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; 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

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The Faberge Museumhas 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 was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto 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.