"Things to Do"/Sightseeing Attractions in Odessa
Odessa has a diverse range of sightseeing attractions.
Our "things to do" videos highlight Odessa in all of its splendor – starting with its fascinating culture.
A must stop for any visitor to Odessa is the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, and not just outside for selfies. Take the plunge and purchase tickets for an event – most events last less than 90 minutes so it will not consume your entire evening.
Even veteran travelers to Odessa may not have realized that within 4 blocks of the Opera House there are no less than seven museums to take in, including the National Maritime Museum (currently closed for upgrades) on the southeast corner of the Opera grounds and the Archeological Museum which is just one block south.
Kids will love the Musuem of Waxworks that is located a block south of the Opera House near Deribasovskaya Street.
Naturally most people will have the Potemkin Steps, Odessa Port, and Odessa Colonnade on their itinerary, however other suggested stops a bit further away include the Heroic Defense Museum at the 411 Battery Memorial (where you can touch the M-305 class submarine!), or a walk through Shevchenko Park.
Odessa Nightlife & Entertainment
As single men, we have had the opportunity to explore nightlife around the world, from Munich Oktoberfest, to Miami's Ocean Drive to Spain's wild Ibiza island foam parties. We consider Odessa's nightlife on par to any we have seen in the world, so much so that we have planned summer trips back to Odessa for 7 consecutive years now.
The main attraction for Odessa nightlife are the outdoor mega nightclubs at Arcadia Beach , in particular, Itaka and Ibiza nightclubs which party until the sun comes up on the Black Sea. Add in five or six other discos on any particular year such as Bono Beach Club, Western Club, MORE Lounge, Assol (a huge pirate ship!) and I.E. Moscow Club and you could literally party at a different place each night of the week!
But Odessa has much more to offer for partiers....during the winter months the staffs of these clubs reappear at discos in the city such as Palladium, and Yo Club.
Numerous other year-round places in the city center draw locals and tourists, including the ever-popular Morgan Club (formerly known as Captain Morgan).
For early evening chat and hookah, numerous indoor/outdoor lounges are worthy of consideration such as Granat Café, Fanconi 1872, Bellini, and Garden Café. And for those looking for a feel of back home, Mick O'Neils, aka "The Irish Pub", is a place to sit back in the day or evening and chat up a storm with ex-pats, first time visitors, and a few locals. It's not unusual to hear accents from Germany, Norway, England, and America all within a table's reach here.
Odessa also offers many strip clubs especially on Ekaterinaskaya street. Budget accordingly if you decide to lighten your wallet at any of these places that target the new tourists to town.
Dining In Odessa
Noting its place as a vacation destination, Odessa continues to see numerous new restaurants opening each year. Whereas eight years ago the options were limited, now you can find everything from Georgian, to French, to Japanese within a couple blocks of your hotel or apartment.
Deribasovskaya street caters to all types of meals including quick lunches at McDonald's and Top Sandwich.
And don't limit your dinner options to just the city center. Some of the best restaurants in Odessa are a 10-15 minute taxi drive away, such as Rokka and Dacha.
For those staying in the city, some places include live music on the weekends, including Tito's, Mick O'Neils, and Bellini.
We will show you all of these in our dining videos.
Cafes & Lounges in Odessa
The summer weather in Odessa means being outside! Odessa's outdoor cafes and lounges have their own sub-culture. In fact, its not uncommon to see some early risers enjoying a breakfast and coffee at an outdoor café to start their day.
Add in the afternoon collection of hung-over partiers and lap-top worker bees, and of course don't forget those enjoying a drink post-beach or pre-dinner. Basically cafes and lounges in Odessa are 24/7 "go-to" places to accommodate each person's unique lifestyle.
Main locations for fun café action include the City Garden off Deribasovskaya, Deribovskaya street itself, as well as its main cross street, Ekatineraskaya.
Cafes come and go in Odessa, which we will try to keep updated in our Odessa Café videos.
Odessa draws many of East Europe's elite class and with it, the city has continued to build out its shopping options for the elite including high class boutiques such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, and Porsche dealerships.
Much of the high class shopping can be found around Ekatineraskaya and Greschnaya streets.
Two urban malls appeal to those of all budgets, Europa Shopping Center immediately next to McDonald's on Deribasovskaya and Afina ("Athena") Shopping Center just two blocks away.
The newest mall, Riveria is located 30 minutes north of the city and could be worth a trip on a rainy day. It has a roller-skating, a bowling center and movie theatres.
And for those looking for the largest outdoor market, consider 7KM, a sprawling outdoor market on the western outskirts of the city that rivals markets in Hong Kong and Bangkok in its size. While prices are quite good there, don't expect the same price levels as Shanghai.