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Odessa Nightlife, Ukraine

Beautiful Odessa, sprawling on the shores of the Black Sea, is one of the most exciting cities in Ukraine. A major tourist destination due to its size (the fourth largest city in the country after Kiev, Kharviv, and Dnepropetrovsk), and its idyllic location, Odessa hides hundreds of quaint little sights for the curious visitor. The numerous health resorts are only one of the reasons why Odessa is such a sought after destination for both Ukrainians and foreigners. The Odessa catacombs, the interesting architecture, the museums and parks, and finally, a very lively nightlife are a great magnet for tourists. Discover the very essence of Ukrainian cafe culture, traditional cuisine and exciting nightclubs in Odessa. This Odessa Nightlife Guide will point out a few of the absolute must-see locations in this charming city.

Odessa Nightlife - Eating Out

Odessa has developed a veritable fast-food culture that offers a few treats that are radically different from your regular McDonald’s fare. The city is literally infested with stalls selling everything from kebabs to savory donuts, and you can fill your stomach with some delicious hot food or only a couple of bucks. Restaurants offer decent meals at affordable prices, and most of them include at least a few traditional dishes on their menu. Kumanets is a traditional restaurant with an interesting décor, where you can find the staple foods of Ukrainian cuisine: sausages, dumplings and various vegetable dishes. Kolyba is the Eastern-European restaurant par excellence, with plenty of traditional foods and even a sauna. For some high-end dining, this Odessa Nightlife Guide recommends Druzya y Pivo, a restaurant decorated with antiques and Soviet relics, where you can find some of the best dishes in all of Odessa. A few nights a week the restaurant even has artistic film displays.

Odessa Nightlife - Pubs and Bars

There are many nightclubs in Odessa, and most of them are clustered in the so-called Arcadia, an area near the beach where you can find venues for every taste and style. In the city centre, a good place to party is Captain Morgan, a two-storey establishment where you can dance the night away together with the local crowd. Vechernaya Odessa is another popular spot with good DJs and reasonable prices. Itaka is lively club with a setting inspired from Ancient Greece. Palladium is a good restaurant by day, and a crowded nightclub during the late hours, where the music ranges from mellow jazz tunes to whatever is popular at the time.

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