Empire Park Hotel

Akademika Lebedeva 10/g, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 195009, Russia
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Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by chocolatefudge

I'm going to Saint Petersburg between 2nd and 9th of June.
I'm a student so I'm travelling on a small budget. It would be nice to get som advice on cheap restaurants, preferably Russian cuisine.
I would also like to know if there are any interesting second hand and antique shops you know of?
Thanks, Malin.

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by bugulma

cheap Restaurant? :-) well, maybe then Tea Spoon cafe, it is a kind of fast food cafe with self-service but dishes are good. there are several cafes around the city including one on Nevsky Prospekt (the central avenue).

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by Natalya2006

1. "Chainaya lozhka" (Tea Spoon) - pan-cakes cafe:
http://www.teaspoon.ru - addresses at the right side of this page
2. "Ne gorui" (Don't grieve :-)) - Georшean cuisine, middle check - 500 roubls (13 euros) - not far from Nevsky - Kirpichny pereulok, 3, phone (812) 571 69 50. It's a chail also, they have restaurants at another districts.
3. Sakartvello - Georшean cuisine, Nevsky, 22 and there is their restaurant on Vasilevsky Island also. Middle check - 650 roubls.
Russian cuisine often is more expensive then Georgian :-) but this is cheaper:
4. "U teschi na blinakh" (Mother-in-law pan-cakes) - middle check - 500 roubls, address - Gorokhovaya, 41 (metro Sadovaya), Zagorodny, 18 (metro Vladimirskaya).

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by Natalya2006

Sorry 4. middle check = 200 roubles.

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by mrsdollymixtures

Teremok is the Russian equivalent of MacDonalds, but they sell blini, not burgers. Loads of different fillings - mushroom's the best. About 60 rubles (£1.20). They have pictures, but there's always an English menu if you ask. Drink Kvass, which is a low alcohol natural beer if you want something cheap and authentically Russian. Bars usually have a low price business lunch in the middle of the day. Second hand doesn't really happen in SPB, except for babushki selling their bric a bric, usually near to metro stations and churches. Socks and lacy tights for about 20-30 rubles a pair are a steal. Books are dirt cheap, if you can read Russian! It is, however, an expensive city for a student, so expect to spend more than you really have budgeted for. Enjoy. It's beautiful, and the city itself is the best, free museum in the world.

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by LerinaPiccolina

Hi Malin!
You didn't tell if you already have a hotel!I can offer you one small nice hotel in center of Saint-Petersburg!There you can ask everything you need!
They gonna help you not only with the restaurant, but with souvenir shops!
So,it calls "Statskij Sovetnik".e-mail:statsovet@mail.ru www.statskijsovetnik.ru

Good luck!

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by chocolatefudge

I already have a place to stay. And as I wrote: I am travelling on a SMALL budget. :)

Re: Saint Petersburg on a shoestring!

by chocolatefudge

I was actually there. I think it was horrible!

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Day Trips

by salisbury3933

There are some awesome daytrips possible from St Petersburg, out to Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Peterhof and Kronshtadt.

I'd recommend spending at least a week in St Petersburg so as to be able to do all these trips in addition to the attractions within the city itself.

Imperial capital

by Klod5

St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence, an imperial capital that seems to have been built as a monument to its own passing. Less than three centuries have passed since Peter the Great began building his grand city on the Gulf of Finland, but it is difficult to visit its vast, crystalline squares and palaces without feeling the enormity of the gulf that separates that time from our own. All of which, of course, makes St. Petersburg more evocative of Russia's past than any place except perhaps the Moscow Kremlin. This impression is only deepened by a more familiar acquaintance. The enigmatic homeliness of Peter's cottage and the city's placid canals may contrast with the brooding grandeur of the Winter Palace, but they share with it a graceful stillness that is difficult to forget.

Eat quickly and lots

by gussymons

The brunette took me to her babushka in Viborg. Babushka proceeded to feed me as if I had just spent three years without having had a square meal. Lunch comprised borshch, baked khleb, potato cake, confetki, juice and anything else edible in the house. It was delicious, but I had had a large dinner the night before.

Babushka asked brunette if I didn't like it because I wasn't eating very quickly. Brunette encouraged me to eat quicker and more.

Eventually the trial by food was overcome, and the verdict was that I was acceptable to the babushka. An hour later and the brunette and I left, my little satchel laden with yet more potato cake!

Packing List

by SirRichard

A collapsible umbrella that opens automatically is essential. A good raincoat (with liner) will be useful from March to October. It can get chilly in summer, so a sweater and/or
wind breaker is useful, especially for evenings. Something much warmer is needed from November to February. A good warm top coat, fur coat, or down ski parka with scarf, gloves, a ski or fur hat and warm zip-up boots (in dark brown or black for men) will be necessary. Note that the interiors of most buildings are usually well heated. Dress in layers.

Peterhof - The Great Palace

by Sharrie

PETERHOF is about 29 km (18 m) from St. Petersburg, hence making it a great day excursion.

The Grand Palace was originally erected by Jean Baptiste Alexandre but was later remodelled by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli in the 18th century.

The palace was an extravagant show of splendour back then but during WWII practically everything was destroyed! Renovation work is still undergoing today.


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