Odesa is a dynamic, energetic and somewhat decadent metropolis located on the coast of the Black Sea. This city became a home for multicultural and multinational crowd. People from all over Europe came to Odesa to make their fortune here, thus the city’s patchy and rather tatty appearance. Take a leisurely stroll along Deribasovska street, which is considered to be the heart of Odesa. If you take a slow walk further you will get to the city's famous garden which was opened in 1806 and only gets more and more beautiful with time. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Odesa Pasage, located at the end of Deribasovska street. This is one of the most beautiful architectural suites of the city.
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If you are visiting Odesa during spring or summer and the weather is fine for outdoor activities, don’t hesitate to take a ride in Odessa cable Car. It is a great way to explore the city from above. The cable car runs between Otrada beach and French boulevard. It offers breathtaking views over Odesa seacoast. Another nautical-themed idea for a romantic date in Odesa is to take a boat ride on a small steamship navigating along Odesa coastline enjoying a delicious lunch on board. The ride offers nice views over Odesa beaches and if lucky enough, you can even spot the Black Sea dolphins. The steamship’s route starts at Morskoy Vokzal in Odesa.
In case you are a fan of opera and ballet, visit Odesa Opera House. After being closed for several years for reconstruction, the theatre reopened to welcome eager visitors in 2007. You can take a Russian-language tour of the theatre, starting one hour before Friday and Saturday performances (UAH 100) or, better yet, take in a performance. Opera and Ballet Theater is considered to be the jewel of Odesa’s architecture. The Opera Theater was designed by Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, the architect famous for designing world famous Vienna State Opera. This can be the perfect start of your romantic date in Odesa.
The list of the best dating places in Odesa is full of various restaurants and bars. The gastro scene in Odesa in booming. With numerous restaurants opening each new summer season, the selection of options for eating out is impressive. For the ultimate romantic dinner experience in Odesa, book a table at Bernardazzi (15, Bunina street, Philharmonic Hall ground floor, Odesa). Few Ukrainian restaurants have truly authentic settings but the Art Nouveau dining room of this superb Italian job, part of the eye-catching Philharmonic Hall, is the real deal. In addition to well-crafted southern and Eastern European fare, there's an award-winning wine list, occasional live music and a secluded courtyard for summertime chilling. It's named after the architect who designed the building.
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For magical sea views head to newly opened R1 seafood restaurant at the M1 Club Hotel (1, Lidersovsky Boulevard, Lanzheron Beach, Odesa). Seafood fans will love this place, which combines authentic Mediterranean and Middle East cuisines. Currently R1 is considered to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Odesa. Its exclusive menu includes Mediterranean and the Black Sea cuisine, which delivers the highest taste and aesthetic pleasure. The seafood, original ideas from the chef and desserts deserve special attention. Skilled cooks, fresh south wind, the excellent service and easy atmosphere give a taste of life and sense of celebration.
In case you are looking for something more casual for your date night in Odesa M1 Club Hotel also houses one of the best cocktail bars in the city with (no surprise here) a breathtaking view over the Black Sea. P1 Prosecco Bar is a Jazz club, the perfect place to relax and spend a romantic evening with your significant other. Large panoramic windows bring a touch of a completely different mood of a resort, of the sea. In the evenings (Thursday to Sunday) you can listen to beautiful jazz performed by the best Ukrainian and foreign artists.
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The list of the best dating places in Odesa wouldn’t be complete without Fitz. This cocktail bar is located just a stone throw away from Ekaterinska Square and has become a destination for hip party crowd visiting Odesa. For those who haven’t heard of Fitz before, finding it will be rather challenging. The bar following the recent trend of speakeasy bars, has no sign or any other indication of its presence on the ground floor of a grey building. The place looks rather deserted during daytime. However, it completely transforms after dusk, getting super crowded and bringing that pleasant buzz of a popular nightlife venue.
Fitz is a place for drinking and fun and not so much for eating. Cocktails here are rather pricy, but exceptionally well mixed.
Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway to Odesa or looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, here’s «Destinations»’ pick of Odesa's the most romantic things to do as a couple. From romantic restaurants to fun date ideas, find the best options for your perfect date.
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