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Odesa Travel Guide

The most important thing in Odesa is not just the sea, although it sets a relaxed, hedonistic atmosphere. The most important thing in Odesa is to wander through the streets, admire the historic mansions, and soak in their baroque decor. It’s crucial not to hurry, but simply absorb the atmosphere. Sitting on the summer terraces of beautiful cafes is important. We will reveal to you the secret of Odesa and introduce you to some new places.

What to Do and to See in Odesa

Just like the Northern Palmyra – St. Petersburg, the Southern Palmyra – Odessa, was carefully planned from the start. Both cities were constructed based on specific designs and plans, and from the very beginning of their existence, they acquired precise and distinct outlines. This distinguished them from the majority of European cities. 

In the architecture of Odessa, you can find elements of Russian classicism, Empire style, baroque, and many other architectural influences. As a result, Odessa has transformed into an eclectic architectural marvel, which you can observe from the window of your hotel or while strolling through its streets.

Odesa Opera House

The Theatre and the Potemkin Stairs are the most famous edifices in Odesa. 

Odessa Opera Theater is one of the five most beautiful theaters in the world.

Odesa Opera House was constructed by Fellner & Helmer, an Austrian architect who designed many historical marvels in Vienna. The exterior of the opera house is constructed in the Neo-Baroque architectural style, while the audience hall is in the French Rococo style. Typical Odesa!


Potemkin Stairs

The Potemkin Stairs is a famous staircase in Odesa, Ukraine. Constructed between 1837 and 1841, the staircase is considered one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. 

The staircase creates an optical illusion, as when viewed from the bottom, the steps appear continuous, but when looked at from the top, they seem broken.

The staircase is a symbol of Odesa and an important tourist attraction. It offers panoramic views of the harbor and the Black Sea, making it a popular spot for both locals and visitors.

Potemkin Stairs

Odesa Catacombs

Only in Odessa (well, also in Rome and Paris) is there such a unique attraction. However, while the total length of the Roman catacombs is about 500 kilometers, and the Parisian catacombs cover around 300 kilometers, the Odesa catacombs stretch their dark tentacles for 2.5 thousand kilometers. These are the most mysterious, intricate, and convoluted man-made caves in the world. No one knows all the corridors and galleries of this labyrinth.

In the 19th century, the catacombs were successfully used by smugglers and bandits. In the 20th century, revolutionaries and partisans found refuge in the catacombs. 


Odesa Passage

The Odesa Passage is a historic shopping arcade. Built in the early 20th century, it is known for its architectural beauty and unique design. The Odesa Passage features a combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Baroque styles, creating an elegant and visually striking structure.

The building houses a variety of shops, cafes, and offices.

One of the notable features of the Odesa Passage is its glass-covered roof, allowing natural light to illuminate the interior.

The Odesa Passage is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

odesa passage

Eat Seafood in Odesa

Odesa is probably the only Ukrainian city where local cuisine is not just an abstract concept from a tourist guide but a genuinely delicious experience.

Iconic Odesa Dishes You Must Try:

Forshmak. A traditional Jewish appetizer made from finely chopped herring, apples, onions, and sometimes eggs.

Black Sea Fish: lightly salted sprat, gobies, flounder.

Eggplant Paste. Dish of baked eggplants with bell peppers and garlic.

odesa food

Go to Beach

Arcadia is considered the best beach in Odesa. It can confidently be said that it’s not just a sandy strip but an entire resort, situated in the midst of the colorful and hospitable city of Odesa. 

Langeron is a well-known urban beach in the center of Odesa. Since the late 19th century, the beach has become a popular relaxation spot for city residents. Due to its close proximity to the city center, it is the most visited beach among locals and tourists alike.

Otrada Beach is one of the popular beaches in Odesa. It is located near the city center, right after Langeron Beach. Otrada is the only beach where you can descend not only via stairs but also using a cable car that connects the French Boulevard with the beach.


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