Your World Cup 2018 Guide to Rostov-on-Don

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Updated: 22 May 2018
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For those headed to the city of Rostov-On-Don for Russia 2018, here is an essential guide to the best things to eat, drink, see and do.

Where to eat in Rostov-On-Don

Rostov is a very traditional city. The streets are full with many different restaurants with international cuisines on offer, but you’d be better off eating classic Russian cuisine. Visit Onegin Dacha, located in the historical centre of the city. This contemporary Russian restaurant was named after Eugene Onegin, one of the most famous Pushkin’s characters. All the dishes are elegantly served and portions are quite large. For other suggestions on where to eat, check out our list of Rostov-on-Don’s best restaurants.

Where to drink in Rostov-on-Don

The city of Rostov-on-Don is famous for its passion for football, its local teams, and gathering to watch the game in a local pub. Biblioteka Piva (which translates as ‘Beer Library’) offers you the best craft beer in the city, delicious snacks and the biggest flat screens. This contemporary drinking hole has reasonable prices and changes their menu even season. We highly recommend you book in advance before you visit, as this is one of the best places to watch the match. If there’s no room for you to join in the fun here, there are plenty of other sports bars in Rostov-on-Don to enjoy the drama of Russia 2018 unfold.

What to see and do in Rostov-on-Don during the World Cup

Rostov-On-Don offers its visitors many interesting spots to visit during their stay, among them you can find theatres, parks, museums, churches and historical monuments. But no trip to Rostov would be complete without taking a stroll along the embankment, where you can admire views of the River Don or maybe hop on a party boat. If you have kids to entertain, you might want to visit Rostov City Zoo, which is one of the biggest in Russia. And if you’re still looking for more, check out these suggestions for things to see and do in Rostov-on-Don.

How to get to the FIFA Fan Fest Zone in Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don’s Fan Fest zone is located in Theater Square next to the Maxim Gorky Academic Theatre in the city centre. The theatre was built in the shape of a tractor, so it’s hard to miss! You can also try finding your way to the Fan Fest zone by heading towards Memorial Stele, a 72-metre high monument to the Greek god Neek, which can be spotted no matter where you are in the city.

How to get to Rostov Arena Stadium

The Rostov Arena Stadium is located on the south bank of the River Don, which makes getting there very easy. If you’re coming from the train station, take either 1 or 4 tram through the city centre to the bridge and stop off at Voroshilovsky Prospekt. From here, you can reach the stadium on foot in 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you could take bus 39 from the train station, which takes you directly to the stadium.

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