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Places to visit

Sports Harbor Embankment (Sportivnaya Naberezhnaya)

This is one of the oldest and most popular places for walking, spending time with friends in a cozy café or enjoying the sea views. The main attraction of the Sports Harbor is a wonderful light and music fountain that operates on weekends and public holidays.

In 2013, a statue of two bronze tiger cubs that raises awareness of saving this rare animal was installed on the embankment. Immediately, these bronze baby tigers found their way into the heart of every Vladivostok resident and guests of the city.

Crown Prince Embankment (Naberezhnaya Tsesarevicha)

The Crown Prince Embankment was opened in 2012 and is considered the “youngest” embankment in Vladivostok. By design, the Crown Prince Embankment is a large promenade suitable for roller skaters, skateboarders and people who just come to walk and spend time with friends. The waterfront offers a scenic view of the Zolotoy (Golden) Bridge and ships moored in the Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay. Noteworthy objects are a large chessboard, the “Bridge of Love”, and the “Bed of Reconciliation”, with the carved-in phrase “I love you” written in 26 different languages.

S-56 submarine

Today the Soviet S-class submarine S-56 is one of the highlights of the “Military Glory of the Pacific Navy Fleet” memorial complex. The S-56 is believed to be the most successful Soviet submarine that fought in World War II, which is discussed in the documentary The Mystery of the Three Oceans, produced by Sergei Brilyov and released in 2014 (https://youtu.be/KBcSvu_0fqg). 

In 1975, to honor the 30th anniversary of the victory in World War II, the submarine was converted into a monument and was mounted on the central embankment (Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya) in Vladivostok, near the Navy Fleet headquarters. It is also listed as a branch of the Military Historical Museum of the Pacific Navy Fleet: the original interior of the submarine’s central and bow compartments is well preserved, so one can see real sailors’ bunks, peer inside the torpedo tube, and look out through the periscope.

The Triumphal Gates of Nikolai

The monument's history begins in January 1891, when the city became aware of the impending visit of heir-to-the-throne Crown Prince Nikolas Aleksandrovich Romanov. The Vladivostok City Duma, upon considering the preparations necessary for meeting their distinguished guest, decided to build "stone triumphal gates" in his honor. The Triumphal Arch was built in the "Russian Style," typical of similar buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century. The Arch symbolized the Vladivostok sea gates, through which the future Emperor solemnly passed to enter the city.

Funicular

The funicular in Vladivostok is a cable car system, consisting of only two cable cars that run up and down the slope of Orlinaya (Eagle) Hill, connecting two parallel streets: Puskinskaya and Sukhanova. Due to its unique and scenic view over Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay, the Vladivostok funicular has become a popular tourist attraction, despite the short length of its route (183 meters, which is only a 1.5-minute ride). Tourists can also book guided group tours and visit the holiest of places — the engine room of the funicular. Funicular operators are used to the tourists’ excitement and gladly satisfy their curiosity by answering their questions.

Eagle’s Nest Observation Point

Eagle’s Nest is the most popular and observation point that gives breathtaking panoramic views of the city. In fact, it is an excellent place to start getting familiar with the city of Vladivostok. The vantage point offers a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay. Visitors enjoy a stunning city skyline, the bay view, and fresh sea air.

Tokarevsky Lighthouse

The lighthouse, located on a rocky Tokarevsky Spit, is a vantage point that shows where the land ends and the Pacific Ocean begins. Tokarevsky Spit is almost 800 meters in length. A man-made island was created as the foundation for the lighthouse. Built in 1876, the Tokarevsky Lighthouse is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the Russian Far East. The white tower on the octagonal foundation, as we know it today, was erected in 1910; the height of the lighthouse tower is 11.9 meters.

During winter on Tokarevsky Spit, you can see spotted seals (also known as largha) swimming in the Vladivostok waters. It’s best to admire them from a distance, so as to not disturb the wild animals with excessive human curiosity.

Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theater

Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theater, a large modern opera house with 1,702 seats opened in 2013, has rapidly become the center of cultural life in the Primorye region. The Small Hall (312 seats) is designed for chamber music concert, and it showcases nights of romantic songs as well as short scenes from ballets. The Parterre (orchestra level) is leveled with the stage, opening up the space. The Grand Hall of the theater with the capacity to house 1,390 people is used for large-scale opera and ballet productions, such as well-known classics - Yevgeniy Onegin, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake. The Summer Stage is designed for outdoor performances and orchestra chamber concerts.

The Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theater invites bright, and incredibly talented individuals from all over the world: musicians from Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theaters; international award-winning opera singers; and ballet dancers from Korea, Japan, and the United States.

http://primopera.ru/en/

The Arseniev Primorye museum

Today the museum consists of four facilities: the main building ( 20 Svetlanskaya Street), where the main displays and exhibitions are held; the City Museum ( 6 Peter the Great Street); the Arseniev Memorial House-Museum ( 7B Arsenyiev Street), and the Sukhanov House-Museum ( 9 Sukhanova Street).

The museum has about 600 thousand exhibits. The permanent exhibitions, devoted to the history and culture of the city and region, are often combined with temporary rotating shows. The museum has become a modern cultural and educational platform. It hosts lectures, round tables, workshops and classes for children and adults and so on.

http://arseniev.org/locations/vladivostok/

The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art

The Zarya (rus. - dawn) Center for Contemporary Art, the first Far Eastern loft and art cluster in the city, was opened in 2013 in an old Soviet garment factory. This urban space surprises visitors with its architecture and design, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and unusual free atmosphere. Every month painters, sculptors, and photographers come from around the world to create their own project in Vladivostok, conduct lectures and workshops, and communicate with citizens.

For people who are not really interested in contemporary art there is a beautiful reading room with the latest new books, fast wi-fi and a small coffee shop.

http://zaryavladivostok.ru/en/homepage

Local Cuisine

Seafood, Ussuri taiga gifts and many imported goods from Asian countries are the brand identity of the region. Vladivostok is very famous for Pan-asian cuisine restaurants where people can try dishes of every Asian cuisine at once. Korean starter kimchee, Japanese soup miso, Chinese spareribs in sweet and sour sauce can be easily in menu of numerous city cafes and restaurants.

Restaurants specializing in serving raw and cooked seafood are “Palau Fish”, “DelMar” and “7 feet” or “Novik Country Club” on Russky Island. A popular restaurant “Zuma” is a perfect spot for Pan-asian dinner in a place with stylish interior and cozy atmosphere. 

Russian dishes are served in “Porto Franko”, favorably located in the city center, in “Nostalgia” and “Druzhba bar”. Far Eastern food and local delicacies can be found in “Port Café”. 

There are also Ukrainian café “Khutorok”, Uzbek café “Khlopok”, Caucuses restaurant “Goryanka”, Singaporean dumpling café “Uzala”, Vietnamese restaurant “Saygon”, Japanese sushi bars “Tokyo”and others, Korean restaurants “Khvaro” and “Korea House”, Chinese  restaurants “Zen” and “Dzhonka”, European restaurants “Moloko & Med” and “Mauro Gianvanni”.

The top 10 restaurants in Vladivostok include “Syndicate”, panoramic restaurants “Michelle”, “Vysota” and “Kupol”, sky bar “Pacific”, gastro-pub “IzBrasserie”, beer restaurant “Paulaner Bräuhaus”.

There are quite a lot of European Coffee bars, confectionaries and backer’s shops such as “Five O’clock”, opened by a British Barry Adamson and his wife Anna, French “U Mishelya”.