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Top Choice Church in Vologda

St Sofia’s Cathedral

Powerful five-domed St Sofia’s Cathedral has a soaring interior smothered with beautiful 1680s frescoes. The astonishingly tall iconostasis is filled with darkly brooding saintly portraiture.The massive stone cathed…
Top Choice Historic Site in Vologda


Vologda’s multidomed, attractive kremlin is the city’s historical centrepiece, a 17th-century fortified enclosure built as a church administrative centre to accompany St Sofia’s Cathedral next door. Peeking into the…
Top Choice Russian in Vologda

Sem Vecherov

Good things come in sevens here: seven chef's specials, seven (mostly) vegetarian (постные) dishes, seven types of filled bliny (pancakes)… You get the picture. Downstairs is the cheery cafe section, and upstairs mi…
Top Choice Cafe in Vologda


This friendly, centrally-located cafe draws the punters in with a tasty selection of Asian, European, and Russian dishes, from udon noodles to pasta to pelmeni (Russian-style ravioli).
Ukrainian in Vologda

Puzatiy Patsyuk

This rustic-effect nostalgia restaurant serves top-notch food such as duck in apple sauce, draniki (potato fritters) and goose with a honey crust. The menu (in Ukrainian with Russian translations) is a well-crafted …
Monastery in Vologda

Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery

Painted in circus-tent stripes, the powerful fortress towers of this active 14th-century monastery are photogenically reflected in the river, best viewed from the nearby railway bridge. Visitors may explore the west…
Museum in Vologda

Regional Studies Museum

The natural history section has clearly benefited from the untimely demise of numerous regional species of wildlife, such as the dramatically posed stuffed lynx, wolves, foxes and a tiny cub-under-glass mournfully w…
Church in Vologda

St John Chrysostom Church

This attractive 17th-century church is one of Vologda's oldest constructions and contains some 200-year-old frescoes. Located on the river bank opposite St Sofia’s Cathedral, its picturesque onion domes reflect nice…
Museum in Vologda

World of Forgotten Things

One of several enchanting old wooden buildings at the eastern end of ul Leningradskaya, this little museum evokes the life of a 19th-century, 17-child middle-class family. Amid portraits of bewigged children and arm…
Club in Vologda

DJ Cafe MC2

Local hipsters make their way to the 5th floor of Oasis shopping centre on weekend nights to hear the resident DJs and guest talent from across Russia who specialise in deep house. If you don't feel like hitting the…