About this tour

My cousin mother, that is, mother-in-law Maria Grigorievna, lives on the corner of Bogdan Khmelnitsky and Zaporizhska streets. As they say in Odesa, "that's another district!". All gangster Odesa has grown here. A block and a half to the Jewish Hospital, Myasoedovskaya, Banny Lane, Prokhorovskaya, and Chumka are all thirty-three pleasures... The heart of a Moldavanka!!! I would sob into your vest, if not for two circumstances: first, you did not see where she lived before!

Secondly, now, when I come to her for pancakes, I visit the most legendary crossroads of criminal Odessa. No, of course, you will sing to me now about “Like on the corner of Deribasovskaya Rishlevskaya” and you will be absolutely right, but...

But I'm a historian! Tell me, who took away honour from an old woman in a famous song? That's right - "seven raiders"! And where did these bandits, with a playful gait, sweeping the pavement with flares, come to the place of villainy? BUT? Keep silent? So I will answer: from the very crossroad where the mother of my son's mother is now found! And you weren't there yet? So this is because you were not on a tour of gangster Odesa.

Mikhail Yakovlevich Vinnitsky was born on the aforementioned corner (known as Mishka Yaponchik, also known as Benya Krik from Babel); right there, on the premises of the current pawnshop, there was his "malyna"; the most famous thieves' school was at the same crossroad. There are many stories about it. And about how old Dvoira dragged frail Itzik here with a music folder; and about mannequins with bells; and about the "pianos", on which the future "virtuosos of Privoz" practised finger fluency...

Yes, there is a lot to tell about Odesa... And then go further along the "criminal Odesa" and listen to Sonya the Golden Hand, Grigory Kotovsky, Ataman Grigoriev, and the old Odesa prison, and about the catacombs with their secrets, and...

The tour is conducted in English and Ukrainian.

*The originality of the text is completely preserved by the author of the tour (tour operator)

5 reasons to choose tour


Learn about criminal Odessa


Hear interesting stories


Walk Odessa streets and courtyards


Fall in love with Odessa


Have a fun and positive time

What is included?

Professional guide

Professional guide

*From each purchased tour, we transfer 10% to the Ukrainian Refugee Support Fund. All profits from press tours are transferred to the reconstruction of Ukraine.