Khiva cafes and restaurants located in the historic city of Ichan-Kala are probably the most enjoyable. Some of them are housed in heritage madrasahs and boast most impressive historic interiors. The cuisines include unique Khorezmian dishes: Khorezmian pilaf, which is different from other Uzbek pilafs; tukhum barak dumplings with eggs; shuit oshi green noodles made of dough with herbs, in a mulligan stew. We recommend that you visit the local traditional house restaurant to enjoy the local home-level hospitality flavor, homemade quality food and folk dance shows.
“ALLAKULI-KHAN MADRASAH” ART RESTAURANT
Address: Allakuli-Khan Madrasah, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Description and interior: The restaurant is housed in Allakuli-Khan Madrasah dating from the 19th century. The elegant traditional Khorezm style finish makes this madrasah one of the best examples of Khorezm architecture, so the restaurant inside the building is quite an impressive place to visit. It has a cozy hall and a spacious summer terrace. The historic interior features wood-beamed ceilings, as well as old photographs and traditional housewares. Having delicious traditional Khorezmian meals of the restaurant?s cuisine in such a setting is certainly worth a go.
Recommended orders: khorezm pilaf, tukhum barak, mastava rice soup.
Music: background playbacks (modern), national dance show (if ordered in advance).
Address: 44, str. Pahlavon Makhmud, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Description and interior: The restaurant is located in Ichan-Kala, Khiva?s historic city, and is housed in Tolib Makhsum Madrasah (19th c) standing across from the famous Islam Khodja architectural complex. The interior is historic Khorezmian. The walls feature gorgeous suzani tapestries; the furniture is decorated with fine traditional carvings. Besides the tables, the hall has traditional Uzbek daybed-like platforms with low tables on them to sit cross-legged or lie at. The restaurant also have an outdoor eating area.
Cuisine: uzbek (including vegetarian dishes).
Recommended orders: mampar, shurva soup, pumpkin soup.
Music: live national, background playbacks (modern).
ZAYNAB?S TRADITIONAL HOUSE
Address: str. Pahlavon Makhmud, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Description and interior: Zaynab, the host, is known in Khiva?s Ichan-Kala for her reverence for the local hospitality traditions and wonderful homemade cuisine. The house has a cozy Uzbek-style hall and an outside eating area with a yurt (a strong circular domed dwelling structure made of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by the nomadic peoples of Asia), tables and traditional Uzbek daybed-like platforms with low tables on them to sit cross-legged or lie at.
Recommended orders: dimlama stew, shuit oshi, tukhum barak.
Music: background playbacks (traditional Uzbek, modern), folklore shows (if ordered in advance).