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Top Choice Street in Odesa

Prymorsky Boulevard

Odesa's elegant facade, this tree-lined, clifftop promenade was designed to enchant the passengers of arriving boats with the neoclassical opulence of its architecture and old-worldish civility, unexpected in these …
Top Choice Food Hall in Odesa

City Food Market

Once an itinerant tribe, congregating here and there for irregular jamborees, Odesa foodies now have a rather palatial indoors base. The two-storey building is divided between shops, each with its own kitchen dedica…
Top Choice European in Odesa

Bernardazzi

Few Ukrainian restaurants have truly authentic settings, but the art nouveau dining room of this Italianesque palazzo (once a stock exchange, now the Philharmonic Hall) is the real deal. In addition to well-crafted …
Top Choice Street in Odesa

Vul Derybasivska

Odesa's main commercial street, pedestrian vul Derybasivska, is jam-packed with restaurants, bars and, in the summer high season, tourists. At its quieter eastern end you'll discover the statue of José de Ribas, the…
Top Choice Landmark in Odesa

Potemkin Steps

A woman yells at a tidy line of soldiers as they take aim. An officer commands: 'Fire!' It takes many painful seconds for her to collapse and release a pram with a baby inside, which starts slowly tumbling down the …
Top Choice Museum in Odesa

Museum of Odesa Modern Art

The war in the east and regular political strife give Ukrainian artists a lot of here-and-now material to reflect on, and the result is often brilliant, to which the exhibitions in this great establishment attest. L…
Top Choice Theatre in Odesa

Odesa Opera & Ballet Theatre

The jewel in Odesa's architectural crown was designed in the 1880s by the architects who also designed the famous Vienna State Opera, namely Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. You can take a Russian-language tour …
Top Choice Bar in Odesa

Shkaf

It feels like entering a shkaf (wardrobe) from the outside, but what you find inside is a heaving basement bar–club, a surefire antidote to Odesa's trendy beach-club scene and pick-up bars. The inconspicuous, unmark…
Top Choice Bar in Odesa

Dizyngoff

Each of the three young owners here throw something into the mix: Israeli cultural influence, French culinary education and really good musical taste. That makes this place a bit like one of its famous cocktails: si…
Moldovan in Odesa

Dva Karla

This envoy from nearby Moldova occupies a super-quaint courtyard covered with a vine canopy in summer and pleasant cellar premises in winter. Come here to try mamalyga (a version of polenta with brynza goat cheese o…