Odessa Travel Guide

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Odessa Highlights

  • Pro
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     A lot of sunshine, beaches, cafes and historical places, rich cultural life 

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     some water & electric problems 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than you'd expect for less than you believe! 

Odessa Things to Do

  • Singer Utyosov - in bronze and not

    Take Frank Sinatra, blend with Louis Armstrong, add a good deal of Glenn Miller and spray with Charlie Chaplin – you still won’t have the slightest idea of Leonid Utyosov’s fame here. Here – I mean what used to be the old USSR, ‘the evil empire’, that is. In 1920s he set up the very successful Thea-Jazz Orchestra, in 1930s he starred in ‘Jolly...

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  • Vorontsov Monument...

    The bronze statue of prince Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov, is 1 of the many monuments to be found along central Preobrazhenskaya 0olitsa...It's an imposing statue, & rumour has it that when the Bolsheviks were razing the original cathedral, which gives the square its name, they tried to topple the prince, but the chain attached to the tractor kept...

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  • Privoz Rinok...

    As 0dessa's famous Privoz Market is all about buying wares, this might be regarded as a 'shopping' tip, but if you've been there, you'll know that the site is an experience beyond simple shopping...If you know the city, than Privoz is what the real 0dessa is all about, because the vision for the new port was a place of multi-lingual trade, & in the...

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Odessa Hotels

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Odessa Restaurants

  • Nice Georgian restaurant next to Odessa...

    Great Georgian restaurant with a very beautiful interior, average for Odessa prices, good cuisine and service located right next to the parking of the airport of Odessa. It is a part of a chain of 3 restaurants - all of them in the city of Odessa. The focus is put on meals with different type of meat, but there is everything for everyone. For a...

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  • romantic dining.

    central located in a beautiful old restored building, with cosy terrace and romantic seats and tables.It is one of the most romantic and cosiest paces in Odessa.There are regular perfomances and wine and music evenings, because it is also a stage theatre for music, plays, exhibitions and so on.The quality of the dishes is amongst the best in...

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  • Want The Best Food? Goto Bar B Que

    I have traveled to Odessa a few times now and found a wonderful restaurant "Bar B Que".Over the years I have traveled to many countries and of course try many dishes to only find out this restaurant has the best food I have ever tasted, Just amazing dishes they have to offer!My first time there I found all staff very friendly and I felt very...

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Odessa Nightlife

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  • Gentlemen's Clubs

    There seem to be quite a few gentlemen's clubs in the center of Odessa. When I looked in I didn't see any gentlemen.....just a hoard of beautiful Ukrainian women..... ;-)

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  • All Roads Lead to Amsterdam...

    It is often called Club City: you can do many things here: take a picture at the photo studio, enjoy the interior and have dinner.You can enjoy special variety programs starting at 10 p.m.:First Future (on Thursday)Time MachineWorld Treasures (On Saturday). casual

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  • Nightclubs

    Arkadia is a pretty happening strip that is around 20 mins drive away from the centre of Odessa. There are cabs to take you there of course if you can be bothered with the usual cab driver attempts to rip you off (I was told by a local that it should be no more than 50 grevny. Tram or bus to get there is 2 grevny 50Like most places around the world...

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Odessa Transportation

  • ferries, trains, & autobuses...

    There are multiple options for reaching 0dessa, both from outside & within Ukraine (- I have visited 4 times from London, but never boarded an aircraft!)0dessa is the busiest port on the Black Sea, with a regular ferry service to Turkey, & in summer it is also possible to visit through the port, via Varna (Bulgaria)...There is a very large train...

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  • We Know What You Need!

    This seems to be the motto of all Odessa cab drivers.There are a lot of taxi stands and you can catch a taxi in any street or at any bus stop.But here are some useful phone numbers for you just in case:Amsterdam Taxi ServiceNickolay: +38 048 775 88 87; +38 067 485 88 87;Yuriy: +38 048 777 06 66;Vyacheslav: +38 048 774 81 58;Gennady: +38 048 231 60...

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  • So Close And Yet So Far

    The city is connected with all regional centers and major cities by railroads, highways and flights.The shortest distance to a regional center is 120 km to Mykolayiv, a sea and river port at the Dnipro and the Black Sea.The longest distance is to Luhansk by railway: about 1,000 km ( 24-hour ride by a passenger train). It is also a long way to ...

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Odessa Shopping

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  • Ukrainian supermarkets...

    2 Ukrainian supermarket chains are represented in 0dessa - Tavria-V, & 0bzhora (literally = glutton...)Both are laid out like typical supermarkets, but it can be quite confusing to find what you want, because Ukraine has so many foods that are unfamiliar here, & those that are familiar are often packaged completely differently to in the...

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  • Not much for me

    Well, I guess it all depends what you are looking to buy, but it was rather difficult for me to find stores I like. There are some well known brands, but clothes are much more expensive than elsewhere. Some items are even 70%-80% more expensive, but on average, one should expect not more than 30% premium. There is also an unbelievable amount of...

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  • Ukrainian Shopping Mecca

    shopping in Odesa will satisfy the most demanding shopoholic, who wishes to "burn" her (better his :) credit card. One will be amazed by the number of boutiques, with expensive brand shoes and purses, lingerie and accessories, etc. and then seeing these things on Ukrainian ladies :) yes, they like to dress up with chic. the bottom line is: you will...

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Odessa Local Customs

  • Babooshka!

    'Babooshka' is 1 of the Russian words that most westerners know, maybe because Kate Bush once had a hit song of that title...(I know this is in Ukraine, but 0dessa remains a Russian-speaking city, & that is what everybody there calls a grandmother...)You cannot cross the border into Ukraine, without seeing the 'babooshki', & what a core part of the...

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  • PROTEST! (0r Publicity Stunt?)

    0dessa is a city where a visitor might witness a political demonstration at any time of year, & this has been true of my visits, (before the troubles of 2013/14)Ukraine is a volatile place, & people usually do not hesitate to take to the streets to demonstrate their point of view, on all sorts of issues...If you've read my tip; Ukrainian Feminism,...

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  • A day in the life...

    Monday, 26th 0ctober 1987 - A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union - as recorded by TIME-LIFE photo-journalists throughout Russia & the satellite states around it's vast borders...No small project then, & of the 10 000's images that resulted from 100's of photographers, only a fraction could be published in the book that was published to illustrate...

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Odessa Warnings and Dangers

  • 0dessa-X (?)

    Ukraine is notorious (to some) as 'the Thailand of Europe'...In other words - a short haul alternative for the sex tourist - & the capitol of this traderoute is Port 0dessa...This port city is also the pivot of the white slave trade in Europe, where up to 10 000 girls per year are estimated to be exported on the ferry to Turkey, then sold on to...

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  • Days void of course...

    Ukraine is a 24/7 culture, with trams, trolleybuses, & minibuses ('marshroutki') running from the early hours until midnight, most days of the week, & if you're prepared to pay, then there is no time when a taxi service is not available...However, there are days when the country's public transport is pushed to the limits of capacity, & coach &...

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  • 0dessa - 1 big hooky street?

    A FIRST time visitor to 0dessa might receive the impression when walking on & off the beaten track, that the city is 1 continuous 'hooky street'!Street sellers are literally all over the place, even in winter, & very little that the extreme elements throws at them, deters their touting their wares of dubious provenance...Dodgy DVD's are sold from...

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Odessa Tourist Traps

  • Potyomkin City Limits...

    The Potyomkin Steps are in every top10 things to see in 0dessa, & if you go there, you must take them in, but they're probably best seen after dark, when local folk are just enjoying an evening stroll, as in the day, this is such a busy, bustling area, the architecture is lost for people...This key feature of the city has traded names over the...

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  • The Waxworks Museum...

    0dessa's waxworks museum is easily the worst pay-to-view public place in the city - the interior is cramped, amateurishly arranged, & eerily lit, like a ghost train ride on an English pier!For your entrance fee, there's not much to see, & nobody that most would consider to be famous, apart from Arnold Schwarzenegger, (though why this waxwork, which...

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  • Buying Soviet Souvenirs

    There are numerous vendors at The Duke in Maritime Boulevard (Primorsky Boulevard) offering you lots of souvenirs including those dating back to the Soviet times.I would describe it as a trap because lots of foreigners are attracted by the good-looking Soviet orders made of silver and guilded ones dating back to the times of the World War II.The...

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Odessa What to Pack

  • Easy to get lost, so take a map...

    Tapwater is not drinkable quality, so if you are staying for any length of time in an apartment, water will need to be fetched from standpipe stations - the folding type of water carrier taken in luggage might come in handy... 0dessa is prone to deep flooding at kerb edges when it rains heavily - waterproof boots would be a benefit, (or even...

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  • Pushkin about Odessa

    Resort It was Alexander Pushkin, a great Russian poet, who said after staying in Odessa in 1823-1824,”The skies are clear for a long time there...” It was the first poetic assessment of Odessa climate. The city is famous for its mild climate. It stands at the crossing of sea breezes and steppe winds. The Odessans enjoy about 250 sunny days a...

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  • Your Cell Phone

    If you have cell phone, you may have to get a SIM card from Kievstar or some other Ukrainian Cellular supplier, or it will not work in Ukraine. Even then it may not, I had trouble with mine even after getting a SIM card from Kievstar. You may have to use a certain access code to be able to call from your phone, check on this when you get the SIM...

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Odessa Off The Beaten Path

  • The Wall House...

    The Wall House on 4 Vorontsovskiy Pereoolok is an essential place to view for any 0dessa sightseer, although it's easily bypassed, unless you're aware of what to look for...At 1 end of the building, the dwelling actually appears to consist of no more than a single wall - a convincing illusion because the floorpan is triangular, so at the most acute...

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  • Artificial cave...

    It might seem obtuse to include a feature of the famous Primorskiy Boulevard under the heading - 'off the beaten path', but there is 1 feature of this iconic stretch of 0dessa, which receives no recommendation to the tourist...& such a peculiarly subtle, almost hidden feature of the city's seafront area is the artificial cave, built there, that...

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  • Nuns; cats; icons; shadows...

    Saint Archangel Michael 0rthodox Monastery is a magnificent pale blue building with several silver onion domes, situated outside central 0dessa...If you are visiting this contrasting city & feel overwhelmed by its volatile extremes, take solace in this ecclesiastical setting, (& you will always be within walking distance of some such place...)You...

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Odessa Sports & Outdoors

  • Odessa Sports Palace

    Different international tournaments as well as various exhibitions of fashion and industry are often held at Odessa Sports Palace such as September Fair,Fashionable Style and others. bowling and billiards

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  • Mexico Sports and Entertainment Center

    If you feel like playing billiards or bowling, this place is for you.You can reserve some time for your game:bowling Tel.: +38 048 746 25 39billiards – Tel.: +38 048 746 28 49restaurant – Tel.: +38 048 746 27 09You can also see a show program and dance at the disco there. bowling & billiards

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  • ODECCA BEACH

    THERE WAS AN IMPORTANT BEACH VOLLEY-BALL GAME AT ONE OF THE ODECCA BEACHES.JUST TAKE THE STREET CAR, FROM THE TRAIN STATION, ALL THE WAY TO THE BEACH, THERE YOU WILL MEET ODESSIAN FAMILIES RELAXING ON A NICE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

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Odessa Favorites

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  • Transfiguration Street...

    Deribasovskaya Street is always top of the list of places to visit, for first time visitors to 0dessa, but for me, the street that truly captures the spirit of the city, is my favourite - Preobrazhenskaya 0olitsa - meaning Transfiguration Street...It takes its name from the cathedral of the Transfiguration, which dominates the end of the street,...

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  • Pussycat City...

    If you're feline-phobic, then 0dessa is not the city for you, unless you spend your vacation, nearly offshore in the Maritime Hotel!0dessa just would not be the same city, if not for its plethora of pussies...'Koshichka' = pussycat'Koshka' = cat'Kot' = tomcat'Kotyonak' = kittenWherever you go about here, a cat can be seen sleeping on a windowsill,...

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  • Courtyard life...

    0dessa is a city renowned for its architecture, though it might take you a while to notice the quality of it, because walking around the place, you need to constantly watch your feet, because of all the trip hazards...If you want to admire the architecture, it's a good idea to take a seat at an outside table of a restaurant or cafe, & spend some...

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