Centralny Store - Eating & Shopping in Minsk - LikeALocal Guide

Why locals love it?

First to say, it's as local as it may ever get. It may not be fancy or pretty, but if you want to see the truth - here it is, right behind the big glass windows. You may either hate it or love it, but it's the soul of the city - and you can't stay ignorant to the bar on the first floor.

Why you should visit it

Old soviet-styled department store with amazing interior and the motley crowd of visitors: dirty hobos, artists, crazy people, local celebrities, students, professors - everybody gets together. Other perks: the cheapest and tastiest desserts in town (and cheapest alcohol too). Head here if you're broke (if it's even possible in Belarus).

Special tip

I admit it, you may not like it if you're very squeamish or love the fancy rich life. But it's the local life of an average person here, so be fair.

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Check out the sandwiches with salmon or caviar in first floor. As announced more than basic but yummy and the pricing is really fair ! You are visiting Minsk ? Take a look here - and keep eyes opened for a part of reality.
Stefan traveller January 8, 2017
The most atmospheric buffet+shop, where you can meet both drifters and the most popular people from all over the world.You can buy a drink and stay and look for the city center.
Nadin local October 19, 2016
Basic place that's worth checking out if you want a fast snack.
Matty traveller December 27, 2015

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