Those with adventurous taste buds or who are specifically interested in any wine tasting can consider signing up for a tasting of wines from the Hovrenko Wine Factory and it is not just wine tasting but also balzams (Riga Black Balsam) and cognacs. The wine factory has been producing wines since 1868 and has a small attached museum that unfortunately has no signage in English but has some fascinating photos of Soviet wine production during the 1930s. The winery is housed in the former home of the Jewish industrialist in the 19th century. There exists a fact where the founder of the company had come to Samarkand during the time of Russian imperialism in Uzbekistan and since then he began to create fine wines in the ways of a European style and tradition, using European vines till this day and onwards.
The Chorsu Art Gallery is one of the most important parts of Samarkand's cultural life. The building can be found behind Sher-Dor Madrassah, situated not far from Registan Square. The hexagonal gallery was built in the 15th century and was once used as a place to shop for hats. It was once situated at the intersection of four roads and got its title “Chorsu” which is a direct translation from Persian of four (chor) and path (su). Throughout history, the building was reconstructed several times and the base of the building was buried under three-layer soils and was removed during the last renovation. The art gallery was later opened in the year of 2005, in the Chorsu Shopping Hall building.
This Karimbek restaurant serves mainly meat cuisines and also a variety of vegan options available for customers to choose from. A few of the vegan items available are such as salads and grilled veggies sides, french fries, and Uzbek’s fresh oven-baked bread. A few more dishes can be made vegan upon request. Customers can also discuss choices of ingredients with the servers to which some of whom speak English. Its architecture was designed with many halls, decorated in a national style. In the evenings you will see colorful shows of Uzbek, Arab and European dances. Customers who prefer dining in a more private and quiet spot can enjoy themselves in the provided private rooms within the restaurant.
“Teatr Istoricheskogo Kostyuma” or El Merosi Theater of Historical Costume was founded in April 2006 and its main goal is to recreate and promote the cultural heritage of the peoples of the region through the aspects of costumes. El Merosi Theater represented many of the national cultures such as France, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, and many more. The El Merosi Theater is part of the Shark Taronasi and Asrlar Sadosi International Music Festivals in Uzbekistan, the CIS Stars in Moscow, the Krasnoyarsk Festival of the Asia-Pacific Ocean Region and others.
One of the most popular theatres in Samarkand is the theatre of Chekhov located in the area of the stop of Marhaba and was founded in 1919. This theatre was named after A.P. Chekhov and is one of the first theaters in the country, where the performance “My dear mother” by A. Kahhar was staged. Despite during the premiere of performance in 2007, the show is still popular both among adults and students. The convenient location of the theater helps the visitors to find it easily and it is located near the main roads of the neighborhood.
Sharq Taronalari is one of the largest musical and cultural festival events in Central Asia. This event was held every two years in Samarkand’s Registan Square since the year of 1997. This event gathers the most talented singers, dancers, and musicians to celebrate art from around the world as performers represent their home nations and cultures at this international festival. Sharq Taronalari is also known to be in the UNESCO International Cultural Events list and is a common and well-liked event for those looking to learn more about Uzbekistan and its heritage. Sharq Taronalari brings the meaning of “melodies of the east” which is held on an open-air stage equipped with the latest lighting and sound, surrounded by medieval monuments.