If someone dropped you off in the village of Rosa Khutor — in the Mountain Cluster of the Sochi Olympics — you get the feeling like you’re in western Europe. Everything is brand new. All of the village’s hotels, restaurants and nightlife were created for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The charm of this luxurious mountain ski village is amazing especially the panoramic views from a ski lift. You’ll love it!
So far, here are my 3 favorite spots to have a meal and a beverage, and chill with a nice mix of locals and fans of the Olympics.
Modus Pizzeria has a great staff that serves up delicious handmade pizza along with national beer and wine selections. The mix of wood decor, the loft upstairs that features cozy couches, and large candles in the window give the space a relaxed feel — even though it’s buzzing with activity.
Red Fox Restaurant
This restaurant has a more refined dining experience. At the Red Fox Restaurant, I enjoyed a tremendous meal and a sommelier, who spoke excellent English, advised us on a bottle of wine to complement our food. The chill beats in the background reminded me of dining in Soho. This place is a must-do stop if you’re visiting.
The Park Inn Radison
The Park Inn Radisson has a bar/restaurant that stays open late, which is perfect for those late nights when I’m covering the Olympics. It’s one of a few choices to stay when you come to ski in Rosa Khatur, but for now a couple of national teams are based there, including Team Italy. Keep your eyes open because you never know who you might see.
One evening at the Sanki Sliding Center, Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler made Olympic history, winning a medal in his 6th straight Winter Games, after taking the 3rd spot in the Men’s Luge Final. He then announced his retirement. The next evening while having a late bite with colleagues, Armin strolled into the lobby and we talked for hours about his career, the final bronze he earned in Sochi, and what’s next for the 40-year-old “Superman of Sliding” (name given by my NBC colleague Leigh Diffey.
The Russians have gone out of their way to make us feel safe and welcome. They want to show the world their culture through the lens of the Olympics. What’s up next for me? I’ll take you on my journey as I explore more traditional Russian restaurants during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.