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Kuban’s time zone is GMT+4; adjustment of clocks one hour back for the winter (the so-called ‘winter time’) was cancelled by former President Dmitri Medvedev several years ago.

The open-air markets and newspaper kiosks open at 8 am; cafés and bars – at 8 or 10 am. With a rare exception, in summer shops work without lunch breaks.

The shopping malls are open from 10 am till 10 pm. In summer, some of them work until midnight. Some hypermarkets work round the clock only in summer, but Lenta or Metro are open 24 hours a day all year round. Many product stores also work 24 hours a day.

The banks are as a rule open from 10 am till 7 pm; some have lunch breaks from 1 till 2 pm. On Saturdays, the banks are open till 2 pm; Sundays are days off.

Public offices usually work Monday till Friday from 9 am till 5 or 5:30 pm.

Tourist centres at major wineries welcome guests from 9 am till 4 pm.

If you wish to visit the garage winemakers, you’d rather call them in advance.

In summer, the restaurants and cafés are officially open till midnight, but in fact they work “until the last customer”. Do not expect to sit there until next morning, however (though it was the case in the 1990’s), but somewhere music can be heard until as late as 3 am.

In winter, all ‘drop off to sleep’ at 11 pm.

Officially, no alcohol can be sold at retail shops after 10 pm.