For locals in St Petersburg, pyshki are not just another dish, they are pretty much a part of life. Hot and soft, the doughnut-like sweet treats are enjoyed best with a glass of burning hot tea or coffee–a dream come true during cold autumn or winter days. Pyshki became popular in the 1960s and quickly became an integral part of St Petersburg culture. Pyshechnaya (cafes that serve pyshki) are a tasty local alternative to international fast food; you will always find something tasty to eat that is served quick and is budget-friendly. Here are seven cafes that have perfected their pyshka game.
This is one of the oldest pyshechnaya cafes in the city–it has been operating for over 50 years. What’s impressive is that the recipe and the quality of its pyshki didn’t change during those years.You can expect to get warm, soft sweet pyshki that taste just like the batches that emerged from the kitchen five decades ago. Served with tea or coffee, these extremely tasty treats remind generations of St Petersburgers of their childhood.
If you want to feel the nostalgic vibes of the Soviet era, visit this place. The interior design and the music selection is reminiscent of the USSR, and the prices seem to have stayed the same as well (sometimes you can get a pyshka for just one ruble). The pyshki are big and their fluffy powdered sugar rounds melt in your mouth.
For those who want to try a pyshka, but don’t have time to track down a specific cafe, we recommend King Pyshka. This pyshechnaya chain has several locations throughout the city. On the menu you will find pyshki with different fillings, as well as soups, salads, Russian pirogi and main course dishes.
This calm and cozy place on Vasilievsky Island offers all kinds of Russian pastries like pyshki, pirogi, kulich (Easter bread), vatrushka (a circle of dough with cheese and raisins in the middle) and bread. The menu is diverse with sweet and salty choices, so everyone will find something to their liking. A small tip: just like in many pyshechnaya, this venue doesn’t accept credit cards, so bring cash.
Right in the heart of St Petersburg, in one of the oldest shopping malls in the city, is one of the best pyshechnaya in town. Pyshki are baked here using traditional recipes and the place is extremely popular, so be sure to come early. They have been known to run out of pyshki before the end of the day.
Another historical pyshechnaya is located on Sadovaya street. Pyshki here are traditionally big, soft and piping hot, topped with powdered sugar and served with tea, coffee or hot cacao. The place is very popular, so don’t get surprised if you see a line coming out the door during peak hours.
Once just a St Petersburg street food, pyshki became so popular that they inspired the famous restaurant project Ginza to open its own pyshechnaya. Following restaurant standards, the place still has a cosy pyshechnaya atmosphere and, of course, delicious varieties of pyshki on the menu.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.