Russia World Cup: Guide to the Host Cities

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We surveyed residents of the 11 host cities to discover their opinions towards foreign tourists and LGBT fans, before calculating what percentage have positive sentiments.

These rankings are presented below and the full report can be found here.

VOLGOGRAD

Citizens of Volgograd mostly expect German and English tourists and believe that their city is least likely to be successful in their preparations for hosting the World Cup 2018.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 72%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 66%


What to see:

Formally known as Stalingrad, the city of Volgograd is built on the River Volga and was the site of one of the biggest engagements of the Second World War. The city’s most famous icon is the 52m tall statue, ‘The Motherland Calls’, which stands at Mamaev Kurgan (Prospekt Imeni V.i. Lenina), a grave for thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Stalingrad.

 

For those arriving in Volgograd by train, it’s worth taking a close look up at the ceiling in the station. One of the most beautiful buildings of Stalin-era architecture, it depicts a woman in sheepskin. Legend has it that it was actually a painting of Stalin, covered up during Khrushchev’s rule.

 

Near the station is the surreal Barmaley Fountain, which portrays pioneers dancing around a crocodile; great content to your Instagram story!

 

Where to eat/drink:

The Pancake Club (Ulitsa Sovetskaya, 8) offers Russian crepes with a difference, with amazing meat, caviar or mushroom fillings. Later in the evening, you could pop into the Draft Craft Bar (Ulitsa Akademicheskaya, 8) where you can try 40 different types of beer for a bargain – 1 to 2 quid each.

 

Fans of a speciality cocktail absolutely have to visit the trendy Mile Bar (Yel’shanskaya Ulitsa, 2А) and listen to the local DJ’s. 

When in Volgograd, you’ve got to try Kindzmarauli – a sweet Georgian wine.

 

 

Where to watch the games:

Bamberg – one of the largest German bars in the city (Ulitsa Sovetskaya, 20) – has a cheerful Bavarian atmosphere and exceptional beer brewed on-site from £2.50 per half litre. The German chef also makes great sausages from around £7 each.

 

For LGBT fans:

The gay club in Volgograd Golden Flirt (Ulitsa Moskovskaya, 2) offers dances, Russian pop music, shows and a ‘dark room’. 57% of the polled citizens in Volgograd don’t care about the visitors’ sexual orientation, making it one of the safer destinations for LGBT fans.

  1. Population: 1,015,586
  2. Distance to Moscow: 972 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 21 C°
  4. England play Tunisia on Monday June 18th

NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Nizhny Novgorod is the city who see hosting the World Cup 2018 as least beneficial to their city.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 79%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans 67%


What to see:

Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1221 and lies at the confluence of the rivers Oka and Volga.

If you take a walk along the walls of the Nizhnegorodsky Kremlin (Square Minina i Pozharskogo, 6a) you can see the 500-step Chkalov staircase, which was built in the shape of the infinity symbol. 

Nizhny Novgorod’s main street is Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, complete with historic mansions that trade anything you can imagine. From there, you can head to the Museum of History (Prospekt Lenina, 95) of the Gorkovsky Automobile Factory, where you can touch the Soviet cars manufactured in the city. 

What to eat/see:

Pop into the popular bar-kitchen Berezka (Ulitsa.Bolshaya Pokrovskaya,51a), where chefs work their magic. The traditional solyanka soup, made with calf kidneys, rabbit cutlets, and the light mille-feuille are the establishment’s speciality.

Franky Bar (Ulitsa Zvezdinka, 10/52), is an old-fashioned bar with jazz, dim lighting, bar staff in bow ties, and cocktails served in crystal glasses. As well as classic cocktails such as the Negroni, El Presidente and Aviation, make sure you have a glass of Fernet-Branca before you leave to avoid a hangover.

 

Where to watch the games:

The city’s main sports bar is Na Piskunova (Ulitsa Piskunova, 40), only a few steps away from the Kremlin and boasting a glorious summer terrace. The menu offers roast and grilled meat and burgers from £6, as well as local and German beers. But the best option is to order a 1.5L jug of local beer with golden potatoes for only £7. The projector on the wall shows news with sound in the morning and football matches at night.

For LGBT fans:

The city’s only gay club is STM-Ultra (Ulitsa Rozhdestvenskaya, 20), which is the best way to go back in time to the 2000’s when it was first opened.

  1. Population: 1,264,075
  2. Distance to Moscow: 419 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 20 C°
  4. England play Panama on Sunday 24th June

KALININGRAD

Kaliningrad’s citizens believe that Germany are most likely to win the World Cup, but is the city that most highly rates England’s chances of reaching the semi-finals.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists 68%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans 64%


What to do:

Kaliningrad is Russia’s western-most city, and it actually doesn’t border Russia at all – it is an exclave wedged between Poland and Lithuania. Up until 1946 the city belonged to Germany and was called Königsberg.

One of the few remaining reminders of the city’s Germanic heritage is the restored Königsberg Cathedral (Ulitsa I. Kanta, 1), where the German philosopher Immanuel Kant is buried.

The Soviet era has also left its mark: The submarine B-413 is one of only a handful of pre-atomic submarines left in the world, and tourists are allowed to step aboard and discover what life was like below the waves (Peter the Great emb. 1).

The city also has a forest with tall, leaning pines colloquially called the ‘Dancing Forest’ for the way the trees have intertwined over the years. The forest is located on the Curonian Spit, a curved sand-dune spit that separates the fresh water Curonian Lagoon from the salt water Baltic Sea. The best way to get there is by taking a taxi from your hotel.

 

What to eat/drink:

The Yeltsin Bar (Garagnaya 2) has quickly become an ‘it’ place with its quirky features such as “freedom of speech guaranteed” as started on its door, that have come to attract young oppositions who are known for drinking draft beer and discuss Russia and Europe’s future from dusk till dawn. As you may have guessed, the bar is named after Russia’s first democratically elected President Boris Yeltsin.

 

Where to watch the games:

Corner Pub (Ulitsa Bolnichnaya, 21) has a large projector on the wall and comfortable tables. It’s the perfect place to drink vodka with pickled tomatoes and cucumbers for under £3.

 

For LGBT fans:

The city’s only gay club – Amsterdam (Ulitsa Litovskiy Val, 38, pod. 14) – regularly holds themed parties, celebrating New Year’s in August or going back in time for 60s nights. The party is accompanied by a very enjoyable Lithuanian beer – Švyturys.

  1. Population: 467,289
  2. Distance to Moscow: 1282 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 19 C°
  4. England play Belgium on Thursday 28th June

MOSCOW

Moscow is the Russian city with the least positive perception of the World Cup 2018, and where most citizens expect aggressive football fans.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 66%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 72%


What to do:

Locals jokily refer to Moscow as not a part of Russia as the capital has a large population that have moved there from other regions, notably President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who both hail from St. Petersburg.

In Moscow, the top tourist spots you can visit include the Red Square, the Kremlin (go inside, you won’t regret it!) and St. Basil’s Cathedral. It’s also worth stopping by Lenin’s Mausoleum, situated in Red Square, where the communist revolutionary was laid to rest.

One of the best views of the Kremlin is from the Greater Stone Bridge (Bolshoy Kamenniy Most) from where you can also see the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, where punk band Pussy Riot sang their famous Putin protest song.

Don’t forget to check in at the famous Central Gorky Park, which the Scorpions sang about in their song ‘Wind of Change’ (Ulitsa Kryimskiy Val, 9s32), and which was opened by the former partner of Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea FC.

If you are interested in Soviet and Russian football, why not pop into the Moscow Museum, where the House of Football will be exhibiting during the World Cup (Zubovskiy bulvar., 2).

Where to eat/drink:

We definitely recommend trying out Soviet-era cuisine at Stolovaya No 57 (Krasnaya square, 3), a cafe on the third floor of the GUM department store on Red Square. This is where the Soviet elite used to go for meals, and today their dishes are just as delicious as they were back in the 1950s.

Evenings are the perfect time for the young and fashionable to visit the Noor Bar (Tverskaya St. 23/12), before heading up to the Time Out Bar (Ulitsa. Bolshaya Sadovaya, 5, floor13), on the rooftop of the Pekin Hotel – another Stalin-era building. Here you can have a nice meal and good drink while enjoying the view of Moscow – mainly Maiakovsky Square, which was named after the poet Vladimir Maiakovsky who shot himself after the Russian Revolution.

 

Where to watch the games:

The large sports bar, LigaPapa (Ulitsa Bolshaya Lubyanka, 24/15), is open 24/7 and is a great place for football fans. The two rooms can stream up to seven games at the same time in such a way that the fans of different teams don’t bother each other.

 

For LGBT fans:

Central Station (Ulitsa. Leninskaya Sloboda, 19, korp. 2) is a large club with great entertainment: live shows, go-go dancers and foam parties. We also recommend Voda, a gay spa (Ulitsa. Leninskaya Sloboda, 19, korp. 2) with themed nights.

  1. Population: 12,500,123
  2. Weather in June (avg): 20 C°

KAZAN

Kazan’s citizens are mostly expecting tourists from Germany and England, and is the city that least thinks English football players are going to dope during the competition.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 79%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 72%


What to do:

The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russia’s ‘third capital’, the area is mostly populated by the Tatars – the second largest population in the nation. Tatars are related to the Turks, Kazakh and Uzbeks peoples.

This traditional and oil-rich land was annexed by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th Century, after which St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square was built to commemorate this event.

Kazan, the city of churches and mosques, has a Kremlin built of white stone. The working residence of the Republic’s president, it’s definitely worth a visit. Or, stroll down from Kremlin to the quayside and explore the 2km long pedestrianised Bauman Street with its old mansions, hotels, souvenir shops, clubs, bars and coffee houses.

Don’t miss out on the food festival ‘Vkusnaya Kazan’ (‘Delicious Kazan’) at the Gorky Park (Ulitsa Nikolaya Ershova) – it’s like a massive open-air picnic. They’re planning to unfold the largest ‘hospitality blanket’ in the country, which will depict the symbols of the World Cup’s participating countries.

 

Where to eat/drink:

We encourage you to try horse jerky and the ‘tokmach’ noodle soup at the Panorama restaurant (Prospekt F.Amirhana, 1B) with a great view over the Kremlin.

If you’re on a bit of a tighter budget, that’s no problem! Dream Cafe (Ulitsa Karla Marksa, 50/8) is a great place to fill up on magnificently prepared Beshbarmak – boiled and diced meat with noodles in bouillon. Translated from the Tatar language, the name means ‘five fingers’ because nomads would eat with their fingers. To thank your hosts for the meals, don’t forget to say ‘Rekhmet’ – ‘thank you’ in Tatar.

Feel like having a drink? Then you should definitely pop into Kazan’s popular bar – Top Hop (Ulitsa Baumana,36).

 

Where to watch the games:

The best place to watch football on a large screen while drinking fresh beer (from less than £3 per half a litre) is the two-story Czech-style sports bar Cernovar (Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya d. 23/12).

 

For LGBT fans:

Unfortunately, there isn’t much night life specifically for LGBT fans in Kazan. However, Slivki (Ulitsa Pushkina, 60) has luscious cocktails and great entertainment.

  1. Population: 1,231,878
  2. Distance to Moscow: 717 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 22 C°

ROSTOV-ON-DON

Citizens of Rostov-on-Don are most likely to believe Russian footballers are going to dope during the World Cup, and also that Russia are going to win the competition.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 68%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 64%


What to do:

Rostov-on-Don is a city 30 km from the coastline of the Sea of Azov, where the locals refer to their hometown as ‘Father’ – asking why that is the case is a wonderful way of getting to know the locals.

Visiting the Academic Theatre (Square Teatralnaya, 1) is well worth it; the building was built in the shape of a tractor in the spirit of Soviet constructivism.

With its proximity to great beaches, one of the best things to do in Rostov is rent a car for around £27 per day and take a trip to the Pavlo-Ochakovskaya Spit (65km from Rostov).

 

Where to eat/drink:

Don’t forget to check in at Abbey Road (Sokolova, 31), a low-key, cosy pub dedicated to the music of the Beatles, or the Mozart Wine House boutique (Bolshaya Sadovaya, 130).

However, for the grand luxury of deep armchairs and crystal chandeliers, plus reams of antique literature, you’ll want to visit Onegin Dacha (Prospekt Chehova, 45B). If you are looking for vegan pasta, we recommend you visit the restaurant Gaia (Ulitsa Maksima Gorkogo, 119).

 

Where to watch the games:

The Irish pub – Dublin – (Prospekt Voroshilovskiy, 18/18) offers live streams of the main matches on a massive screen, along with five plasma-screen TVs. Order their most mouth-watering skillet, the Celtic Heritage (£6), with meat, potatoes and sauce, or Grilled Pork Ribs (£5). Here they brew five types of specialty beers, costing just over £1 for 0.33L.

 

For LGBT fans:

Visitors to the club Hollywood Cabaret (Lermontovskaya ulitsa, 233b) come in two forms: women who like male strippers, and men who like male strippers. Both groups are welcome here every Friday and Saturday, when dancers put on a great show.

  1. Population: 1,125,299
  2. Distance to Moscow: 1072 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 23 C°

SAMARA

Samara’s citizens believe their city is the will be the most unprepared to host the World Cup, but where most people believe themselves to be true football fans.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 68%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 69%


What to do in the city:

Samara is a picturesque city on the Volga, which used to be one of Russia’s closed cities. It is home to Stalin’s Bunker (Ulitsa Frunze, 167), a 37m deep shelter built in case of a nuclear war.

 

If you have a chance, make sure you visit the Cosmonautics Museum Cosmic Samara (Prospekt Lenina, 21), which houses some of Russia’s biggest satellites and rockets.

 

The city is full of interesting sculptures, but our personal favourite is the monument to Uncle Styopa (Leningradskaya Street) a 6 metre tall statue of a policeman, a famous character from a series of poems written by Soviet poet Sergey Mikhalkov.

 

Where to eat/drink:

Try out the local beer in one of the oldest breweries Zhigulevsky Brewery (Volzhskiy prospekt, 4.), where you’ll also be able to learn about the brewing process.

Coffee Bean (Ulitsa Leningradskaya, 2), a coffee house which is never empty, it offers breakfast on Samara’s quayside as well as delicious coffee and mouth-watering desserts.

Or, if you’re after a bigger meal, Maximillians (Moskovskoe shosse, 4) restaurant will help you regain your energy.

Finally, you can try borsch with smoked duck (£5) at the recently opened gastro-cafe – The Soup (Molodogvardeyskaya Ulitsa, 153).

 

Where to watch the games:

The popular sports-bar Von Wakano 1881 offers the local Zhigulevskoye beer for £2, while the kitchen will prepare brisket in wine sauce for the hungry football fans for just over £6.

 

For LGBT fans:

The city’s oldest gay club is called Iguana (Ulitsa Vladimirskaya, 29.) and opened in 2009. Open Thursday to Sunday with entertainment including dances, shisha and private rooms.

  1. Population: 1,169,719
  2. Distance to Moscow: 2,440 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 22 C°

SARANSK

Saransk is the city that is most excited for the World Cup 2018, but which most expects football players will dope during the competition.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 65%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 68%


What to see:

Saransk is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, which is home to two of the oldest Russian indigenous peoples – the Erzya and Moksha. If you use the Mordovian greeting of “Shumbrat”, you will quickly be welcomed by the locals.

 

From the square near the station (Stratonavt Square), which is dedicated to the first men to fly into the stratosphere in a stratospheric balloon, you can take a stroll down the Cathedral of the Holy and Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov (Ulitsa. Sovetskaya, 53) and listen to the melody of twelve bells from the four bell-towers, the largest of which weighs 6 tons.

 

We recommend relaxing at the Turkish ‘Hamam’ sauna located at the Saransk Hotel (Ulitsa.Kommunisticheskaya, 35), which has a Finnish steam room and a Jacuzzi.

 

Where to eat/drink:

It’s worth visiting the Mordovskoye Podvorye (Ulitsa Saranskaya, 21) during your stay and trying local delicacies. One of our favourites is Makhan, which are dried horse-meat sausages. But top of the list has to be the sweet buns, which used to be fed to pregnant women in the belief that they would help them produce more milk for her offspring.

In terms of drinks, the traditional drink is a non-alcoholic cocktail made with sour bread and sugar beets – it’s well worth trying!

 

Where to watch the games:

Beerloga Pub (Ulitsa Bolshevistskaya, 60 A) is a good place to watch the games. A pot of mussels in cream sauce (£22) or a giant plate of fried tiger prawns (£12) will feed a group of two or three.

 

For LGBT fans:

There isn’t much of an LGBT night-life in Saransk. Locals prefer to meet through the Internet via Hornet or Grindr.

  1. Population: 314,789
  2. Distance to Moscow: 652 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 22 C°

SOCHI

Sochi, perhaps due to recently hosting the Winter Olympics, is the city with the most positive perception of the tournament, and which has expressed the least homophobic attitude.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 82%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 77%


What to do:

Sochi is Russia’s answer to the French Riviera, situated on the Black Sea coast where they grow a winter-resistant tea and prepare Russian wines (you can sample these at one of the city’s wine tasting halls). Sochi is the world’s second longest city, where you can drive 148km (92m) and still be within the city limits, and it’s also the home to the President of Russia’s summer residence – Bocharov Ruchey.

 

Sochi Olympic Park (Imeretinskaya nizmennost) where the 2014 Winter Olympic Games were held – and which will forever be remembered for the Russian doping scandal – is well worth a visit.

 

Or, take a walk along the city quay, pop into the beautiful Dendrarium (Kurortny Avenue 74) with the cableway, or better yet, visit the famous mountain resort Krasnaya Polyana where you can breathe in the fresh air of the coniferous forests and mountains and rent a bicycle for under £20 per day (Adlerskiy rayon, selo Estosadok, Ulitsa. Olimpiyskaya, 35).

 

Where to eat/drink:

While you’re strolling down the quayside in central Sochi, it’s worth enjoying a meal at the Lighthouse, which offers an impressive panoramic sea views. With great deals on veal carpaccio (£9), beef in garlic sauce (£5), salmon tartare (£8) and Russian wines from just under £5 per glass.

Or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, the café-bakery Praga (Pereulok Morskoy, 14) is located right in the centre of Sochi, and will set you back around £10.

 

Where to watch the games:

Sports bar Dobriy El’ (Prospekt Kurortnyiy, 16), which is Russian for ‘Kind Ale’, is only a few feet away from the Port of Sochi. You can sit outside on the terrace, enjoy fresh air, and watch the TV, while your beer and food will be delivered to your table. The menu offers filling soups, grilled steaks and Italian pasta (from £6), as well as German sausages.

 

For LGBT fans:

Mayak (Ulitsa Navaginskaiya, 3, korp.5) is Sochi’s most famous gay club, rising to fame during the Winter Olympics. Visitors to Mayak refer to the upcoming FIFA

  1. Population: 411,524
  2. Distance to Moscow: 1700 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 25 C°

ST. PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg is the Russian city with the biggest concerns about match fixing during the World Cup 2018, believing Russia is most likely to participate in these games (11%), followed by Germany (8%).


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 73%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 74%


What to do:

St. Petersburg is the city of tsars and revolutions. Nicknamed the Venice of the North for its extensive canal systems, Russia’s cultural capital even has its own dialect. If you ask the locals to teach you a few local phrases and words, you’ll fit in within no time.

 

On June 23rd, during the World Cup, the city will celebrate the ‘Scarlet Sails’ event. The event celebrates pupils graduating secondary schools with large, red-sailed ships sailing through the city. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it’s worth enjoying the festivities together with the scores of young people on the quayside.

 

We also recommend the 2-hour walks along the canals (from the harbour on Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 71), which cost just under £7.

 

Don’t forget to take some time off and stroll around the restored ‘New Holland’ island (nab. Admiralteysogo kanala, 2), which is complete with art spaces, splendid restaurants, and the ‘Aurora’ museum-ship – a protected and preserved Russian cruiser from the 1900s docked at the Petrograd Embankment.

 

Where to eat/drink:

Head straight to the busy, vibrant Rubenstein Street – the district of restaurants and bars. Our number one choice is 48 Stuliev (Ulitsa Rubinshteyna 5), with jazz music, dimmed lighting and unique cherry and sea-buckthorn tinctures (around £2 per shot).

Stomach rumbling? We recommend you dine like royalty at one of the bars or cafes at the former palace Golitsyn Loft (Naberezhnaya reki Fontanki, 20) with stucco walls, a marble hearth, large windows and a view over the Mikhailovsky Castle. Or you could visit Hamlet and Jacks (Volyinskiy per. 2), a restaurant located in the former jewellery workshop of the owners.

The local delicacy is ‘chebureki’ – a fried turnover with a delicious filling. Try the famous Muzhskoy chebureki with beef or pork at a Brynza café (Nevskiy prospekt., 50 AI).

Wash it all down with the popular Russian lemonades: Tarkhun or Baikal.

 

Where to watch the game:

Football matches are streamed on a giant screen at the Irish pub – O’Hooligans (Prospekt Bakunina, 5), and the bar is always popular with football fans looking for a party. Whether or not your team won, you can celebrate or drown your sorrows in venison meatballs for just under £5 per dish.

 

For LGBT fans:

Central Station is located right next to Dumskaya Street, the night-life mecca of St. Petersburg. Three floors of the club offer its guests unlimited fun. Another recommended establishment is The Blue Oyster Bar which has cabaret shows (Ulitsa Lomonosova, 1).

  1. Population: 5,356,755
  2. Distance to Moscow: 634 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 18 C°

YEKATERINBURG

A significant proportion of Yekaterinburg citizens believe Germany (38%) or Brazil (32%) will win the World Cup 2018, with only 18% thinking England will reach the semi-finals.


Friendliness towards foreign tourists: 72%

🏳️‍🌈 Friendliness towards LGBT fans: 69%


What to do:

Yekaterinburg is the eastern-most host city for the World Cup 2018, and the city’s mayor recently approved a mural honouring the popular Pokémon Go game. Thanks to the local graffiti artists, it recently appeared opposite the Drama Theater.

 

Located on the 52nd floor, 186m above the aground, the viewing platform at the Visotsky Business Center (Ulitsa Malyisheva, 51) invites you to admire the picturesque panorama of the city where, in clear weather, the visibility is over 25km. Entrance is just under £4.

 

It’s worth taking some time to visit the interactive museum, the Yeltsin Center (Ulitsa Borisa Eltsina, 3), which was dedicated to the first Russian president following the collapse of the Soviet Union – Boris Yeltsin. The museum showcases the president’s personal items, including rare family photos, his replicated office at the Kremlin, and film room that plays documentary chronicles, and a library.

 

Where to eat/drink:

We recommend the Sorriso (Ulitsa Vostochnaya, 64) restaurant. With Italian chefs, heavenly pasta and marvellous wine, a trip will set you back around £9 (approximately £6 for pasta, plus extra for a glass of wine).

 

Fans of barbecued steak should head straight to Rebrishkavaya (Ulitsa Hohryakova, 72). The restaurant serves the chef’s special pork ribs (£9) – Hungarian beef ribs in thick tomato sauce with sweet-scented spices – in a welcoming atmosphere with polite staff.

 

If you’re on a budget, you can still enjoy an excellent coffee with a delicious cake in the centre of Yekaterinburg at Shoko-Cafe (Ulitsa. Malyisheva, 74).

 

Watch live streams:

The best sports bar in the city is Ratskeller (Ulitsa 8 Marta, 8B). Serving cold and fresh beer from £2 per half-litre, plus various snacks including squid in batter, prawns and chicken wings, the food and drink is complemented by staff in Bavarian dress and a large screen for the games.

 

For LGBT fans:

Love Club Vavilon (Malyisheva 53) hosts gay nights every Wednesday where guests can expect dancing, shows and great drinks. A strict face control is in place, so make sure you show up well dressed and sober!

  1. Population: 1,455,904
  2. Distance to Moscow: 1416 km
  3. Weather in June (avg): 20 C°