Finding a place to enjoy a really nice breakfast in St Petersburg can be challenging, especially when you step outside the city centre. The Petrogradsky District in particular is best experienced with a guide as it is mainly inhabited by locals and is full of great eateries and restaurants scattered around the island. Few serve breakfast, but those that do, do it very well. We’re hear to guide you on your mornings’ culinary adventure.
Cafe, Russian, European, $$$
Only open for the first half of the day, Syrnik specialises in making breakfast a special occasion in itself, not just a quick, on-the-go meal, but rather a slow-paced relaxing meal to start the day right. There are many choices for breakfast, but of course, the signature dish is syrnik, little pancakes made with cottage cheese and served with a variety of toppings. Don’t miss out on the lunch options either; all are healthy dishes that pair well with wine.
Bob & List is a small and modest café that regards the quality of coffee as equally important as interior design. The coffee beans are roasted right on the spot, guaranteeing their delicious flavour. There’s also an option to buy the beans and bring them home to experiment on your own time. Breakfasts are served all day, so there is absolutely no rush to get here in the morning. The café also hosts occasional events like live music sessions and movie nights.
Not to be confused with its big brother, the Probka restaurant, located at the same address, the Probka Cafe was meant to serve patrons when the restaurant wasn’t open, mainly for breakfast and lunch. The prices here are much more democratic than they are in the restaurant, but the dishes deliver the same quality of ingredients and talent, cooked from scratch on site. There is also a 50% discount rate during the last hour of service, starting at 5 pm.
This cafe certainly lives up to its name. The format here is like a self-service canteen: you browse the stands, pick up what you’d like and pay at the till. Breakfast is served until midday, and then the rest of the time, lunch is served. The cuisine is fairly eclectic, but that means there is plenty to chose from. Casual Cafe is especially recognised for keeping prices below the city average, so if your wallet is feeling a bit thin, this is a good place to refuel.
Bar by night and pastry shop by day, the Bolshoy Bar’s eclectic mix ensures customers delightful treats all hours of the day. The breakfasts here are fairly simple, yet delicious; they usually entail a fresh-baked pastry of some kind and a coffee. While it is great for a breakfast on the go, Bolshoy Bar also has a few full dishes to choose from that include local ingredients like porridge and cottage cheese. Delicious nonetheless.
Located one floor below the restaurant Italy, Dolci Cafe is an affiliate project that works from the early hours of the morning. Breakfasts here cover all the usual staples with a few exciting additions thrown in like scrambled eggs with black truffles. Dolci also offers a separate fitness menu for athletes; meals on this menu are designed to be eaten either before or after training sessions. Something to keep in mind if you’re in town for a sporting event.
A two-story Italian restaurant combined with a bakery, Capuletti serves a hearty Mediterranean breakfast with, of course, fresh coffee. Omeletes, waffles and pastries are all available here. Be quick though; breakfast finishes at midday during the week and at 3 pm on weekends.