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Vladivostok travel guide

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You're Going to Love Vladivostok

Vladivostok is an exciting blend of Russian, Asian, and European culture and architecture. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, it's the last stop on the famous Trans-Siberian railway. Sometimes called the "Master of the East", it's also an important naval base and busy commercial port as well as a bustling city filled with striking buildings, verdant parks, and sandy bays.

Vladivostok has been rated among the world's top 10 coastal cities by National Geographic, and with good reason. With iconic bridges, stunning scenery, islands, and beautiful beaches, this unusual and appealing city epitomizes the oceanfront lifestyle.

It's a relatively new and unspoiled destination. For 35 years (1958 - 1992) during the Soviet Era, Vladivostok was closed to overseas tourists. Now that it's accessible, more people than ever are discovering one of Russia's best-kept secrets.

Add glittering nightlife and trendy cocktail bars, friendly locals, and delicious food and you'll understand why Vladivostok is fast becoming the destination of the moment.

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Vladivostok is one of those rare anytime destinations. Skiing and the Winter Fish Festival are among the great activities on offer between December and March. The two-part festival ("Smelt" in December and "Navaga" in February) attracts anglers from all over Russia and beyond. Local restaurants get in on the act with an impressive array of seasonal fish-based dishes. Spring and fall offer mild weather and seasonal colors, while summer temperatures of around 74°F make it the ideal time to hit the beaches and embankments.

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How to Get to Vladivostok

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Where to Stay in Vladivostok

There is accommodation to suit every budget in Vladivostok. Good economy options include Capsule Hotel Zodiak and Karmen. If you're visiting on business or with your family, mid-range establishments like Teplo and Aurora Park Hotel are ideal. Splash out on more luxurious hotels like Hyundai Hotel and AZIMUT Hotel Vladivostok for special occasions. The best areas to stay in or visit include Golden Horn, where you'll find the marina, beach, and the best hotels, restaurants, and bars, as well as Sportivnaya Bay, home to great shopping, music venues, and bars.

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Shopping

Visit the iconic GUM department store on Svetlanskaya for clothes or home accessories. The city's markets sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat while the maze-like Sportivnaya Market offers everything from clothes and Chinese imports to a huge range of specialty foods.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

Pick up essentials from supermarkets like OK! and Sfera-Market, which have branches throughout the city. You'll pay about RUB75 for a quart of regular milk and RUB84.25 for a dozen standard eggs.

Where to Eat in Vladivostok

Almost anything is available here including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, and Italian cuisine and fast food chains such as Burger King. You can try traditional Russian dumplings and pancakes at Lozkhi-Ploshki and Dumpling Republic for lunch or sample classic Korean barbecue at Shilla Korean Restaurant for dinner. For a special meal, try Tokyo Kawaii for Japanese food or Zuma for Russian khachapuris, dumplings, and chebureki. A simple lunch costs approximately RUB450, while a three-course restaurant meal might come to RUB2,500.