Krasnodar is nicknamed the “Little Paris” of Russia as the streets are lined with cafes and shops. Like Paris, the city is elegant
. Its lively centre boasts pleasant streets lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Tsarist-era buildings give parts of the city an elegant, European appearance that have earned it the sobriquet ‘Little Paris’.
If nature is your thing then you will fall in love with The Sunny Island or Solnechnyy Ostrov. You can either walk around the park and enjoy the scenery, or rent a bike and explore the entire park by yourself. If you’re with family and kids, take them to the kiddie attractions and amusement parks. It will surely delight them. Roller coaster rides are also available at Sunny Island. Food and drinks are sold inside too.
Dog Capital sculpture:
This sculpture is inspired by Mayakovskiy’s poem in 1926 about dogs in Krasnodar. The sculpture is called “the dog’s capital” and people say that when you stroke these dogs, good fortune and wealth will come to you. Take lots of photos when you visit as it’s not every day that you get to see a sculpture of dogs. It’s kind of unique and a little funny actually.
Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral:
It took time to build this cathedral. They had to stop construction as they were strap for cash and building materials. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was a military cathedral and first constructed in 1853. They spent a fortune building the church. Today, the White Cathedral is a major attraction in Krasnodar, Russia. They say the sight of it is breathtaking. The long walk to get to the cathedral is so worth it.
Archaeology lovers will love Felitsyn Museum at Krasnodar. It features archaeological finds that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also be informed about the Russian and the Cossack history. This was established mainly to preserve the Kuban’s heritage. The museum has one of the biggest collections of manuscripts, stamps, military orders, weaponry, decorations seals, and much more. Rare books are also found inside the museum.
Enticing flavour of Krasnodar:
Zarkoye: A stew made from beef, potatoes, carrots, parsley, and celery, lightly spiced with garlic, cloves, and dill. Served hot with sour cream. Like home. This is a Russian comfort food that is easy to cook and can accommodate tons of different ingredients. You’ll find the zharkoye on dining tables all across krasnodar.