Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Oryol

Ivan Bunin Museum

There’s a good collection of photos and other documents relating to the Nobel Prize–winning writer, plus a 'Paris Room’ devoted to his years as an emigrant, including the bed in which he died. At the end of the one-…
Top Choice American in Oryol

17 Bar

With a dapper wooden interior, nouveau-cool deer antlers on the wall and an arty clientele/staff, this new bar is a little slice of hipster heaven. To a backdrop of indie tunes, it dishes up 'American' sandwiches, g…
Museum in Oryol

Muzey IA Bunina

Though materials on the writer Ivan Bunin are spread thin through provincial Russia, Oryol’s Muzey IA Bunina has a good collection of photos and other documents, plus a ‘Paris Room’ devoted to h…
Pub in Oryol

Pint House

When the weekend comes, this is Oryol's premier party place, with quaffing crowds going bonkers to live bands. The rest of the time, this is a fairly distinguished watering hole, with gentlemen's lounge–style booths…
European in Oryol

3 Etazh

Excellent thin-crust pizzas, topped waffles and filling sandwiches are just the start of the great things about this whimsical cafe. Vegetarians will find some solace here, with actual meals designed just for them.
European in Oryol


This appealing, upmarket cafe-lounge serves up excellent salads, pastas and meat dishes such as shashlyk and pork fillets, plus some vego options, including a no-meat version of steak tartare.
Cafe in Oryol

Santa Bin

A Starbucks-style coffee shop, right down to the cardboard sleeves and plastic lids. There’s another branch facing pl Mira.
Anticafe in Oryol

Cherry Krol

Though it's not open during the day, it's worth the trip out to this anti-cafe for the free wi-fi, hot drinks and general sociability.
Museum in Oryol

Literary Museums

Oryol's men of letters are celebrated at many interesting literary house-museums.
Museum in Oryol

Regional Museum

Not essential viewing but hosts some good temporary exhibitions.