Mediterranean with a view
Located right on the embankment, Sanremo is an upscale seafood restaurant with a view of the sea. The food is good, but be prepared to wait about an hour for your meal. Don’t miss out on Black Sea rapa whelk with fennel and tomatoes (640 rubles) or red perch in coconut milk with corn risotto (590 rubles).
Ulitsa Chernomorskaya, 13g sanremo-restaurant.ru
Myata is just a short walk from Olympic Park. The menu is mostly European, so try the risotto with zucchini and salmon (560 rubles) or baby chicken with pickles (580 rubles). There’s a good selection of drinks, too: Grimbergen beer (on tap) is 350 rubles and so is a glass of Sangria.
Ulitsa Parusnaya, 16 myatavsochi.ru
Five types of olivier salad
Describing itself as a family restaurant, Olivier mostly serves dishes with a homemade feel. For a starter, try one of the ﬁve types of Olivier salad: Number 14 with veal tongue, chicken and smoked cheese is 362 rubles, while the more upmarket Number 54 with duck breast, caviar and crawﬁsh will cost you 592 rubles. Continue with white asparagus and mushroom soup (300 rubles) or the traditional Russian dish golubtsy (cabbage rolls with meat) served with sour cream (229 rubles). There’s also homemade pirozhki (fried buns with various ﬁllings), starting from 30 rubles.
Ulitsa Roz, 52 anna-family.ru/oliver
Cocktails with style
The aptly named Khudozhestvenny (Artistic) bar is located in a former art exhibition space in a beautiful Soviet modernist building with a glass roof. Art is everywhere all the paintings are for sale and most of the cocktails are named after painters, poets, musicians and their creations. Try “Oblako v shtanakh” (A Cloud in Pants), which is a reference to a famous poem by Vladmir Mayakovsky, or “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (from 420 rubles).
Kurortny Prospekt, 29 facebook.com/hudojestvenniy
Sunset at olimpysky park
Located on the edge of the Olympic Park, Bistro provides great views of both the sea and the park’s architectural masterpieces. The menu consists of simple but well-prepared dishes, and focuses on seafood. Try the perch with mashed potatoes (470 rubles) or Greek salad (340 rubles) and wash it all down with a cider or beer (from 250 rubles).
Olimpysky Prospekt, 38/2
The name “Beliye Nochi” (White Nights) plays on the name of a famous song about Sochi’s dark nights. It’s a Georgian restaurant that dates back to before the Olympics — hence, prices are comparatively low. A serving of ﬁve khinkali (Georgian dumplings) will cost you about 200 rubles. There’s also kharcho (thick veal soup), adjapsandal (grilled vegetables) and the usual suspects.
Morskoi Pereulok, 7 +7 (862) 262 5288
Italian cuisine has been very popular in Russia for decades, and Fettuccine has everything that a Russian expects at an Italian restaurant. There are all of the traditional types of pasta and pizza, as well as classical starters like Vitello Tonato (490 rubles). If you are interested in something more substantial, there are also steaks and ﬁsh (try the baked trout with red beans for 720 rubles). Wash it all down with an excellent lemonade (from 360 rubles) or glass of wine.
Ulitsa Teatralnaya, 11 fettuccine-t.ru
Breakfast and Coffee
This is a great coffee/bakery chain with low prices and can be an excellent place for breakfast or just a caffeine reﬁll. One of the locations is in central Sochi near the Fine Arts Museum, and the other across the street from the newly built Church of St. Vladimir. Try any of the desserts — the panna cotta with lavender is good, or tiramisu (from 120 rubles). The pastries are all great, but don’t miss the one with marzipan (60 rubles). Cappuccinos are 120 rubles while ﬂat whites are 150.
Vinogradnaya Ulitsa, 49
Caffeine Pit Stop
If you are in need of a coffee while in Olympic Park, Traveler’s Coffee is the place for you. All the espresso-based drinks are excellent, but if you’d like to try something different, there’s the cherry “raf” concoction (229 rubles).
Ulitsa Parusnaya, 9