Is Odessa Dangerous?
Odessa is situated to the south and is no different from Kiev
No one in Odessa talks about the war with Russia from a few years ago anymore, and we have never been in an uncomfortable situation ourselves.
The economic situation in Ukraine is below average compared to European standards. The average income for working class people is 150 - 250 EUR a month.
So, as a foreigner you are indeed "wealthy to them". And yes, that means it will be very easy for you guys to have a lot of fun for a small amount of money.
Although the country in general is poor, Odessa is where the rich and famous come for the summer! The main party strip looks just like any other major holiday destination. The quality of the cafes and bars in the city centre and on the strip is really high. Great food, drinks, service and prices.
Prices in Odessa
The prices in Odessa are similar to Kiev. At times they can seem ridiculous. There is no other place in Europe or close to Europe, where you are able to get drunk or party for so little money.
There are a lot of rich people in Kiev, and therefore also a lot of fancy bars and clubs. But even there, the prices are still reasonable.
The only thing that is as expensive as in central Europe is the shopping with items such as clothing, watches & perfumes etc.
The prices in the big clubs in Odessa are slightly higher than normal bars but still amazing value.
For example, you can get a booth in a massive club that rivals some of the best in the world, in peak season, watching DJ’s like Fedde Le Grand, for around 200 euro. And that includes more than a few bottles of Grey Goose…!