Odessa is the most popular city among tourists and residents of Ukraine. People visit it for summer holidays or just to get away from everyday routine. A wide range of cafés in Odessa offer a choice for everybody’s taste, making the trip full of pleasant moments and tasty food.
Make my Cake
Cafe, Patisserie, Pastries, $$$
Courtesy of Gogol-Mogol
Make my Cake is a small confectionery which immediately becomes the favorite among those who have visited it. Locals know for sure that the most delicious desserts are here—creamy meringue, decorated cakes, and cupcakes. Make my Cake also serves fresh and delicious coffee, tea, or cocoa with marshmallows. Especially popular here are branded macarons, which are not just baked but made with heart and soul.
Gogol-Mogol is imbued with an artistic and retro atmosphere inspired by the famous 19th-century Russian author, Nikolai Gogol, who used to live just across the street. Colorful bikes and benches adorn the summer terrace and old lanterns, flowers, and charmingly old-fashioned items are scattered throughout the ever-changing interior. The peculiar feature is that visitors can take any item from the restaurant in exchange for something else. Make sure to have nalisniki (filled pancakes), which are simply the best in Odessa.
Kompot is a place, where you can easily sit all day long. The atmosphere is like at home: tiles, wooden tables, white window frames, and a large number of small décor things that create an incredible comfort. The menu combines Odessa specialities with French pastries. A special attention is given to forshmak (salty minced meat) as a snack, cutlets from three types of meat with mashed potatoes, of course, borsch and signature compote.
Grechka café positions itself as a place with home cooking and very affordable prices. Visitors especially note huge portions (sometimes it is even recommended taking a half). Among the specialties, try a cheese soup. The interior of the room is dominated by a cozy style: old wooden tables with bookshelves on the walls of the mosaic and paintings of fresh flowers. There are vegetarian dishes and a separate children’s menu.
An antique café Zheto is popular for its unusual atmosphere in the style of an old Parisian café. In addition, many believe that this is one of the most stylish establishments in Odessa because of its originality and sophistication of the interior, soft lighting, and pleasant music. Behind the lace curtains hides a tiny boudoir and, mysteriously watching from the shelves, porcelain dolls. It is worth looking at the number of posts in the Instagram for this location.
This café is located in the heart of the city, near the Opera House. Here, European is served with a mixture of Odessa cuisine. In Maman you can try the famous forshmak, homemade chops, stuffed peppers, as well as seafood dishes, dipped according to the recipes of famous European chefs. Here you can have a hearty breakfast with friends or a romantic dinner with beloved ones.
The network of the Strudel confidently conquers the Odessa expanses. Their key feature—always fresh baking. There you will find strudels for every taste: sweet and salty, spicy, and neutral. The main advantage of this product is the abundance of the filling and the thin dough into which it is wrapped. On the menu, you can also find desserts, coffee drinks, smoothies, and cocktails.
If you want to sweeten your life, come to the café with the unusual name Mom in Cube. All dishes in Mom in Cube are made on the basis of dried fruits and nuts, without sugar, flour, eggs, sweeteners, or yeast. In Mom in Cube you can get a personal detox program for cleansing your body.
Tetia-Motia is popular on Odessa’s café scene due to its friendly atmosphere and great attention to detail. You can come all day long, as the menu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Classic fried sausages and porridge, as well as Ukrainian breakfast dishes vareniki (filled dumplings)and syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) are must-tries.
This is a place where there is always a wonderful atmosphere, they prepare excellent coffee, and the conceptual menu pleases with desserts. The menu also includes European and Japanese cuisine and a large assortment of different varieties of coffee and coffee cocktails. Sometimes Atelier. Design & Coffee holds meetings with interesting people or wine and cheese tastings.