The lofts, creative clusters and co-working spaces trend has been taking over Russia for a while now, and Sochi is no exception. Such places are sprouting around Sochi more and more, offering a new way to pass time both efficiently and enjoyably. Let’s see what Sochi has to offer an out-of-town hipster, art lover, or just a curious tourist with a taste for the alternative.
A bright and vibrant creative open space, regularly hosting a wide variety of very different events – from Chinese gohua painting masterclasses to charity auctions. Bringing together a coffee shop, a Russian designers’ showroom, a ceramics studio, and various other creative residents all just 200 meters away from the Black Sea.
Translated as Braincharger or Braindrill, this place specializes in educational activities like lectures, discussion clubs and movie screenings. But they have a fun side too – a proprietary apocalyptic escape room in the cellar, board game sessions, English discussions with native speakers. The location is a bit off the central tourist streets though.
The Central Universal Museum of Art. Well, it’s definitely at a central location — on the 4th floor of the Central Shopping Mall of Sochi, with a view of the Central railway station, so the name is spot on. This is an exhibition and presentation space, where notable Russian artists from all over the country are displaying their work. Jazz concerts, art film screenings, workshops and, what may be a pleasant and unusual touch for this type of space, — a bar at your service.
A multifunctional loft up in the mountains with a vegan cafe, a bookstore, live-music cocktail parties, kicker tournaments and a very friendly vibe. They do promise to treat you like family, and don’t let you down. There’s an English speaking club, so you’re guaranteed to meet some English-speaking locals, so that’s a good spot to make some new friends.
This puzzling egg-shaped structure was erected at Rosa Khutor by the Coop Art project participants. It’s a hand-made all eco-material structure with a small shop, a coffee bar with specials like spicy mate latte and Japanese matcha, and the highlight — an attic-like space to relax with a book.
A creative place for artists of all kinds, centered around a gallery, with their personal workshop spaces, showrooms and a cafe in a historical setting – the building is a former military fort with remains to prove it. Masterclasses and auctions are held regularly, so pick up a brush and join this artistic community.
An intellectual alternative space hosting lectures on psychology and philosophy, free-markets, independent movie screenings – everything that you’d expect from an indi cultural stronghold. They are renovating until April 2018, and when they do come back there may be something else, so check it out!