Speak easy: The opportunity of drinking coffee and eating a porridge at the inner balcony of the ‘Podpisnye Izdaniya’ bookstore is not a big secret, but you need a piece of advice to go there. You can turn the ‘morning in Russia’s cultural capital’ regime, having breakfast among educated people together with buying books and postcards as gifts.
Try first: The menu is quite small, though you can always taste syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) and the tasty porridge.
Landmarks nearby: Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral (112m).
New Russian Cuisine: A stylish wine bar next to Kazan Cathedral. Normcore style with marker-written glasses, brutal organic wines and sausage sandwiches with Soviet pop hits and nostalgic Western records on weekends.
Try first: Up to 15 draft wines are on the menu every day (from 290 rubles) presented by sommeliers, so you would find something suitable for you. Don’t miss the homemade sausage cooked on old standards (though it’s hard to miss it as you won’t stop after one glass of wine).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (244m).
Speak easy: Neither the sky nor the wine are hidden from you, but this bar os not very famous even among the local dwellers. It is located at the dead end of Pirogova lane, on the roof of an old building. It offers affordable wines, comfy food like bruschettas and pizzas together with the picturesque view of the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral.
Try first: If the weather is good, take a glass of Riesling to the terrace, if it is cold, drink Malbec inside at the table next to the window (wines from 250 rubles). In the morning, come and taste the English breakfast (280 rubles) accompanied by sparkling wine.
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (546m).
Speak easy: A balcony cafe works at the Palm Orangery of the Tavrichesky Garden. Here, there is no much space, though you can see the neat palms or a lot of light (or the traditional St. Petersburg snow and rain) through a glass roof.
Try first: Raw sugar free cakes for those who try to lose weight (220 rubles), brownies with bacon (180 rubles) or honey tarts with mustard (150 rubles) for brave ones.
Local charm: The Palkin family was very famous in pre-revolutionary St.Petersburg as four generations of this family were the owners of restaurants at Nevsky prospect for more than 100 years. One of the restaurants was located at the same place as now since 1874. Here, there were 25 halls, a stairway with a fountain, a sterlet pool, among visitors, the writers Anton Chekhov, Nikolay Leskov, the composer Petr Tchaikovsky can be mentioned. Now, here is a premium class restaurant as well, with floors made of noble wood, wall paintings, interior sculpture and spatkling glass lamps. The menu consists of Russian specialities, old ones as well, such as cabbage stew, wild pig dumplings, hare meat cutlets seasoned with truffles and foie gras.
Try first: The menu can be used to reconstruct the dinner of Steve Oblonsky, the character from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Take an oyster from the Bay of Peter The Great baked under blue cheese with roasted bread and garlic (1200 rubles) — it is giant, so you don't need a dozen. Continue with porcini cream soup on champagne, black truffle and schnitt onion stew (1360), assorted pies with meat, fish and vegetables (600), or a 'goose in a boot', a pie from soft dough with goose meat and cranberry (1370). Asparagus with Dutch sauce(1280) or genuine beef Stroganoff style with pickles and mashed potatoes (1690) would also be fine, and so would crepe suzette (2920) as a dessert — pancakes fried in orange liqueur and served with ice cream.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (475m), Savior on Spilled Blood (493m).
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (548m).
Landmarks nearby: Peter and Paul Fortress (468m).
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (356m).