Speak easy: It is not always easy to find a small red house with good coffee, handmade desserts and a friendly cat called Saharok (‘sugar’ in Russian). You should go down Mira street from Avstriyskaya square, turn to the first archway from the left side and go inside the yard, following the smell of coffee. TCHK positions itself honestly as a micro coffee shop, so be ready that a couple of chairs near the counter and the only tale can be occupied.
Try first: Coffee professionals with their own coffee school work here, so we advice you not to choose the well-known espresso, talk to the barista about the coffee grain and the ways of roasting and serving and then choose what you wish. Don’t pass the ideal cherry pie with the soft and sweet flavor and half a tree of berries beyond the thin dough (150 rubles).
Speak easy: A hideaway bar two steps from Isaakievskaya square which is always full of tourists. Affordable wine, observant starters, a nice playlist and educated audience (the bar is combined with the graphic cabinet) are the main factors of love. A charming reception can become a special place where one can invite the dearest people.
Try first: It is just good to be and drink here. But a salmon sandwich (220 rubles), avocado on rye bread (180 rubles) and hummus (180 rubles) wouldn’t be bad for anyone.
Great view: A restaurant on board the ship sailing in the waters of the Neva due to its daily schedule. The views of main St.Petersburg sights from the water open from the saloon and the deck. The route includes the central bridges (Palace, Exchange, Tuchkov, Annunciation, Sampsonievsky bridges), Admiralty, University and Palace embankments.
Try first: We offer you to concentrate on fish and seafood, as there are many of them in the menu, such as crab cakes with a mix of salad and mango sauce (1990 rubles), seafood soup (1790), ravioli with Kamchatka crab (2090), home-cooked flounder (990). Navy-style pasta here (640) is also fabulous.
Local charm: Modern Russian cuisine with loft interiors and display windows with the view of the Fontanka and the Grand Drama Theatre. Vkus Est uses only seasonal Russian products, so you can learn Russian geography using the local dishes, such as turbot from Murmansk, pike perch from the Baltic Sea, beef from Bryansk, crabs from the Far East, Black Sea shells and reindeer meet. You can use 15% discount if you have a ticket for the theatre.
Try first: Start with porcini paste (280 rubles) or beetroot hummus (220), continue with roast sugudai from cod and pike perch with potatoes (340) and cold summer cabbage soup (320). A venison cutlet with sour cabbage and beetroot curd (610) are a must, while fast curd dumplings with boiled milk and raspberries (280) are the best dessert.
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (193m).
Landmarks nearby: Smolny Cathedral (529m).
Local charm: A restaurant at the place of the early 20th century miniature theatre Pavilion de Paris, the place of the debut of the famous Russian singer Alexander Vertinsky. In recent 10 years, Tsar restaurant has been working here, where you can taste caviar with champagne, four kinds of Russian salad, seven kinds of cutlets, handmade quail dumplings, roast carp and turbot. A rich vodka menu is present here with about 30 positions together with interesting vintage wines from 1994-2011.
Try first: At first, genuine julienne with crab (990 rubles), then rassolnik Leningrad style (390). From hot dishes - smoked sterlet spine with mashed potatoes (3490) together with linen ice cream with cornflower honey (190).
Speak easy: An ultra stylish Chinese resto bar is hidden behind the flower shop at the Passage shopping mall. There is no special sign at the corner, search for it between departments numbered 52 и 54. If you don’t mind the familiar service, the slow kitchen and rap as soundtrack — go and taste the noodles and colorful dim sams.
Try first: We recommend a mix of dim sams (590 rubles), steamed bao buns with flavors (from 260 rubles) and moti with mascarpone and berries (240 rubles).
Great view: The terrace of this restaurant on the sixth floor has been known as a stylish place for more than 10 years. Every summer you can see the ivy here and all the 150 seats are full with guests warming in blankets. You can find everything (like in Greece, as the Russian proverb says) in its multiethnic menu having Italian, Japanese, Russian, vegetarian food. If you want to explore the colonnade of Kazan Cathedral from a bird’s view or see the details of the globe on Singer’s house, book a table close to the parapet
Try first: We recommend the raw bar: Northern shrimp tartar (590 rubles) or octopus sashimi (990), dorado seviche (490) or crab and mango roll (890). A genuine seafood soup (5900 for two) of spaghetti with lobster (5900 for one) are also outstanding here.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (271m).