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Kolkja Kala-ja Sibularestora (Kolkja Old Believers Restaurant)

Kolkja, like most Old Believer villages, is built around a compact Orthodox church, wooden and brightly colored, and just a short walk from the shores of the lake. Here you will find an Old Believer restaurant (Kolkja kala-ja sibula restoran in Estonian), the only one in Prichudye, and according to their website at least, the only one of its kind in the world.

The restaurant specializes in the Old Believer staples of fish and onions, served in hearty portions in a room decked with traditional Russian folk patterns, and featuring various artistic depictions of fish, onions, and Lake Peipsi. Also recommended is taking tea in the Russian style, with highly concentrated brew from a teapot poured into a cup to the level required and then topped up with boiling water from a samovar, a heated metal container.

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