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With closed borders, domestic tourism continues to thrive. Escaping the bustling metropolis for a weekend to recharge, discover unusual places and get new emotions is always a great idea. In the list of weekend destinations, you can safely write down the southern capital of Russia - Rostov-on-Don. We will tell you more about where to stay, what to do and what gastronomic delights to try in Rostov in our guide.
Where to live?
In Rostov-on-Don there are hotels for every taste: for guests who are accustomed to comfort, there are classic hotels in the Don capital; and for those who favor new concepts, boutique hotels with a unique design for each of the rooms are perfect. The second is to pay attention to the ARKA Hotel by Ginza Project. In total, the hotel has 69 comfortable rooms of five different categories, decorated in the style of eco-minimalism. Most of the rooms offer panoramic views of the city, the left bank of the Don and the Rostov-Arena stadium.
The hotel is located in the historical center: all business, cultural and historical sights of Rostov-on-Don are within walking distance. And in order for guests to get to know the Don capital better, enjoy its atmosphere and see different facets of the city, the boutique hotel has developed the author's ARKA City Break weekend programs. You can plan your acquaintance with the city in one or two days. And for adult guests, a unique scenario of a gastro-alcoholic tour is available.
Where there is?
Rostov-on-Don is a hospitable and gastronomically interesting city, which has already been called the culinary capital of Russia, and it is no coincidence: rich harvests of vegetables and fruits, its own wines, a lot of meat, Don fish. Add here a mixture of peoples: Russians, Ukrainians, Armenians, Jews, again, the Caucasus is just a stone's throw away. As a result, it is in the Don capital that a unique environment has developed in order to claim the title of the main culinary city.
In the concept of La Fabbrica, the Don Steppe and Sicily are intertwined, which are united by an abundance of sun, sweet tomatoes and a single approach to cooking: bright tastes, an abundance of ground vegetables and pickled farm cheeses made from whole milk. The colonial-style interior of the restaurant combines blue Sicilian tiles, old chests of drawers, and a bar that looks like an old pharmacy.
For sophisticated guests, the restaurant's chef Oleg Kolisnichenko presented the Cossack Modern set - a real hymn to Rostov-on-Don. A wide free steppe, aromas of herbs, juicy vegetables, noble white fish, crayfish, traditions of baking in a fire, baking ritual bread, harvesting and agricultural holidays - the richest layer of Cossack culture, which inspired the chef to create a set. How did you become Cossacks? What did they eat and how did they live? How did they celebrate? How did you drink? This story will be told by the dishes of "Cossack Modern".
The set is available by reservation at La Fabbrica on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The clearest evidence of how reverently the residents of the city treat food - the stunning assortment of the Central Market for tourists, which is included in the must-see list of attractions. For seasonal vegetables and fruits, go with the chef of the Ginza Project, he will help you collect the basket, and then give a master class on cooking dinner. On the market you can always find local delicacies, buy fresh meat, rare types of honey, the famous Don bream and crayfish.
Lilo is a unique gastronomic space with a southern flavor: an interior in the style of a Parisian brasserie, a summer veranda immersed in greenery, a soulful atmosphere and authentic Caucasian cuisine.One of the specialties of the restaurant is the use of local products: meat and fish from local farmers, vegetables grown under the southern sun, and spices from Georgia, collected and made with love by the brand chef's mother.
In the very heart of Rostov-on-Don - the penthouse ARKA Hotel by Ginza Project, there is an Asian restaurant. The panoramic windows of the restaurant overlook the sights of the city - the left bank of the Don, the Rostov-Arena stadium, the Grebnoy Canal and Bolshaya Sadovaya Street.
In addition to the stunning views, the restaurant boasts a wide variety of dishes and a unique cocktail menu that is updated every season. Among the variations of the world classics, visitors will find non-trivial mixes, which have no analogues in other establishments.
What to see in the surroundings?
A great idea for a trip is a boat trip along the Don to the Cossack village of Starocherkasskaya. This is the historical capital of the Don Cossack army, and in 1970, on the initiative of Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov, the Starocherkassk Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve was formed here, which was included in the UNESCO tourist guide.
Starocherkasskaya is a real pearl of tourism in the Rostov region. For travelers in the village, they will conduct an excursion into the world of frozen antiquity, where every house is history.
The Museum-Reserve includes the territory of the former city of Cherkassk, where more than a hundred monuments of history and culture are located. The main attractions: the Resurrection Military Cathedral, the tent-roofed bell tower, the Maidan, the Transfiguration Church, the military cemetery, the Atamanskoye courtyard, the Church of Peter and Paul, the house of Kondraty Bulavin. An excursion to Starocherkassk is a great opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and touch the historical heritage of the southern region.