to make the best of this post) — this joint is named after this dish. Just pay attention to your tongue, try not to twist it while ordering, and not to swallow it while eating your mouthwatering authentic meal.
8 AM–10 PM
Ebi Kistibiy (≈$1)
Best kept secret of the locals. A tiny cafe with three tables and three items on the menu, cooked with lots of love. It’s not meant for hanging out, so just grab one of each on the menu: the peremyach, the echpochmak and the hot beverage to go.
7 AM–10 PM
This place has been serving pizzas to its grateful clients for over 20 years. It’s become a cult food spot of the city. The exterior stucco work and interior warm brown make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant, but the prices are a pleasant surprise.
9 AM–8 PM
Closed pizza (≈$2)
Tea house cafe
The place is called “Tea house” but the menu lists almost any Tatar traditional dish for a dime. Maybe that’s why “Tea house” is so popular, despite numerous neighbouring restaurants and bars on the same street.
9 AM–9 PM
Look for one of these colorful stalls in the streets. You might not be able to tell, but they are designed in the shape of the Tatar national hat — Tyubetejka , hence the name of this fast food chain. Quick bites on the go only.