You are what you eat – says a popular phrase.

Visitors to Sochi need only see the energetic, cheerful, friendly, and joyful nature of the local residents to make the direct connection between the typical Caucasian character and the local cuisine.

To come to Sochi and not enjoy such culinary legends as shashlik, khinkali, khachapuri and chebureki is unthinkable! But the list of remarkably tasty dishes that can be enjoyed in Russia’s main resort is not limited to Caucasian cuisine – there are culinary favourites of various peoples and countries at every step!

Among the “tasty places” that knowledgeable locals recommend to visitors are the legendary White Nights cafe – famous for its khinkali, the Khmeli-Suneli restaurant and the tea houses of Dagomys. For those wishing to make a full-scale cultural and culinary tour, Sochi travel agencies can arrange a holiday visit to a Caucasian village or a guest stay with a hospitable Armenian family.

Some aficionados of the now popular “travel with taste” format have already had the chance to savour Sochi’s annual Gastrit festival, which attracts the best restaurateurs in the country. This signal event of the Russian restaurant industry plans on attracting more than 5,000 participants in 2021. 

Culinary and wine tourism organically complement all branches of the tourist business. You may miss some of the recommended attractions and not indulge in some of the advertised entertainment, but you can’t go without food or drink. And if so, it makes perfect sense to turn an everyday meal into an interesting and rewarding experience.

Welcome to Sochi – and bon appétit!

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