A city in Siberia, just by the main rail line, Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia. You won’t find it very crowded here, all thanks to the tree-lined streets and numerous parks available anytime to stroll. This city has so much to offer, from its local food scene with notable restaurants, many interesting museums, up to theaters, and monuments, that it will take a long holiday to cover them all. In case you need an overview of each activity to do in the city, read on, and discover our list of the best things to do in Novosibirsk, Russia, and choose the ones that pique your interest.
1. Marvel at all the classic artworks of Novosibirsk State Art Museum
If you’re into arts, especially classics, you’ll surely love to visit the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, with its wide array of collection from the 18th and 20th century. This museum will awaken your love for art with its intriguing display of over 500 Russian icons that span for 4 centuries. Artworks that you will see in the halls include paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and more. It also features small exhibits of foreign artworks; watch out for those, for it is definitely an eye-catcher. Moreover, they also have events here once in a while, like musical gatherings.
Novosibirsk State Art Museum
Address: Krasnyy Prospekt, 5, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630007
Website: Novosibirsk State Art Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 8pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 784.06 RUB (12 USD)
2. Visit the beautiful interior of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is already breath-taking from the outside, with its neo-Byzantine style, but you should wait until you enter the cathedral and see the wonder that awaits you. It has a stunning wall and ceiling art that are full of religious Catholic images and icons. It also features numerous candlelit stand, religious icons, and people solemnly praying. Moreover, once inside, don’t forget to respect the place for it is a place of worship after all.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Address: Krasnyy Prospekt, 1А, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630007
Website: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
3. Take a walk along Lenina Square
Another attraction you shouldn’t miss is Lenina Square. It is home to the huge Soviet-era statue of Lenin and his allies. Marvel at its beauty and timelessness us you pass it on the way to the Opera and Ballet House, which is the largest Russian Theater. Other establishments you’ll see there include the Chapel of St. Nicholas, the local history museum, the regional office of the central bank, the city hall, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes, shops, and local stores.
Address: Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 630099
4. Get to know the different species of animals at Novosibirsk Zoo
One of the largest zoos in Russia and one of the most visited attractions in the city, Novosibirsk Zoo is home to more or less 11,000 animals from 738 species. It is not only a zoo where you’ll see wildlife, but it is also a scientific institution that has numerous breeding programs for endangered species. This zoo started only as a small activity center for kids where they can take care of the animals, and now over 1.5 million people visit the zoo every year.
Address: Ulitsa Timiryazeva, 71/5, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630001
Website: Novosibirsk Zoo
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
Price: 300 RUB (4.59 USD)
5. Discover the town's life and culture at the USSR Museum
If you want to learn about the Soviet Union era, you better visit the USSR Museum and have a first-hand glimpse of what it was like back then. Here, you’ll see commemorative items that will bring back memories to people who love during those times. It is an important historical and cultural heritage that will teach each and everyone a lesson to be used at present and the future. The museum has three rooms, which are the fully furnished apartment of the 1950-60s, classroom and pioneer corner, and an exhibition hall with a puppet theatre.
Address: Ulitsa Maksima Gor'kogo, 16, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630099
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am – 6pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Price: 200 RUB (3.06 USD)
6. Marvel at the spectacular scene of the Solar System at Novosibirsk Planetarium
If you’re ever curious about the stars, the sky, and the heavenly bodies, then the Novosibirsk Planetarium will try to satiate that curiosity and give you answers with its many facilities and amenities such as observatories, demonstrations and entertainment halls, towers, and more. Also, the establishment informs its guests about the different events that will take place in the sky. Apart from the scientific amenities, they also have playgrounds and cafeterias. Just a heads up, it can easily be reached by car but not by public transportation.
Address: Ulitsa Klyuch-Kamyshenskoye Plato, 1/1, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630114
Website: Novosibirsk Planetarium
Opening hours: Tue, Thu - Sun: 11am - 7pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 250 RUB (3.83 USD)
7. Experience traditional Siberian dishes at Puppen Haus
If you’re looking for an artsy restaurant, where you can have good food as well as great photos for the gram, then Puppen Haus is a must-try for you. Puppen Haus, or Puppet House in English, is consist of many small dining rooms, each with different designs, and adorned with decorative puppets. Also, let’s not forget about their sumptuous and creative menu of traditional Siberian dishes. Their bestseller here includes elk steaks and Kamchatka lobster.
Address: Ulitsa Chaplygina, 65/1, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630099
Opening hours: 12pm - 12am (daily)
8. Chill out at Friends Cocktail Bar
A nook with so much character, Friends Cocktail Bar is a must-go-pre-game place before the actual drinking session. The bar has a laidback ambiance with its exposed brick walls, wooden floors, and cozy sitting options. It is also known for serving the strongest Siberian cocktail so better watch out for this. Aside from cocktails, it also offers comfort foods and grubs like burgers, pasta, salads, fries, and more. Moreover, it is almost always packed throughout the week.
Friends Cocktail Bar
Address: Krasnyy Prospekt, 22, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630007
Website: Friends Cocktail Bar
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6pm - 3am; Fri - Sat: 6pm - 6am
9. Listen to live music at Brodyachaya Sobaka
If you’re a fan of performing arts and music, then you shouldn’t miss having the experience of being an audience and part of a crowd of the Brodyachaya Sobaka. It is a grungy cabaret bar that, apart from good drinks and delectable food, also offers live performances from comedians, musicians, theater actors, literary authors and more. They also have other events like quiz night and other programs.
Address: Ulitsa Kamenskaya, 32, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630099
Website: Brodyachaya Sobaka
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 1am; Sun: 5pm - 12am
10. Get cozy at La Trenta, Trattoria
Almost everyone wants to visit Tuscany, but when you’re in Novosibirsk, you can visit Trattoria la Trenta and have that Tuscany village feel. It is a feel-good restaurant where lots of paintings hang on the wall, wooden chairs, and all the classic Tuscany decors. As for their menu, it is purely Italian cuisine with a local twist. You’ll find in the menu a variety of pizzas and kinds of pasta. Make sure to order their pizza with black buckwheat bases to feel that you’re in Novosibirsk.
Address: Ulitsa Lenina, 9, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630099
Website: La Trenta
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12am -11pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 12am
11. Grab the best steak at Goodman Steak House
A great restaurant that serves superb stake in Novosibirsk, the Goodman Steak House has an ambiance of a British-style pub. It is frequented by people who get out of work and feel the need to fancy a bottle of beer. This restaurant serves excellent draft beers. Apart from their steak, you should also order their homemade sausages, chicken curry, greek salad, and grilled salmon. Moreover, if you like to eat outside, the place offers terrace seating.
Goodman Steak House
Address: Ulitsa Sovetskaya, 5, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630007
Website: Goodman Steak House
Opening hours: 12pm - 12am (daily)
12. Dance your heart out at Rock City
If you’re up for some clean fun night of dancing and swaying your hips to the music, then you should party at Rock City. It is a club in Novosibirsk that has a wide range of music, from DJs to electronic dance music, up to Latin dance songs, and heavy rock concerts. They also have ladies night every Thursday and other promos like two-for-one cocktail every Tuesday. Also, before heading to the club, make sure you eat your dinner. Why not try the old English pub on the first floor and have your pregame there.
Address: Krasnyy Prospekt, 37, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630099
Website: Rock City
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 12am; Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat: 12pm - 2am; Sun: 12pm - 5am
13. Catch a game of football at Spartak Stadium
Spartak Stadium is the place you need to visit in Novosibirsk if you want to watch a live football game. It is a multi-purpose stadium that can seat up to 12,500 people. This stadium is mostly used for football matches and the home court of the FC Sibir Novosibirsk. Also, during the winter season, the stadium transforms into an ice-skating rink with an affordable figure and racing skates.
Address: Ulitsa Frunze, 15, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630091
Website: Spartak Stadium
14. Browse for must-read books at Book-Look
If you’re a bookworm, you’ll surely love this bookstore named Book-Look in Novosibirsk. It is located in a retail outlet and has a wide array of books available. The bookstore also offers a large selection of anime manga. In case you’re collecting maps, they have the best collection here. Moreover, the store is neat, books are well-organized, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
Address: Multifunctional complex “Sun City”, 3rd floor, Ploshchad ‘Karla Marksa, 7, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 630048
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
15. Be entertained at Wonder Park Galileo
Are you looking for a museum that both adults and kids will surely enjoy? If so, Wonder Park Galileo is a treat for you and the whole family. It is an optical museum with lots of different rooms that will surely trick the eye and will make some good photos. It features an optical labyrinth, logic games, gravity room, and more.
Wonder Park Galileo
Address: Ulitsa Dobrolyubova, 16A, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630009
Website: Wonder Park Galileo
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
Price: 450 RUB (6.95 USD)
16. Be in awe of the Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
One of the most important theater in Russia, Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet or NOVAT is located in Lenina Square. It is the largest theater in Russia and has produced many performances since 1945. Apart from the shows, the architectural prowess and the complexity of the structure is something to take note of. It has a beautiful and unique dome, one in all Europe to be made without girders, and comprised of thousand silvery tiles.
Novosibirsk State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
Address: Krasnyy Prospekt, 36, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya Oblast’, Russia, 630099
17. Look for organic and local finds at the Central Market
Central Market is the most famous market in Novosibirsk and looks like an Asian market except that it is in Russia and the innumerable stalls sell the city’s produce, souvenirs, and local items. You’ll find fresh produce like spices, fruits, vegetables, and more. Also, you should be aware and alert of pick-pockets, for there are plenty in the area.
Address: Ulitsa Michurina, 23, Novosibirsk, Novosibirskaya oblast’, Russia, 630091
Website: Central Market
Get busy touring Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk is a city you’ll never run out of things to do. You can stroll across the numerous parks in the morning, raid the local food scene during lunch, admire museums in the afternoon, and party the night away during the night. Ensure that you tick off all those on this list of things to do in Novosibirsk, Russia, and have the best holiday ahead.
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