Adriano Coffee (at least four Bishkek locations – проспект Мира 29, Исанова 87, пр Чуй 127, and now just South of Beta 2) isn’t as popular as Sierra, probably because the prices are a bit higher (and there’s automatically added 15% gratuity). But I still head there quite often, especially when I want to do work. Why?
First, because the coffee is delicious. They roast their own beans – you can actually watch them roasting their coffee on the second floor of the Karl Marx St. branch – and have a superior espresso machine. I’ve literally never had a bad cup of coffee. So yes, I will pay $2.20 for a great cappuccino.
According to E, they also have fairly good fare. The offerings are fairly standard for Bishkek cafes – hamburgers, club sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts – but everything we’ve ordered was done well, presented nicely, and was not inordinately expensive (150-350 som for entrees)
Second, because they have glassed-off, completely closed smoking areas, which is more than I can say for most Bishkek cafes (or restaurants, or malls or…anywhere).
Third: because Adriano is less popular, their wifi works great. At Sierra there are sometimes so many people that the wifi crawls like a small snail with gum stuck to it’s shell. Websites crash. Pictures fail to load. Not here. Also, it’s quiet (not something I can say for Sierra’s ‘conference rooms’ where young Kyrgyz college kids will often play youtube videos or listen to music sans headphones.
And last: the space. Especially with the new branch south of Beta 2 the cafes have comfortable chairs, tall exposed industrial ceilings, lots of nice woodwork, and a Portland-esqu vibe. It’s a great atmosphere to work without interruption.
Go for: The coffee! Desserts, light lunches/dinners/a break from walking around, dates, getting work done
English: Bilingual menus, some of the servers speak English
Hours: Three brances are open 8am-11pm, one 24 hours