Even if you are not planning on buying anything here, be sure to stop at Yeliseev's deli on Nevsky Prospect for a look around the beautiful art nouveau interior. During the days when there were still tsars it was one of the most prestigious stores in the city, the walls are still covered with golden leaves, crystal chandeliers and ornately painted ceilings.
Located at 56 Nevksy Prospect at Malaya Sadovaya
Maybe the most famous street in all of Russia and not without reason. It runs from the Admiralty all the way to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, 4 km in all. The beating heart of this marvellous city, you can spend hours just strolling up and down this famous boulevard, window shopping, or enjoying the mixture of streetmusians, sellars, local jetset, noisy youngsters, girls on a shopping spree, drunken sailors, Novi Ruski showing off their brandnew Porches and Feraris and numerous monuments. It's all there to enoy.
Nevsky Avenue is the russian equivalent to the Champs Elysees in Paris ... though the feel is different. This street features neo-classical houses with art noveau-decorations, former city palaces of russian nobles, gigantic billboards, malls, orthodx churches and museums and some modern architecture. It is striking that while most buildings are renovated and freshly-painted, others are in a state of romantic decay not unlike Venice. It is vibrant and loud 24hours a day ... a truly interesting place.
This is still the principal avenue of the city which is a pleasure to walk along and take in the city's style and ambience. It is lined with stores and restaurants, and if you are tired there is a subway line underneath that can take you back. Fontanka and Moika rivers cross it, and you can book an excursion at one of the bridges along this avenue.
Esta es todavia la avenida principal. Es un placer inmenso dar un paseo a lo largo de ella para experimentar el estilo y ambiente de la ciudad. Hay muchas tiendas y restaurantes, y se se cansa, hay una linea del metro abajo que podria llevarle para atras. Los rios Fontanka y Moika la cruzan, y se puede tomar una excursion en una lancha desde uno de los puentes de esta avenida.
The building which amazed me most - apart from the museums and churches was that of Dom Knigi (House of Books). Located opposite Kazan Cathedral and next to the Griboedova Canal it is an incredibly decorated building - amazing that this is just a bookshop nowadays.
This intriguing looking building was home to the headquarters of the Singer sewing machine company from 1904. Later it was home to the American Consulate for a few years.
In recent times it contained a large bookshop, and now a shopping arcade.
Recently restored, the Singer globe and emblem at the top of the building stand out amongst the surrounding buildings.
Well worth a photo if you are wandering by.
The most famous street in Russia, Nevsky Prospekt runs through the heart of St. Petersburg.
It extends for almost 3 miles, from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then turning a corner to continue on as far as the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
There are so many attractions located on or close to Nevsky Prospekt. You could easily spend a few days just visiting them all, never having to venture far off the main drag.
As you walk along the street you will see cathedrals/churches, pretty squares, numerous cafes & restaurants, all manner of shops, galleries, plus many carts selling cold drinks and ice creams (well, we were there in summer).
Wondering along the Nevsky Prospekt is probably something that every visitor will finish up doing in any case (with or wihout tips:). It's the most famous street in St. Petersburg and perhaps in whole Russia. It starts from the Admiralty by the Neva River and runs until the the Moscow Railway Station. From there, after a little turn, it continues running until the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Along the Nevsky Prospekt - like along many other major streets in other cities - you can find a large number of shops, restaurants and cafes. While cruising along this long avenue, you'll run into other places as well - for example, you'll come across the Kazan Cathedral, you can catch a beautiful view of the Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood, pass by several canals and much more. Make sure to spend enough time wondering around this area - it's really worth it!!
This is one of the main roads in St. Petersburg. Many churches, stores and shops are along this road. Also a number of street side cafes and restaurants are along the road enabling one to rest and to see the hustle of this magnificent city.
This sign can be found on a building Nevsky Prospect. It essentially says, "Be careful of bombs while walking on this side of the street!" This was painted on the buiding during WW2 and is now kind of a monument and a reminder of what the city of St. Petersburg has been through.
NEVSKY PROSPECT is the heartbeat of St Petersburg. It runs for maybe 6 miles, from the Alexander Nevsky Convent to the Spit with Vostania metro and everything from Gostiny Dvor, to Subway, to McDnalds, to KFC, to Dom Knigy and several dozen churches inbetween.
Its the quintessential place to watch people from all over the world ogle St Petersburg.
This is St Petersburg gourmet shop and even if you don’t want to buy anything, it is well worth venturing inside. You will see all Russia’s best food products on display (and vodka!). I highly recommend the chocolates! If it appeals to you (and I have to admit that I am not a lover) you will be able to purchase one of the types of caviar on offer.
I liked Nevsky on my last trip, but loved it on this trip. It used to be that only Nevsky Palace Hotel and Pizza Hut were clean, now it all is and everyone in town hangs out here, plus all the tourists. Jammed to the gills all the time, Nevsky also no longer has kiosks nor urine-stench. It's really become the world-class people-watching venue it promised to be. I could walk up and down Nevsky for hours. Or just grab a beer and watch the throngs go by - the beautiful, the ugly, the bored, the silly. I love it.
There are 300 little shops and kiosks within this large building. You can find almost everything you want within. It also has its own Metro station.
Close by there is also St Petersburg's version of Speaker's Corner.
Gogol wrote about Nevsky Prospekt:
'There is nothing finer than Nevsky Prospekt, not in St Petersburg at any rate, for in St Petersburg it is everything.'
For most people, this still holds true.It is well worth taking a walk along the 2 mile long street. It runs from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery down to the Admiralty.
There are shops and hotels of varying standards from designer, expensive to those frequented by the everyday Russian citizen. I have to admit that I enjoyed visiting the shops and found them much more interesting than Oxford Street in London.
Even the architecture of the buildings as you walk along is impressive.