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Rostov-Veliky Kremlin

Rostov-Veliky’s main attraction is unashamedly photogenic. Though founded in the 12th century, most of the buildings date to the 1670s and 1680s.The five magnificent domes of the Assumption Cathedral (Успенский собо…
Monastery in Rostov-Veliky

Monastery of Saviour & St Jacob

This restored monastery (originally founded in the late 14th century) is the sparkling-white fairy-tale apparition you’ll see as you approach Rostov-Veliky by road or rail. English-language tours may be available fr…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Rostov-Veliky

Dom Remyosel

This little crafts shop tucked away down a side street is perfect for browsing through gifts and souvenirs, handmade by local artists in a variety of styles: ceramics, woodcarvings, pillows, painted figurines and th…
Russian in Rostov-Veliky

Russkoye Podvorye

What claims to be a ‘medieval Russian’ menu is essentially a fresh and intelligent take on Russian cuisine as it was before mayo and potatoes. Mushrooms, turnips and more unusual ingredients feature in inventive dis…
International in Rostov-Veliky

Appetit

Hidden down a signed archway across from the kremlin is this cool little cafe with a chilled-out vibe and a large menu featuring Russian dishes, pizza, pastas, soups and salads (as well as omelettes and porridge for…
Georgian in Rostov-Veliky

Café Alaverdy

This is a simple Georgian eatery that makes khachapuri cheese pies, khinkali (dumplings) and tolma (stuffed vine leaves) like they do it back home. When we visited the restaurant had just moved into this new locatio…