25th October Street
25th October Street, Tiraspol, Moldova
25th October Street Tiraspol Reviews
Walk the length of 25th October Street Mar 18, 2016
25 October Street is the main artery of Tiraspol, and stretches a couple of kilometres from the Parliament building all the way to the large theatre. Most of Tiraspol's attractions are on or very close to this street, and you'll probably spend a lot of time walking up and down. It's not unattractive, with some old buildings painted bright colours as well as some uglier new concrete piles. Compared to Chisinau's main boulevard, 25 October Street is quite quiet. There's none of the crowds and noise of Chisinau, traffic is sparse, everything is well kept and orderly, and people wait at pedestrian crossings for ages without even thinking of crossing on a red light, no matter how empty the streets.
The post office, several banks, the House of the Soviets, the cinema, a handful of restaurants...it's all here, along with a number of small shopping centres which aren't at all obvious to non-Russian speakers. Most of the shops in Tiraspol are hidden behind net curtains or blacked out windows, so if you don't have the skills to read what the sign says, it's hard to tell what they're selling or indeed if it is a shop at all. It's not a city for window shopping...you often have to go through a side door, down a corridor, up a flight of stairs and have your phrasebook ready to find out if they have what you are looking for behind a counter.
Things to look out for on 25 October Street include:
- the Kotovsky Museum, a cute little painted wooden building on a corner that seemed to be closed for renovation (although who knows, maybe it was open and the curator sat watching me through the nets).
- a Kvint store selling Europe's cheapest quality cognac, distilled locally in Tiraspol.
- a newly painted blue and white building occupying a prime location but with no clues on the outside what it might be.
- possibly the only embassies of Abkhazia and South Ossetia you're likely to set eyes on.
- murals above Andy's Pizza and a department store.
- ATMs supposedly accepting Visa and Mastercard (I had no luck) outside Sperbank and Agroprombank.
- 4 of Tiraspol's main restaurants (7 Days, Andy's Pizza, and the glitzier Mafia and Casta next to each other).
- various billboards with slogans about Transnistria.
- signs for coffee...learn how to read espresso in Cyrillic, and follow any sign you see for that, it will lead to a hidden take-away coffee stall.
- the City House of Culture in a leafy park up some steps near Suvorov Square.
- Trolleybuses covered in flags or adverts for a blend of coffee.
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