Teplodar is a city in Southern Ukraine, near Odessa. Teplodar was originally constructed as a support town to the planned commissioning of a d 2-reactor nuclear heat and power plant during the Soviet era. As one of seven new cities in the former USSR plans to build the nuclear plant in Teplodar were abandoned after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Teplodar was a rarity as contary to normal Soviet pratice Teplodar city was built (1979-1986) before the nuclear plant was commenced.
Teplodar is Russian speaking but you will find a few that speak Moldovan, Ukrainian and very few that speak English. There are school, medical center and a number of small shops in the city og Teplodar. Most workers commute to Odessa and/or the 7km market. The city is quite poor by Ukraine standards and typically not much money is put into infrastructure. Nevertheless, Teplodar is considered to be one of the most prospective towns in Ukraine. Medical facilities are very poor.
Only two ways to get to Teplodar. By small bus (marshrutka) or car.
You either walk or use the car you arrived in. Walking is almost the universal method to navigate Teplodar. Everything and every place in Teplodar is no more than a 10 minutes walk from your point of departure.
No attractions of note. Most people that come to this city are visiting friends or a local business. Teplodar has one church (Orthodox) and a motocross facility. To get around Teplodar you walk. The city is approx one kilometer square. Lots of footpaths (sidewalks) to keep a avid fitness freak happy. Like most places in Ukraine some sections of footpaths are not for the faint hearted and you must be careful at night only because of the condition of the footpaths. Maintenance and good quality are not words that resonate deeply within the Ukraine pysche. However it is very safe in terms of low (or near to zero) crime rate.
Nothing of note unless you are a motocross fanatic. The motocross facility operates during the summer only for organised events.
What would you buy in Teplodar?? I have never found souvenirs but you can buy essentials like flowers, chocolates, spirits/beer, small gifts, etc. You really need to travel to Odessa and visit the many shopping area's, bazzar's or the world famous 7km Market on the outskirts of Odessa to find what travellers like to buy.
Not much to choose from in Teplodar...most people cook their own. There is only one restaurant of note called the Metro. Ask any local for details of the address. There is only one supermarket called Silpo (part of a national food chain). Silpo has a reasonable selection of foods. If you like bazaar type food then the local bazaar operates every day of the year. There are some good clean shops that sell excellent Ukraine food essentials.
More than a few bars are available if you prefer to mix it with the locals. Only one bar that would qualify as being up to a good standard. Disco in the community center on Friday and Saturday nights. Dress code anywhere in Teplodar is neat casual. No safety concerns as the crime rate is near zero, all venues are solo-woman friendly.
There are no accommodation facilities in Teplodar other than private. Most people would stay in Odessa the closest big city to Teplodar.
The only way out is the same way you arrived...by car or bus. See "Get in" section above.