During summer time, you can hardly miss the ice cream vendors of St. Petersburg. They usually offer both prepacked ice lollies as well as simple cones with one scoop of a certain flavour.
One of the most popular and even typical flavours in Russia seems to be Creme Brulee (Russian: krem-brule). A cone with one scoop of Creme Brulee cost between 25 and 30 Rubles (0,80 Euro, 2005).
You find the ice cream vendors all over St. Petersburg, especially near the tourist sights, but also in department stores or in the underground.
There are a number of large indoor food markets with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, caviar and so on. Prices are marked and you can haggle if you like.
This market was reconstructed a few years ago and very nice all year-round.
Favorite Dish Green peppers and strawberries in season.
The iKea stores bistro is available both from within the store and from outside. Hot dog is 10 rubles ($.35) or big hotdog and refillable soda 20 rubles. Soft ice cream cone is 5 rubles ($.20)
It is vey popular and after walking a marathon in teh shopping mall or inside the store you need some nourishment. This fast cheap food has saved many family relationships after a tiring shopping trip :)
In the wintertime you can get good exercise just walking through the store. Ikea has arrows to lead you from teh entrance to the checkout and it is amazingly long.
You can stand a t a bistro table or sit on a bench to eat.
Favorite Dish Big hot dog and soda. You Have to put your own mustard, mayo and ketchup and fill your own cup.
Another great thing to grab when you're on the go are ice cream cones. You can pick one up from a vendor on just about any street corner and they only cost about 50 cents. They're a viable meal subsitute in my book!
Marko is another chain that can be found around St. Petersburg. It's a casual, family-friendly sort of place. My friend told me she used to go there a lot with her parents. This is a picture of the restaurant's mascot.
Favorite Dish Salads are good.
In just about every park in St. Petersburg, there are these little refreshment stands that people can get a sandwich, soda, beer, chips, whatever. Val and I are pictured here enjoying a brewski after spending the afternoon walking around the Summer Gardens. What a pleasant experience!
Favorite Dish I really liked Balitka beer!
These kiosks are located on almost every corner in downtown St. Petersburg. Most are open 24 hours a day and they sell everything from snacks to toiletries. There were no rules about having open adult beverages when walking around St. Petersburg, which just killed me! You'd see people in the parks, on the streets, and in the subways sucking down a drink at any time of the day or night! It's an alcoholic's paradise! My friend Val and I would usually stop at one of these kiosks for a cool one when we set out for a night of walking around town. It was really relaxing to be able to soak up all the beauty the city had to offer while sipping a cocktail!