Food & Drink, Saint Petersburg
WE trumped around all morning and afternoon and were getting tired so we walked back through Nevsky Prospect to the Chocolate museum , bought some chocolate, and went back to our hotel to rest up for our big night out.
We had hoped to find some clavier but to no avail....
We did find it the next day but ,,Wow is it expensive!
During my trip to Saint Petersburg in July 2013, I found this very nice delicatessen shop on Nevsky Prospekt. They sold everything from Russian caviar to the more commun French pastries, so if the breakfast at your hotel is not to your liking, there are plenty of good bread and French pastries here.
A funny thing: they had kept all the French names for the different breads etc: pain aux olives, pain au raisin, pain aux noix, pain au chocolat, croissants, éclair etc. which made it really easy to shop if you know the words in French.
Absolutely worth a visit !
This is a grocery shop. But not only. Here you can also found fast food, clothes, electronics..
So LARGE grocery shop!! Whatever you want. Everything is here. Sweets, drinks... WE spent there more than 2 hours :-)
Russia has a long tradition in producing tasty chocolate. So if you plan to bring gifts for family and friends from your trip to Russia, you should take chocolate into account.
Among the best brands are "Krasnyi Oktyabr" (Red October) and "Babaevskiy". The latter was established in 1804 and is even said to be the oldest confectionary in Russia.
The most famous product of company "Krasnyi Oktyabr" is a chocolate known as "Alenka". It can easily be recognised by its packaging with a smiling Soviet girl.
Russian Chocolate can be bought in one of the countless small grocery stores, which are called "Produkty" and of course also in the big supermarkets (Hyper Market).
A 100 gram chocolate bar of good quality chocolate sets you back something between 50 and 70 Rubles (2009).
Alenka chocolate - Website:
Babaevskiy chocolate - Website:
There used to be a market for expired goods near Dostoevsky town, featuring all manner of canned, bottled and open goods such as smoked or dried meats.
A dried pig's head handing on a string comes to mind. Maybe if you boil it good you could offer it to a dog ...
It is an unofficial market existing by finding places nobody pays attention to and setting out tables.
These could be hazardous to your health, stick to legal groceries and stay alive!
As the Dostoevsky area has been largely renovated the expired market is said to be near the Ladoshkaya metro now. We don't recommend looking for it.
What to buy: Avoid any food from the market. Many things llok like they were pulled out of dumpsters behinds stores, others are said to be from customs spoils.
Most foods are dated in Russia and it is a good practice even in bigger grocery stores to check the dates. Shop managers do not seem too eager to pull post dated items from the shelf.
What to pay: Very little, if it seems too cheap -- it is...
The Elisseiev food store is located in a gorgeous Art Nouveau building on Nevsky Prospekt.
This famous store has huge chandeliers and is renowned for its black and red caviar. It really is an impressive looking store.
What to buy: When you are passing, make sure you pop in for a browse at the huge range of vodkas, wines, chocolates and other culinary delights.
But be sneaky if you want to snap a photo....they are not really allowed.
What to pay: Lots.... but when on holidays everyone needs a treat!
What to buy:
Vodka -- dirt cheap!
Russian chocolate? Not famous certainly but very delicious and very cheap. There's a brand with bubbles of air in it which makes the chocolate very light. Sold in individual bars, can't remember its name but has Peter the Great on the packaging. Good stuff.
What to pay: Vodka -- Very little for a big bottle.
Chocolate - A bar of that described above is less than US$0.50.
Yelisevsky's is a famous grocery store on Nevsky Prospekt. It ain't your typical Food Lion. It has beautiful stained glass, chandeliers, and rich wood display cases. It's worth stopping in just to look around.
What to buy: Buy some chocolate bars with scenes from St. Petersburg on the wrappers--they make nice small presents for the folks back home.
Comme dans toutes les villes de l'ex-URSS il est possible de trouver et acheter presque tout ce que vous voulez dans les rues. Soit auprès des vendeurs installés dans des kiosques, soit au marché noir.
What to buy: As in all cities of the ex-USSR it is possible to find and to buy everything that you want in the streets nearly. Either by the sellers installed in kiosks, either to the black market.
What to buy:
You should buy and taste one of the famous Armenian brandy "Ararat" with 5 stars. For me it is really O'K !
What to pay: App. 5 USD however my friend who was in St.Peter in July 2003 said that the price is higher (app. 10 USD).
The interior of this food store, design in 1902, is stunning. Stained glass windows, ornate chandeliers, gold trim on the ceiling and marble counters. . .all in the curving, sweeping (and always graceful) Style Moderne form of design.
Oh yeah. . .there's food in there as well. . .
What to buy: I picked up packages of Russian chocolate bars here, wrapped with scenes from Moscow and St. Petersburg (great souvenirs for co-workers). They also have a wide selection of vodka & other drinks, delicatessen-style foods, sweets and pastries.
What to pay: With the exception of a few unique items, you can get most of the food at the other Nevsky groceries for a bit less.
Local markets are great places to get yourself some fresh fruit or vegetables for a busy sightseeing day.
Apart from that, they are always worth seeing and give you a good idea of the local life
Various shops, this one is at Media Markt, a big chain store found around europe and Russia.
What to buy: BEKO Electronic Samovar, the first modern plastic and electric Samoavar for sale in Russia
What to pay: $100
Bekon is a butcher shop and is actually a good place to get meat and sausages.
What to buy: You can get anything. Maybe just some hot dogs, milk sausages, molochni Sasiski!
What to pay: normal
One of reachest and expensive shop in St-Petersburg...
What to buy: u can find anything of food&drinks into that shop
What to pay: from 100rubls till....... a lot