A Weekend Guide to Yekaterinburg, Russia

Ploshchad 1905 Goda Metro Station
Ploshchad 1905 Goda Metro Station | Kostya Wiki / Wikipedia
Zita Whalley

As a modern city with a long past, Yekaterinburg has so many elements to explore. Execution site to the last Russian royal family and birth place to the Russian Federation’s first president, the city has unique political importance. Its industrial roots are still evident in many of its constructivist buildings, replete with Brutalist charm and splendour. It also has a thriving art, culture and music scene, and as the major city for the Ural region, straddling both European and Asian Russia, it is a gastronomical delight. All this makes for a busy trip if you’re visiting for a short time, so don’t miss out on the best bits with our weekend guide.

What to do on Saturday morning

Go on a self-guided tour with highlights from the Red Line Tour and add some of Yekaterinburg’s iconic constructivist buildings into the mix. Start at the city ponds and take in the Dinamo building’s Brutalist beauty from across the banks. Stroll around and make your way to the Iset River embankment to soak up a bit of street life. Have a quick look at the immense Square of 1905, which was once was a conflict site during the Russian Revolution and is now a multi-purpose space.

Stop off at Mamma’s Big House and lap up the café’s retro feel over a coffee and snack before you amble down towards the QWERTY Monument and the Beatles Monument along Iset River.

Finally, head over to the Medical Village and the House of Justice Building Complex to get another taste of Yekaterinburg’s finest constructivist buildings.

1905 Square, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620014 Russia

Mamma’s Big House, Lenin Ave, 26, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620014 Russia, +7 343 222 1905

QWERTY Monument, ul. Gorkogo, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia

Monument to the Beatles, ул, ul. Malysheva, 33, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia

What to do on Saturday afternoon

Head on down to Nigora for a cheap, cheerful and well-deserved lunch, and eat your fill of delicious Uzbek cuisine. After lunch, visit the Yeltsin centre and learn about Russian politics, while admiring the centre’s modern architecture.

Finish the afternoon off with a beer or two at Jaws Spot – a beer bar attached to one of Russia’s premier craft breweries that is paving the way for craft beer in the nation.

Nigora, ul. Lunacharskogo, 31, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620027 Russia, +7 343 253 3777

Yeltsin Centre, ul. Borisa Eltsina, 3, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620031 Russia, +7 343 312 4343

Jaws Spot, ulitsa Turgeneva, 3, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast,620075 Russia, +7 343 282 9754


What to do on Saturday evening

Make your own dinner at Pelmeni Club, a cheerful and friendly little restaurant where diners can actually make their own dumplings. Have a cocktail at New Bar before it gets rammed, then catch a gig and party the night away at Loft, a multi purpose arts and hospitality space that is in the old Press House, another constructivist treat.

Pelmeni Club, Krasnoarmeyskaya ul., 2, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia, +7 343 328 5444
New Bar, ul. 8 Marta, 8Д, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620014 Russia, +7 953 606 7684

Press House Loft, Ulitsa Lenina 49, Yekaterinburg, 620990 Russia, +7 343 382 5224

Press House Loft

What to do on Sunday morning

Enjoy a lazy brunch at Engels, a charming and casual waffle cafe that does all the European and Russian breakfast standards as well. Then mosey on over to the Vysotsky Business Center and take the elevator up to the 52nd floor to the observation deck and get the best view of Yekaterinburg there is.

Engels, ul. Malysheva, 21/4, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620014 Russia, +7 343 215 0612

Vysotsky Business Center, ul. Malysheva, 51, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia, +7 343 378 4545

Cityscape of Yekaterinburg in Russia from Vysotsky Tower

What to do on Sunday afternoon

Stop by the Black Tulip, Yekaterinburg’s beautifully sad war memorial, as well as going past the NKVS Residential Complex which is another Brutalist building.

Get an appreciation for Yekaterinburg’s historical importance in relation to the Russian Federation, as you take your time at the Church On Blood and the Romanov execution site and ponder the end of empirical Russia and a family.

Black Tulip monument, ul. Mamina-Sibiryaka, 111, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia

Church On Blood, ul. Tolmacheva, 34, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620075 Russia

Romanov Family

What to do on Sunday evening

Head on over to Café 26/28, a new hipster restaurant headed by chef Vladimir Olkinitskiy, who is reviving local cuisine by creating contemporary Ural dishes in a very cool environment. Finally, finish your weekend off in grand style by catching an opera or ballet performance at one of Russia’s most important regional state theatres, and enjoy Russia’s long-standing appreciation for classical art forms.

Café 26/28, Lenin Ave, 26/28, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, 620014 Russia, +7 343 222 1905


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