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Best Restaurants in Sochi

Best Restaurants in Sochi

For those traveling to the Olympic Games this year, we’ve uncovered the best restaurants in Sochi

Thanks to all of the attention Sochi is receiving as the next Olympic host, we wouldn’t be surprised if Sochi soon became the next hot spot for culinary pilgrimage.

For many of us, Sochi, Russia, didn’t land on the map until it became the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Now the city is on lists of the top places to travel in 2014, but it seems we may be late to the game. Sochi (pronounced “so-chee,” with a long “o”) was once the favored resort behind the Iron Curtain, a Soviet spa town and the city where Stalin himself chose to build his dacha. It’s one of the few places in Russia that can call itself a beach town during the summer, while the nearby Caucasus Mountains make it a haven for skiers in the winter.

Best Restaurants in Sochi (Slideshow)

Sochi is also notable for its cuisine. The food in Sochi has a mix of influences particular to this region of the country. Its location on the Black Sea means you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood, while the climate allows for excellent produce, ideally sampled at the city’s Central Market. Sochi is a great place to explore a wide range of ethnic cuisines, thanks to its proximity to the Georgian border as well as neighboring Turkey and Armenia.

We’ve uncovered the best restaurants in Sochi to help you explore the city’s edible offerings. We’ve ranked Sochi’s restaurants by critical acclaim, service, and value, holding both the luxury dining rooms and home-style eateries to the same high standards. From the glamour of hotel restaurant Black Magnolia to the rustic hominess of Belye Nochi, the superb seafood of Sinee More to the Italian specialties of La Terrazza, there’s something for every appetite here in the capital of the Russian Riviera. Thanks to all of the attention Sochi is receiving as the next Olympic host, we wouldn’t be surprised if Sochi soon became the next hot spot for culinary pilgrimage. But why wait until then?


The Best Caucasian Restaurants in Sochi

Locals in Sochi adore Caucasian, in particular, Georgian cuisine. Its distinctive flavors fill the air around Sochi and Adler as soon as the first warm summer days roll in. You can buy lavash (thin wheat flatbread) in any supermarket in the city. Stews, meat grilled on the coals, piles of fresh herbs and vegetables, soft cheeses, delicious pastry, and sweet red and dry white wines—this is what a traditional Caucasian feast looks like. Tkemali, satsebeli, adjika, and nasharab are all sauces that are highly popular in Russia. Here’s our selection of the best Caucasian restaurants in the city.


Best Restaurants with Terraces in Sochi

It is no longer a secret for tourists that Sochi has some of the most beautiful sunrises, sunsets and views in Southern Russia. The majority of local restaurants and venues have used this to their advantage to let its visitors enjoy a delicious dinner with an unforgettable view and relax during the hot summer evenings. So whether you are here on a business trip, for the World Cup or a vacation, if you’re looking for a unique dining experience, here are four restaurants that offer some breathtaking views of Sochi and Adler.


Surrounded by greenery overlooking a small park, Stary Bazar is another established Sochi restaurant that continues to pack them in. And for good reason – the place offers a delightfully kitschy country-inn.

Set in a gracious former residence, the restaurant comprises a series of intimate salons (and a lovely porch). Dine on traditional Russian fare, including skoblyanki (tasty, hardy meals prepared in an iron.

If you prefer your oysters on the half shell, this sophisticated little harbourside raw bar is for you. You'll fine varieties from the Far East and the White Sea, as well as the smaller guys from local Black Sea.


Regional Vietnamese Food Coming to Long Empty Lakeview Space

A new Vietnamese restaurant from a pair of first-time owners is coming to a Lakeview space that housed Spanish Square at Belmont and Southport Avenues. The owners of the forthcoming Sochi Saigonese Kitchen say they want to surprise Chicagoans with items rarely seen at local Vietnamese restaurants.

Buoyed by a passion for the flavors of their hometown of Ho Chi Minh City — still called Saigon by locals — the wife-and-husband-team of Chinh Pham and Son Do plan to offer unique dishes like egg rolls wrapped in special rice paper from Vietnam instead of the wheat wrapper seen at many local spots. The menu also includes favorites like pho, several types of bahn mi, Goi vit Thanh Da (banana blossom duck salad), Nui Suon Bo Ba Ngoai (short rib soup), and coffee flan.

Pham is especially excited about the opportunity to showcase the “true essence of pho” in the southern Vietnamese style typically characterized by slim noodles, many of cuts of beef, and toppings like hoisin, chilis, and Thai basil. Customers can wash that down with Saigon Special, a Vietnamese lager that balances the sweet, savory, and spicy flavors in the food, along with some Chicago brews, cocktails, and traditional Vietnamese coffee and tea.

Construction is underway at 1358 W. Belmont Avenue, a space that Spanish Square vacated at the start of 2018. The new tenants are transforming the more than 2,200 square-foot space into a sleek, modern oasis that will seat 66 in total. Spanish Square’s circular European-styled chandeliers and tiled floors are being replaced with light grey marble, natural bamboo wood, and an open kitchen that lets diners catch a whiff of fragrant broth on the stove. There isn’t room for outdoor dining, but the space will feature large windows that allow for increased air circulation and live plants tucked around the dining room.

While they are both natives of Saigon, Pham and Do met as college students while studying business in Singapore. It was there they discovered a mutual love of food and dining, and they began concocting plans to open their dream restaurant down the road. The couple immigrated to the U.S. in 2016 through the EB-5 visa program, which provides a possible path to a green card for those who are willing to invest $1 million into a U.S. business and create jobs for American workers.

The pair say they have leveraged their life savings, risking everything to create opportunities for their family and forge a life in the hospitality industry. “Opening [Sochi] is the only way to express our passion and our care,” Pham says. “We want to share that with the people here, for them to have a better, deeper understanding of Vietnamese cuisine.”

Sochi Saigonese Kitchen, 1358 W. Belmont Avenue, Scheduled to open April 20.


Rose Parade: The 14 best restaurants to eat at while in Pasadena

During 2014, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb 7-23. The FIFA Soccer World Cup will go on in Brazil from June 12-July 13. And both Comet Holmes and Faye’s Comet will reach their perihelions — in other words, for the survivalists out there, they’ll come as close to the Earth as they get. There are also the 2014 Elections, during which all sorts of political wackiness is promised. And it all begins on Jan. 1 — with the annual Rose Parade, a yearly defining event in the life of the Crown City.

In case you’ve forgotten, the first Rose Parade was held 125 years ago, organized by Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club. Some 2,000 locals showed up to watch a procession of horse-drawn carriages bedecked in flowers, which was followed by a foot race, a polo match and a tug-of-war. According to Professor Charles F. Holder of the Valley Hunt Club, the Parade was a celebration of the good life here in Southern California: “In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”

This year, a crowd of 500,000 persons will show up to watch the Parade in person. Many will go as well to the Rose Bowl game that follows. And plenty will be hungry for breakfast and lunch.
The options are many. And since this is 2014, we’ve got 14 of our favorites — seven places for breakfast, and seven places for lunch. Two repasts for every day of the week.
 
BREAKFAST
 

1. Marston’s

 
Breakfast at Marston’s has long been remarkable. Indeed, it’s the meal for which Marston’s is best known. The structure in which the restaurant sits looks as if it were born for birthing breakfasts: it’s a fine old Craftsman bungalow, with a friendly porch, and a dining room of modest proportions. It feels good. It feels right. It feels like it belongs in another city, perhaps one in the Southeast, where people speak with a drawl, and are never in a hurry.
 

Breakfast at Marston’s is a properly casual affair, with a selection of dishes that inspire much loyalty among locals, especially from the dishes listed under the menu heading of “Breakfast Specialties” like the “fantastic” (their word) French toast — two chunky slabs of sourdough, properly soaked in egg batter, rolled in corn flakes, and griddled to marvelous brownness, served with with hot syrup and sweet butter. It is so good, so satisfying. Ditto the macadamia nut pancakes, the blueberry pancakes (heavy with berries), the seven-grain pancakes, and “Grandma’s Oatmeal,” described on the menu as being “like you’ve never had before.” It’s served with cream, raisins, brown sugar, honey, sliced bananas, strawberries and chopped nuts. This isn’t oatmeal — this is a meal.
 

Marston’s, 151 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. 626-796-2459.
 

2. Burger Continental

 
You enter Burger Continental either from the patio on the Lake Avenue side, or from the patio on the parking lot side. In either case, you’ll wind up in the middle, surrounded by dozens of signs exhorting the pleasures of the menu.
 
If you’re like me, you’ll probably find it hard to focus on any single item the menu is such a wild-eyed hodgepodge of dishes from here, there and everywhere. If you’re there for breakfast, the options are easier: there’s an overflowing breakfast buffet, served Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But as the day goes on, there are dishes from the Middle East, Mexico, Italy and plenty of Americana, from burgers and salads, to omelettes and steaks.
 

Burger Continental, 535 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. 626-792-6634.
 

3. Russell’s

 
For many, Russell’s is the place to go for the best burgers in town. And the best pie, too — textbook versions of lemon meringue, coconut cream, banana cream, sour cream raisin, chocolate cream, peanut butter cream two-crust apple, Dutch apple, apricot, boysenberry, blueberry, cherry, mince, rhubarb custard, pumpkin, pecan, cheesecake and in season, strawberry, raspberry, peach and the ever-mysterious ollalieberry (half loganberry, half boysenberry, which in itself is a blend of raspberry and blackberry). What’s not as well known is that it’s a superb destination for omelettes, pancakes, waffles and the like, along with some seriously mixed breakfast drinks. Or just go for the pie, which is good at all times of the day.
 

Russell’s, 30 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Old Pasadena. 626-578-1404.
 

4. Julienne

 
Julienne is found on Mission Street in San Marino, not far from Fair Oaks Avenue and the Pasadena Freeway. Except, it’s enough of a distance that it seems to be in another world. Driving down Mission Road, right around the corner from Bristol Farms, it’s hard not to get a sense that you’ve passed through a door, leaving the pleasant middle class comfort of South Pasadena for the opulent grandeur of San Marino. And it’s to Julienne that San Marino goes for a casual breakfast or lunch.
 

It’s a swell place — warm and cozy with really terrific food. And, you can sit outdoors, and watch (to quote T.S. Eliot), “The women come and go/Talking of Michelangelo.” There are actually two parts to Julienne. On the left is the cafe, with its cool, calm interior, and its exceedingly pleasant sidewalk dining area. To the right is the cuisine-to-go shop, a fine takeout operation where many sample of a multitude of products are offered on the countertop. If there’s a downside, it’s the fact that Julienne is open for breakfast and lunch, but closes at 4:30 in the afternoon for the cafe, and a little later for the takeout section. The menu here is very French bistro, though filtered through the inevitable California filter. As you’d expect, salads abound here — or should I say les salades abound.
 

Julienne, 2649 Mission St., San Marino. 626-441-2299.
 

5. Novel Cafe

 
At the Novel Cafe, both breakfast and lunch are served from early in the day, til 4 p.m. Which means you can have eggs Benedict for lunch, if such is your desire — made, a bit oddly, with “turkey ham,” rather than Canadian bacon — a bit of a reminder that though The Novel Cafe isn’t vegetarian, it does have a “healthy cuisine” underpinning.
 
There are sundry quinoa dishes on the menu, including a quinoa and rolled oat oatmeal. And a dish called “Huevos Under Blackstone” which consists of poached egg whites over quinoa and black bean cakes. The vegetable scramble and the Novel omelette are both made with egg whites as well where you usually have to request egg whites, here you have to request whole eggs. There’s a tofu scramble, too, but then, if you’re like me, you can order the “Two Fer” for breakfast (or lunch) — two whole eggs (any style), with a choice of two proteins — bacon, chicken, sausage, turkey ham or tofu. Served with two nine-grain pancakes. A very big breakfast. There are waffles and pancakes, French toast, crepes, oatmeal and granola, wraps and quesadillas. Good coffee, too. We need to eat our breakfast — the government tells us so. And they must know.
 

The Novel Cafe, 1713 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626- 683-3309.
 

6. Cafe Verde

 
Show up for breakfast at Cafe Verde on Green Street, and you can get yourself ready for the day with some fine homemade breads (the herb bread is impossible to resist), along with wonderful poached eggs in a roasted tomato broth why don’t more restaurants serve this dish, which is joy incarnate? There’s a fine eggs Benedict, huevos con chorizo, and French toast flavored with vanilla, and what may well be the best coffee in town, French-pressed, hot and insistent.
 

Cafe Verde, 961 E. Green St., Pasadena. 626-356-9811.
 

7. Din Tai Fung

 
There’s always a line at the dual branches of Din Tai Fung, situated right next to each other, which sit about 10 minutes east of the 210 Freeway, not far from the racetrack at Santa Anita Park. It is a taste of Taipei that may be the single most popular Chinese restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley — and that’s saying something! Dumplings that dominate the consciousness at Din Tai Fung. Order the “juicy” pork and crab dumplings, and you get a steamer of 10, all filled with steam and little chunks of protein cooked until it is reduced to its base molecules. There are shrimp and pork dumplings as well, along with vegetable and pork, pork alone and vegetable alone, and some shiu mai (shrimp and pork, and rice and pork) as well. Those who know the place well, say the weekend special of “small dumplings with soup” are worth lining up for. Though I don’t need a special to get me back to Din Tai Fung — what they do here, they do as well as you’ll find anywhere. Considering the competition, that makes Din Tai Fung not a restaurant, but a shrine, home to the Dumpling Divine.
 

Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 626-574-7068.
 
LUNCH

8. Mi Piace

 
Mi Piace is a phenomenon that endlessly astonishes and astounds, a restaurant that’s never without customers. In many ways, this is the restaurant that put Old Pasadena on the map. Before Mi Piace opened, Old Pasadena was a destination to be avoided in the years since it opened, one restaurant after another has tried to emulate its success.
 
The formula is simple: lots of good food served in a cheerful setting, at very reasonable prices. The room is warmly high-tech, with massive mirrors hanging from the back walls, an open kitchen, and a busy bar that separates the restaurant from the adjacent bakery. This is Italian comfort food freshened up with California touches. Which means you can easily mix-and-match a meal of classic pasta dishes, chicken and veal standards, with cutting edge carpaccios, risotti and seafood, all made with state-of-the-art olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The pizzas are wonderful too, with a good crunchy crust, and enough toppings to satisfy even the most persnickety of pizza lovers. There’s a reason this is one of the busiest restaurants in Old Pasadena it succeeds on every level. And it doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg for the privilege.
 

Mi Piace, 25 E. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena. 626-795-3131.
 

9. Il Fornaio

 
Il Fornaio is noisy in the way that restaurants filled with people having a very good time tend to be noisy. It’s a happy noise, with lots of waving of arms at old friends, and air kisses flying through the ether. It’s very much like being in Italy, with food to match.
 
There’s soft polenta (not fried and rubbery for a change), cornmeal flavored with mushrooms and parmesan. There’s as good a carpaccio as you’ll find on these shores and a perfect eggplant dish, made with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, onions, capers and balsamic vinegar. They make a heck of a fine Tuscan bean and barley soup. They make tomato soup with Tuscan bread, good enough to raise the dead. The pizza is crispy-crunchy, thin-crusted like a large cracker, topped with the sort of stuff you might find in the Piazza Navonna in Rome — mozzarella, provolone, grilled eggplant, ricotta, red onions, garlic and so forth. It works perfectly as an appetizer for two, or a main course. There’s also a pizza permutation of foccacia bread stuffed with gorgonzola, pinenuts, basil and onions, that’s what sandwiches dream of someday becoming. You’ll eat every last bite.
 

Il Fornaio, One Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena. 626-683-9797.
 

10. Cafe Bizou

 
Though the menu at Cafe Bizou isn’t all seafood, fish and shellfish feel like the dominant motif. There’s a sesame seed-coated salmon, one of the longest-lived of Chef Neil’s dishes, that arrives on a potato pancake rather than the more prosaic bed of garlic-flavored mashed potatoes. Another longtime favorite is the hunk o’ monkfish, aka the “poor man’s lobster,” a particular homely fish (it’s also known as dogfish and hagfish), helped along with a name change and the simple fact that it really does taste fairly like lobster, with almost the same firmness of flesh. It’s one of Mother Nature’s little jokes. And a very fine creation too, served at Bizou with saffron-dotted risotto and fried carrots, in the same rich lobster sauce that comes with an appetizer of lobster- and salmon-filled ravioli.
 

For those who feel the need for meat, there’s a roast pork tenderloin a perfectly simple steak au poivre, classically prepared, with veggies and mashed potatoes in a brandy and cream sauce so good you’ll happily lick your plate clean. Which is the underlying idea of this good neighborhood restaurant. Go hungry, bring friends, bring family, bring your own wine, order too much, and be happy that you did. Bizou means “kiss” — and for those who eat there with regularity, it’s a culinary kiss…a nice juicy bizou to the diners.
 

Cafe Bizou, 91 N. Raymond Ave., Old Pasadena. 626-792-9923.
 

11. A/K/A

 
Although A/K/A isn’t a small dish restaurant — a rider of the modern tapas bandwagon — it’s easy to structure your meal as if it were. Try the charred organic greens, a dish that seems at first like a mistake — “Waiter! You burnt my salad!” — until you taste it, and realize how good barbecued radicchio and Belgian endive can be. Makes me wonder how iceberg or romaine would taste after a pass over the Weber. Try the roasted winter beets with lotus root, fennel pollen and Shropshire blue cheese. (A dish that sounds like a list of the surprise ingredients in the first course basket of the Food Network show Chopped.)
 

There’s a charcuterie platter — cured meats made all the better with the addition of pickled vegetables and mustard made in house. There’s a selection of cheeses, which I prefer to order for dessert rather than as an appetizer. There’s a classic beef tartare, tricked up with pickles, Dijon and an egg yolk. And yes, it’s supposed to be raw. If you don’t know that, you shouldn’t order it. One simply does not send back one’s steak tartare for some browning. It isn’t done.
 
This “American Bistro” manages to elegantly meld classic cooking and techniques with the downhome stuff that offers balm to our financially rattled souls. There’s a Reuben sandwich on the one hand, and a cassoulet on the other. There’s an Angus beef burger with pepper jack cheese on one side, and a Snake River Kobe flat iron steak on the other (served in a proper Cabernet reduction). There are wines served by the flight. And for dessert, there’s a butterscotch pot au creme.
 

A/K/A (An American Bistro), One Colorado Plaza, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. 626-564-8111.
 

12. Trattoria Neapolis

 
The pastas are freshly made — try the bucatini with Maine lobster and Calabrian chiles or the rigatoni with short rib Bolognese. And if you have room for an entrée, aside from the elegantly grilled organic Mary’s chicken breast with wild arugula, there’s a fine osso buco (another personal fave) served with Anson Mills (the best!) organic polenta and gremolata. As a side, try the toasted Sardinian pasta called fregola. And for dessert, the house take on tiramisu — which is made with peaches and pecans. Trattoria Neapolis has a tongue-twister of a name, but a palate-pleaser of a menu.
 

Trattoria Neapolis, 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. 626-792-3000.
 

13. McCormick & Schmick’s

 
Those with a taste for fish can be found crowding the bar at the Pasadena branch of McCormick & Schmick’s, feasting on an impressive selection of oysters on the halfshell: Dungeness Bays, Olympias, Samish Bays, Quilcenes, Eagle Creeks and Snow Creek Belons, all from Washington State, all so fresh as to be transcendent in terms of their oysterness. And they’re just the start of an encyclopedic menu that runs to pots of steamed Manila clams in a garlic and white wine broth (at least the clams died happy), Penn Cove or Emerald mussels steamed with garlic and herbs, traditional oyster stew with garlic croutons, fine popcorn rock shrimp, very good Dungeness crabcakes, along with one of the best salad Nicoise around, and a particularly rich clam chowder. There’s much more, some of it on the line between creative and utterly wild-eyes — Chilean white seabass grilled with mango aioli and red potatoes, ling cod with pesto and sundried tomatoes, white Alaskan king salmon panfried with something described on the menu as Moroccan black barbecue sauce, ling cod panfried with berry yogurt, crab and shrimp ravioli with coconut mint lobster sauce, and blackened thresher shark with melon mint salsa. This is seafood, done both traditionally, and California style, in a setting right out of downtown San Francisco.
 

McCormick & Schmick’s, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 626-405-0064.
 

14. Saladang

 
Traditional Thai cuisine is the name of the game at Saladang, served in an opulent setting, touching all the bases we’ve come to know and love, from fine stuffed chicken wings and mee krob, through excellent Thai soups and salads, into an excellent selection of vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) dishes that can be mixed and matched as you wish.
 
Saladang and Saladang Song, 363 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 626-793-8123.


12 Best Things To Do In Sochi

If you are visiting Russia anytime soon then you might not want to miss out on these activities that you can indulge in Sochi. We have jotted down a list of top 12 things to do in Sochi. Take a look!

1. Krasnaya Polyana – Go For A Ski
2. Krasnaya Polyana – Let’s Hike
3. Black Sea – Take A Dip
4. Vorontsovskaya Caves
5. New Adler – Take A Ride
6. Mount Akhun
7. Waterfalls – Chase Them
8. Show Your Moves
9. Food – Treat Your Taste Buds
10. Shopping Spree
11. Dagomys Tea Plantation
12. Museum Of The Resort Town Of Sochi

1. Krasnaya Polyana – Go For A Ski

If you are wondering what to do in Sochi in winter, then here is something for your. Although popular as a beach resort, Sochi is also gaining prominence for winter sports activities like skiing. The ideal skiing season ranges from December to April which differs every year. After the 2014 Winter Olympics, Krasnaya Polyana started witnessing double the influx of tourists. This led to the upgradation of new resorts in the area with international standards like Rosa Khutor. Take a slide through the snow and enjoy the panoramic views of the grandeur West Caucasus mountains!

Location: Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia
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2. Krasnaya Polyana – Let’s Hike

If you are planning a trip to Russia in the summer season, then a hike in Krasnaya Polyana is definitely an activity that you should be looking for. The hiking trails are located at an altitude ranging from 960 meters to 2200 meters above sea level. This trail lets you explore the hidden gems beyond the hills like blooming rhododendron. You can either hike to this place or opt for a cable ride which gives a spellbinding view of Sochi from the top. This is one of the best things to do in Sochi Russia in the summer.

Location: Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia

3. Black Sea – Take A Dip

Knowing what to do in Sochi Russia will make you enjoy the best vacation in 2021. Beached in Sochi are its biggest drawcards, without a doubt. There is plenty of space to choose from in the 150 km coastline running along with the city. But for a better experience, you might want to opt for a seaside resort as the resorts here have privatized the beaches to provide a luxury experience to its guests. Private beaches are not crammed with people and thus provides an unforgettable experience to tourists. So, if you want to beat the heat then take a plunge into the black sea in Sochi.

Location: Sochi, Russia

4. Vorontsovskaya Caves

If you are fed up with all the skiing and swimming in the sea, then don’t worry because there are other options that you can opt for. Sochi has an abundance of spots for nature enthusiasts. Another highlight of Sochi is its caves. Running along for 12 km, you can explore the majestic Vorontsovskaya Caves. However, tourists can go to up to 500 meters only but don’t get disheartened because even this much of area will leave you spellbound.

Location: Krasnodarskiy Kray, Sochi, Russia, 354391

5. New Adler – Take A Ride

Do you want to explore places on your own? Then, let me tell you that you can hire a bike and explore New Adler. It is the most important hub of transport in Sochi as the Sochi International Airport is situated here. With the Winter Olympics in 2014, the place has become more popular among tourists. So, hire a bike and get ready to take a tour around this place as this is one of the top things to do in Adler, Sochi.

Location: Adler District, Sochi, Russia

6. Mount Akhun

Tucked between the Khosta and Matsesta rivers, Mount Akhun with a height of about 663 meters is considered as the highest littoral point of Sochi. You can visit the top of the Romanesque-like tower built in 1936, The Observation Tower, on this mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of the city including seacoast and snow-clad mountains. After exploring the area, you can mellow out in the cafe in the tower and enjoy the view from the top of the mountain.

Location: Krasnodar Krai, Sochi, Russia, 354039

7. Waterfalls – Chase Them

While in Sochi, do not forget to explore waterfalls in the Lazarevskoye District. You’ll be amazed to know how many waterfalls this district comprises! There are as many as 33 waterfalls including Agura, Orekhovsky, Chudo Krasotka and others that you can explore if visited at the right time. The highest waterfall is around 40 feet tall. These cascades are bewitching and worth capturing, and should in your list of things to do in Sochi.

Location: Lazarevskoye District, Sochi, Russia

8. Show Your Moves

Do not overlook one of the top things to do in Sochi at night, that is, activities at night. If your trip is incomplete without a party then Sochi is not behind from any other city and has numerous offers for you. Seaside resorts have umpteen pubs and bars like Sky Club, Cabaret Mayak and Cocos Bar where you must witness the nightlife of Sochi when traveling to Russia.

9. Food – Treat Your Taste Buds

Are you tired of all the walking and traveling, and want to satiate your taste buds? Sochi has an abundance of fresh farm produce. You can head to Adler for trying out some chic and luxurious restaurants which serve a variety of food to its customers. The local cuisine here is different from classical Russian cuisine. You can try out khachapuri, shashlik, and other dishes. If you are a fan of seafood then Sochi has plenty of seafood from the Black Sea to offer you like oysters, mussels, and trout.

10. Shopping Spree

After exploring the ‘resort city’, do not forget to indulge in shopping at one of the opulent malls, Moremall, in Sochi. It is one of its kind in the area as there were not many high-end malls there. All the mall lovers can now enjoy their leisure time at Moremall. But if you want to explore the local market, you can head to Navaginskaya Street. This pedestrian street has a lot to offer you, from street stalls to boutique shops.

11. Dagomys Tea Plantation

It is believed to be the northernmost tea plantation in the world and purveys the stunning view of rolling hills exhibiting lush green plantation of tea. This place also organizes numerous events and activities making it a hotspot for tourists. If you are willing to enjoy the 19th-century style tea party then do plan a visit to this gorgeous location where you can also here melodious folklores and traditional Russian songs.

Location: Dagomys, Sochi

12. Museum Of The Resort Town Of Sochi

If you are interested in sneaking the rich, diverse and cultural history of Russia under one roof then do plan a visit to this illumination museum located in Sochi. This museum features an enormous collection of artifacts and other interesting discoveries by local mountaineers. If you have a love for history and looking to indulge in the past of this serene place then do head to this interesting museum.

Location: Ulitsa Sovetskaya, 26А, Sochi, Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia, 354000

Experience the prettiest views from the mountains and take a dip in the Black Sea when in Sochi. If you want an enthralling vacation, then do remember to include these things to do in Sochi in your itinerary. Also, do buy some souvenirs for your family and friends as they must be waiting for it when you go back. So, don’t miss a chance to book your Russia with TravelTriangle when there is still time. Bon Voyage pals!

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Best Restaurants in Sochi: Café Natasha

B y far one of the top picks for locals in Sochi, Café Natasha is home of the Georgian pastry called “khachapuri” which is what Americans would call cheese bread – but with a whole lot more! Khachapuri is a giant pastry filled with melted cheese and a poached egg (depending on how you order it). If you’re looking for some incredible local treats, the Khachapuri at Café Natasha will be your first and last stop.

If it’s even more local dishes you’re after, Café Natasha’s menu is chalk-full of tasty treats. Kharcho, a rice dish including lamb or beef is a fine choice, along with a multitude of finger foods like chicken wings, onion rings, grilled sausages, and shrimp.

Café Natasha is also home to a menu of fantastic deserts including an assortment of mousse, ice cream, and cake.

One thing visitors will definitely want to keep in mind is that Café Natasha is an extremely homey type of café, unlike those found in metropolitan areas of the United States. Diners should plan on staying at the restaurant for at least a few hours. And don’t forget to come hungry! Most of the dishes patrons will receive come in HUGE portions!


Restaurant Calypso

For visitors looking for more of a Mediterranean cuisine, look no further than Restaurant Calypso. With an elegant and cozy atmosphere, this is by far one of the best restaurants in Sochi.

With an Italian flare, Restaurant Calypso offers an elegant take on traditional American “comfort food” kind of feeling for guests. Although somewhat on the pricey side, Restaurant Calypso offers a change of scenery for those looking to escape the normal Sochi café or restaurant experience.

It’s also the place to see and be seen: many powerful VIPs from Moscow and surrounding areas are often seen dining at Restaurant Calypso. Even Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev have been seen dining.

Restaurant Calypso also has an extensive wine menu that patrons usually find themselves exploring throughout the meal and as the night goes on.

In summary, travelers will want to visit Restaurant Calypso if they’re willing to spend the money, try something elegant and special from anything else in Sochi, and want to spend an evening schmoozing with some of the elites of Russia and the world!


La Terrazza Marina

La Terrazza Marina is not in vain considered one of the best restaurants in Sochi.

Huge panoramic windows allow you to admire the surrounding views, and they are simply stunning.

In our menu you can find more than ten variable snacks, delicious salads, a huge selection of pasta, prepared according to secret recipes and, of course, pizza with all kinds of fillings. And how about our amazing desserts? If you are looking for a place where sweet dreams come true, then La Terrazza Marina is the real paradise for lovers of tiramisu and other traditional sweets of Italian cuisine.


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