Natalia Maksimushkina, Head Concierge, Hotel Astoria
+7 812 494 5007
Fight off the cold afternoons by visiting the cosy Rotonda Lounge, which has exquisite desserts, snacks and hot and cold beverages.
During afternoon tea from 3pm to 8pm, guests can taste rich Russian blini pancakes and a chocolate fountain accompanied by a selection of fresh fruit, while gazing at the fabulous views out of the magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking St Isaac’s Square. If you are in need of a rest after sightseeing or shopping, take a break in the Gallery café in the adjacent Angleterre hotel. The café’s stylish interior and superb views of St Isaac’s Cathedral make it a classic and much-loved corner of St Petersburg. As night falls, relax in the stylish Kandinsky Bar with a selection from the impressive wine list. Choose from a menu of exclusive whiskeys and cigars, fine spirits, speciality cocktails and light dishes in an intimate and unique setting.
+7 812 494 5115
Angleterre Hotel, St Isaac’s Square, Ul. Malaya Morskaya 24, 190000
House of Books
+7 812 571 0010
Nevsky Prospekt, 28
For: Russian porcelain, paintings and souvenirs
+7 812 710 5408
Nevsky Prospekt, 35
Best to do
Experience the imperial magic of Tsarist Russia with a tour of the powder-blue and gold domed Catherine’s Palace, and delight in the newly restored Amber Room. Be decadent in Davidov with caviar and vodka tasting, sampling a range of caviar with a selection of four different vodkas. Take in the vista from the cupola of St Isaac’s Cathedral and relax in the tsar’s box at the Mariinsky Theater for an evening of opera or ballet. Explore the vastness of the State Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace, or if the outdoors is your thing, take the hydrofoil to Peterhof for a stroll in the gardens on the edge of the Gulf of Finland, and enjoy the spectacular fountains. Walk across an ice-covered River Neva, or take a troika ride at Pavlosk for the ultimate Dr Zhivago experience. Enjoy the city from another perspective and cruise the canals by boat. For a glimpse of Russian soul, experience a traditional orthodox Sunday service at St Nicholas Cathedral. See the birthplace of the city, the Peter and Paul Fortress, with its amazing cathedral, prison and unrivalled view of the palace embankment and river.