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Top Choice Russian in Suzdal

Gоstiny Dvor

There are so many things to like about this place: eclectic decor of rustic antiques and warm wood; outside terrace tables offering river views; hearty Russian dishes (chicken, pike, pelmeni dumplings) prepared with…
Top Choice Monastery in Suzdal

Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius

Founded in the 14th century to protect the town’s northern entrance, Suzdal’s biggest monastery grew mighty in the 16th and 17th centuries after Vasily III, Ivan the Terrible and the noble Pozharsky family funded im…
Top Choice Fortress in Suzdal

Kremlin

The grandfather of the Moscow Kremlin, this citadel was the 12th-century base of Prince Yury Dolgoruky, who ruled the vast northeastern part of Kyivan Rus (and, among other things, founded a small outpost that would…
Top Choice Museum in Suzdal

Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life

This open-air museum across the river from Suzdal's kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse into the traditional lives of rural folk in this area. Besides log houses, windmills, a barn, and lots of tools and handicraft…
Top Choice Russian in Suzdal

Chaynaya

It's hidden behind a kitsch crafts market, but this place is a gem. Russian standards – bliny, shchi (cabbage soup), mushroom dishes and pickles – are prominently represented, but it's all the unusual (and rather ex…
Arts & Crafts in Suzdal

Maria Frolova

The affable Maria learned the rare and delicate traditional art of filigree embroidery from her grandmother; she often sells her beautiful wares – jewellery and miniature framed needleworks of flowers, birds and rus…
Church in Suzdal

Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral

The Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, whose blue domes spangled with gold dominate the front courtyard of the Suzdal kremlin, was founded in the 1220s. Only its richly carved lower section is original white stone, h…
Ceramics in Suzdal

Dymov Ceramics

If you're after souvenirs a level up from the Russo-kitsch found everywhere else, check out these lovely handmade ceramic creations: mugs, tiles, vases, brightly patterned plates and even ceramic ice-cream cones. Th…
International in Suzdal

Salmon & Coffee

With its whitewashed wood interior and rustic-style decor, this rather quaint cafe on Torgovaya pl is one of the best places in town for an unhurried lunch or a cup of coffee. Despite the name, salmon is not really …
Square in Suzdal

Torgovaya Ploshchad

Suzdal’s Torgovaya pl (Market Sq) is dominated by the pillared Trading Arcades (Торговые ряды; 1806–11) along its western side. There are several churches in the immediate vicinity, including the 1739 Kazan Church (…