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Everything You Need to Know About Nizhny Novgorod for Russia 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Nizhny Novgorod for Russia 2018

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Updated: 4 December 2017

2018 FIFA World Cup is coming very soon, and if you are headed to Russia to see it live, you should start planning your trip. If your team happens to be playing in Nizhny Novgorod, here is everything you need to know about the city before heading out to the championships.

Places to eat

Let’s face it, food is an extremely important part of any trip. Whether you’re looking for a local restaurant with a nineteenth century feel, a place to grab cheap lunch on the go 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 nineteenth century merchant tavern interior. Quite the treat!

Pyatkin, Rozhdestvenskaya 25, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

The Stadium

It is football, after all, that brings you to Nizhny Novgorod, hence the stadium is a key sight to see. It is located close to the city centre, in the Kanavinskii neighbourhood. To get there from the city centre, take the minibus T24 from the Minina y Pozharskogo Square. Get off on Sedmoye Nebo (right after you see the stadium from the window on your right). 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 60 minutes away from the city centre on foot.

Places to watch the games (other than the stadium)

If you were too late to purchase tickets to the live game, Nizhny Novgorod offers a variety of alternatives. First and foremost, Nizhny Novgorod is full of sports bars. Cold beer, delicious food and the game on the screen: that very well could be an even better way to watch the games than at the stadium. If you crave a more communal experience, head to the fan zone on Minina y Pozharskogo Square, nearest to the Kremlin.

Out of all the sports bars in Nizhny Novgorod, 29/25 Corner Pub is a favourite. It has a very local feel to it. It is also a great place to grab a beer and a delicious snack.

29/25 Corner Pub, Alekseevskaya 29/25, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Minina y Pozharskogo square, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. 


Places to fuel up on caffeine

Travelling can sometimes get exhausting. There are so many things to see and do that sleep very often falls to the bottom of the list of priorities. When that happens, caffeine rises to the very top of that list. Luckily, Nizhny Novgorod has a lot to offer in that respect too.

Coffee is a Fruit is a special shop that shouldn’t be missed. It is a paradise for coffee nerds – as the owners and employees are coffee nerds themselves. The shop serves a variety of coffees brewed in a variety of ways, so you can get your caffeine any way you’d like.

Coffee is a fruit, Alekseevskaya 13, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Places to stay

Nizhny Novgorod is prepared to take in a large number of tourists on just about any budget. Whether you’re looking for a boutique hotel in a quiet neighbourhood or a vibrant hostel buzzing with travellers in the city centre, Nizhny Novgorod has it all.

If you enjoy a busier setting, Hostel Smile is a perfect option for you. It’s located in the very city centre, it’s filled with people, it’s new, and it’s vibrant. If hostels are your thing, it is a great place to stay.

Hostel Smile, Bolshaya Pokrovskaya 4a, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Things to see

Nizhny Novgorod is one of the oldest cities in Russia, offering a visitor a vast variety of attractions to see and things to do. It is an extremely interesting place, showing a side of Russia that remains largely undiscovered. When you find yourself here, make sure you make the most of your stay, as Nizhny Novgorod is a place most certainly worth your while.

If there is one thing you have to see in Nizhny Novgorod, it’s the Kremlin. It is the oldest part of the city, and it reveals a part of Russia that will surprise you.

Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod | © Marina Krivosheina / WikiCommons