Where to eat in Ulaanbaatar 2020

Christopher Litt

B&R Expert & Guide in Mongolia

Our Mongolia expert, Chris Litt, shares where to eat in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital city.


A trip to Mongolia is sure to deliver unforgettable dining experiences. Many meals on a Mongolian expedition will take place around a bonfire in the Gobi Desert, savouring a feast prepared by a skilled chef at a Ger camp.

Where to Eat Ulaanbaatar
A Mongolian barbecue

Meanwhile, outside of the desert, culinary diversity abounds in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, with options that range from Latin American cuisine to upscale Japanese to local spins on the French fromagerie.

There’s of course room for traditional Mongolian fare, too, which mostly includes meat and milk-based dishes—a nod to the nomads’ herds of cow, sheep, and goat.

If you’re looking for where to eat in Ulaanbaatar, here are a few of my favourite spots in the city centre.

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Fromagerie MACU (Mongolian Artisanal Cheesemakers’ Union)

Where to Eat Ulaanbaatar
Fromagerie MACU

Fromagerie MACU grew out of what was initially a dilemma. During the summer, Mongolian cows, yaks, goats, sheep, and camels naturally produce billions of litres of milk, which is more than the herders can sell. This gave way to the question: what can we do with this milk?

MACU’s answer: build cheese plants across Mongolia in partnership with local herders and produce world-class cheese. In doing so, they foster sustainable agricultural practices that preserve the grasslands and conserve the genetics of ancient breeds. At the same time, the herders receive additional income and a hub for other community initiatives.

Find the address here.

Ikh Mongol

A real local’s haunt with an outdoor beer garden and the odd live music set, find Ikh Mongol a short walk south of the State Department Store, and next to the Mongolian National Circus building.

Head here for a casual evening, paired with a menu of Mongolian specialties, hearty pub food, and beer from the Hops and Rocks craft brewery next door. TV screens broadcasting local sports matches are sure to keep you entertained during your meal. (Mongolian wrestling, anyone?)

Where to Eat Ulaanbaatar
Ikh Mongol

Find the address here.

Modern Nomads

This small local chain is well-loved by Mongolians and expats alike. They make a long list of traditional dishes served in a laid-back environment. There is a location just off of Sukhbaatar Square in the heart of Ulaanbaatar.

Find the address here.

Luna Blanca Vegetarian Restaurant

For a culinary culture that historically consisted of mostly meat and dairy, Mongolia has come a long way. Nowhere is this more evident than at Luna Blanca, the best vegetarian and vegan option in the city. This spot is perfect for before or after a visit to the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, which is located just across the street.

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Ikigai

Ikigai

For a change of cuisine and scenery, venture to the fifth floor of the Shangri-La Residences (right beside the Shangri-La hotel) and enjoy Japanese specialties with cocktails while looking south over Ulaanbaatar, towards Boghd Khaan Mountain.

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Nazca

This Peruvian restaurant offers daily set menus of seafood and meat dishes in a contemporary atmosphere. They also know how to make a fantastic cocktail! It’s conveniently located near Sukhbaatar Square and the Shangri-La center.

Find the address here.

Where to Eat Ulaanbaatar
Dish at Nazca

Silk Road and Veranda

These two stylish restaurants share the same location. Each offers a delicious array of Mediterranean and other cuisines. After dinner, you can head to the Fat Cat Jazz Club, which is also located in the same building.

Find the addresses here.

Millie’s Espresso

Millie’s Espresso was founded by two Cubans who came to Ulaanbaatar during the Soviet era, learned to manage in the cold winter, and decided to never leave. If you’re in the mood for a casual, delicious breakfast or lunch, this comfortable diner is for you. You’ll find it just beside the Choijin Temple Museum.

Find the address here.

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