Krestovsky Island is a beautiful place to be in St Petersburg, especially during the summer. It is a bit of a distance to travel here from the city centre, but if time permits, it is certainly worth the effort. Coming out here will make for a lovely day outside, so start it right with a lazy breakfast overlooking the water.
The name of the restaurant is translated as ‘by the river’, which it certainly is, located right on the river Krestovka. This is a great place to bring your kids if you want to have some ‘grown-up time’. There is a playground and a petting zoo outside, which will keep the little ones busy while you enjoy your breakfast and a cup of coffee.
Whether you enjoy porridge, pancakes or omelettes for breakfast, here you can have it all served with an elegant touch. The smell of fresh-baked croissants will give you the morning kick you need. Or maybe it will be a conveniently small bottle of prosecco offered with all breakfast choices to guarantee a good mood from the early hours of the day.
What’s better than a late breakfast on a weekend? A late breakfast overlooking the water of course! Don’t be dismayed by the distance of getting to Villa Zimaleto – it’s worth it. The restaurant feels like you’ve gone to a country house for a day, away from the noise of the city. Breakfasts here are the time-tested favourites: eggs in all shapes and sizes, pancakes, and sirniki, a Russian cheese pancake. Try to get a seat outside on the terrace where you can see the water just across the lawn.
Sunday Ginza claims it’s summer all year round at their restaurant. In the very unpredictable St Petersburg weather, it is certainly nice to have that reassurance.Whether you decide to have your breakfast indoors or outdoors, the menu won’t fail to disappoint. There is everything ranging from some topping-rich pancakes to fruity smoothie bowls. So head out here for a family day out and some outdoor fun too.
Chaika is a floating restaurant located on Krestovsky Island. Although there isn’t a breakfast menu here per se, you can pop in here for brunch or an early lunch. The menu is rich in seafood, which will surely set the mood. A great way to miss the crowds and enjoy a day out at sea. Well, almost at sea.
If the mood right, starting the day or continuing the night with a boozy brunch may just be doctor’s orders. On Krestovsky island, the best place for the first pint of the day, is an authentic brewery set up by two Germans who visited St Petersburg back in the 18th century.
Regatta is another restaurant on the water with an open roof in the summer. A lovely place to have coffee in the morning. Although it is open throughout the day, coming in the afternoon is advised as often it is booked for an event. For the same reason, it is always best to call prior to trekking all the way to Krestovsky.