The Top Things to Do in Sochi

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Sochi is a place to enjoy life, where you can take in the beauty of the sea, and, of course, discover the Old Town, an area infused with Southern Russian character. Whether you’re visiting on a day trip or are in the area for a longer vacation, the city has everything you need for a perfect holiday. Read on for a list of the best things to do in Sochi.

Take a walk through Riviera Park

Amusement Park, Park

Riviera Park, founded in 1898, was the private property of the famous Moscow merchant V.A. Khludov. You can discover around 250 species of plants here, some of which are very rare. Nowadays, there is also a theatre, a dolphin park and a thrilling amusement park for children and parents to enjoy.

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Try fresh Russian lavash

Lavash is a type of flatbread that’s best eaten when it is just out of the oven, and visitors will find a place that bakes it on almost every corner of the city, with bakers usually cooking it right in front of their customers. The bread goes well with savoury meals, but is also delicious served with sugar alongside a cup of tea, coffee or even soft drinks.

Try and buy caviar at a trout farm

It’s a well-known fact that no Russian meal is complete without salmon caviar. Here in Sochi, you can find everything pertaining to this delicacy, from globally produced caviar to local varieties. Sochi trout farms produce a healthy product that tastes good and is less expensive.

Take a boat or yacht cruise

Boats and yachts are available on a daily basis to take you on a cruise along the Black Sea coast. Grab some hot mulled wine for your trip, and enjoy a relaxing journey admiring the natural landscape around you.

Try local feijoa jam

Take a walk through the centre of Sochi while enjoying some Russian black tea with feijoa jam. Locals prepare it without boiling it; they usually just add sugar, which preserves all of its health benefits.

Chase 33 Waterfalls

Natural Feature
Sochi residents take pride in the 33 Waterfalls because of the surrounding area’s beautiful natural scenery. These waterfalls, a great collection of waterfalls varying in height, are a part of the Dzhegosh Stream. It’s better to visit early in the spring as the snow of the Caucasus Mountains will be melting slowly and feeding the falls.
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Bargain at the Sochi Central Market

Food Kiosk, Market, Russian
Churchkhela, traditional Georgian homemade sweets
Churchkhela, traditional Georgian homemade sweets | © Viktor Kochetkov / Shutterstock
Bargaining at the Sochi Central Market is an everyday local experience! Try all the free samples of food that you can and then choose your favourite. Once you have made your decision, do not hesitate to haggle with the owner of the kiosk. Usually, sellers will reduce the price of their products to keep you away from their competitors.
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