Why didn’t we stay longer in Novosibirsk?

This is a little note on a brief stop in Russia’s third largest city Novosibirsk. We thought that there wouldn’t be much to see in the town and the hour spent skirting the city’s seemingly endless suburbs on the way to the airport the previous day indicated that it was mainly about malls and traffic jams. Then again, I have often noticed that first impressions aren’t always to be trusted and that was definitely the case here.

Novosibirsk has a good feel to it. It seems cool, young, laid back and welcoming. The city centre is compact and very walkable, the traffic in the centre is a lot better than in many other towns with a population of more than a million, the parks were leafy and relaxed and the place was full of proper terraces for coffee, cake, beer –  you name it.

Bottom line, we liked it. The half-day spent there could easily have been prolonged and we wouldn’t mind going back for a proper visit.

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