General prices in Odessa
- Borsch: 30 - 100 uah (1 - 4 EUR)
- Average meal in restaurant: 90 UAH (3-4 EUR)
- Beer: 20 - 45 uah (1 - 2 EUR)
- Vodka 50 ml: 20 - 100 uah (1 - 4 EUR)
- Bottle of Vodka: 150 uah for local bottle (4 EUR) - 70 EUR for Premium Bottle in a Club (Grey Goose) - average price in a Club 20-30 EUR (Smirnoff)
Ukraine is the cheapest country in Europe. Taxis around the city cost no more than $ 3, and the driver is unlikely to fool the foreign tourist. You can also use Uber. Just agree on a price before you get into the cab.
Ukrainians are very friendly people who usually are happy to help foreigners if they need anything. Even if their level of English is not good, they will make an effort and try to communicate with you.
During summer months this is the area to be. Food, beach, party, whatever you look for, you will find here.
Odessa (especially the Arcadia area) is incredibly clean. Ukrainians care about the hygiene and cleanliness of their homes and do not throw garbage on the streets and take care of supporting the appearance of their city.
Old and New
Travellers are often pleasantly surprised at how the old and new style of architecture are combined in Ukraine. Westerners who have never been to Ukraine may think that the country looks a bit run down. Sure, there are still some old apartment blocks that are aging, but there are so many new buildings, malls and houses. The country is up and coming and you can see it.
A few tips for those who are going to Odessa:
- Be aware that not everywhere in the city is well equipped with signs for tourists and in most cases written in Ukrainian or Russian.
- Do not try to call a Ukrainian a Russian. And do not confuse Ukraine with Russia. Just never do it. Never.
- Learn the most common basic phrases in Ukrainian or Russian.
- Change dollars and euros at the currency exchange kiosks. This is much more profitable than withdrawing money from an ATM.