Your World Cup 2018 Guide to Sochi

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Updated: 29 May 2018
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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.

How to get to Sochi Fisht Olympic Stadium

Initially built to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Fisht Stadium will be welcoming up to 48,000 football fans for the 2018 World Cup. Located in the ‘microdistrict’ of Adler, the Fisht Olympic stadium is around 30 kilometres from Sochi proper. Those staying in Sochi should take the commuter train from Sochi Railway Station to the Olympic Park Railway Station, a journey which should take 50 minutes (minus waiting time). From there, it’s a short 20-minute walk to the stadium. During the World Cup, there will be added shuttle services going to and from the city and the Olympic Park, but the regular bus routes to Fisht Stadium are 57, 57K, 100, 125C and 124C.

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