New Russian Cuisine: St.Petersburg has its reputation of the capital of coffee, as every Monday starts with espresso, every walk comes with cappuccino and there is no life without caffeine here. CoffeeLab is one of the variety of specialty coffee shops with the coffee machine, six ways of alternative brewing, cold brew and cascara, a wonderful coffee lambic, coffee tea and coffee lemonade, coffee lectures and cappings and degustations of coffee with wine which is also in the menu.
Try first: The main rule is not to order the standard cappuccino as there is a lot of brand new coffee positions in the menu (drinks from 130-350 rubles). There is a Bouchet cafe and bakery downstairs where you can order excellent bakery and outstanding homemade cheese.
New Russian Cuisine: Pioneers of a gastro bar genre with a small and bright menu and interesting, though still not famous, wines. Here, there is little space with tough sitting, casual service and friendly prices. You must book everything even if you are Bradley Cooper. Visit and understand why the chef Dmitry Blinov is considered a hero of gastronomic St.Petersburg.
Try first: Beef bread with bulgur and celery (490 rubles) and baked carrots (390) have been the bar's hits since its opening in 2014. The most actual positions are green risotto with broccolli (490) and cabbage in truffle sauce (390).
Landmarks nearby: Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral (187m).
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (447m).
New Russian Cuisine: The first and only St.Petersburg restaurant offering only craft set menu since 2012. No a la carte or choice at all — you just have to trust the chef, pay 4000 rubles and enjoy the gastronomic show in six parts. Everything, from bread to coffee, is made in Aga metal oven. The menu depends on the season and changes every month. The home restaurant of Edward Muradyan, whose initials make the project's name, works from Tuesday to Saturday since 7 pm.
Try first: The restaurant's chef Olesya Drobot has her brave and interesting attitude. If you have doubts on your gastronomic knowledge level, order a short set of three dishes for 2300 rubles for the first time. A vegetarian version is also available, but you need to mention it in your booking.
Speak easy: This cocktail bar is both secret and known worldwide, as it holds the 39th position in the World’s 50 Best Bars rating. Here, you can reach artisan tequila and Mezcal cocktails, the best tacos in the city, Frida Kahlo’s portrait on the wall, skull-shaped candles and other beauties of our underground Mexico, though you always need to book them beforehands. Cash payment only.
Try first: Forget the classical names and recipes and try the artisan ‘cocktails of the week’ (400+ rubles). Ask authentic and spicy sauces for tacos as they are imported directly from Mexico.
Speak easy: Gin Tonic is a pioneer of modern St.Petersburg speak-easy genre. The local gin headquarters opened their doors on 2013, locating in the yard at the corner of Nevsky and Liteyny. Here, there is a genuine collection of a hundred bottles. the bar’s owners are members of London Gin Guild, while the barmen do their best to serve you the best gin and tonic in your life.
Try first: Negroni Na Rayone (Negroni from the Block) — for him, purple Thai Negroni — for her. For everything else, you can trust the fantasy and the professional qualities of the barman.
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (111m).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (351m).
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (504m), Kazan Cathedral (566m).