Tomsk has a rich beer culture. After the director of the local brewery became the city's mayor, Tomsk opened beer theme parks, new pubs, brewery museum and even have the ice sculptures in the shape of beer bottles during the winter. The beer itself is boasted as being one of the best in Russia, so you better have a try.
Try the Siberian Pancakes (rus. Sibirskie Blini) with various of stuffings – from chocolate with pine nuts to red caviar. They are sold at outlets throughout the downtown area and are the best street food ever made in Tomsk.
Tomsk is well known for its "wooden lace" decoration of traditional wooden houses. Each house, decorated with wooden carvings, some in themes depicting birds or dragons, has a unique design and story. Many of the more elaborate ones have become symbols of the city.
Tomsk has 6 universities. Among them is the Tomsk State University―the oldest university in Siberia. Some campuses were built in the 1800s and are places worth visiting, as well as the University Garden where you can see the Kurgan stelae – the ancient stone portraits of Turkic kings.
This unique theatre is hidden in the old part of the city, tucked away between wooden houses and dachas. Run by roboteer Zakharov, this is the house of one master, his puppets and a computer, which controls the sound, lights and somtimes even the actors. It is a place of mystery and fairytales, where you can see the dark Siberian folklore come alive.
Voskresenskaya Hill is the legendary location of the city foundation. Now there is the newly rebuilt Fort of Tomsk and Museum of Tomsk history. Voskresenskaya Hill is also the main viewing point in the city—climb the 19th century fire lookout tower to observe the beautiful cityscape in every direction.