The Best Things to Do in Rostov-on-Don

Statue of Alexander Pushkin in Rostov-on-Don
Statue of Alexander Pushkin in Rostov-on-Don | © Rost.galis / WikiCommons
Yulia S.

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The city of Rostov-on-Don lies all along the banks of the Don river. It is a beautiful place to wander around; there are many green spaces, and during the summertime, you can bask in the sun or go on a relaxing boat ride down the river, a glass of wine in hand. Here are some of the top things to do in Rostov-on-Don.

Take a quick walk along Pushkin Street

Pushkin Street is the main promenade in the downtown city area. The street, named after Alexander Pushkin, is full of cafés, bars, restaurants and historical statues, along with beautiful flowers and trees; it’s an ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend. Don State Public Library, located in a unique modern building and one of the biggest libraries outside of Moscow, also sits on Pushkin Street.

Pushkin Street, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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Explore the embankment

Take a walk on the embankment by the slow-flowing Don river. Street performers entertain and provide activities for the public during the summer months, and many people opt to take a boat ride on the water. You can even get on a disco boat here and dance the night away.

The embankment, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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Try local food at Rostov’s Central Market

This place has everything that a Russian regional market should have; meat and fish, sweets, ice cream, excellent salads, and a few delicacies from Korea and Georgia. You won’t find many souvenirs for tourists here, but it is still worth wandering the stalls.

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Visit the local parks and gardens

There are numerous beautiful parks located around the city. You can discover some of the main green spaces simply by walking along Pushkin Street, and there are more in the centre near Bolshaya Sadovaya Street.

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1. Take a look at Bogoroditsa Cathedral

Cathedral

Bogoroditsa Cathedral is the main and the biggest cathedral in Rostov-on-Don. This traditional Orthodox place of worship is similar to other Russian cathedrals in some aspects; however, its beauty is very distinct. Also, women must cover their head upon entering, in order to conform with strict Orthodox tradition.

Go on a day trip to Azov

Once you’ve checked out all the main historical places in Rostov-on-Don, and you have some time to spare, you should make sure to stop by the nearby town of Azov. Steeped in history, the town once served as a Turkish outpost, and today is home to the remains of Azov Castle.

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