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Inside the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood | © Ninara / Flickr
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Your World Cup 2018 Guide to St Petersburg

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Updated: 22 May 2018
Explore the best things to see, do, eat and drink with Culture Trip’s essential guide to the World Cup in St Petersburg.

What to eat in St Petersburg

St Petersburg offers great choices for meals ranging from a quick snack to a sophisticated fine dining experience. Keep an eye out for restaurants from the Ginza Project brand; they have over 40 restaurants across the city serving cuisine from all over the world. One of Ginza most popular restaurants is Mansarda, which overlooks the historic St Isaac’s Cathedral. For a quick bite, explore creative fast-food joints such as Pita’s or Ketch Up Burgers. If in search of a sophisticated dining experience with a Russian twist, Cococo restaurant is the place to dress up and enjoy a glass of fine wine. Hungry for some interesting bar food? Israeli street food is served at Bekitzer and is a favourite food spot among locals.

Where to drink in St Petersburg

The most obvious place to start your tour of St Petersburg’s drinking spots is Rubinshteyna Street, where there is a bar literally in every direction. Want a traditional Irish pub? Step into Fiddler’s Green. Looking for wine? Drink your way through the wine list at Vinostudia. If you’re looking for a sports bar close to the FIFA Fan Fest Zone, both James Cook and Barslona are excellent choices.

What to see and do in St Petersburg during the World Cup

St Petersburg was once the capital of the Russian Empire and still holds the proud title of the cultural capital. As you would expect, there are plenty of things to see and do in between matches. As home to one of the world’s largest art collections, a visit to the Hermitage is essential. Explore the history of the city at the Peter and Paul Fortress and perhaps take a hydrofoil to the palace and gardens of Peterhof – a majestic summer residence with an unrivalled fountain park. Just before sunset, head over to St Isaac’s Cathedral to climb the colonnade for panoramic views of St Petersburg. Time permitting, the summer residences of Tsarskoe Selo and Pavlovsk offer insights into the lavish life of Russian royalty and are pleasant day trips to escape the city.

How to get to St Petersburg’s FIFA Fan Fest Zone

To join the football party in St Petersburg, head over to Konyushennaya Square. If you’re taking the subway, the nearest stop is Nevsky Avenue. Konyushennaya Square is just to the right of the subway exit, located next to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a notable St Petersburg landmark and impossible to miss.

Konyushennaya Square, St Petersburg 191186

How to get to Krestovsky Stadium

The Krestovsky Stadium first opened in 2017, ahead of the Confederations Cup. The stadium can host up to 68,000 visitors and has a retractable roof with an area equal to three Red Squares. The stadium is accessible via public transportation. The closest subway station is Krestovsky Ostrovand, located just on the other side of Primorsky Victory Park. The Krestovsky area has a number of upscale restaurants for visitors to try and some great places to have a pre- or post-game drink.

Krestovsky Stadium 1 Futbolnaya Alley, St Petersburg, 197110

Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg
Krestovsky Stadium | © Ai Kagou / Flickr