Perhaps, one of the most pleasant ways to understand the soul of a nation is to start exploring its national cuisine. Modern Belarusian cookery is based on old national traditions which have undergone a long historical evolution. Belarussians have always been famous for being tolerant, friendly and hospitable, that’s why the guests were served a wide variety of traditional dishes from meet with potatoes and locally grown vegetables as a side dish to simple but worthy of admiration baked cakes.
Belarussian national cuisine is principally based on local vegetables (potato, beetroot, carrot, onion), mushrooms, meet (poultry, pork, beef) and berries (bilberries, raspberries, blueberries). All dishes from soups to desserts have its unique flavor and historical past. Most traditional beverages are described as heavenly as their soft and impeccable taste comes from wheat and rye carefully cultivated in the country. As long as searching for new recipes chefs try to preserve original taste and spirit of the dishes, so that everyone could explore the whole variety of tastes and characters. National cuisine plays the central part in catering in the majority of cafes and restaurants.
Being a tolerant nation Belarusians also welcome and favor sophisticated French, spicy Chinese, fish-based Japanese, Mediterranean Italian and Spanish, alluring Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, exotic Mexican and Cuban cuisines which are vastly represented by cafes and restaurants in many Belarussian cities. A great variety of both international and local fast food chains flourish on the market. Exquisite restaurants, cozy cafes, ravishing bars and pubs, and fashionable clubs make the time spent in various places truly remarkable.
Eating out proves itself to be a great idea as you can eat and drink, enjoy the views, listen to music, get acquainted with new people and be mesmerized by the bunch of overwhelming feelings and emotions. The capital’s Zybitskaya, Оktyabrskaya, K. Marksa and Revolutsionnaya streets continue to be the most popular places to have a good time both by locals and foreigners.
Situated at the crossroads of cultures Belarussian cuisine managed to preserve its originality as well as incorporate some new recipes from different cultures. Open-heartedness and respect have attracted chefs from all around the world who are eager to share their country’s national cuisine. Alluring places to eat and drink can satisfy even the pickiest guest as the menu sprinkles with dishes to cater each and every visitor.