Stolle restaurant

When in Russia do as the Russian’s do and try some Russian cuisine — nearly all the restaurants below offer
dishes of Russian cuisine. What are the typical characteristics of Russian cuisine?

Before listing our favorite restaurants in St Petersburg Russia, there are a few questions you are bound to ask, such as “Will they speak English?”;
“Do I have to tip the waiter/waitress and, if so, how much?”; “Can ladies go unaccompanied by a gentleman? ” So let’s deal
with those questions first!

In a few restaurants tips are included into your bill but in the most the expected tip is 10% of the total sum of your bill. But remember please, that it is always up to you to give or not to give tips. Ladies can certainly dine in a restaurant unaccompanied by a gentlemen.
In the most of the restaurants there will be an English menu and if even a waitress doesn’t know English — use the language
of gestures –it will never let you down!!

The prices quoted are for food alone and do not include the cost of wine or other drinks.

«Magical Taste» — not the most attractive place in the city if to speak about the design, but one glance at the menu explains the popularity of the place: more than 31 kinds of “Pelmeny”. One of the possible translation for “pelmeny” is dumplings. Your feast will be turned into endless merry-go- around of fillings: three kinds of meat followed by salmon; a pumpkin catches up with cherry and trawberry, fresh cabbage and sauerkraut are replaced by potatoes with mushrooms and cottage cheese. You’ll leave the table half-dead…

Kronversky prospect, 53 (the nearest metro station «Gor’kovskaya») Open Mon- Sun 9am-11pm; average bill is 200 rubles (about  $7).Credit cards are not accepted

«Stolle» — the best pie café in the city. These pies (aromatic, ruddy, juicy, shining, warm and soft) quickly conquered the city. First visitors compared them with grandmother’s pies but a bit later they stopped referring to grandmothers and just took them as models. St Petersburg housewives (including me) buy pies when expecting important guests and pretend that the delicious pies were made by them at home. The widest choice of fillings is during summer when to traditional fish, meat, chicken and cottage cheese they add wild berries. I drop there with every of my tourists just to have a bite during excursions — believe me everybody is very pleased!!!

Stolle is a chain of cafes: Konushenny pereulok, 1/6 (not far from «The Church of Our Savior On The Spilt Blood«) Open 9am-9pm
Dekabristov street, 19 (very close to Mariinsky theatre).Open Mon-Sun. 9am-9pm
Dekabristov street, 33 (very close to the Synagogue) Open Mon-Sun. 8am-10pm
The 1st liniya of   Basil Iceland, 50 Open Mon-Sun. 8am-10pm
Average bill is 250 rubles and credit cards are not accepted

«Chekhov» — yes, it was named after great Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Here you will feel like one the characters from his short stories on a “dacha” (summer cottage) at the beginning of the 20th century: cozy atmosphere, distinct, smart public, singing birds in the cage attached to the wall, Russian “romances” (slow lyrical songs about unrequited love). On the tables there are handmade tablecloths, in the cupboard — pickled, marinated cucumbers and jam from wild berries in two liters cans….. Every dish is superb!! The cost of dinner is about 1000rubles (about $35) but it is worth every penny.

Petropavlovskaya ulitsa, 4 (the nearest metro station is  «Petrogradskaya»); Open Mon-Sun. 8am-10pm; credit cards are accepted: DC, EC, Maestro, UC, and VISA

«Razgulyay» The most attractive feature of this tavern (and this is a tavern!!) is a buffet with different Russian snacks and salads. They will offer you solyanka, a thick  soup (from Russian «selyanka»- a peasant girl) famous borsch, a carp stewed in the sour cream plus some exotic «dish of the day» prepared on the spit.

Karavannaya street, 14. The nearest metro station-«Gostinny Dvor». Open Mon-Sun 12am-11pm .Average bill is 300 rubles ($10) Credit cards are accepted: AmEx, DC, EC, Maestro, MC UC, and VISA

«Noble Nest» is a perfect place for formal dinners in the evening dresses. One of the most luxurious restaurants of the city, it is situated in the former Tea Pavilion  of the Yusupov palace (see “Attractions”  section on this site).There are mirrors and portraits of Russian tsars and tsarinas in gilded frames on the walls and harp, violin or harpsichord music will accompany your meal in the evenings.The highly trained waiters know the Yusupovs’ family history better than their own. They offer so-called “new Russian”cuisine: conventional Russian recipes modified by a strong French influence. You can order “a la carte” or special degustation dinners (each consists of 4 dishes). The wide wine list contains a lot of surprises: you’ll fail to find some bottles anywhere else than at the “Noble Nest”. This restaurant was mentioned in the book “One thousand things you have to see before you die”

open midday-midnight. They have their own website:www.dvgnezdo.ru; Average bill 2800 rubles (about $100 without wine). They accept credit cards: Am Ex, DC, EC, Maestro, MC, UC, VISA

«Kavkaz Bar» Restaurant of Georgia cuisine. When inside you’ll find yourself in the inner court of typical Georgian house. The food is very delicious:  try any of their shashlyk (from lamb, pork, beef, chicken and salmon). My favorite appetizer is slices of eggplants with marinated carrots.

Karavannaya Street, 18.The nearest metro station-«Gostinny Dvor». Open midday-01am. Average bill is 300rubles (without wine, that is about $10) Credit cards are accepted:AmEx,MasterCard/EuroCard, VISA, DC, Maestro

Chinese Palace which was created at the time of Catherine the Great. It is a unique rococo style residence with a famous bugle work cabinet. It is the only palace in the vicinities of SPb which survived World War II. It is one of the private residences which means that only chosen ones could come there, be one of them. Enjoy this unique architectural miracle, much more impressive inside than from the façade. Feel special as it’s only the second season when you can take pictures inside.

This stunning pavilion was created for the wife of Nicholas I which could relax after grand receptions there. It is located on a man made island and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. The pavilion is a dream about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

There is a chance to drop to the Amber Workshop to see how masters responsible for the restoration of Amber Room keep creating other masterpieces; there will be a chance to take pictures in the workshop as it is not allowed to do that in Amber Room itself.

A special treasure room with ambassadors’ gifts and private belongings of Russian Tsars-all made of gold and covered with diamonds, rubies and emeralds; it is possible to visit it with the museum guide only, should be booked well in advance

One of the most famous collections of French impressionists and post impressionists outside France is situated in the General Staff Building in St Petersburg – just opposite the main Hermitage Museum Complex ( across the Palace Square) – let us know if you are interested and we will book tickets in advance.

We offer unique, once in your life time experience, which proved to be a climax of St Petersburg visit for many of our guests: a lunch with Russian family in their apartment. Enjoying home cooking and speaking with your host and hostess you will learn and understand a lot about Russian culture, traditions and lifestyle, see the way local people live and discuss with them everything under the sun!

The Pavlovsk Park and Palace ensemble is among the finest royal residences in the environs of St Petersburg. Unlike other famous royal residences Pavlovsk has the unique charm of a private estate. The palace was designed in reserved classical style and will be highly appreciated by true art connoisseurs. During a tour of Pavlovsk Palace you will not only be able to witness stunning state rooms used for official ceremonies and festivities in the palace, but also some private rooms where the family could gather together in the evening.

An interactive museum of Soviet arcade machines that are the core of the collection. There are over fifty of them on display. The ticket includes some tokens to play. The museum will help you to go back in time and learn more about the Soviet Russia. As for your kids, they will be curious to learn what was interesting for their fathers and grandfathers.

One of the coziest and most hospitable museums of our city.

Museum has 12 halls of art space. Interior dolls, theatre dolls, fairy-tale dolls, dolls depicting customs and traditions are on display there. All in all, the museum has over 40000 exhibits. It is guarded by purring spirits – 3 cats that appear when the museum is closed and dolls wake up… The only disadvantage is that you can’t play with the dolls, you can only look at them.

A unique and the first one in Russia art space where exhibits of shadow art are on display. You will learn the history of our city in light and shadow language there, meet Peter the Great, its founder, and even face your own shadow. Are you ready to look at everything and even yourself from a different angle?

Unique monument of the XV century built in Western gothic style. The only civil building in this style that survived in our country. There ambassadors were received, the Novgorod parliament and court sat and the grand dinners took place. Now the Novgorod jewelry collection of VI-XVII centuries is on display there.

Enjoy 14 halls with over 250 Novgorod icons of XI-XIX centuries. Novgorod is one of the centers of icon painting in our country. This exhibition is one of the best collections of Russian icons as it allows to follow the history of icon painting in our Russia.

Stretch your legs and enjoy the public boat ride. You will see views of the Volkhov river and the lake Ilmen which is called the Slavonic Sea because the area round is so flat. It takes 1-1.5 hours.

Kremlin is the heart of the city, the fortress in its center. During the tour you can see St Sophia cathedral, the oldest temples of our country made of stone, the monument to the Millennium of Russia and the place where merchants used to trade which is called “Yaroslavovo Dvorische” – Prince Yyaroslav court.

A functioning Russian orthodox monastery. It was founded in the XI century by Yaroslav, the grand duke who was baptized by St George, hence the name. St George cathedral, a gem of Russian medieval architecture, has unique frescoes and even an ancient graffiti.

Kazan Cathedral  one of the grandest churches in St Petersburg with its colonnades of 96 columns embracing Nevsky prospect like the outstretched wings of a gigantic eagle; it  was built between 1801 and 1811 to house a venerated icon Our Lady of Kazan by Andrey Voronikhin (a serf of Count Stroganov).

Divo Ostrov (the name means Wonderful Island in Russian and the attraction is really located on an island) is the best amusement park in Russia. It was founded in May 2003 and had 17 attraction rides then. Now there are 46 of them. Some of the amusement rides are for adults, some for families and some for kids. Divo Ostrov gives unique impressions to people of all ages. Every adult gets a ticket to his childhood and every child finds himself in the world of his dreams and fantasies.

If you are a passionate train lover, this place is your paradise: it’s the biggest railway museum in Europe, a sort of “Technical Hermitage”.  You can practice driving a train with the help of the simulator here: enjoy 6 real life scenarios! If you come with small ones, there are game zones especially for them. If you finally get bored of trains, you can take a selfie with a sad peasant  in the cold carriage or to practice Morse code with a plaster telephone operator.

Russian museum is the biggest museum of national art in the world and a unique architectural ensemble of the historical center of Saint Petersburg. With its 400000 exhibits it covers the history of Russian art from X century icons  up to XX-XXI century avant-guard art  and soviet  painting. You can see Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Mark Shagal, Vasiliy Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and many others there.

An annual festival of sand sculptures on the territory of Peter and Paul Fortress; international team of sculptors from different European countries create sculptures from special sand on the given subject which varies every year; the exhibition will be of great interest for you and your little ones

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

This private museum is a model of Russia made at the scale 1:87. The model is 800 square meters and symbolically shows all regions of our country. It’s the biggest model in Russia and second biggest in the world (after Minjatur Wunderland in Hamburg). It took 100 people 5 years to complete it. The model is interactive, so your children will be delighted to press buttons there.

It’s a museum inside the other museum. This section has 2400 exhibits which makes it one of the most prominent collections of this kind. Our country had the biggest Jewish population in the world at the end of the XIX century. So, this exhibition shows how the Jews lived in the Russian empire. You will know everything about traditional costumes, books, things used in everyday life, holidays, crafts the Jewish took part in, holidays they celebrated, etc.

These stunning pavilions were created in 1830-40 for the wife and daughter of Nicholas I (the daughter’s name was Olga). There the tsarina could relax after grand receptions.  They are located on manmade islands and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. These pavilions are dreams about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

Agate rooms are a two-storied bath house. The first floor was used to take a bath and the second one had famous rooms where guests could relax afterwards. Their walls were decorated with agate – hence the name.

This unique complex was built by Charles Cameron for Catherine II in the 18th century and was restored only after WWII. It managed to preserve almost intact. Fortunately, this treasure is not as popular with mass tourism as Catherine palace, so if you want to enjoy something truly authentic and not overcrowded, this is definitely your choice.

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The Faberge Museum has the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg to repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.