It will be a high tickets price for the opening date but sure depend on you. Do you like to be in a crowd and see nothing but people?
We like to enjoy the nature, sit down on the banch by every fountain and just look at the water, at each other and listen the birds!
You can also get some picnic food and just go, any day!
You are welcome!
Fun Alternatives: Go to the reastaurant in the Peterhof or get some food in the grocery by the entrance gates.
We had a nice meal at the nevsky. The waiter spoke some English and we could choose a meal from the picture. I asked for pivo.
On the bill all meals where doubled and the price for the pivo was twice the price on the menu.
Unique Suggestions: First thing I did was point at the menu. I asked the waiter: My pivo is 150 but the most expensive pivo on the menu is 75. He deducted the "mistake" from the bill.
Next question, why our meals twice on the bill are. They didn't have small portions so he gave us two big ones (???) Finally he gave us a correct bill and we saved 500 rubble.
Fun Alternatives: Let the waiter repeat you order. Write down the prices so you can check them afterwards. Do this only if you are really paranoia
Even being a local, one can never relax since the bills in this restaurant include things never ordered.
Waiters are very persistent in their calculations and one needs to ask for management to search for the truth.
Unique Suggestions: Don't be shy to check the bills.
Don't think that it is you who lacks quant skills
Watch out for gypsies, in a second they have surrounded you and your wallet and what else you are carrying are gone... A safetypin saved my friends wallet this summer, that's my advise!
Not all taxis have a fair taxameter! Ask at the airport for a reasonable price to your destination before you talk to the driver.
Please use your fantasy and do not eat in the Restaurants along Nevsky pr., especially not in the international food-chains like Mc Donalds, KFC or Pizza Hut. May seem cheap to you, but really are you that often in Russia, you have to eat western junkfood. Thereby helping them to spread all over the beautiful city. There are some 15 Mc D. under construction, remember that next time you try to find the local specialtities!
Unique Suggestions: If you get mugged, which is unlikely if you keep a low profile. It may be advisable to seek the help of your consulate, they can at least give you advise you how to get your police documents. Those you will need back home if you want to get some money back from your insurance.
Fun Alternatives: Find a place to eat right of the main street, you wont have to go far.
MacDonalds - the food is the same as everywhere else. The only worthwhile reason to visit is for the public conveniences which are of a reasonable standard.
Unique Suggestions: The are other fast food places within the city ... if you really have to!
Fun Alternatives: Try the local dishes which are much cheaper and tastier.