St. Petersburg was my first ever visit to Russia and I think it was the perfect introduction to the country. The city totally blew my mind and exceeded my expectations (love when that happens)! St. Petersburg is gorgeous and I wish I had more time to discover it, but I definitely will be back in the future. It kind of reminded me of Kiev, which I absolutely loved last year. So with the 3,5 days in the city, I managed to stop by some amazing places and if you go to St. Petersburg, these 10 are a must:
My hipster guide to St. Petersburg:
Bekitzer for food
Address: Rubinstein St, 40/11, Sankt-Peterburg (tripadvisor)
No kidding, this was the best falafel I’ve ever had in my life. The vibe is also really-really cool there. If you only go to one place from that list, go to Bekitzer.
Fatcatshop for vintage shopping
Address: Kazanskaya Ulitsa, 7, St. Petersburg (Instagram)
This one is a bit hard to find, as it’s in the basement of a really fancy building. But the store itself is quite the gem. I scored myself a pair of sunglasses and a white sweater. Add this vintage store to your list, if you are looking for some unique pieces with reasonable prices.
The DogWalk Bar & CatWalk Stage for shopping, for food, for good vibes.
Address: Grazhdanskaya St.,13-15 | Berthold Center, St. Petersburg (tripadvisor)
A hidden courtyard with a super-cool vibe. This looked like an outdoor market, with people selling their designs, lots of food options and DJs. I’m not sure if it’s only happening on weekends, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
MIR for vegan food
Address: Grazhdanskaya, 13-15, St. Petersburg (tripadvisor)
A cool modern place that’s also doing traditional Russian foods in vegan version (they had lots of other stuff as well). I had cырники and Markus had a delish cold борш. If you are interested in Russian kitchen, I suggest you try it out. It’s actually in the same courtyard as the The DogWalk Bar & CatWalk Stage is.
Inspire for clothes
Address: Grazhdanskaya, 13, St. Petersburg (Instagram)
Actually this is again at the same DogWalk courtyard – what a gem, right! I could get my whole wardrobe from that shop. The style was minimal, trendy and summery. It’s a little more high-end, but nothing toooo expensive. Take a look at their Insta, to get the feel.
Loft Project Etagi for shopping (everything!!), for food, and for contemporary art.
Address: Ligovsky Ave, 74, St. Petersburg (Tripadvisor)
A big old building turned into a hipsters’ nest. You can find a lot of young people there, a lot of different stores selling everything possible from clothing, shoes, jewellery to face masks, phone covers and all other Chinese stuff. Seemed that anime is in trend there. Honestly you could spend the whole day there – so. many. shops. My favourite store was actually not inside the building, but in front of that called SHU…
SHU for clothing
Address: Ligovsky Ave, 74, St. Petersburg (Web page)
I’m so glad we found this local St. Petersburg brand from the Loft Project. The style reminded me a lot of Rains. It was s-u-p-e-r minimal, most items were unisex, monochrome and waterproof. The materials also felt good quality. From there we aced a white waterproof bum bag.
Beergeek for craft beer
Address: Rubinstein St, 2/45, St. Petersburg (tripadvisor)
This place can look a little scary at first, because it’s a tiny (and I mean really-really tiny) basement bar. But actually their beer choice is impressive. They have so many interesting tap beers and cool bottled beers to buy for home. If you are not into basement bars, I suggest you check out Bakunin bar instead.
GATE31 for clothing
Address: Gorokhovaya St, 31, St. Petersburg (Instagram)
This was another accidentally great find. A super minimal Scandinavian-looking clothing store. A local brand from Russia, that reminded me of COS and & Other Stories. Oh I wish I could have purchased everything from there! Take a look at their Instagram to see what I’m talking about.
Mad Espresso Team for coffee and brekkie
Address: 2-Ya Sovetskaya Ulitsa, 27, St. Petersburg (tripadvisor)
Oh-so-good coffee and a nice smoothie bowl was the perfect ending to our weekend in St. Petersburg. I’ve heard that St. Petersburg has many cool coffee places, but I guess the others I have to leave for the next time. This one I do recommend.
That’s it. Of course we spent a full day in the famous Hermitage as well, but this is so obvious to-do in St. Petersburg, that I didn’t add this to the list. Cannot wait to go back to the city and I’m also eager to see what Moscow looks like some day!
Have you ever been to St. Petersburg? Let me know your impressions down in the comments.