Sukhumi’s Monkey Nursery was renowned in Soviet times for training monkey astronauts (eight from here made space flights in the 1980s) and as a medical research centre. At its peak about 5000 monkeys were kept here,…
Wood-built Nartaa, with tables on various verandahs and small pavilions, does good food at small prices, including shashlyk, salads and a good kartofel (potato) side dish.
The recently refurbished museum has good archaeological sections as well as typical Soviet-style collections of stuffed animals and war memorabilia.
With 50,000 sq metres of plants from around the world, the well-maintained botanical gardens, founded in 1840, are well worth a wander.
One of the more upmarket places, serving up good beef medallions in cream sauce, trout, gnocchi, burgers and more.
Strung with pretty parks, part-derelict jetties, cafes and kitschy souvenir stalls, and fronted by stretches of stony beach, Sukhumi's 3km-long seafront promenade swarms with happy crowds during the summer holiday m…
Numerous Sukhumi buildings still stand empty or ruined, including landmarks such as the old Government House on ploshchad Svobody (gutted when the Abkhaz took the city in September 1993).
This park on the north side of ulitsa Lakoba is the burial site of many Abkhaz who died in the 1992–93 fighting.