City Manager Odessa

City Manager Odessa

Irina Samoshkina

irina.samoshkina@mycityhighlight.ch

Good To Know

Odessa is not a capital and never was, still it declares itself a world capital of humor and joy of life.

1. Odessa had used to be the 4th city of the Russian Empire after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Warsaw, now it is a part of Ukraine. From the very beginning in 1794 Odessa was multinational and now there are more than 168 nationalities, all of them call the city Odessa-Mama. With more than 200 multicultural festivals a year Odessa makes every tourist feel at home.

2. Odessa is a popular warm sea resort with more than 290 sunny days a year. The beach line stretches for over 30 km across Odessa’s Black Sea shore and provides every opportunity for watersports activities: swimming, diving, aquabiking, kiting, yachting, раrasailing etc.

3. Odessa is a birthplace of many famous musicians, artists, poets, actors, which greatly contributed to the world’s cultural heritage. There are many architecture jewels, Odessa Opera Theater is one of the most beautiful in Europe and Odessa Phylharmonic Orchestra – one of the best.

4. Odessa offers one of the most delicious local cuisine in Europe combining old Jewish, Ukrainian, Russian, Greek, Italian, Armenian, Georgian, etc. dishes. The tourists enjoy very affordable prices in Odessa res-taurants and can try everything at once: gefilte fish, forshmak, borsch, salo, brynza, bychki, vareniki, raki, bitochki, tsimes, tyulechka, vertuta, etc.


Fastest way: by taxi. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Those taxies which are waiting near the airport charge around 10 EUR for a city center drive.

Alternatively you can call to taxi +380 482 342000, the tariff will be around 3 EUR for a city center drive.

Cheapest way: by bus No. 117 (the fare costs 0.19 EUR) and trolley-bus No. 14 (the fare costs 0.07 EUR). The journey might take up to an hour.


Police: 102
Ambulance: 103
Taxi: +380 482 342000 (Pantera Express) or +38 048 2322007 (Autobond), both speak English


The city center is great for walking. We rarely use public transport within central historical area.
Because the taxi is cheap in Odessa (a single fare costs around 3 EUR), the most tourists prefer it as a way to get around the city.

Trams, trolley-busses and buses are even much cheaper, but they might be crowded, especially during the rush hours. The cost per fare should be paid to the driver directly in cash at the time of getting out (0.19 EUR for buses and 0.07 EUR for trams and trolley-busses).

To get to Deribassovskaya street, use buses 185, 146, 175, for Arcadia beaches and Privoz Market use tram 5 or bus 198.


- Specialties of the city to eat: in Odessa we always start our lunch with a soup, because our grandmothers insist it is healthy. A soup could be Red Borsch (a beetroot soup) and Green Borsch (without beetroot at all, made of sorrel and spinach), okroshka (cold soup with fresh vegetables and kvass), ukha (fish soup), solyanka (smoked meat soup). The second course could be meat (shashlik, chelogach) or fish (bychki, barabulka, kambala) or vareniki.

- Specialties of the city to drink: kvass, lemonade, Bessarabian and Moldovan wines

- Tipping: 10%, not included in cheque

- Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap: No! Always drink the bottled or boiled water only.


- A cup of coffee in the restaurant: €0.90
- A lunch menu in the restaurant: € 8 – 10
- A ride in a taxi (cost / km): Basic price: € 2- 3, Price per km: €0. 30, Price per waiting hour: €3.70 (€4.45 with air conditioner)


Where to go out:
Many cafes and restaurants in the city center are open until 2am, find them on the streets Deri-bassovskaya, Ekaterininskaya, Gavannaya. Night clubs Ibiza, Western, Itaka, Bono in Arcadia, Captain Morgan in the center. Bars Fitz, Mick O'Neill, Corvin, Bootleger in the center.

Opening times:
11am – 2am


Shopping Areas:
Shopping malls “Afina” and “Europe” in the city center, market “Privoz” and the shopping malls “Ostrov” and “Novy Privoz” nearby.

Opening times:
10:00 – 19:00


Tavria-V, Silpo, Obzhora, Kopeyka, Gurman, Dva Shaga


Hello: Privet!
Thank you: Spasibo!
Please: Pozhaluysta!
Good morning: Dobroye utro!
Enjoy your meal: Priyatnova appetita!
Goodbye: Poka! Do svidania!


With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Apart of that there are several free Wi-Fi options available in Odessa:
1. City Public Internet Access on Primorskiy Boulevard.
2. At McDonalds and Top Sandwich networks.
3. At Odessa International Airport (VIP Hall).
4. At Free Wi-Fi benches near Citrus gadgets shops.
5. In some trolley-busses marked with the appropriate signs.


My souvenir recommendations

A Handmade Chocolate

A Handmade Chocolate

A handmade chocolate is a great souvenir from Odessa. It is produced by Lviv Handmade chocolate shop on Deribassovskaya 31. You can choose from over 100 varieties and make your own assorted collection.

Lviv Handmade Chocolate Lviv Handmade Chocolate , Derybasivs'ka St, 31, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine

Vyshivanka

Vyshivanka

Vyshivanka, a Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirt, can be bought in Passage, Preobrazhenskaya 34. Their prices are the best so far.

Passage Passage , Odessa Passage, Preobrazhens'ka St, 34, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000

A painting from Gapchinska Art Gallery Shop

A painting from Gapchinska Art Gallery Shop

A painting from Gapchinska Art Gallery is a unique souvenir from Odessa. The gallery is located on Ekaterininskaya Square 6. Yevgeniya Gapchinska is a Ukrainian painter with her own easily recognizable style.

Gapchinska Art Gallery Gapchinska Art Gallery , Sabaneiv Mist St, 1, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine

Massandra Wine

Massandra Wine

Massandra Wine is a favourite wine of the Russian Czars. It differs from the traditional European wines. In particular there are many dessert wines and cherries. The shop is located on Ekaterininskaya Square, 2. The popular souvenir is the wine produced in the year you were born. Their oldest wine bottle is dated 1912.

Massandra Bar Massandra Bar , Katerynyns'ka St, 2, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine

City Managers favorite places

Belvedere of Vorontsov's Palace

Sights

Belvedere of Vorontsov's Palace is situated in the middle of the seaside promenade at the city center. The Palace and the former stables are nearby. The owner, Count Mikhail Vorontsov, was a well-repu...

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2/5

Tudoy-Sudoy

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

“Tudoy-Sudoy” (“There-Here”) offers exciting guiding tours in Odessa in various languages (English, German, French). Their newest addition – a tram excursion “Odessa in its songs” with live band onboa...

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5/5

Odessa Art Museum

Culture

Odessa Art Museum is a world-class collection of the 17th -20th centuries Russian art, including the 16th -18th centuries Russian iconography. Almost all famous Russian painters of this time are repre...

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5/5

Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Culture

Opera and Ballet Theater, the most famous building in Odessa, was built in 1887 by the architects F. Fellner and H. G. Helmer which are well known by their 48 theaters throughout Europe (including th...

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5/5

Rokka

Restaurants

Where is the best steak in Odessa? Of course, in Rokka restaurant, at their open kitchen. It is situated away from city center, but it is worth to get there. The restaurant has its own farm to grow th...

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A Track of Health

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

A Track of Health or Trasa Zdorovya is a 6-kilometer pedestrian path across the park along sea which leads from Langeron to Arcadia. The locals use this path for jogging, cycling, roller-skating and f...

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5/5

Massandra Bar

Shops and markets

Massandra Fine and Rare Wines is an official representative of Massandra Wine Plant, Crimea. Located in a cozy calm dungeon at the very heart of the noisy touristic area, they offer the beverages whic...

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Culture

Opera and Ballet Theater, the most famous building in Odessa, was built in 1887 by the architects F. Fellner and H. G. Helmer which are well known by their 48 theaters throughout Europe (including th...

Read more
5/5

Odessa Art Museum

Culture

Odessa Art Museum is a world-class collection of the 17th -20th centuries Russian art, including the 16th -18th centuries Russian iconography. Almost all famous Russian painters of this time are repre...

Read more
5/5

City Garden

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

“City garden” is called by the locals as "Gorsad". The brother of Odessa’s founder Jose de Ribas, Felix de Ribas, had offered his own land for the city’s first park in 1803. Now Gorsad and the adjacen...

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4.5/5

Potyomkin Steps

Sights

Potyomkin Steps were built in 1835 as a main entrance to the City of Odessa for the guests arriving by sea. It has 192 steps now. The name had to commemorate the rebellious battleship “Potyomkin” whic...

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2/5

Primorskiy Boulevard

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Primorskiy Boulevard means a seaside boulevard. Since 1821 this is a main promenade and a venue for all festive events. At night Primorskiy Boulevard is lit by the millions of colorful lights.

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