English magazine The Culture Trip, which writes about travels with a cultural meaning, included us in a review of the best restaurants in Minsk
A rare gem of Constructivist architecture that’s hard to miss as you walk down Karla Marks street, traditional Belarusian and Lithuanian restaurant Kuhmistr was built once over the remains of an Orthodox church. The building, dating back to the 1930s, was once a Komsomol (Communist youth league) cafeteria, where young candidates of the Communist Party, seeking for career opportunities, would eat during the Soviet era. The word kuhmistr originates from German, meaning ‘chef’, and being a kuchmistrz in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth meant you were in charge of the royal, princely or magnate kitchen. Kuhmistr is among the best places in Minsk to get an authentic taste of dishes from this era, with the menu put together with the help of historians. The restaurant’s interior gives you the impression of stepping into a 1930s apartment, full of vintage furniture and retro trinkets. Local musicians regularly perform – listen out for the tsymbaly (dulcimer), a traditional Belarusian string instrument.