Top ChoiceMuseum in Black Sea Coast

Stalin's Dacha

Stalin's dacha, Zelenaya Roscha, is a fascinating place, built specifically to accommodate a small, private and paranoid man. Tours are in Russian but some of the patriotic guides speak a little English. From...

Top ChoiceRussian in Krasnaya Polyana

Vershina 2200

Sup a warming soup as you sit by the toasty fire and watch the snow fall on the ski slopes outside. Located at 2200m (the highest point in Gorki Gorod), this classy two-floor restaurant has fantastic views and...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Sochi

Lenin Mosaic

How about this sparkling, red, 8m-high head shot of Ilyich as a backdrop for your holiday photos? This beauty was unveiled in 1980 to mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of the father of the Bolshevik...

Caucasian in Krasnaya Polyana

Chyo? Kharcho!

This popular restaurant serves generous portions of Caucasian dishes, including kharcho, the spicy Georgian soup that inspired its unusual name ('Huh? Kharcho!' in English). Also offers pizza among all the...

Cafe in Krasnaya Polyana

Vysota 2320

Located high atop Roza Peak, the aptly named 'Altitude 2320' is the perfect place to kick back after skiing and snowboarding. The floor to ceiling windows yield a fabulous panorama all around: the Black Sea is...

Seafood in Adler

Royal Fish

Tucked away in the far southern corner of the seaside promenade, this classy restaurant offers a good wine list and plenty of local seafood choices, including a raw bar with Black Sea oysters. Other enticing...

Cocktail Bar in Sochi

Sea Zone

Just steps from the sand, Sea Zone is an enticingly upscale venue to relax in and savour the sunset. The covered terrace is tastefully furnished with dark wicker furniture and neutral-toned linens, or you can...

Caucasian in Sochi

Chyo? Kharcho!

This wide, welcoming terrace claims the best shashlyk on the Naberezhnaya, in addition to the namesake kharcho (lamb stew) and other Georgian specialities. It's an exceedingly pleasant place to quaff a beer and...

Belgian in Sochi

Frapp

There's not much to the menu at this tiny cafe, but you don't need much – just a choice selection of sweet and savoury waffles, fresh juices and Viennese coffee. Pick a table in the cosy interior or on the shady...

Live Music in Sochi

Festival Concert Hall

Many of Russia’s top music acts play in Sochi – most at this massive hall with its front open to the sea embankment below.

Tower in Black Sea Coast

Mt Bolshoy Akhun Lookout Tower

Popular with day trippers, this 30m-high lookout tower offers great views of the Caucasus Mountains. From the entrance of Sochi National Park, follow the main trail along the Agura River. After one hour the trail...

Cave in Black Sea Coast

Vorontsovskaya Cave

About 40km from Sochi, this chain of caves is a popular and worthwhile excursion. Some 12km of the cave system is mapped, but tourists have access to 500m of illuminated passages. Some of the rooms are quite...

Amusement Park in Adler

Sochi Park

Located in the former Olympic park, this sprawling funfair is sometimes called Russian Disneyland, with 20 'European-standard' rides (including Russia's highest and fastest roller coaster). There are also...

European in Adler

Mayak

Take your pick from the cosy interior, the palm-sheltered courtyard, or the tables right on the pavement overlooking the promenade. They are all attractive settings to sample Mayak's tempting grilled fish and...

Burgers in Sochi

Burgman

Here's your friendly neighbourhood burger joint, touting farm-fresh ingredients and 18 different takes on the ever-popular sandwich. Besides your traditional beef patties, you'll find a veggie burger, a turkey...

Italian in Krasnaya Polyana

Modus

Modus is a cool and casual pizzeria with a trendy vibe – but not too trendy. The warm, wooden interior is decked out with all manner of mismatched chairs, comfy couches and eclectic artwork, creating a very...

Gay in Sochi

Cabaret Mayak

Perhaps Russia's most famous gay club, thanks to the massive media attention received during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Club Mayak is now in a new location near the train station. Inside, drag queens and other...

Park in Sochi

Arboretum

On the southeastern edge of town, Sochi’s lovely arboretum is lush with more than 1500 species of trees and shrubs, including numerous species of palm. It's a relaxing place to wander for a while. For a scenic...

Caucasian in Black Sea Coast

Salkhino

Near the entrance to Sochi National Park, Salkhino is a suitably rustic Caucasian restaurant at the foot of Mt Bolsho Akhun. They do a popular khashlama (Caucasian-spiced lamb stew), among many other dishes....

Russian in Krasnaya Polyana

Trikoni

Just up the road from Utomlyonnye Solntsem in Krasnaya Polyana village, Trikoni is an old-fashioned country inn with a menu full of Russian and Italian favourites. It's hearty, filling fare, that's sure to...