17 Dec Where to Eat and Where to Drink in St Petersburg
There are plenty of nice restaurants where you can eat and where you can drink in Saint Petersburg. These particular places we discovered during our trip to St. Petersburg in December 2012. And we loved them all! Check our recommendations and don’t hesitate to share your favorite spots in Saint Petersburg!
Where to eat in St. Petersburg?
A place with amazing atmosphere. It declares that it is a small Paris in Russia, but I would say it is very “St. Petersburg place”!
Whatever you would order: breakfast, business-lunch set, desert, glass of wine, different specialties – it will be perfect. Our favorite is to have late breakfasts there, available till 13:00 and till 16:00 on weekends.
Choose eggs, sandwiches, porridge, all goes with tea or coffee (From 150 to 280 rub for breakfast). Always one can draw on paper tablecloth, (pencils are on a table!) and it is just pleasure to be there.
Address: Marata street, 10. Metro Mayakovskaya
Working hours: 24/7
Pelmenia – café of mono-cuisine
All dishes are made from dough and stuffing, mostly meat stuffing’s. Those are variations coming from different countries: Russian pelmeni and varenniki, Georgian khinkali, Japanese Gedza.
This place is perfect for people, who want to go for Russian cuisine will be great to visit this place and try pelmeni and varenniki.
Portions go of small and big size, so a nice thing will be to take small portions of different dishes and to share. Place is more of to have-a-meal-and-go style, not to spend there a long evening. But everything is very tasty, for sure a cool place for lunch!
Address: Fontanka embankment, 25. Metro Gostiniy Dvor.
Working hours: every day, 11:00 – 23:00
Soviet café Kvartirka
Literal translation of “Kvartirka” – “Tiny flat” would introduce you to the basic idea of café interior.
It seems you are in original soviet flat, where everyone had more or less the same furniture, carpets and even kids’ toys.
It is a cool place to have a shot of vodka/liqueur with nice zakuska (food, which goes with alcohol) and to feel soviet spirit. Also you can play desk-games, we tried domino.
Address: Nevsky prospect, 21. Metro Mayakovskaya
Working hours: every day, 12:00 – 1:00
Coffee na kukhne (coffee in the kitchen)
Cozy, family place, where everything you order is being cooked on a small kitchen in the middle of the room. Food is pretty simple, but tasty: we took salads with tuna and chicken (157 rub) and pizza (167 rub).
Winter St. Petersburg was making us happy with hot drinks in cafes – tea from herbs with berries and honey or ginger (in “coffee na kukhne” for 157 rub big cup). Interior of café was made by owners themselves, very colorful, like-at-home, with cool pillows! One can play there piano, if knows how. Magic place!
Address: Fontanka embankment
Working hours: everyday, 10:00 – 22:00
Where to drink in St. Petersburg?
A bar just the next door to “Coffee na kukhne”. It is very small place, where one can have a drink, nice conversation and go ahead.
Interior is of old Berlin of GDR times with big leather arm-chairs, round bar-chairs, typewriters and music box Wurlitzer, loaded with records, one can turn it on with a Deutsch mark coin.
Bar menu consists of original cocktails, shots and wine. We tried hot drinks: grog and hot port wine (200 rub for each).
Address: Fontanka embankment, 17. Metro Gostiniy Dvor.
Working hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 11:00 – 1:00; Thursday – 11:00 – 2:00; Friday, Saturday – 11:00 – 4:00; Sunday – 12:00 – 2:00
For usually informal style of St. Pete places this one is pretty sophisticated. They propose the variety of wines, so we took white French wine and it was above our expectations – very delicious.
From appetizers which go with wine we liked cheese plate more than “appetizer for wine” (included both cheese and salami, salami part was not that enjoyable). Big soft sofas in Arka are just right after walking a lot around St. Petersburg.
Address: Bolshaya Konyushennaya st, 27. Metro Nevskiy Prospect.
Working hours: everyday, 9:00 – 6:00
They call it “just a bar” – have a drink, talk to barman, mingle. As we had very targeted expectations towards that night – to have cider, we left soon, as it was not on menu.
But if you want an original cocktail and not afraid of cigarette smog, visit one evening this place!
Address: Rubenshteyna st., 13 a. Metro Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya
Working hours: everyday, 16:00 – 4:00
Barslona – bar with a missing letter
The bar, where one can watch football or spend another evening in a noisy crowd of friends. Menu is full of appetizers going with beer. Also menu has a big variety of Spanish wines.
Address: Rubenshteyna st., 26 Metro Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya
Working hours: everyday, 12:00 – 6:00
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