Brighton Beach The "Little Odessa" of Brooklyn This ocean side neighborhood is located on the Coney Island peninsula. Nicknamed “Little Odessa”, Brighton Beach gives a taste of the Black Sea with a notable Russian speaking population, colorful shops and cultural restaurants. A walking distance from Coney Island, visitors can grab a nice spot to relax on the white sandy beach without the bustle of the famed boardwalk neighborhood. It’s a favorite for locals who want to escape city life without trekking to the Jersey shore. Visitors can take a casual stroll by Brighton Beach’s boardwalk to Seaside Park. Hungry beach-goers need not worry…local food vendors sell delicacies that visitors and locals alike love! Visitors can also enjoy the local art and theater scene around Brighton Beach. The Master Theater provides entertainment for all with shows ranging from family-oriented musical plays to Russian language musical performances. Art lovers can buy original pieces at the Exotic Paintings gallery. Not interested in buying finished paintings? You can find your inner artist by taking art and painting classes at The Studio Fine Art Gallery. Shopping around Brighton Beach can be interesting among first time visitors. Saint-Petersburg Trade House is a shopper’s delight. This quaint shop provides a cultural bridge between Russia and the U.S. by selling various cultural items such as books, music, movies and souvenirs. Outside of the shop, you can snap a souvenir photo with one the matryoshka doll cutouts. Shoppers can find tiny bits and baubles while browsing Kalinka Gifts. Looking for a food adventure? Grab a bite at Cafe Not Your Mother-in-Law. This Korean-Russian restaurant offers Uzbek style fusion cuisine of both cultures. Their fan-favorite Kuksu soup is a refreshing cold broth for perfect for a hot day. At Oceanview Cafe, experience traditional Russian style cuisine enjoyed by the local residents. Popular dishes among the patrons are borscht and the vareniki. Little Odessa is an amazing new world to discover among the Brooklyn neighborhoods.