My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia
My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia - UnderstandNovosibirsk is an industrial city in Western Siberia (eastern Russia). It's a rather modern and efficient city. However, don't expect much hospitality or tourist infrastructure. Locals probably won't believe that you are a tourist, as they tend to think that nobody would ever go to Novosibirsk for reasons of their own.
My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia - Get AroundSpoken English is a rare exception in Novosibirsk and while there are friendly people in town, you will be hit with attitude mostly and the words, "I do not want to speak English - I am Russian". Taxis in the city are cheap (especially if you manage to find a local who can call one for you from one of the many taxi call centers) and traffic in the city is efficient. Uber is in town as well and albeit a bit mire expensive makes hailing a car very easy. The metro does not have an extensive network but is quick for distances around 4-5 miles.
Food - Things to do in NovosibirskAkademia Coffee Akamedia Coffee has by far the best coffee, tea creations and food in town. It's also cheap and the service is friendly though Russian only. Tom Yum Bar The Tom Yum bar stays true to its name and makes a delicious Tom Yum soup. I wasn't so happy about the other dishes though. Blackwood Coffee Roastery Blackwood is nee to the town and is a bit outside the city center. It serves great coffee and the vibe is more laid back and less busy than at Akademia Coffee. Kardamon Kardamon is a quirky coffee shop with lots of organic dishes, just a block away from Akademia. The food is quirky as well and things are cheap. There is a great outdoor terrace for a warm summer day. Mexico The aptly-named restaurant 'Mexico' serves acceptable Mexican food. This type of cuisine still has to make its way into Siberia properly and so what you get here is as close as it gets. It's not great and not cheap, but it's better than nothing. Chashka Coffee This is one of many coffee chains in town, but offers a better atmosphere and good food, as well as alcohol. Despite the name, don't really go there for coffee - go more for food or a cocktail. Аджикинежаль Finding a Georgian restaurant is usually a secret weapon in places like Moscow or Kiev, as they serve cheap but delicious food. The best value is the 'business lunch' and allows you to try many different dishes for just $1.50-$2.00. Pivofactory This huge brewery/restaurant in a cellar has the atmosphere of a German beer hall. It serves delicious beer and pretty good food too.
Sightseeing - Things to do NovosibirskLenin Square
Lenin Square IS the city center (and frankly the best place in town). It houses the Opera and Ballet Theater, the ubiquitous Lenin statue and most of the town's restaurants and bars.River Walk The river walk at Naberezhnaya is a really pretty respite from the grim realities of Novosibirsk. You can rent a bike and do a couple of loops (it's less than half a mile along the walking path). The view towards the bridges crossing the Ob River is very photogenic. Unfortunately, there is nothing else to do here. Central Park Every Russian town comes complete with a fair and so does Novosibirsk, with this park in the city center. You won't really get excited by the rides, but it's an interesting way to see how the locals spend their time.