- Diana Condrea
Feodor Dostoevsky Restaurant interior | Courtesy Feodor Dostoevsky Restaurant
Located in the historical centre of the city where this great Russian writer lived and worked between 1842 and 1845, Dostoevsky offers its guests a journey back in time to 19th century St. Petersburg’s hospitality and elegance. The restaurant excels in offering what it calls the ‘Renaissance of Russian cuisine’ with gourmet Russian and European recipes inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s full list of works. An exquisite choice of Italian, French and other cuisines is set off by top wines and champagne, offering one of the most luxurious culinary experiences in St. Petersburg.
Address: 9 Vladimirsky Prospect, Zolataya Strana, Golden Garden Hotel, St Petersburg, Russia, +7 812 334 22 44
With Uzbek and Caucasian specialties, Baklazhan is a must-try themed restaurant in St. Petersburg. Featuring wonderful decor that emphasizes the restaurant’s rich collection of wine and liqueurs, Baklazhan is a popular culinary venue, awarded in 2014 with TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence.’ The menu is skilfully created by a female chef who tries to cook with as much respect as possible for the family recipes she saw her mother and grandmother prepare as a child. The menu includes warm chicken salad and a wide variety of eggplant based courses.
Address: 30A Ligovskiy Av, Shopping Centre Gallery, 4th floor, St. Petersburg, Russia, +7 812 677 7372
Brugge Belgian Gastronomic Pub
If you happy to be craving some Belgian waffles while strolling down the streets of St. Petersburg, then Brugge Belgian Gastronomic Pub is the right place to go. With over 80 types of beer, including the Belgian Devilish Ale, Abbey Affligem, Line Lambics Timmermans, Belgian Lager Gordon 5, as well as the Indian Pale Ale, this pub sure seems to be the perfect destination for beer enthusiasts. If we take into account their famous mussels, then Brugge Belgian Gastronomic Pub is a must-visit for every respectable foodie.
Bushe is one of the most popular restaurants in St. Petersburg, praised for decadent and state of the art cakes. With a guiding philosophy that the venerable tradition of baking can change the taste of everyday life, Bushe has won numerous awards over the years, including the Annual Gold Medal of the International Kremlin Culinary Cup. It was also named the Government-sponsored Supplier of St. Petersburg. In addition to its famous cakes and desserts, Bushe also serves salads, sandwiches and fresh soups.
With a great selection of both Russian and European dishes, Café Zoom is a small place with a homely, warm feeling and atmosphere that makes it hard to forget. Located in the center of St. Petersburg, this café is the perfect choice for those in search of a less opulent location that nonetheless compensates through its stacks of books, photography and art. Café Zoom is no doubt the place to go for a casual, but consistently delicious, lunch or dinner, and is popular with both locals and tourists.
As its name suggests (although perhaps only to those in the know), Erivan is all about Armenian cuisine and culture. The restaurant is a highlight not only for its memorable dishes but also for its décor, showcasing handmade carpets, clay utensils and many other traditional Armenian elements. With a cook that ‘does not just cook, but performs a religious rite,’ Erivan is the perfect place to explore the culinary traditions of Armenia. Erivan tempts with veal sirloin specially brought from Armenia, beef brains with olive oil, Armenian cognacs and a rich collection of wines from Chile to South Africa.
Address: 51 Naberezhnaja reki Fontanki, St. Petersburg, Russia, +7 812 703 3820
L’Europe is ‘Russia’s oldest continually serving restaurant’ and therefore an absolute must while visiting St. Petersburg. With a menu addressed to fine food connoisseurs that highlights delicacies such as Beluga and Oscietra caviar, or beef rib eye in Amarena cherry sauce, L’Europe has impressive Art Nouveau décor that dates back to 1905, when the restaurant was the favorite meeting point of Russia’s aristocracy. Protected as a national monument, L’Europe is itself a piece of history that tells the story of Russia’s changing elites over the past 100 years.
Finding a piece of far away and tropical Cuba in northern Europe might seem hard to believe, but O! Cuba manages with great success to bring the vibrant Cuban atmosphere to St Petersburg. With a 1956 Buick car as part of the colorful décor and rooms that reproduce the island’s feel, O! Cuba enchants with typical Caribbean dishes. The drinks menu includes the unmissable rum-based specialities like mojitos and golden gloves and the fare includes traditional Cuban recipes like bean soup, Havana sopa de mariskos, salmon Miramar, fried bananas, coconut flan, Cuban tartlets and Caribbean muffins.
Romeo’s Bar & Kitchen
Located inside of one of St. Petersburg’s most significant cultural sites, Mariinsky Theater, Romeo’s Bar & Kitchen is the best place to go after enjoying a theatrical performance in a city with such an impressive array of theater on show. With splendid views of the iconic Saint Nicolas cathedral, the restaurant was also awarded with a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014. The menu serves both Russian and international dishes and has the reputation of offering some of the best desserts in the city.
A Georgian restaurant, Tbiliso offers one of the most refined culinary experiences in St. Petersburg. With authentic Georgian décor and live music, the restaurant is unquestionably a perfect choice for those who wish to embark on a new culinary journey. Tbiliso has a solid menu prepared by Georgian chef Mariam Dzhaposhvilli, with highlights such as a salad with salmon, arugula and grapefruit, veal medallions with roasted strawberries, smoked eggplant caviar with Georgian lavash and lamb kebab.
Address: 10 Sytninskaja, metro Gor’kovskaja, St. Petersburg, Russia, +7 81 232 9391
By Diana Condrea