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Your World Cup 2018 Guide to Sochi

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Contributor / Journalist
Updated: 22 May 2018
With its subtropical weather, amazing coastline and mountainous landscape, Sochi is set to become a popular destination for visitors travelling to the FIFA World Cup. Here’s your essential guide on what to eat, drink, see and do.

Where to eat in Sochi

Located on the Black Sea coast and at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, the cuisine in Sochi is influenced by a wide variety of cultures. Notably, it’s one of the best places in Russia to sample Caucasian cuisine. Local favourite Hmeli & Suneli is undoubtedly one of the best. This famous spot offers a perfect combination of Russian and Caucasian cuisines mixed with classic Georgian and Armenian courses, all in one place. Choose from one of the salad courses and a range of Georgian wines. For our recommendations on other great places to eat, check out our pick of the best restaurants in Sochi.

Where to drink in Sochi

The best place to watch sports on the big screen in Sochi is in an Irish pub called O’Hara. It has one of the largest alcohol menus in Sochi and gigantic flat screen TVs and projectors. They serve reasonably priced, British-pub classics. Make sure to book ahead, but if there are no spaces available, there are a number of other places in Sochi where you can watch the World Cup. And if what you’re after is a decent cup of coffee, then you’re in luck, as Sochi has some great cafés to choose from too.

What to see and do in Sochi during the world cup

Sochi’s Old Town area is considered to be one of the oldest and the most beautiful gems of Russia. One of these local gems is Riviera Park, located in the city centre. Founded back in 1898 by the Moscow-based merchant dynasty Khludov, you can discover up to 250 species of various plants and flowers. But what makes Sochi one of the most popular Russian holiday destinations is its natural landscapes. If you have time to spare in between matches, you should definitely take a day trip to explore the region’s mountains, lakes, and waterfalls.

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How to get to the Sochi FIFA Fan Fest Zone

The FIFA Fan Fest Zone in Sochi is located in the South Mall of Sochi’s commercial seaport. The famous beach promenade will be able to host around 10,000 football fans. It’s a 20-minute walk to the Fan Fest zone from Sochi railway station. Or you can get there from the city centre by hopping on the 2, 3 and 86 busses.

Port of Sochi, Sochi 354009, Russia

How to get to Sochi Bolshoi Stadium

Sochi is the major city of sport and stadiums in the Russian Federation. One of the must-visit stadiums of the town is Bolshoi sports stadium, located in Adler district. This famous Russian ice stadium looks exactly like an enormous water drop, and it is considered one of the beloved spots for visitors from all over the world, right after the Olympics stadium back in 2014. Bolshoi is a local sports and musical events arena, what is really comfortable, this stadium accommodates 12,000 people. The well-equipped area of the stadium has a huge digital screen cube hanging from its rooftop, and it broadcasts all the best football and hockey matches.

Imeretinskaya Nizmennost, Olympic Park, Adler District, Sochi 354002, Russia

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