This Museum is the best in Sakhalin! It costs only 25 roubles (well, if they know that you are a foreigner, then the price is 70 roubles) and if you want to take pictures there is a fee.It has 3 floors and exhibits hundreds of local items belonging to the aboriginal people of Sakhalin island and the Japanese and Russian period.This museum, founded...more
3 Venskaya Street, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Siberia, 693
Good for: Couples
Komsomolskaya st. 133, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, 693010, Russia
Good for: Couples
29 B Khabarovskaya street, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, 693010, Russia
Good for: Families
A great restaurant with a huge menu - imaginative, well presented dishes, nice big portions, good service - a novelty for Russia, but courses served in order and all diners at the same time!The menu is fascinating, with some really imaginative dish names which allude nothing to the contents of the dish but are still so much fun (Food for a St...more
Nice restaurant, located on the edge of Olympic Park. 2 story building - downstairs there is a cafe cum restaurant where live singers appear most nights. Upstairs is more formal, with great big sofas to sink into. Lots of korean and russian dishes which means lots of fish unfortunately. However the baked aubergines with cheese and tomato are...more
This is a wonderful Russian restaurant. It is situated behind the Main Post Office, in the central street Lenin. They serve blinis with red caviar, pelmenie, delicious milk shakes and gribi or Far East mushrooms with smetana. It is very popular with students and the quality is super!Please, do not miss it if you come to Sakhalin island.In front,...more
This is a great spot for observing after work schmoozing where the locals (mainly long tall blondes) let down their hair and mix it with the expats (mainly short, bald men). And by "a great spot" - once you get past the atrocious service, awful food etc - it's hilariously good fun.
The most outstanding feature of Level 8 is the service. If you are hoping to get a drink within an hour of arriving go straight to the bar and ignore the waitresses - rest assured, they'll be doing their absolute best to ignore you. If, contrary to all expectation, you are offered table service, think twice before accepting, and take the following precautions. Write out your own order (in Russian) and you might stand some chance of it being filled correctly.
If you're venturing to eat at Level 8, one must pay the 'waitress' upon ordering rather than when it's delivered, or upon departure. The reason for this becomes patently clear when, after an waiting an hour and a half you'll be presented with the least palatable food you've ever encountered. It's the only place I've ever been served french fries that were just plain inedible - who would have thought such a thing existed???? It does help though, to be really drunk.
Dress Code: The dress code is oodles of sequins and applique for the girls, and ugly sweaters with complicated patterns for the men. Muddy hems are optional, and anyone exhibiting quiet good taste in their attire will be looked at askance, if not denied admission outright.
One thing I realised very quickly is that Russians take their vehicles everywhere - on road, off road, pavements, up and down the most precarious looking slopes. In the city, don't be surprised to have to get off the pavement because someone wants to drive along it, or has already parked across it.more
The four storey mall opened in November 2009. It hosts a lot of designer clothing shops. It has a big play area for children as well as a food court and one restaurant. There is also a big food market. It lacks a smaller cofee shop though. Clothes, mobile phones and equipment, house ware, groceries, jewellery, toys, imported trinkets. Designer...more
Shopping in Russia is as popular as the west, but here in Sakhalin, the concept of deparment stores and malls is pretty unexplored. There are several 'torgovli centres' that have numerous little boutique style shops (shops are generally referred to as magazines) selling everything from overpriced fur coats to overpriced china dogs. They all seem to...more
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This particular delicacy (the middle shelf, off-white square block towards the right, at 220 to 260 roubles per kilo) is one I have tried, although my gag reflexes kicked in and prevented me from swallowing.Sala is basically congealed, shaped pig fat, often infused with herbs or things that resemble grit but probably don’t taste so pleasant. It is...more
It is commonly understood that Russians are particularly fond of alcohol (someone far wittier than me once commented of Russians that if it is liquid and it burns, they will drink it), but it is very rare that they drink by itself - food is also an important part of the activity.Typically accompaniments include cucumbers (fresh or pickled), fish...more
In Soviet times, at the end of the winter, entire communities would get together on a specific Saturday to clean up the town of all the debris and litter that accumulated during the season. This day was called Subbotnik (Subbotta or ñóááîòà is Russian for Saturday). I have not seen this in the 5 years I have lived here - until today. Many people,...more
As with any city, be careful when out and about as pick-pockets and muggings are rife. Follow the usual rules like try to dress inconspicuously, don't wear expensive or flashy jewelry and stick to well lit areas. Especially after dark, don't wander alone, especially if you have been drinking. Also, when leaving clubs etc, make sure you call a taxi...more
Museum about Japanese history in Sakhalin?fs where you can find a lot of daily use staffs written in Japanese. For example, the elementary graduate certificate. All the things display in the Museum may tells you the close relation between Japanese History and Sakhalin?fs.
If you head this way in winter time, make sure that you are well prepared clothes-wise. You need a good pair of winter boots with adequate tread to help stay upright; thermals for under your regular clothes; a good winter jacket (goretex or similar is advisable); thick waterproof gloves; decent hat.Also recommended would be hand cream - the...more