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I’ve come to the conclusion that the Lonely Planet writers either didn’t come to Belarus, or spent very, very little time here. I rarely use their eating recommendations but in a moment of weakness (read: absolute confusion and lack of Russian skills) I cracked and went to their recommended ‘budget’ restaurant for lunch.


I’m not sure what constitutes budget in this day and age, but I’m pretty sure $20 for one dish for lunch isn’t it. If I did that for lunch and dinner every day, I’d have spent $1200 per month before I even saw anything, slept or traveled anywhere!


Anyways, rant over. Moving on. Luckily I was taken to a true travelers venue. Slap bang in the middle of the city, cheap as chips and so delicious. I can safely say, for backpackers, this is the best restaurant in Minsk, if not all of Belarus.

best restaurant in belarus

The restaurant’s name is Lido, it’s right at the entrance to the Yakub Kolas Square subway stop. Just look at my pics and you’ll recognize it.


When you go in, you pick up a tray and start choosing. Stuff is priced per 100g, but a baked potato on it’s own costs $0.15, with some cheese and garlic sauce make that $0.55. Pineapple juice, $0.40. Chocolate brownie? $0.60. Doesn’t get much better than this.

cheap restaurants in minsk

Lido is a great place to try all the traditional foods too, with borsch, Belarussian potato pancakes, cold beetroot soup (not as bad as it sounds) and all the other local delicacies on offer. I could hardly walk after I had finished here.

dinner in minsk

3 courses, 4 juices, an extra dessert (just for the road, you know how it is) total price = 50, 000 Belarussian Rubles, about $6. See you tomorrow Lido. Happy travels!

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8 thoughts on “The Best Place to Eat in Minsk, Belarus

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  2. im laughing so hard at this because when i was in minsk, i must have eaten there about 4 different times. every time i met up with a friend from minsk, id ask where we should eat, and EVERY SINGLE ONE suggested lido. since it is a latvian chain restaurant, i wasnt so keen on eating there the first time but after a while, i was like ‘what the heck’. it was more or less as good as it gets in terms of food there.

    and then my fiance got food poisoning from there on our last night in minsk haha 😉 enjoying your blog and reading a lot of posts right now (especially on kazakhstan as im heading that way in two months).

  3. The cheapest eating place would be on the bottom floor in the underground Stolitsa shopping mall. It is called GorodOK and is packed between 1400 and 1600 on business days. Their dinner menu is cheap, good and personnel is efficient. Another option would be a restaurant in the National Library with its entrance facing Moscow Bus Station. Lines are long at dinner time but a solid dinner will be around EUR 5.


  4. I found an Irish Bar (!) in Minsk believe it or not, all the writing was in Russian but they had a Guinness sign, a beer garden and even a George Best picture on the wall. I’ll be damned if I remember where it was!

    I remember having a full 500 ml bottle of beer in Minsk Railway station for 18pence, possibly still the cheapest beer from a bar I’ve ever had!

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