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Your World Cup 2018 Guide to Nizhny Novgorod

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Updated: 22 May 2018
The FIFA 2018 World Cup is coming very soon, and if you are headed to Nizhny Novgorod to watch the games live, here is everything you need to know about the city.

Where to eat in Nizhny Novgorod

Food is an extremely important part of any trip. Whether you’re looking for a high-quality restaurant or a Sunday morning brunch spot, Nizhny Novgorod has you covered. Out of all the food venues in the city, Pyatkin should receive a special mention. It is a restaurant specialising in traditional Russian cuisine, and it has preserved its 19th-century merchant tavern interior.

Where to drink in Nizhny Novgorod

If you were too late to purchase tickets to a live game, Nizhny Novgorod offers a number of bars to watch the drama unfold. The city is full of sports bars offering cold beer and delicious food. Out of all the sports bars in Nizhny Novgorod, 29/25 Corner Pub, with its local vibe and warm atmosphere, is a favourite.

If your vice is caffeine, there are some great places in Nizhny Novgorod to get your caffeine fix. A particular standout is Coffee Is a Fruit, which is run by coffee nerds for coffee nerds.

What to see and do in Nizhny Novgorod during the World Cup

One of the oldest cities in Russia, there are plenty of attractions to see and things to do in Nizhny Novgorod. If there is one thing you have to see in Nizhny Novgorod, it’s the kremlin. Built in the 16th century, the fortress provides an insight into the city’s past.

Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod
Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod | © Marina Krivosheina / WikiCommons

How to get to Nizhny Novgorod’s FIFA Fan Fest Zone

If you crave a more communal experience, head to the FIFA Fan Fest Zone on Minin and Pozharsky Square. You can also get there by walking along Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, a historic street that used to be reserved for just noblemen. You’ll usually find artists and street performers here. If you’re arriving by public transport, follow tram or bus routes to the kremlin.

Minin and Pozharsky Square, Nizhny Novgorod 603005

How to get to Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is located close to the city centre, in the Kanavinskii neighbourhood. To get there from the city centre, take the minibus T24 from Minin and Pozharsky Square and get off on Sedmoe Nebo. Alternatively, you can cross the river on the metro (from Gorkovskaya to Moskovskaya stations) and embark on a 30-minute walk to the stadium from there. If you’re feeling energetic, you can walk all the way there: the stadium is only about an hour away from the city centre on foot.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, 2A Dolzhanskaya Street, Nizhny Novgorod 603159

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium | © Maykova Galina / Shutterstock