Where to go in Odessa: The Greatest Sights
In this article we will tell you about places you should definitely visit if you come to chill, recharge with sea energy and relax without any special program for a couple of days. In our must visit list you’ll see the legendary courtyards in Moldavanka, Privoz, new places and many other locations where to go in Odessa.
How to get to Odessa and where to stay?
A trip from Kiev to Odessa by car will take 5-6 hours and about 500 kilometers. You can:
- Take a Bla Bla Car service which is very convenient,
- Take a car in rent. There are several services in English you may like in Ukraine to rent a car: https://andi.ua/en/, http://rental.ua/en, https://narscars.com.ua/en
You can also take the Intercity or a regular train (100-630 UAH) or take a bus (from 300 UAH) or go by plane.
If you are a big group starting with 4 people and more and you need everything is well organized, better to plan your trip in advance. As an option you may ask any Travel agency in Ukraine to create your Tour to Odessa. Here is an example – Tour Kiev – Odessa.
The cost of double room in the hotel for one night starts from 800 UAH. Renting an apartment may cost from 500 hryvnia per day, but finding available one during the season (summer is most popular here) and on weekends can be rather problematic.
What to see in Odessa?
It is the starting point of any route. Walking along the main street of the city, you will see the monument to the founder of the Odessa port, Jose de Ribas, the famous twelfth chair and many more local sights. After that you can relax on a bench in the City Garden – the first Odessa park, which is located at the very end of the street. We also recommend you to have a look at Passage – a beautiful building on the intersection of Deribasovskaya and Preobrazhenskaya streets. Here you’ll see coffee shops, café, shops and a hotel, but its main feature is a patio with a glass roof, pompous facade and many sculptures.
Opera House and its surroundings
Opera House is one of landmarks of the city; it is considered one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. Leonid Utesov wrote: “Try living in Odessa and not being an opera lover. You can look at the Opera outside – and this is already a pleasure. And when it comes to the “inside”, there is so much beauty here that no words can express.” It’s simply impossible to walk past the Odessa Opera House, but you should also go inside – the theater is really famous for its opera performances. Watching one of the performances is in every must-do list in Odessa.
The Potemkin Stairs
Another unofficial symbol of Odessa, and a truly unique structure. Firstly, this staircase is the largest in Ukraine, and last year it was opened after a thorough restoration. Secondly, from above it seems to be absolutely straight. This effect was achieved with the help of perspective construction – the lower part of the stairs is seven meters wider than the top. Near the stairs one finds the Vorontsov Palace, the colonnade and the Teschin Bridge, and in front of the stairs you will see a monument to Duke Richelieu, one of the founders of Odessa. Stand on the second hatch near the monument, on its right hand, and enjoy the panorama of the harbor, seaport and the Gulf of Odessa.
Langeron and Arcadia
The most famous beaches of Odessa, where during the day you can walk along the picturesque embankment, relax on sun loungers and have picnics, and at night relax in one of the numerous restaurants and nightclubs. Even if it is still cold, go to the sea, walk along the shore and feed arrogant gulls with bread. This is funny that these two most crowded places of the city are connected by the Health Track – a coastal asphalt road where traffic is prohibited. There are always a lot of runners, cyclists and rollers.
If you are looking for true authenticity, try to find it not on the main streets, but a little deeper and farther. Odessa courtyards are a separate world or even a galaxy. Here they grill meat and fish, wash socks, play cards, and overhanging galleries, stairs and linen, stretched from one end to the other, create a unique flavor. Do not forget to take a treat for local cats. The number of inputs and outputs does not always match. Therefore, many courtyards are called “drafts” and usually have different addresses, since the exits are located on different streets. You can even walk around the courtyards without leaving your home – a special website has been created for this. Where: a lot of courtyards can be found around the Marazlievskaya, Preobrazhenskaya, Nezhinskaya and Deribasovskaya streets. But most of them are in Moldavanka.
The famous market with a special atmosphere and its legends. According to one of them, somewhere in the market, a treasure trove of former market owner Yakov Perelman is buried. The peculiarity of the market is not even in the products it sells, but in the manner of conducting the conversation and bargaining of sellers and customers. Every day six thousand sellers turn usual trade into real art here. Here you can buy almost everything, including the most delicious fish “straight from the sea.” You will also learn the recipe of true borscht, the secret of the famous caviar from eggplants and forshmak.
Where to eat and drink in Odessa?
City Food Market
One of the most interesting gastro-projects in Odessa opened last summer. The city market is 1200 square meters and 3 floors with 13 restaurants with different national cuisines, six bars (smoothie bar, espresso bar, wine bar, cocktail bar and craft beer bar) and coffee shops, and small concert venue. Bits of menu: spaghetti carbonara – 89 UAH, tom yum with shrimps – 88 UAH, mussels in cream or tomato sauce – 90 UAH, hummus with falafel – 58 UAH, beer Odd Brew Portet – 60 UAH.
For hipsters, it is one of the most popular places. The entrance to the 24-hour bar looks more like an ordinary apartment door and everyone makes photos in two chairs at the entrance. The main idea of the institution is a return to the 90s. Grandma’s carpets on the floor and on the walls, seats from the Volga car instead of chairs, and meat grinder used as a napkin holder – everything is imbued with humor and pleasant nostalgia. In “Youth” there are two floors: the lower one with a bar and the upper one with Sony PlayStation, TV set and old video tapes. However, now the bar is closed and it will open in a new format. We hope that the atmosphere will be kept.
The basic concept of this already famous café chain is hearty, tasty and home-like. This is expressed in its meals, interior and service. There are special breakfast menus, pastries and many desserts, and if you come during the day, you can choose from a full meal. For many travelers breakfasts in Compote Café on Deribasovskaya Street have already become a tradition for every trip. Some items of the menu: steak with baked potatoes plus cocoa or tea – 115 hryvnia, chicken soup with noodles and meatballs – 79 hryvnia, pie made of cottage cheese dough with spinach and mushrooms, plus cocoa or tea – 87 hryvnia, croissant – 25 hryvnia, compote – 27 hryvnia.
The main feature of Central Bar is a barbershop inside and an unusual loft style. Everything is designed so that no matter where you sit, everything that happens in the center will be visible. A special place in the format is for live music: parties and concerts take place here regularly. The menu features European, Thai and Japanese cuisines. Something from the menu: mushroom cream soup – 85 hryvnia, eggs Benedict on Belgian waffles – 65 hryvnia, salad with fried shrimps – 185 hryvnia, chicken schnitzel – 125 hryvnia, spicy shrimps – 149 hryvnia.
Roastery by Odessa
This is the first coffee shop in Odessa that has full roasting process. Here you will be offered a huge number of types of coffee; barista fries the grains right there, and the show kitchen format allows you to watch the cooking on a closed grill. Roastery also offers a grill menu, a wide variety of hookahs and cocktails. Some of the menu: Roastery burgers – 165 hryvnias, chicken soup – 65 hryvnias, rib-eye steak – 135 hryvnias, pigfish – 75 hryvnias, pasta with mussels – 155 hryvnias, tiramisu – 85 hryvnias, flat white coffee – 45 hryvnas.
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Thanks for reading and hope to meet you in Ukraine!